I signed up for a swap to make a tote bag with flowers on it. The panel had to have some kind of appliquéd flowers. The pattern called for hand bag handles however I didn’t find any that were just right. So I just made my own handles. The inspiration for the 3D flowers came from a quilt I saw at a quilt show (the only one I have ever been too) back in 2007. In the outer border of the quilt was a vine all the way around the quilt with 3D flowers. It was beautiful and has stuck with me waiting for the right project. I sat down with some 4 inch squares and started folding. Now I just have to make one for myself. The bag is good sized. About 17 inches wide and 14 inches tall.
The other side of the bag is the same. There are 10 flowers total. I used ribbon for the stems.
I made this wall hanging for a swap. The theme was flowers. I pondered what to do. I knew I wanted to do something different. This is what I came up with. I appliquéd the vase on using steam light and then satin stitched the edge. I wanted a plain color for the vase. Now I wish I would of done some fancy stitching on the vase. It seems so blah. I stitched the flowers on and then glued buttons or beads for the center of the flowers. The binding was the inspiration for the project. I had a small amount of this flower fabric. It is modern with big flowers. I pulled the colors of the flowers from the print. The finished wall hanging measures about 24 inches squares. I free motion quilted in the background space with a leaf pattern.
Ask me why I have three blogs? It is crazy trying to keep up with one. I try to keep this blog just for sewing and quilting. I have Fabric Mom’s blog which is the first one I started where I post about other crafts I make. And then there is Posty Pals, which is for fabric postcards. Posty Pals originally started as a group of 6 or 7 women who all swapped with each other. We don’t get to swap like we used to. However I still keep the blog going for people interested in making fabric postcards and for people to get ideas from.
I recently posted some new posted some new pictures if you would like to go over there and visit.
Fabric Mom’s Blog
My friend Jerrie sent me a link to a video on how to make faux cathedral window quilt blocks. It looks very easy.