Flourish

Pattern:  Fleur de Lis Flourish by Sue Garman
Size:  40″ x 40″
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda

Completed March 2013

This quilt was my first real hand applique project.  My friend JoAnne was working on another pattern from Sue Garman when this pattern came out in Quiltmaker Magazine, July/August 2012.

When constructing this quilt, I used the paper-cut method of cutting out the pattern.  I traced 1/8 of the pattern onto a folded piece of freezer paper and then cut it out like a snowflake.  Once the pattern was cut out, I fused the freezer paper to the back of the background fabric and traced around the pattern.  I then used the back-basting method of applique to construct the four blocks.

Using the Fleur de Lis fabric was a natural choice for this quilt.  I had some extra from another project that is still ongoing (and I ordered a bit more just to be sure!).  Trying to make sure all the Fleur de Lis were going the same way when using scraps was a task.

The quilting of each applique piece took me what seemed like forever to complete.  I went really slowly with my walking foot.  The border quilting was my first “intricate” quilting pattern.  I even photocopied one of the Fleur de Lis “petals” and used it as a pattern to quilt the corners of the border.

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Its March?!? Really?!?

Oh my!  I can’t believe it is March already!  Not just March 1st.  March 6th (evening!).   Where has the time gone?

Oh I know.  It has gone to classes to get ready for my husband’s impending retirement from the military.  It has gone to waiting and fretting over “orders” so we can schedule all of our shipments.  It has gone to prepping a few new items for the quilt show (and a few other super secret things I can’t show yet).

I am alive.  I promise!  Here is a teaser shot of something I am working on right now… sandwiching of a quilt that I am quilting right now.  I hope to have it quilted by Monday and have the binding attached so I can put it on by hand at the Tuesday Bee.

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My mind has also been occupied with trying to find the perfect jewelry to go with my dress for the show’s reception.  So much so that I am dipping my toes into the water of jewelry making (beads and wirework).  Like I needed ANOTHER expensive hobby to have!  I ordered a “class in a box” kit to get my toes wet.  While I do like the colors that the kit comes in, I plan on going and getting other beads of similar nature to match my dress for the reception  at the local bead store– just because it would be easier for me to do something like that than to try and decide between the over three hundred pins I pinned to my Pinterest board.  Plus, since we are moving soon, I don’t want to go full-throttle on this new adventure beforehand… I can see it EASILY getting as involved as my quilting hobby.