Mar 26, 2010

D is for . . .

Sew & Tell Friday












Dots & Daisies, Dizzy, Ditzy Dots & Daisies!
The theme this month is Alphabet Mania, and I was assigned D. This seemed like the perfect chance to try out some new techniques from Rebecca Wat's book, A Fresh Twist on Fabric Folding. These petals start with a kind of origami-folded rectangle; with a single line of stitching, it's all transformed into a petal and appliqued down on a background.















For the background, I tried out the crazy 9 patch block tutorial by Jenny B at allsorts. Of course, I can't quite follow directions--I only used 3 fabrics instead of 9, which added some difficulty. But I was fairly happy with the 4 blocks I used for the background.

My main goal was to use as many dots as possible and make the focus as blue as possible because blue is what Peg likes! I would do some things differently, but overall, I think it's fun & pretty, and I hope Peg likes it!

Check out all the great Sew & Tell finishes over at amylouwho's! 

Gratitudes
  • True spring weather (wind, cold, sunshine!).
  • The first crocus have bloomed right next to the back door.
  • Looking forward to an evening with 20 middle schoolers--confirmation mini lock-in (only until 11:30 pm). They are much more fun than they get credit for.


17 comments:

Jessica said...

Beautiful! Your daisy looks so good.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

That's a pretty sweet daisy! Looks like a fun technique:)

I remember the lock-ins! The kids were always very well behaved and really fun to be around.

pinksuedeshoe said...

Oh that is just cute! I love the little ric rac stem. I am going to have to check out that book, your petals are so pretty!

kristie said...

i'm blown away! that would have taken me about 1 year to sew! i love how it's so spring like.

~visiting from sew & tell

Nicole said...

I LOVE this! I'm so impressed that you found a way to make those daisies pop off the quilt like that! Too many exclamation points... Sorry.

ktquilts said...

Loving that daisy!!! Great job!!! Thanks for the tip on that book, I hope my library has it.

Blessings,

KT

allyn said...

i REALLY love this. i am always looking for new ways to make raised fabric flowers. this is too beautiful.

Leslie said...

this is adorable...i love the quilting and the flowers are so cute!!!

Sew It UP! said...

How fun and creative! I love your use of the rick rack as the stem. Great finish!

Mrs Moen said...

I love the flower, and the background with only 3 fabrics!

Mary said...

Wow, this is so cool! I love the flower.

Karen said...

Very impressive for a first attempt. Looks great.

Kristen said...

The raised flower is sweet! The dots and the rick rack are darling.

em's scrapbag said...

This is absolutely adorable. I love daiseys and the ric rac stem makes me smile.

Rene' said...

Beautiful daisy!!! Is the fabric folding hard? I like your take on the 9 patch background. Great quilting lines as well.

Maevy said...

What a beautiful flower, I love how the folded petals look.

PegF said...

Hey Kolleen! I told you how much I LOVED my pretty mini at Flickr, but I'll say it again here: it is without doubt the nicest and most beautiful thing I've ever been given. Thank you so very much! (and thanks, too, for being so nice about my wretched attempt...)