I got completely off schedule this week with posting mostly because, I think, Monday was a holiday here. Plus I have been spending countless hours on the Internet looking up images of flowers and choosing fabrics for more Ribbon Flowers.
It takes nothing for me to start looking for images. The mention of a flower in a novel and I’m headed off to look for images. A comment on my blog and I’m off again, looking for images and then sorting through fabrics to see what I can pull together for a flower. It’s endless and so much fun. Finally, last night, I decided to print for three more so I have lots and lots in front of me. The printer was going non-stop for a few minutes.
First up are the fabrics I picked out for a delphinium. This one is going to be difficult to sew – I can tell just by the feel of the batiks I chose for it. But they work for the look I’m trying for and I’ve got the extra heavy-duty needle ready and my thimble will be definitely stuck on my finger when I sew this flower! I’ve enhanced all these photos to try to show the lines printed on my fabrics. In reality, I’ve used much lighter ink than it may appear.
Next are the fabrics I picked out for a morning glory. I had fun choosing the fabrics for this one! I was nervous I didn’t have quite enough of one of the fabrics, but I did – I just managed to eke out the number of shapes I needed on the piece I had left.
Then finally, the fabrics for a sweet pea. The variety of colours of sweet peas I found was fascinating – so much so that I think one could make an entire quilt of sweet peas with no two blocks the same!
I’ve got five ready, waiting to be sewn – tea rose, delphinium, morning glory, sweet pea and chrysanthemum. There are already six blocks completed – or possibly five as one of them may get removed since I’m not sure whether it’s giving me the look I want to go for with my flowers for this quilt. I’m trying to decide whether to start sewing what I have printed or keep picking out the fabrics for other flowers first and then have them all prepped and ready to go. Stay tuned, because this weekend may tell the tale. What’s surprising me is that, as of right now, I have far fewer pink blocks made or for which pieces have been printed than I would have thought. I may have to remedy that this weekend, in which case the printer is going to be very busy again!
I cannot get over how much fun sewing the ribbon flower blocks is, even with some of the harder to sew batiks. I knew I’d love it when I saw it in the Inklingo Ideas Book – how could I not when every single seam is a curved one? I had so hoped there would eventually be a collection for it, so now that there is I’m finding that everything else has been relegated to second place including the Pickled Ladies quilt – all I need to do is sew together the final border and add it and that will top be finished. But am I getting that done? Oh, no – I have to keep making ribbon flowers!
” Smokin’ ”
Jake actually posed for me on Wednesday.
Baxter was sprawled on the couch last night. He definitely knows how to relax!