My version of a nightfire hibiscus is now done.
I’ve graded the seams as well and pressed it. But I haven’t added a background fabric as I’m now pretty convinced that I will be making an exotic garden ribbon flower quilt as well as the Gardens Gone Wild quilt. I started looking at the different varieties of hibiscus and – well, I think I could possibly be making a hibiscus quilt rather than an exotic garden one but, until I decide exactly what I’m doing, I’m not going to add a background so that I leave my options completely open.
The flower which I had tentatively called a delphinium has now been renamed – it’s a cornflower. Thanks to FS who left a comment last week mentioning the cornflower. I looked and the colours of it were far better for that flower!
There was a question from Cherryl asking what I meant by saying that pressing the background over the batiks/prints made the flower stand out more. I don’t know if these pictures will help explain it or not, but here goes.
When I made this ribbon flower, I pressed it the way I thought it would be normally pressed with the seam allowances of the prints pressed over the background fabric and the background fabric seam allowance pressed back on itself. The flower, to me, seems to almost sink into the background fabric and doesn’t stand out quite as well …
… as it does on the cornflower, which I pressed with the seam allowance of the background fabric pressed over the batiks and the batik seam allowance pressed back on itself. I think that pressing it this way makes the flower stand out just a bit more, almost as if it had been appliquéd rather than pieced.
This is a close-up of a portion of the back of the first ribbon flower which shows how I pressed that one.
And a close-up of a portion of the back of the cornflower, which is how I’ve pressed it and all the rest of the ribbon flower blocks.
We had another gorgeous flower arrangement in the elevator lobby on the weekend.
“Night Fire Ritual”
Jake in profile.
And Baxter giving me quite the look! I couldn’t resist taking this photo.