When I first get an idea, I either grab a pencil and my notebook, where I keep my graft paper or to my lap top. Then I start to draw and design what I want and make a rough graft.
When I decide what design I want, I draw my patterns for my applique.
I dug into my stash and hunted for the colors that I wanted for my roses. It was almost a given that I was going with reds and pinks. I decided to throw in some yellow roses for variation and a blue vase to add a little pizzazz. Using lite, Steam a seam II, I started cutting out my pieces and arranging them onto the blocks.
That took time but was a lot of fun arranging everything as to where I wanted them. Of course, I did not go exactly as I drew my picture, but that is ok, that is me. I pressed them on and they are ready to applique.
As I made each block, I also embroidered on the flowers to set them off. This I could do on my porch swing and enjoy the birds, butterflies, etc. at the same time.
I made a total of 5 bouquet blocks, and 4 each of the wreath and floating roses. I squared them all to a 10 ½ inch squares.
Next I made my stepping stone blocks. I picked matching fabric with just a little print. I made 12, all measuring 10 ½ inches square.
Next, was to work on the boarder. I wanted to be different, so went back to drawing and came up with this:
Again, after appliquéing them on, I embroidered each flower and bud to match the quilt and to make them look more real.
The rest was easy, sewed them all together and quilted them on my machine. I outlined all the appliqué including the boarder. I quilted a ring of feathers in the stepping stone blocks. Then hand sewn my binding on.
Here is my Hampton Rose:
Total size is: 67” X 67”
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