Monday, September 6, 2010
The Flowers of my Labor
I had been collecting green/pink batiks for a quilt for my niece Hillary. I had envisioned an English Pieced hexagon quilt. Then I found this pattern by American Jane. Which was originally done with a Jelly Roll...but I felt obliged to fuss with the colors so I would get pink and black flowers with green leaves.
Success was largely due to the fact that Stitch & Snip in Garden Valley had 3 perfect pinks. Harley Dude couldn't figure out why I was so excited to take a ride with him on a hot Saturday.
The pattern is easy, but kind of fussy because of color placement, and also all the edges that end up being on the bias. To make things difficult, I also enlarged the quilt by making the top row 4 flowers across instead of 3. However, I only bought as much black background fabric as was stated on the pattern. There are some creative substitutions along the edges.
Here's where I need your help. The original pattern had circle flower centers on what are the black flowers in my version. Here are my options: 1) add pink round applique centers to the black flowers 2) add round centers to both the pink and black flowers 3) leave it alone 4) add hexagon shaped centers.