Monday, September 6, 2010

The Flowers of my Labor

This Labor Day Weekend...I got distracted by a quilt project.  Hard to imagine isn't it?

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.


Nadine said...

beautiful. lovely colors.

Quilting in the Pines said...

Your Harley Dude must be great to stop at all those quilt shops!

Love the quilt. I wonder why it is that WE (self included here) always HAVE to change a pattern? LOL

Marina said...

I have to admit, I didn't even notice the black flowers till you mentioned them. I just saw them as background. Having a pink centre of some sort would make them more obvious to unobservant people like me! And then maybe the pink ones would look naked without a centre too ...

I don't know, I have trouble visualising it. Why don't you cut some shapes from scraps -- circles or hexies -- and just lay them on top to see what looks better?

Good luck!