Sunday, 20 February 2011

Flower of the month quilt

There's nothing quite like a challenge to get things done, and the same is true with the UFO 2011 Challenge.  This months number corresponded with the flower of the month quilt.

 The embroidery blocks, ended up taking a little less than a year to embroidery, but then they sat and waited several months for something to be done with them. 

It took quite a while to work out what fabric to use, with a couple of aborted attempts.  It's not always easy choosing fabric online. In the end, I decided on something plain and dark, to let the flowers do the talking.  Then it was a choice of borders or just the sashing.  After having the blocks laid out with variety of fabric around them, sashings only seemed to be the way to go.  I've used a dark green, similar to the colour used in some of the embroideries.  Maybe someone cleverer at choosing fabric than me, might have found a more interesting combination.

A separate binding was originally chosen, but when it came to sewing it on, I just didn't like it, so went with the same fabric I used for the backing.  As I really like this fabric, so it wasn't a painful decision to make.  The hanging sleeves are also made from the backing fabric.  The binding was hand sewn to the back of the quilt.
Seventeen months after the first stitch went in, the flowers of the month are now completed in their own wall hanging.

10 comments:

Pooch said...

I took a three-hour embroidery class on Saturday at STITCHES West. I bow to your skill! What a glorious quilt!
:)

Angelcat said...

This quilt is amazing! I really admired all the blocks as you stitched them, but wow now they are together STUNNING!

Terry said...

What a beautiful little quilt! I think the dark sashing is perfect for this one! It really makes the blocks stand out! And I've found myself doing borderless quilts more lately. Sometimes a quilt just doesn't need borders.

Annie said...

It's gorgeous! I think you picked just the right thing for additional fabrics to show off the flowers. Congrats on a another excellent finish!

Patchwork Penguin said...

Wow!!!! All that embroidery... it really looks lovely!!! Congratulations!

Brenda said...

Pretty. I bet you are glad to have finished it. It always is a boost for a finish isn't it?

pendlestitches said...

The dark green fabric is just perfect as it really showcases the flowers. As they are so beautiful it would have been a shame to overwhelm them with anything else.

This is just an exquisite quilt and well worth all the time and effort that has gone into it.

Terry said...

Georgeous Finish. You made a choice of fabric that complimeents the stitching not over powers it. I love it all Hooray!!!

maggi said...

This is stunning and the green is a superb choice for the sashing.

Knitting Linguist said...

That is absolutely lovely! As beautiful as each of the parts is, the whole is something really remarkable. :)