Today I am sharing a small yet very cute finish. I am an individual member of the Modern Quilt Guild, and one of my peers (Nina with Freckles) organized a mug rug swap with a spring theme. To me, spring means flowers, so I selected the Swedish Bloom pattern.
The single flower motif is paper pieced (hey, I like paper piecing) from Patchwork Please (this is not an affiliate link). The pattern pieces in the book are in two different sizes (very strange, you have to enlarge one), so instead I copied the assembly drawing, then reduced it by about 10%. I forgot to measure this, but it’s about 6.5″ x 9″. I mailed it in a photo mailer and blithely assured the post office employee that it only contained paper matter in order to get the postage rate for a letter ($2.95) rather than for a parcel ($14.00). It’s the same package either way, you know.
I used the tutorial from Leanne at She Can Quilt for single fold binding, and continued the same fabric into the binding to give a clean and simple finish. For the back, I dug though my stash for a piece of fabric which I would *hate* to cut up, and found the crane print from Tsuru by Rashida Coleman-Hale. I quilted some very small pebbles in the flower centre, then stitched in the ditch around the outside of the petals. I added some detail quilting in the petals and the leaves, plus stitching where the stem would be (because I felt it looked really odd without a stem).
Linking up this post to TGIFF and to Le Challenge for the “single” theme. Since this theme was announced, I have had the theme from “A Chorus Line” in my head, so I’ll add a link here in case you want the same earworm. Also linking to Sew the Library with Martha at Weekend Doings.