Sometimes I sit and think “what am I going to work on next?” Then I read a magazine and it jumps out at you. The Dec/Jan issue of Quilting Arts Magazine has a readers challenge called “How Does Your Garden Grow”. My first design was a lot of flowers with butterflies but that changed when something else struck me, “Why not a night garden?” Doing a google search of flowers that bloom in the night, I fell in love with the Nottingham Catchfly. Named because it grew along the walls of Nottingham Castle in England.
I started off with a blue/black batik fabric and wanted to add some kind of clouds or fog over a full moon. Adding tulle then quilting into place worked out really well for the effect I was looking for.
Adding my stems and buds next using a variegated thread of different greens. I laid some of the petals out to see how it will look.
I wanted the flower petals to look three dimensional. Using ultra hold Heat n’ Bond, I ironed on a square of it onto one side of my pink batik fabric, ironed in place, removed paper backing, then ironed on a second piece of pink fabric. Both sides are now glued together.Using my light box I traced my individual petals for my flowers and cut them out. The petals will only be attached at the center which is my next step. I plan on adding some beading in the center of each of the flowers. I went ahead and bound it just in case the petals lay across some part of the binding.
Decision ~ Should I enter this in the readers challenge or just list it in my Etsy shop at thebutterflyquilter.com
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