Crocus Part Two

WhooHoo! Back in the saddle. I actually sewed yesterday and it felt so good to be in my studio. There is a learning curve to controlling the presser foot. I tried the left foot with some success but found it actually works better with the right foot, even with the monster black cast on my leg. Ok, whatever works, right! But back to the Crocus quilt.

My first pattern was smaller than the 8 by 11 inch graph paper, about 6 by 9 inches finished. Way to small to sew. So I sized it larger, 8 by 12 inches, to test the block again.

Yea! I could sew this size. I wanted the crocuses to lean toward left and right to give the flowers a sense of movement. With this technique, you get a reverse image from the pattern so I simply traced the pattern on the back to create two opposite blossoms.

I pinned pieces of 1 inch gridded paper on my design wall, about the size of the quilt without borders. I might have set the blocks in a traditional quilt setting with sashing and corner blocks. Humm… that could work but I have 3 colors for the flowers. Hard to work with odd numbers in a symmetrical design. Math might be involved.

I thought about how Erin’s grandmother would have seen her crocuses. They don’t usually grow in neat garden rows. I decided the flowers should dance across the quilt in drifts of color. The quilt would look nice folded on a sofa and a free style might be closer to the memories of the exuberant way the blooms come up in the spring. I printed patterns and arranged them on the gridded paper. I’m a visual person. I need to see the composition as close to reality as possible.

Switch into production mode to make lots of crocuses. Each block took several hours to complete and I loved every flower! I traced both patterns onto heavy freezer paper and ironed to selected fabrics. I traced around the paper with pencils, color coded to the sections. When you pull the freezer paper off to sew, it’s amazing how similar the pieces are. Especially the small center pieces. You know how I know this….

Freezer paper off, match registration marks and sew.

Major sections sewn together. Different flower– I know. I lost focus with the photography sequence.

It was so lovely to get a crocus finished and pinned up. I was lucky in finding the background fabrics. I chose calicos for tradition and old rose flower prints for grandmother. Fabric with handwriting and sky colors, nostalgic for mother.

Bright green and modern fabrics for spring and daughter.

As I sewed the crocuses, I thought about the fabrics needed to connect the flower blocks. Just a hint of color progression and texture to suggest foreground and background sky for depth. A question is looming… how am I going to sew this crazy patchwork of blocks and different sized background pieces together? It’s called, I’ll Think About That Later.

To be continued


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Comments

  1. Kelly P Meanix says:

    These are spectacular! I love your technique too.

    • Thank you! I love Ruth McDowell quilts. I’ve forgotten how much I love Ruth McDowell’s construction.

  2. Wow, I am in awe! Love reading about your process and those blocks are so, so pretty! Looking forward to the next part!

    • Amazing thing about quilting. I love the “process” part. We all like different aspects of the creating. That’s such a good thing! There are so many ways to enjoy quilting.