Thursday, September 8, 2011

Art Nouveau Flower (Branson, MO)

I'm going to call this a flower even though it looks more like a Caladium.  Like a flower in my garden, this one is starting to grow and blossom.  The more I stitch the more I am loving the results.

Finished stems
I am taking my time since this is the largest appliqué project that I have ever done.  I was a little afraid the flower would overpower the quilt top.  So far, I think the flower is melting into the background just the way I had hoped it would.
ready to be added

Usually, I do all the appliqué work on the quilt top, but this time I added the veins to the centers before adding them to the top.  This was a lot easier.

in place
With bigger pieces, I am pinning them into place so they don't slip while I am basting.  I prefer basting since the pins are always catching my threads or they slip out.  And of course, it is a whole lot easier on my hands.
pinning first

1 down - 3 to go

close up of my stitches
This is as far as I got last night.
Second one is basted and ready
To be continued!


  1. It's beautiful!!
    Art Nouveau can be so intricate...

    Quilting while traveling sounds really enviable. (The day will come when we'll hoist our anchor too!)
    Have a glorious weekend!


  2. Thanks Ana! Living the dream is wonderful. I hope you get to do it soon. And to you - have a glorious weekend!

  3. That is amazing! Such tiny stitches. I love quilts and needlework but I don't think I have the attention span necessary! I saw Box Elder SD in your profile...I actually know where that is! I am a former East SD gal myself (Redfield). Can't wait to see the finished quilt! Julia

  4. This is beautiful! I especially love the colors so far. I have been sewing for many years and I've made a couple of small quilts but I've never been able to get the hang of applique. Your quilt makes me want to try it again!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! XO

  5. Thanks Hopeandjoyhome! It's therapy for me. The more stressed I am - the more I stitch.
    We are full-timing in our motorhome and Box Elder is our Home Base for mail and business contacts. I have never lived in SD, but I do love visiting the state. We have family living in the Black Hills near Rapid City.
    We visited the Badlands NP. That's as far east as I have gone - so far.

  6. Thanks Annette! I hope you enjoy doing the applique this time. I went through a couple of different methods of appliqueing before I found one that I really enjoyed doing.

  7. That is going nicely and I'm waiting to see it all together. I am a big baster too. I did find some tiny short "basting" pins that I use if I absolutely have to. (trouble is, they are hard to find when they fall onto the dog-hair-covered floor.

  8. Hi Julie, I have the same short basting pins. Even on bare floors they are hard to find. I use a magnet to find them. Works pretty good on the floor. I'm not sure how well it would work on thick carpets.


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