Garden Divas Finally Materialize!


Welcome to the new season of inspiration from the Idea Book. This week I have been busy sewing things with my new FreeSpirit fabric, Garden Divas. There are so many possibilities and ideas that I want to try, so I have been trying to organize my time in the most advantageous way. Basically, it comes down to serious sewing, designing and office work during the day, handwork (burying threads) for relaxation in the evening and dreaming about new projects at night. I actually have several jobs going at the same time, which is unusual.

Here is a little broderie perse quilt that is hot off the sewing machine. This was made by fussy cutting Zinnias from the Pastel colorway that are backed with interfacing. The interfacing adds stability and also helps to keep the colors bright. I was careful to keep a bit of the blue background surrounding each flower, so the applique stitching would not eat into the blossoms and blend into the blue background.

The pot, background and border ( Lively Silhouette- Green) are also backed with interfacing. After arranging the bouquet, the pieces are appliqued from the bottom up and the background is cut away from underneath. This keeps the quilt nice and flat by removing the multiple layers.

Then I got to practice my free-motion quilting by stitching in the white outlines. It’s not perfect, but it really gives the piece a wonderful texture. I used 12 weight (topstitching) thread to quilt the flower pot and around the border.

Here is an extension of the idea, through the magic of Photoshop. The butterflies are too regular, but that would be easy to change in “real life.” This could be a wonderful quilt to hang over a bed or above an entryway. The quilt could be made in any of the colorways by matching your background fabrics… red for the Exotic colorway and black for the Peacock Zinnias.

This has been wonderful fabric to brighten the cold and cloudy days this week. I hope it has brought a little cheer into your life, too!

10 Responses to “Garden Divas Finally Materialize!”

  1. Melissa P says:

    Gorgeous! I love this application of the zinnias. Oh the ideas they generate.

  2. Linda says:

    the flower pots look great. I can’t wait till the fabric comes in so I can get lots of it!

  3. Mindy says:

    Ahh! Beautiful as always! I’ll be scouting this fabric out as soon as it’s available!

  4. Ah, Jane, you’ve done it again — brilliant! Every time I wonder how you’ll ever top the previous line of fabric, you come up with more wonderful patterns and colorways. Keep the ideas flowing, please — we are all richly inspired because of them.


  5. Dena says:

    Wow, that quilt is very impressive. I love the idea of fussy cutting a design, I bet it would be great on pillows, too. Thanks for the post!

  6. Jane, your new range is gorgeous as I knew it would be, I love the shading on the blooms and curling leaves. And I love the accent of blue you have around the broiderie perse, so pretty.

  7. kateuk says:

    Very lovely- oh how I wish it was easier to find your fabrics in the UK!

  8. Westminster is making a big effort to get the fabrics into Europe this year. So have your favorite stores contact Westminster to find their sales rep.

    Jane S

  9. lori says:

    Love, love, LOVE the new design!! Absolutely will grab a LOT of it! 🙂

  10. kateuk says:

    That is good to hear, I shall see if I can get my local quilting shop here in the UK interested,thanks Jane!

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