Friday, May 16, 2014

Pockets Full Of Posies

Happy Blogger's Quilt Festival
I hope my regular followers don't mind seeing Pockets Full of Posies again. It's my favourite quilt at the moment so I couldn't resist showing it as part of Blogger's Quilt Festival. 
Thanks to Amy of Amy's Creative Side for organising such a great event!! And a special welcome to those who have popped over from the festival. 

The seed of the idea for this quilt was planted when I placed some denim pockets on my design wall.
I used paper cut outs of flowers to get a general idea of shapes for the flowers and leaves.  

I used a mostly wool felt, with some cotton fabrics for the botanical pieces. Wool felt is a joy to use. It's so easy to just cut and sew. I sewed the flower and leaf edges down with similar coloured cotton and then added simple decorative stitches with perle 8 thread. I used perle cotton because it's what I have on hand, next time I make a quilt like this I'd like to use embroidery floss as well for a different texture.


Soon the flowers began to sprout

and grow

and bloom!



The quilting was a dense seed stitch with a crewel yarn. Partly for decorative purposes and partly because I think the dense quilting helps the pockets stand out against the backgroud more. It's hard to tell from the photos but there is subtle changes in the colour of the yarn around different parts of the quilt. 

And here is the final garden. At 48 x 43 inches Pockets Full of Posies is a perfect size for a wall hanging. It does a great job of brightening up my lounge room. Who needs a pot plant when you can have a whole garden hanging on your wall.  :)
Wishing you all a Happy Bloggers Festival. It's going to be a fun weekend of blog hopping and looking at wonderful quilts!!
Watch out for my other quilt entered in the festival in the Original Design Category. 


37 comments:

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What a pretty, happy, cheery quilt! :) I am enjoying the festival today :)

Pattilou said...

what an adorable quilt! It has so many creative parts!

Béa said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt ! XXX

Catherine said...

It is luscious:-)

Di said...

Absolutely cute as…!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Oh yes, these posies are so super wonderfully happy! I love the confetti of stitches, and the textures. Really fun. I love how you took it from the design wall
to a full blown quilt!

Skootchover said...

What a great idea. I love how cheery your flowers are and all the added flourishes. Beautiful work!

Barb said...

great quilt for the festival!! love to see the stitching close up

thequiltingdoberman said...

This might be more successful gardening for me. :) Loved all the colors. Sam

leanne said...

I'll never tire of seeing this quilt - its so colourful and fun :)

sherry said...

bright, free and whimsical…love it

Karen said...

I am so pleased you put this one in too. It is a gorgeous quilt that is so bright and happy. Love it to bits!

Jeneta said...

I will never tire of this quilt! I always see something more when I look at your pictures. This time it was the little orange end of the daffodil flower and the text stem on the flower to the right of the daffodil. Your stitching is amazing. I love and admire your detail.

Frederique from Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

What a charming quilt! I love this Festival!!

Valerie Reynolds said...

I am putting a call out to all my family members to give me their OLD jeans....I love this and am off to vote for ya!!! Just fantastic, creative fun!!!

Valerie Reynolds said...

PS: I just added myself as a GFC follower!!! Please stop by and check out my retro linky party: Tuesday Archives....where you link up OLD quilting posts according to the weekly theme. Sure love to have you and your readers join us at myplvl.blogspot.com!!! Good Luck at the Festival.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

So so fun and just incredible work! The flowers are beautiful and I love the stitches!

Sunna Reyr said...

Nope, don't mind at all, this is a favourite of mine and when I was at the retreat denim quilts were a topic of conversation at one point. And I jumped in with my laptop to show this quilt as one way to use the pockets that are mostly thrown away although I have used them as outside pockets on the denim and lace cosmetic bags I make.

Terry said...

There is no such thing as too much of a good thing. Bring on the flowers!!!!!!

Shay said...

Seriously brilliant. You know how much I love this quilt. It's creative, different and a lot of fun!

Im so glad you chose to show it off for the Festival!

needleandspindle said...

I could see this one a hundred times and still find more to see. What a delightful way to begin my Sunday morning.

pandchintz said...

You are a clever clogs - love this!! It's so cheery and made me smile.

CitricSugar said...

What a cute way to use old jeans! Love it.

Karen said...

That is a perfect entry for the applique section. Denim is just so versatile and you have done such a superb job.

sewfrench.com said...

Oh My Goodness, what a fun quilt!

sewfrench.com said...

Oh My Goodness, what a fun quilt!

Gari in AL said...

Love this idea and the color it brings. And the best part is that you don't have to water them.

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Oh, how I love this quilt! Every time I see it I want to take out my stash of old jeans and make something with them. Good luck for the festival!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

I'll never tire of seeing this one! I especially love all the hand stitched quilting you did :)

Marg said...

I'm so pleased you entered this in the quilt festival, as I get to see it again. Such a riot of colour and flowers, another gorgeous quilt Rachael.

Teresa at thirdfloorquilts.com said...

The denim background is so cool. Great appliqué work!

Writingmom said...

Oh wow! I want one!

Sharon said...

I simply ADORE this quilt! What a perfect quilt for the SPRING festival! It's just bursting with happy flowers and colors.

I can't believe how much stitching you did on this quilt!! And the denim just makes this a friendly quilt. It must have been challenging to stitch through though!

Great job and beautiful quilt!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

This one is really cool! It's so interesting it could be used in a gardening magazine as well as a quilting one. I think people who love growing flowers would appreciate this especially.

the girlfriend gap said...

this is so creative! I love it! Janita

Live a Colorful Life said...

A quilt similar to this is definitely on my bucket list. SO amazing. This reminds me so much of all the flowers my best friend's daughter used when she got married--all made from colored felt and embroidered, with lots of fun buttons. Have you every heard of Princess Lasertron? If not, you should definitely check her out. This is just gorgeous! I never get tired of looking at it. Ever.

liniecat said...

Stunning - love it : )

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