Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Bunch of Flowers - Happy As A Clam



Happy As A Clam is finished, label and all. Yippee!! I've delivered it to my designated drop off person for the Sydney Quilt Show that opens next week. It's my first time of entering a quilt in the Big Show as I call it, after all there are usually about 450 quilts hanging. Of course I'm a bit nervous and excited but I'm confident that my denim clam shells will add something a bit different to the variety of quilts that make it such a great show. I'll wait to do the big unveiling of the quilt until next week so I can share photos of it hanging. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this bunch flowers I've picked for you.

I've spent most of my life around flowers. When I was a little girl I'd pick flowers and make daisy chains. I enjoyed pressing and drying flowers, watching them transform into something that would last forever. A favourite game was finding pretty fuchsias and pretending they were fairies with full ball gowns. I'd decorate little fairy palaces made of rocks and sticks with petals and leaves. 

So then in my early 20's it seemed like destiny when I got a job in a big busy flower shop known for it's range of beautiful exotic blooms. It was the dream job, very hard work but lots of fun playing with flowers, plants, sticks, leaves, fruit and all things botanical. Even sweeping was enjoyable as I'd make piles of leaves mixed with colourful petals and broken flower heads. Since then I've always worked with flowers or plants.

I sometimes think quilting is a lot like floristry. Working with a feature flower/fabric and coming up with the way of how can it be best presented. Or starting with a design in mind and picking the flowers/fabric that match the design. There are times in a flower shop where you have to use up leftovers and like a captivating scrap quilt they are quite often they are the most beautiful arrangements of all. The one benefit sewing has over floristry is your hands don't get dirty from stripping leaves from stems. And after all the rose thorns I've endured you would think I'd be immune to being pricked with needles but no, it hurts.  Ouch!


I know these aren't flowers but trees are fun too! Especially palm trees that make you think of tropical holidays,

And trees that grow button fruits.

Wishing you a fun flowery day!! And watch out for flower fairies :)

49 comments:

smazoochie said...

I like thinking of young Rachael Daisy playing with the flowers in the garden. I'm eager to see your happy, flowery clam shells in their entirety!

Melissa P said...

I cannot wait to see the reveal of the full quilt! These wonderful flowery clam shells are the perfect representation of your past and present. Just gorgeous!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Omg if I could I would hop on a plane so I could see this quilt in all it's glory! Blooming marvellous! I love your comparison of floristry and quilting :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Oh and that green lace is divine!

Mary said...

Thank you for the flowers! They are charming and make me happy as a clam! I can't wait to see your quilt finished and hanging at the show!

Chookyblue...... said...

how big are these clams..........they are looking great........

Barb said...

what a fun garden of clams! I love your binding fabrics, rick racks, plaids, dots - they are super cheerful and fun! the tree motif are are cute.
How many clams to you have?
I am dying to see this put together.

Kyle said...

These flowering clams are too cute. Each one gets cuter as I scroll down the page. We're all anxious to see all the clams together. Congrats for having it in the show. (My fave has to be the wool one with all the embroidery and hot green edge)

O'Quilts said...

So hoping that you do not get a big head when you win all the prizes with your best of all clever quilts.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh sending massive Congratulations your way Rachael...how delighted you must be and soooo excited! Looking forward to the big unveil!

audrey said...

These blocks are so YOU. Wish I could see it at the quilt show. It's gonna get a lot of attention.:)

Nifty Quilts said...

I love your little flowers, all so pretty and happy, like each one is smiling. Congratulations on getting it finished for the show. I know it will be a big hit there!

Melody said...

I think I am more in love with this quilt than any other of your amazing creations. Can't wait to see the pictures at the show. Good luck, how wonderful if you won.

Fran said...

Such great pieces, what a lovely project!

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

I LOVE YOUR clam shells, Rachael!! I am very excited about the whole quilt. He will certainly be one of the most beautiful quilt at the Sydney Quilt Show.
Hugs
Deborah

Karen said...

What a beautiful bouquet of clams!! Can you have such a thing? Why not! They are all so wonderful.
Congratulations on taking the big step to enter into the show.
I am looking forward to the unveiling.

Cindy said...

You've brightened my morning! Your clam shell posts always make my day :)

Sharyn Baldwin said...

I just love your clam flowers and I really can't wait to see the complete quilt hanging - sure to get some good points!

Sooli said...

Can't wait to see the big reveal! What a shame Sydney is too far from Adelaide for me to come and have a look.

Helen Ernst said...

It is really suspenseful!! Looking forward to seeing them all together.

Jeneta said...

Another set of beautiful clam shells! I love your narrative that accompanies them. Zoe is very taken with your clam shells. I think you may have inspired her to make her very own!

leanne said...

these are all so gorgeous - I can't believe that I actually have a favourite in this lot - so wish I was going to Sydney to see your quilt in person but I'll have to wait until your photos to see this masterpiece !

antique quilter said...

can't wait to see the whole quilt , I love flowers on quilts just fun the way you made so many of them
love all the embellishments , I know you had so much fun making this quilt, so many memories put into it as well
good luck at the show :)
Kathie

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Your imagination is endless. I bet you got lots of inspiration from work being surrounded by all those beautiful blooms.
I am so excited to see this quilt together, I am sure there will be a ribbon to go along with it!

Heidi said...

Yes, can't wait the see the complete quilt too.
Wonderful flowers !

LynCC said...

I love seeing these every time. This is going to be SO COOL. :)

Lynne Shandley said...

Can't wait to see the whole thing! This is gunna be good :-)

Quiltbenaco said...

Non vedo l'ora di ammirare il reportage con le foto del tuo capolavoro esposto al
"Sydney quilt show"!
Complimenti!

Linda said...

Good luck with the Sydney Show. So pleased you finished the quilt in time. Hope you win a prize. Looking forward to The Big Reveal!

Shay said...

Good Luck in the Big girl quilting show Rachael. Im sure your clam quilt will attract a lot of oohs and ahhhs from the adoring public!

Terry said...

Your time has come. The quilt deserves a great unveiling and I am so looking forward to seeing it at the SHOW!!

Ruth said...

This quilt is fantastic, possibly even better than Pocket full of posies. Looking forward to seeing it at the Quilt Show next week!

A Nudge said...

These are so beautiful! I can hardly wait to see your gorgeous creation. Visiting your blog is such a treat.

Thimbleanna said...

They're all so gorgeous. I can't wait to see your finished quilt -- I've never seen anything like your beautiful blocks!

Sharon said...

These flower clams are so gorgeous! You are such a clever and inventive girl! This quilt must be a knockout . . . I can't wait to see the whole thing. Wish I could come see it in person!

Quilting Dee said...

Love these! Sooo fun Rachel. Can't wait to see your quilt. It will be outstanding! Best of luck in the show. Just gorgeous! Such talent!

Sujata Shah said...

These clams have been so much fun to see, I can hardly wait to see the whole quilt! I am sure it is going to win the hearts of all the show goers. I wish I could see it in person.. All the work you have put in it is just amazing!

shez said...

OMG Rachael you are so clever they are all amazing ,you sure are one clever chicky.xx

Vickie said...

I am so anxious to see the finished quilt !!

Marg said...

I can't believe that these are even more amazing than all the previous clamshells you've shown us. I can not wait to see the whole quilt, it's going to be freaking awesome.

Katy Cameron said...

Woohoo, can't wait to see it in all its glory!

needleandspindle said...

Best of luck. I imagine it as a truly glorious quilt. My favourite bits are the clams where you can see the seam lines from their previous life. It is that waste turned into beauty that I marvel at it your work...it is subtle but radical. We are all waiting with fingers crossed!

quiltsomore said...

Rachael I look forward to seeing your Quilt. It looks fantastic

Karen said...

Are you getting nervous? I would be. Are you going to the opening? I think your quilt will be an excellent addition the quilts on display. Your designing is definitely an extension of your floristry skills. I look forward to seeing it in the flesh when I am at the show. Good luck xx

Fat Quarter Bird said...

These clams are awesome. I will look forward to seeing it at the show. It will be a show stopper for sure!!!! Ever thought of turning it into a pattern for sale???? I would be your first customer!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

You have the cleverest posts, Rachael! I agree with you about quilting being a lot like floristry. Lately I've spent all my time gardening and I kept thinking how similar it was--we've lost a lot of trees in our yard the past few years and many plants are getting too much sun now, so I spent a great deal of time digging and replanting. A garden center man told a couple purchasing a tree, "Think twice, dig once," which reminded me of "measure twice, cut once." I hope you win an award, but no matter what, I'm sure your quilt will be the most cheerful in the exhibit!

Judy said...

I love your flowers! Fabric flowers can be just as much fun as the flowers in your garden. It looks like you had a lot of fun creating them.

Auntie Pami said...

Wow.

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