Sunday, June 28, 2020

Spring Flowers in Winter????

 
Hello lovely lovelies, and a top-of-the-morning to you❣  Another Sunday morning and one I might say, is beaming with glorious sunbeams, slowly warming my humble abode. Why, at this moment I am enjoying a cup of Melbourne Breakfast tea, looking over the rim of a pretty teacup, to the wintry world outside where blue skies are smiling down upon this little, bucolic paradise. Aah yes.....the sunshine is splashing magic everywhere. Thank you all so much for your beautiful comments re my  Sweet Sunday quilt this past week. I have spent many moments snuggled under my pretty, delighting in it's warmth and sweet, Liberty loveliness.

What have I been playing with this week???? With the stitching of my Sweet Sunday pretty finished, and though there are a few fabric imaginings colliding around in my imagination, whispering "start me, start me", I didn't want to begin something new. So, this week I have been amusing myself with stitching my flower garden quilt. The flowers hereabouts are practically non-existent, excepting those I brought home with me from the green grocer; lovely bunches  of alstroemeria. As Hans Christian Anderson once said, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower"..........so say I. So, delighting in a little stitching of my quilt seemed like a fabulous idea. Gosh, it has been over a year since magical flower seeds were planted and flowers 'growed' on this quilt. Do you remember my quilt, where hydrangeas, irises, daffodils, daisies, gladioli, poppies, pansies and other blooms jostle for space?? You are forgiven if your memory is a bit hazy as I understand perfectly that you may not be as enamoured with my flower garden quilt as  I. Let me help rekindle your memory.

The last time I waxed lyrical about my pretty there were happy flowers flourishing all over. When I last chatted about this quilt I was deliberating about what to do about the wisteria that I thought would look fabulous weaving and tangling it's way across the top. Well, I am still contemplating my belly button re the wisteria, but in the meantime,  I have stitched  more little flowers kissing the edge of the pond.  Each petal is smaller than the tip of my little finger and it took me two days to 'grow' these. No mean feat, I tell you.....not difficult, just fiddly. How could petals and flowers possibly take so much time?? There is also a flutter of  butterflies, fluttering here and there.

I was going to piece smidgens of fabrics together to form the butterflies, but that changed when I happened upon lovely fabrics a couple of weeks ago. The two fabrics which had to, had to come home with me are from Moda, called Flights of Fancy by MoMo. Besides the overall pattern and gorgeous hues catching my beady li'l eye, at the time I thought the butterflies in muted colours would be perfect for my quilt. Also, I would not have to fiddle with itty bitty crumbs of fabric, which having just appliqued those tiny flowers caused me to be one happy gal. I am loving how these butterflies hover here and flit there perfectly among the flowers. For, what is a garden if there are no sweet butterflies finding a peaceful haven among the flowers. They have a painterly, impressionist ambience about them, fitting  in perfectly with the Monet-esque aesthetic of my flower garden. So, so happy with all the sweet little butterflies. Why, I don't believe these butterflies could be more splendid if I tried. So, so very pleased that I didn't have to try.  Aah......how serendipitous!






I have delighted in appliqueing the little flowers and sweet butterflies to my garden quilt this week, reminding me once again of how much I adore this quilt. I had  forgotten too, how much I love  appliqueing with all the tiny stitches.........yes, really; I speak not with forked tongue. =) Somehow, the flutter of butterflies fluttering here, there and everywhere couldn't be more perfect. As it is Sunday today, I am going to stitch a few more sweet butterflies and begin to embroider the antennae to their heads. Even if the cold, wintry days are a tad tiresome, nor indeed if no flowers bloom in the garden, there is a plethora of spring blossoms blooming on my quilt, to sprinkle cheer to my days. Perhaps this coming week, more sweet flowers will sprinkle from that magical packet of seeds of mine. Aah yes.....there are yet more flowers to bloom. I might too, think about the embroidery that needs to be stitched on the flowers. Why, every pansy must, must have a pretty face. Thank you so much for visiting my little place. May your day be sprinkled with flowers, a flutter of butterflies; and a little beauty. May God bless your day with many a smile♥

Until the next time..........






68 comments:

  1. Hi Kim, such pretty appliquéd flowers rather like my garden just now as we are having summer here in Canada. You do beautiful work.

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  2. Yes, I certainly remember your beautiful flower quilt.
    Take a look at how the appliqué flowers turn into the real flowers, you hardly see any difference.
    Beautiful how you did all those ini,mini little stitches, what a patience !!!
    The butterflies are gorgeous and are a perfect match for the flowers, because what is a flower garden without butterflies?
    It will be beautiful when you embroider all the little details.
    A happy and healthy week!

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    1. Yes, all those tiny applique stitches need a little patience, but somehow I love stitching these. Love, love, love hand stitching. Every garden needs a butterfly or two, or three or................=) You have a happy and healthy week too, lovely Loes. I am so delighted for you that your arm is out of the plaster. Kim Xx

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  3. I saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky this morning, but it wasn't as colourful as your blog. xx (I hope Mother Nature didn't hear me say that). lol xx

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  4. Your spring blossoms are gorgeous, Kim!!! It's going to be awesome when finished. Before we know it Spring will be here - I'm looking forward to the warmer weather. It's been too cold here to get out in the garden the last couple of days - and no sunshine. Enjoy stitching your spring blossoms till your garden blooms again.

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  5. How beautiful, I love your butterflies and the pretty flowers, if you haven't got them in nature right now it makes sense to create your own. Have a lovely week. :) xx

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  6. Hi Kim wow love your pretty post ,I love your spring blossoms and the pretty butterflies,you are so clever my friend, stay safe and take care Kim xx

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  7. Hi Kim
    I do indeed remember you beautiful quilt. Love the butterfly fabric, you can never have to many butterflies, can’t wait to see the next stage. Glad you have some sunshine. Happy stitching.
    Best wishes Kay c Xx

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    1. Butterflies add whimsy wherever they appear, don't they?? As for sunshine; it was a beautiful sun-filled kinda day, today....yay for sunshine! Have a beautiful week, lovely Kay. Kim Xx

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  8. I love this quilt! The butterflies are co cute and perfect. Happy stitching!

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  9. Yes, I do recall your flowery garden quilt! You made the right choice on using Moda’s butterflies. Their shading would be fiddly to duplicate. They shall look fabulous flitting about the garden. Certainly while you stitch this flowery delight, it will brighten your winter days!

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  10. Oh I love your photos of your appliqued flowers just blending in with the real ones in your garden. Just beautiful!

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  11. love all that applique - beautifully done!

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  12. I do indeed remember your flowery applique piece and I'm delighted to see it has come out to play. Butterflies are always a welcome addition. I was straightening up in the studio trying to motivate myself to get busy and came across some fabric purchases that had not been properly put away (i.e. they were still in the bag from the store.) Amongst them was a very pretty butterfly print with a coordinating fabric to match. No project in mind, they just delighted me at the time. Enjoy stitching on your pretty spring flowers, you will be back among the real ones in no time.
    Pat

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  13. Another beautiful quilt! I look forward to seeing it grow.

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  14. Stunning! Such meticulous stitching!

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    1. Thank you so much, lovely Rita. Kim Xx

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  15. Love your butterflies in the middle of your flowers !!!! The details that add beauty in your kilt !
    Have a lovely week !
    Hug
    Anna

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    1. Thank you so much, lovely Anna. Kim Xx

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  16. How lovely with some butterflies! As we speak me and my children are eagerly waiting for our butterfly larvae to arrive in the post. We will then care for them until they are grown Painted Ladies ready to be released in the garden. Magic! Anna x

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  17. Oh so pretty! I completely understand the need to bring home those butterflies!

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  18. The butterflies are perfect for this lovely project! Enjoy your hand stitching!

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  19. Lovely quilt Kim, gorgeous applique flowers and pretty butterflies.

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  20. I love the addition of the butterflies to your gorgeous flowers. This is really becoming a masterpiece.

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  21. Your flower appliqué quilt is looking lovely, full of summer promise and warmth...well winter for you I'm afraid but it's still full of promise! And I love the butterflies too.

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  22. Love your butterflies, and the whole piece! Great work and gorgeous pictures as always!

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  23. Your butterflies are so beautiful, they look like real. Lovely appliqué top!

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  24. I remember this quilt! I love the butterflies. So pretty!

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  25. Your Spring flowers in Winter must bring such happiness to you, dear Kim!! Oh those butterflies fluttering among the gorgeous flowers is so, so lovely. You certainly came upon the perfect fabric, but of course, you have such an artistic eye for such things. Enjoy those applique stitches while you keep cozy under the quilt.

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous and happy!Divine!Hugs,dear Kim.

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    1. Thank you so much, lovely Maristella. Hoping you have a beautiful and fun little holiday. Kim Xx

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  27. Your applications of flowers and butterflies are so amazing! I also love seeing the beautiful photos you share and how to arrange with real flowers and beautiful fabrics.

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  28. You have such skill and patience to do such tiny applique; it's really beautiful :) I hope your winter isn't to cold. Our weather has literally gone from 30c of baking sunshine yesterday to 18c of wind and rain today! Ahh, the English summer Best, Jane x

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    1. Aah....the English summer....there are always lots of surprises, isn't there. When it comes to patience with stitching, Jane, I have it in spades. I love the slowness and exactness of hand applique and the slow stitching that is required. It appeals to my persnickety tendencies. =) Thank you for your beautiful visit, lovely lady. Have a beautiful, English summery, kinda day. Kim Xx

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  29. The appliques are so beautiful. I tried making appliques one time and I was lousy at it. I admire anyone that can do it.

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  30. Your flower garden quilt is just beautiful! So glad you've gotten it out to play with again!

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  31. Yes, now you have jogged my memory, I certainly can remember your beautiful garden quilt! Another gorgeous creation Kim, and you will enjoy adding butterflies and quilting to it, I'm sure.

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  32. A beautiful flowery indoor garden that never needs weeding or watering!

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  33. I would call this a quilt mural! It's beautiful beyond words! And it will definitely lift your spirits up regardless of the harshness of winter :)

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  34. Oh wow, such beautiful work and DETAIL--bravo! Flowers all year round!

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  35. Oh you did bring home some beautiful flowers, isn't it wonderful that we can even have flowers in the middle of winter :)
    Your butterflies are a lovely addition to your quilt, that was the perfect idea you had, you do a beautiful job with your appliqueing, I haven't done that in years, I have a one that I did that I saved for myself and I am so glad I did :) Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

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  36. "Fiddly" such a good word to describe things that are not hard, just time consuming. I have been doing some "fiddly" leaves and I'm rather "fed-up" with them. hehehe Lovey quilt and worth the "fiddly" time it is taking. Oh, another thought, do you ever wish your applique was as quick as taking a photo? I see you put a lot of time into the photos - but still it seems quicker to me.

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  37. So beautiful . Your posts are like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Looking at your posts brings such warmth and happiness. Have a wonderful week.
    Marion

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    1. Your beautiful comment is like a ray of sunshine to my cloudy day, lovely Marion. So, so happy to sprinkle a little warmth and happiness your way. Hope your week is a wonderful one, too. Kim Xx

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  38. The quilt is beautiful. I love those gorgeous butterflies. Hope your garden blooms more of the seeds. Have a great week.
    Marilyn

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    1. I hope my magical flower seeds bloom more this week too, Marilyn. They do seem to take a long while to flower, though. =) The whole day yesterday was spent on one flower and it still is not complete. Each flower and butterfly does seem to take an age. Not to worry.....I will just stitch on. Thank you for popping by. You have a great week, too, lovely Marilyn. KimXx

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  39. Methinks it is never really Winter in your house, Kim. Your flowers and butterflies are so beautiful. They bring rays of sunshine and Summer to all of us, whatever our weather :)

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  40. I love all the butterflies fluttering around your quilt.
    So pretty and delightful...a true labour of love.

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    1. Thank you, Dixie. Yes, a lot of love is going into the stitching of this quilt. Kim Xx

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  41. I am so happy to see this quilt surface again Kim as it is just stunning! The butterflies are perfect for it too - such a lucky find. xx

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  42. I have to admit,fabric printed butterflies are where I look first. You found a great match!

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  43. Oh my, your quilt is an absolute work of art! So beautiful.

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  44. Of course I remember that yummy quilt. The butterflies are perfect! I, without fail, had to pick out my favorite flutterby. It's in picture #20 and has a bit of rose/red on the tips of the wings. Doesn't it look like a ballerina on point? Besides, it's wonderfully set in amongst the flowers. What fun it must have been to decide just where you wanted to place each of them. Hope you're still having and enjoying the sunshine. Plenty of sunshine here and temps to prove it.

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  45. My dear friend, your quilt is as beautiful as you are!! I love the butterflies. The dotty wings are perfect!!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hello my beautiful friend♥ 'Tis the most joyous thing to have you visit me at my little place. Of course you love the dotty wings. =) I hope you are well. Take care, lovely Jann. Kim Xx

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  46. Yes, I remember this beauty!! You have such incredible vision to create these works of art, Kim. I'm so much more comfortable following the directions for a simple quilt. We are so lucky you share your talent with us!! I know these floral lovelies are keeping you warm and toasty during the long winter months. I'll try to create a post this week with some of my garden flowers. Hope it cheers you half as much as your pretty quilts cheer me!! Happy week! Zenda

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  47. A little butterfly
    flew off the quilt
    but he couldn't really
    shake off the the guilt.

    He played for a while
    and when it started to rain
    he flew back to the quilt
    to be sown on again.

    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Oh.....my own little lyrical poem by Amalia♥ Your beautiful imagination, Amalia, truly knows no bounds. You have such a precious gift. Kim Xx

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  48. Kim - I do remember this quilt. And how wise you are to bring your own flowers into your life, given that Old Man Winter has arrived on your doorstep. As always, amazing stitching that you share with all of us!

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  49. How could anyone forget the garden quilt? Never! What a beautiful work of art it is!

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    1. Well......it is a good year since my little flower garden pretty has seen the light of day. =) As ever, thank you for your beautiful visit, lovely Mary. Kim Xx

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  50. Great to see you working on this pretty quilt again. The fluttering butterflies are perfect for the fabric garden.

    -Soma

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  51. Oh my goodness, this is incredible.

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  52. Enchanting, Kim! Your beautiful quilt seems to come to life with your incredible stitchery! I love the background fabrics, too. Like a little scene from a story-book. Sending hugs and happy stitching! xx K

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  53. Those flutter-byes are the perfect addition to your garden! Now perhaps there might be a bee or two find their way into the garden too? It's always a treat to see what comes from your magical stitching fingers Kim.

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