Sunday, June 13, 2021

It's Enough To Drive Some Up The Wall

 


Hello lovely lovelies❣ Welcome to my little place where bold pattern and colour has been the order of my week. Myriad of little leaf-shaped patterns have been affixed to the wall of my Flowers in Her Hair, Flowers Everywhere quilt. There I go again......singing 'that' song over and over. I am afraid this happy little tune is stuck in a groove in my brain, rather much like a broken down record. I of course underestimated just how long the 'wall papering' process would take. I supposed I would have the wall finished in a week to show all you lovelies, but no, I am still sitting here, placing each leaf here and there; but that's okay as I rather love playing with each leaf. I rather love petting all my fabrics. It is always a pleasure for me to re-visit all the lovely fabrics, for yet another time. 

I suppose adhering leaf after leaf onto a 'wall' is enough to drive some up the wall, but me, no; I am having a lovely time. I am loving the explosion of colour and pattern that is unfolding before my very eyes. All the bright and joyous patterns and colours before me are the perfect antidote to the grey, rainy days that have been the order of my wintry week. What I am not enjoying though, is the explosion of fabric that has taken over my usually orderly sewing room. Truly, it looks as if a fabric bomb has been detonated and fabric blown to smithereens. I joked to someone this week saying that if a burglar were to perhaps peek through my window he would see an unholy mess, and thinking I had already been burgled, move on to try his luck at his next intended address where treasures await. Goodness, I am always amazed as to the mess I can whip up in such a little time, with very little effort at all. I am so very good at it.

As I adhered leaves to the wall I began thinking about what fabric I would use for the binding, which would cover the  edges of the leaves. I thought perhaps a solid fabric, but what colour to use?? Black?? Purple?? Mmm....not really. I saw in my mind's eye that a solid cover would look too heavy and too defined. Perhaps a patterned fabric?? But it would have to be a design that blended seamlessly with all the explosion of colour and pattern which sat on the 'wall' before me. So, I went shopping. And....after an inordinate amount of time being betwixt and between, auditioning many bolts of fabrics.....this one.....that one.....I decided on a print which I felt would be perfect. A patterned fabric where there is an allover pattern of flowers and paisley designs in colours of purples, greens, blues and white. I rather love how it blends seamlessly between each patterned leaf.  I love how the binding causes the pattern on each leaf to pop. Yes indeed, a splendid choice, me thinks. With the binding fabric all sorted, I cut lengths and lengths of strips on the bias to make the binding, using my Clover bias tape, thingamajig. After gluing each strip lengthways along the edges of the leaves, I then began to hand applique the binding down. I thought about machine stitching the binding but I thought I might do that later when it is time to quilt. But then I may not; remember, I am making this up as I go. =)








I am off to hand stitch some more binding along my leaves and yes, I am still singing 'that' tune'. =) Such a happy little song. Have a lovely Sunday, lovely lovelies May it be one filled with loveliness, flowers, quilts.....and whatever makes your heart sing❣ Take care❣

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




 Linking up his week to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, and
Frédérique's Quilting, Patchwork and Applique


70 comments:

  1. Your quilt will be gorgeous !
    I can't imagine the patience and skill are require to do what you do..."Chapeau !" (expression that we use to congratulate...taken our hat and do a reverence...) :)
    Have a lovely week...around your leaves !
    Hug
    Anna

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  2. The bias certainly adds interest to the quilt, I can't wait to see the next step, happy stitching!

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  3. Hi Kim
    You really are a talented lady. This quilt is so so pretty. Did you stitch the leaves together before the binding. Love the colourful fabrics and the binding goes perfectly. Have a great week.
    Best wishes Kay c xx

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    1. Hi Kay, thank you so much❣ No the fabric leaves are affixed to vliesofix which I then ironed onto the backing fabric. The binding was a great find, wasn't it. I love it when serendipity happens. =) You have a great week, too, lovely Kay. Kim Xx

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  4. That is the perfect binding fabric for your quilt! Your quilt brings sunshine on a cloudy day (singing!).

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  5. Such gorgeous fabrics! Love the binding you are adding. Those colours and patterns bring a smile!

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  6. Kim, Happy Sunday! You are so creative! This will be another stunning quilt full of color and flowers, well I also spy birds, bees and buterflies as all real garden.
    Have a great week and take care.

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  7. Hey Kim and happy Monday to you I think it is or is it still Sunday eve??? I love your leaves and binding mixed or not.. lovely petals and many look fussy cut to show that sweet bird and so many nature shapes. Thanks for sharing and I have that tune in my head from last week too <3 Kathi

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  8. Your work amazes me!! Will the whole top be hand sewn using the binding strips? This is amazing!! And yes, I have the song in my head now. 🎵

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  9. Flowers, flowers everywhere. Yes, a tune meant to stay in your head for days and now it's into weeks!! I know you talked about the quilt "Magic Carpet Ride" but for some reason, I had something else in my mind until this week when you shared. Look at that riot of flowers and of color. I had no idea what you were talking about when you mentioned 'binding'. Yay, you had fabulous pictures of the binding between the leaves and it was invaluable to see the pictures with the binding just partially applied. I did wonder how many yards of bias binding (It is bias, right?) you would end up using. Oh, btw, I did look up images of Sue's quilt but I do believe YOUR leaves are much, much smaller - what a feat! Yes, I would have probably used black or dark purple but I LOVE your choice - it makes it so much more "seamless'. Oh, how I love your creative nature, "I will just go where my heart leads me."...I do wish I could be less controlled and need to work on that aspect. LOL Yes, yes, I would be one to continue to love to see pictures of your other "flower quilt'; you know I'm totally fascinated by hand quilting. :) I fondly look for your new posting to see your new amazing quilt and to see what evolution of fabrics to quilt has taken place. Have a super week, Kim. Till next Sunday...

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  10. You are growing another beautiful garden there, Kim! I enjoyed zooming in on your photos to see the details of your pretty fabrics. That's really going to be amazing! I'm curious if you're machine or hand sewing the petals and their bindings together.

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  11. Oh my gosh! Stunning! I am quite happy to hear that you are messy when creating as I am too.

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  12. It looks like you chose the perfect binding fabric. This is such a pretty quilt!

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  13. Hello Kim, The binding fabric choice is perfect. It frames and accents each leaf without detracting. It’s great when a quilt talks to you during progress. I envy your lovely wooden spool. Enjoy the process!

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  14. Wow, the bias is really pretty, and you are right, it is the perfect fabric ;) I love your new project, very inventive, and so colorful.
    Thank you for sharing, and linking up today ;)

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  15. Beautiful binding fabric--really adds so much to those leaf-ey shapes...enjoy your sewing journey--hugs, Julierose

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  16. oh, wow! You and bias tape! All those fabrics, and all those colors! This is going to look amazing when you're done with it. I think the making-it-up-as-you-go projects are the best. :-)

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  17. Another Sunday of gorgeousness to peruse! Thanks for sharing your beautiful world Kim! Looks like you are having a wonderful time! You've got that tune in my head again!

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  18. Maravilloso trabajo estás haciendo con ésas
    bonitas hojas y la tela paisley, hummmm...... me encanta. BESICOS.

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  19. Wow! This project is really coming along beautifully! The binding is perfect and really does make your floral pedals pop. What patience you have to create such a masterpiece! I'm looking forward to the next step. Happy (and creative) week! Zenda

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  20. Absolutely amazing! What a lot of work. But, so satisfying to see it come together.

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  21. Оh, Kim, you have such an artistic eye and very good taste!
    The choice of binding fabric is just perfect! It gives the quilt 3D-effect (as if the background flower carpet is showing through the flower petals). It also looks a bit like a stained glass :) Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Alina. Yes, my wall does have the look of stained glass, doesn't it. The myriad of pattern and colour truly makes me smile. Thank you for your lovely visit, lovely Alina. Kim Xx

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  22. Kim, this new project of yours looks so beautiful. But I have to admit that I'm not quite sure how you are attaching the binding, never having done this sort of thing myself. But then, I dont have to understand the technical aspects, I'll just sit back and enjoy your creativity each week.

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  23. Such a beautiful wall of colour Kim just love it. The bias is perfect too, when you mentioned binding I though it was the outside edge binding until I saw the pictures, you are so clever. I looked up the Cowsills, they were an interesting family! Now I am off humming about flowers 😁😁

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  24. Like everyone else here, I am totally amazed. What an explosion of colour and beauty, just like your amazing garden. You have been blessed with an incredible talent and I must say thank you, for your generosity in sharing your work.
    Blessings to you,
    Gail.

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    1. Gail, your beautiful words have blessed my day; thank you❣ It seems everything I imagine and then fashion is over-spilling with colour; and flowers. I suppose I see my world through the filter of flowers. They are always my muse. Blessings to you, too, lovely Gail❣ Kim Xx

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  25. Gorgeous artwork,great choices!sweet flowers as ever. Hugs and blessings,my friend.

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    1. Thank you so much, lovely Maristella. Blessings to you, too,lovely lady. Kim Xx

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  26. Wow! That really looks incredible. So much patience!!! I’m glad you are blessed with flowers through the colder season.

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  27. Your quilt is so stunning, I don't have the words, just beyond beautiful!! I absolutely love your color and design choices. It's amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Linda. Your beautiful words have sprinkled sunshine into my day. Kim Xx

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  28. I am the same way you are with fabric, I am with paper, there is just so many beautiful patterns to choose from. I love the look the binding gives to the background, such lovely patterns!

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  29. Wow Kim, the binding around the leaves really adds such a special interest! It amazes me how you creative you are!! You have such a passion for fabrics, flowers, stitching and quilting.

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  30. How lovely! I thought it looked beautiful without the binding and didn't quite understand where you meant to put it until I saw the photo and yes well done! the perfect choice of fabric it's going to be another stunner. Have a great week. xx

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  31. How beautiful is that! Well, I am lost for woods! Just stunning. Love, love, love. xx

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  32. You described the process of your needlework in an interesting way. Surprised that the walls are decorated with patchwork, very cute.

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    1. Doesn't everyone have a patchwork wall?? =) I have one in my boudoir....a feature wall of patchwork photographs of flowers from five books. 'Tis so pretty. Thank you for your lovely visit, Svetlana. Kim Xx

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  33. This is so beautiful! I really much overcome my fear of rules and color and jump in. Until then, I'll continue to be inspired by you! Lovely!

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  34. I love all your flower petals!! And the photos of your flower garden quilt with flower books!!!

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  35. Another fanciful, bright, happy creation, Kim! I can imagine you humming the tune while you work, too. The binding is perfect. I had to laugh at the description of the would-be burglar's reaction to the piles of fabric :) Can't wait to see the finished result. Happy stitching! Hugs xo K

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  36. So creative and clever! That looks really wonderful!! Happy stitching!

    -Soma

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  37. Flowers, flowers, everywhere, indeed. Not only the fabric ones, but the fresh arrangements, as well, which means there's a well-stocked florist nearby. The binding choice is perfect and I'm as intrigued by the technique as everyone else. Can't wait to see what the finishing entails.
    Pat

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  38. WOW!!! LOVE the colours, pattern, everything!

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  39. Kim - close up, the fabric between the leaves appears busy, but it really works from further back. Good for you, taking on such a detailed project. Way beyond my capability or interest! Stay warm down there, with your wintry days!

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  40. WOW Kim! This is looking amazing. xxx

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  41. Fantastic! I love repetitive kinds of crafts, I always have patience for them as well. I suppose this is our kind or meditation (unless you like proper meditation, of course. I could never get into the habit).
    Amalia
    xo

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  42. I am liking this very much! :-) It is looking fabulous already, what a wonderful quilt this is going to be, such a great selection of fabrics.
    And no, not everybody has a patchwork wall, my tiny sewing room just can't accommodate one (no space on a wall), but I do have a large sheet of polystyrene which is very easily moved around (although not large enough to display a large project ), but this just has to do.
    It is very normal for my room to look like a bomb hit it at a start of any new project, when I pull out any fabrics which could be useful.
    xx

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  43. That is so wild and colorful ... I have to stop here and rest my eyes. And, I thought I had a lot of floral fabrics ... well, not nearly as colorful though.

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  44. Kim I love your binding and the way that at the moment it is falling off the bottom of the quilt like rain it is stunning.I so look forward to seeing your blog post on Sunday this week had to wait till Monday to be able to read it though.I do hope you are getting a book printed with your blog posts it will be a riot of colour and delight for you .if you wrote a flower book I would be in line to buy it.

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    1. Elizabeth, the binding falling off the bottom does rather does have the feel of rain falling, doesn't it. I have always dreamt of publishing a book. A book brimming with all things textiles and flowers, with 'stuff and nonsense' musings from me. Maybe one day. As for publishing some of my blog posts in a book....perhaps. It would make for a colourful and joyful coffee table book, I suppose. Thank you, Elizabeth, for visiting my little place. It is always a delight to have you stop by. I hope you are keeping warm there. Kim Xx

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  45. Beautiful array of pretty colours Kim, Difficult to choose a suitable binding but I think the gorgeous paisley design is perfect. wonderful work.

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  46. Kim, this is stunning! Looking at it with the binding, it reminded me of Moroccan tiles! An exquisite pieces by all means!

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  47. Fantastic. I love the way you work with saturated colour and pattern.

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  48. I am so happy dear Kim. Did you sew that great ... this blaze of colors ... yes my heart is jumping for joy and I join the song full of happiness ... how happy we are ... to be able to create such beautiful things. And your colors and design are always particularly beautiful.
    Be hugged very warmly. Many bright greetings to you. Viola

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    1. Thank you so much, Viola. It is a joy, isn't it, that you and I are able to play with textiles and create pretty pretties. =) Thank you for your sweet visit, lovely Viola. Kim Xx

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  49. This is incredible! The design is beautiful, as are the fabrics you are using, and your choice of binding is inspired. I love the way you surround yourself with flowers even in the dead of Winter :)

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  50. Awesone! Gorgeous! Wonderful! Fantastic!
    Pretty fabrics and perfect binding for them.
    You rock, Kim!

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  51. Your real life flower garden and your quilts must bring you so much joy. They are very inspirational. With each new quilt you create you show us so much more of your magic and talents. You create happiness in each day.

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  52. Hi Kim,
    Very intricate and beautiful!
    How lovely and clever to be able to create such a beauty.
    Singing the tune too. :)

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  53. ooooh how much i have missed this!! what a stunning array of gorgeous colors!!

    i have missed my visits here, many thanks for stopping by, and leaving such kind words for me!!

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  54. Dear Kim, what a joy to see those beautiful and flowery leaves. The fabric from which you have made bias binding matches it gloriously. I'm so lazy this summer, I've never made or done so little. But nothing has to be done and everything is allowed, above all to enjoy. Bye! ♥

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    1. That's what summer is for, Loes, to laze around and not do much at all. I can't wait until lazy, hazy, summer days swing by here once again. Enjoy your summer days. Thank you for stopping by my little place, lovely Loes. Kim Xx

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  55. Oh how lovely Kim. It all reminds me of the wall Angel did on escape to the Chateau. Love it.
    Thank you for visiting me and your kind words.
    Tomorrow is not going to be a good day here, we have an appointment with the vet. It’s time to say our goodbyes to little Rocky. He is so sick and it’s time to end his suffering :(
    Stay warm
    Xx Jeanette ann

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    1. Oh, Jeanette, I am so sorry your little Rocky is so sick and you have to say goodbye to him. It is always heart breaking when our pets are no longer with us. It will be a very sad week indeed for you Take care, dear lady. Sending you many a hug. Xx

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  56. Dearest Kim
    I'd love to know what inspires you... maybe it's something divine, your masterpieces have something so precious inside themselves, they speak of a big heart and a special soul able to catch that Beauty which touches us in the deep and moves us...
    Thank you darling for being so unique,
    I'm truly fortunate to have you as a blogfriend!
    Love and hugs Xx
    Dany

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    1. Oh my goodness, Dany, your words have touched my heart this fine day. Thank you so much for your precious words. As to what inspires me, anything and everything, really. Let's just say that everything under God's beautiful heavens inspires me.Inspiration is everywhere, isn't it. Thank you, my lovely friend, for blessing my day with the beauty of your words. I too, am fortunate to have you as a blogfriend. Kim Xx

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  57. As always a treat for the eyes when I come to visit you! If it's not your garden, it's your creations - and they're all a treat to see. There aren't enough words in the English language to wrap around the joy you give with every post.

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  58. Oh it's an experience to visit your blog, the beautiful photos, and to see the beautiful fabric flowers like a piece of jewelry you are working on. I do not understand how you manage to get all these wonderful fabrics and the beautiful binding together. This is gorgeous!

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  59. Dear Kim, the terrible flood areas are in the west of Germany, fortunately I live in the east and here with us there was only minor damage. However, we had over the years
    2002 and 2013 also extreme floods. Thank you very much for your greetings. We're fine. Have a time with a lot of joy and happiness. Cordially Viola
    ,,, Thank you for writing to me, now I've looked at your wonderful work again and I'm very happy about it. Today I got some fabric ready to sew a little bag. Hug to you.

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