Sunday, July 24, 2022

Crazy Flowers♡

 



Hello lovely lovelies♡ How are you on this 24th day of July?? Goodness, another month speeding to the end of this year. It's a rather chilly Sunday here today. Much cooler than in some parts of the world. Gosh, some countries are experiencing sweltering temperatures.....and devastating fires. This planet of ours is certainly screaming that all is not well. 

But, to all things stitching. This last little while I have been playing with fabric scraps.  Playing with insignificant, little smidgens of fabrics left over from past sewn pretties that have been left languishing in dark hidey-holes; waiting....waiting....to be incorporated into another pretty.  So much playing that cheery, colourful flowers have bloomed. This time every year, mid-winter, I always seem to need to fashion something which explodes with happy colour; to chase the chilly, wintry doldrums away. The garden at the moment is drab and rather sad in all it's winter hibernation (and decay) so just because I am in need of some happy colour, right before my very eyes  a 'bloom' of crazy flowers has grown. I only meant to fashion a few crazy patchwork flowers to see what they would look like, but after diving into the pile of scraps, alas, I couldn't stop. Yes, they became a wee bit addictive. Octagonal flowers dressed in happy, scrappy, crumbs of fabric.

I used the EPP octagon and square shapes from my Hydrangea Cobblestone quilt; the quilt, which alas, I am still hand quilting. I traced around the octagon shape onto white fabric, added a quarter inch all the way around, so I could turn each side of each flower under, in readiness for hand piecing. Then I began machine stitching scraps of fabric onto the white fabric until a crazy flower eventuated. For the centre of each flower I have used tiny morsels of a rose print. Easy peasy.....oodles of colourful crazy flowers blooming all over a little quilt. Crazy Flowers....sounds like the perfect name for a quilt, if you were to ask me. For the squares, I used a Kaffe Fassett fabric 'Flower Delight' cutting intermittently here and there to add to the beauty of the garden of crazy flowers. Gotta love a Kaffe fabric♡

Of course, the gloom of winter never really touches the magic of The Fernery♡




Isn't it funny how a quilt begins and slowly grows?? One starts with a 'tureen' (well I do) overflowing with scraps; then one begins to throw these pretty morsels of fabric up into the air and voila, a 'bloom' of flowers, a garden of crazy flowers grows. It is always such fun to play with fabric scraps. Though, oh my goodness, playing with scraps certainly explodes into one helluva mess! This evening I will continue to stitch crazy flowers and little floral squares together, joining all the other lovely ladies at Kathy's place. Some happy slow hand stitching, me thinks. And.....because I have been waxing about all things scraps I will join in the fun over at Cynthia's place for 'Oh Scrap'. 

Hoping you enjoy a lovely Sunday when it arrives at your doorstep.  If you are sweltering from unbearable heat try to keep cool and please take care. Now, if you like me are shivering from the chills of winter, rug up, throw another log onto the fire and enjoy a lovely cup of tea♡ I am having a little holiday away from my blog for a little while.  See you in Spring♡ When you next visit my little place, perhaps the daffodils and irises will be sashaying before your very eyes♡ Have a beautiful day, lovely lovelies♡


 Until the next time.......

49 comments:

  1. Such lovely flowering hexagons you've begun making...
    We are some of the ones in high heat and humidity here; temps up to 90's and dewpoints in the 70's [to 80 one day!!]. Luckily we have AC to shelter inside.
    At least my Christmas in July sewing is a cool treat;))) hugs, Julirose

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  2. You seem to manage to find flowers in every season! I have been making a concerted effort to use up my scraps over the last couple of years….I’ve still got too many! It does make me happy to sew them into something! Happy blogging vacation! Take care. Gail at the Cozy Quilter

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  3. Your crazy flowers are beautiful, they made me smile! Happy stitching!

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  4. Hi Kim
    You have such beautiful fabrics. So like the hexagons in the flower pots.
    Look forward to your blog in the spring, which will be autumn here and seeing all your photos of new quilts.
    Have a wonderful few weeks.
    Best wishes Kay c XX

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    1. Yes, a mass of scraps gathered together over the years does compile into a beautiful lot. In some of these crazy flowers the last of a particular fabric scrap was used. There is one fabric that I purchased over 20 years ago that is now all used up....this is a bit sad. =) Mind you, I still have far too many scraps! Yes, spring is coming here and autumn where you live. I imagine you will be looking forward to the cooler temperatures and colours of your autumn. I know I cannot wait for the colours of spring. Thank you for stopping by, lovely Kay, and taking the time out of your day to bless me with your sweet comment. You have a wonderful few weeks, too. See you soon. Kim Xx

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  5. My goodness, haven't you been stitching up a storm! Pretty crazy pieced hexies here, there and everywhen, hanging on your ric rac line, and blooming in flower pots. Have a wonderful holiday.

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  6. Owo gorgeous flowers. Only you to come up with those beauties.
    Enjoy the holidays, see you soon. Spring is comming.

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  7. Oh my, how beautiful your scrappy hexagons and squares are. I am amazed at the crisp edges you've achieved on each of them. I am looking forward to seeing them assembled. I will miss reading your cheerful blog, but enjoy the holiday. Spring will be there soon and maybe some cooler temps for me. We are expecting 98 degrees today.

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  8. Gotta love a tureen full of cute floral scraps! And a clothesline filled with adorable crazy floral hexies!!! Your garden outside might be fading, but your Fernery is thriving!!! Take care, until we meet at your blog again!

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  9. What a joyful presentation to see the crazy flowers mixed among the potted flowers in the fernery! Simply gorgeous photos taken as the light fades. Enjoy your last days of winter hibernation, and I look forward to hearing you on the cusp of your Spring!

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  10. Such pretty fabrics and I love how you have displayed all your completed 'flowers' I'm visiting from Slow Stitching Sunday. Enjoy your break.

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  11. Lovely "crazy flowers" and real ones, Kim ! The patience you have to do all your hexagons...Fantastic !
    Beautiful scenery in your cozy glass house !
    Enjoy you holidays !
    Hug
    Anna

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  12. I love your scrappy octagons! How big are they? I would love to make some similar ones either in a hexagon or octagon shape. Are you planning on sewing them together or appliqueing them onto a background fabric? Please let me know? Love your blog, also!

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    1. Hi Betty, the octagons measure 4 3/4 inches from side to side. Each finished flower and square are hand stitched together. When making each flower, crazy scraps were machine stitched to a fabric octagon. Hope this answers your questions. Thank you for stopping by. KimXx

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  13. I love your crazy flowers! Enjoy your time away. We will miss you.

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  14. Always enjoy reading your blog and viewing your lovely pictures….You must have fun setting it all up ready to photograph…..your hexes are so pretty, will make a lovely quilt….enjoy your time off…Dot M. In Hot Pa.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dot, for your lovely words♡ I love to style and set up pretties in readiness for a happy snap.....or two; it is always such fun. KimXx

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  15. Well, aren't those neat?! I love the pretty pinks and greens together, and then I see bits of blue here and there, too. You have the best ideas, Kim!

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  16. Those scrappy hexagons sure do resemble flowers! I love the shot of the clothesline filled with them!--TerryK

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    1. Thank you so much, Terry. Oh, that a clothesline should always have such pretties pegged on them. =) Kim Xx

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  17. Such pretty octagon flowers exploding everywhere. They look particularly delightful perched among the potted geraniums. Thanks for the heads up on the blog break. We will miss your cheery posts, but at least we know nothing dire has happened to you and yours. See you in your spring and our autumn.
    Pat

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  18. A lovely rabbit hole to jump down and the glee to enjoy the adventure. Thank you, enjoyed the fenders lit by candle light. Hugs, Maggie

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    1. Jumping down rabbit holes in search of gleeful adventures is always fun. Everything looks better in the candle light. Who needs electricity when there are candles. =) Thank you for stopping by my little place, Maggie. Kim Xx

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  19. Your octagons are blooming into beautiful octagons. I shall surely miss you, I look forward to your posts, the highlight of my Sundays. Take care, and can't wait till you are back!

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  20. I love your hexagon flowers they are so bright and cheerful like a summer meadow, they look so nice hanging in your fernery. Enjoy your break Kim it will be Spring before you know it. xx

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  21. LOVE your post!! Come and see our new Kitty!

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  22. La técnica que has empleado en tus "flores locas" me parece estupenda para aprovechar los restos y te da alegría y color hasta que llegue la deseada primavera. Aquí donde yo vivo estamos sufriendo una ola de calor horrible y unos incendios terribles, en la población en la que vive mi hijo se han quemado 14.000 hectárea el más extenso de toda España por ahora.
    Afortunadamente el fuego se ha quedado a 400 metros de la finca de mi hijo y no tenemos que lamentar pérdidas, gracias a Dios.
    Disfruta de tus vacaciones y muchos BESICOS.

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  23. Such a colorful inspiring post. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  24. Oooooh, I’m loving the octagons, Kim!! They’re going to make a lovely quilt! I see flowers in your teacup and in and on your pitcher. Yours is a happy place. Enjoy your break and happy stitching! ❤️😊❤️

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  25. Such beauty and happiness! Hugs and blessings.

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  26. Such darling scrappy hexis that bloomed . How clever to use up those scraps in such a way . Have a wonderful week.

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  27. What a beautiful sight! I cannot live without flowers - they bring so much joy and fulfillment! The fabric for the hexis is amazing - I am always in awe when I see your collection! Hugs!

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  28. Oh dear, I think I am in love!! Gorgeous. What more can I say. Enjoy your break and I look forward to spring arriving in your part of the world. Stay warm. xx

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  29. Just the pick-me-up I needed. I love your crumb pieces - they'll look great all together!

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  30. Yes, our planet is crying for help! It's been very hot and dry in my world then last night we had a terrible rainstorm, dumping 7 inches at our house and over 10 inches in the town down the road! What is happening?! Your lovely fernery is certainly a peaceful and beautiful retreat. It also is quite the inspirational place as you start the creative process for another project! Isn't it fun to find the perfect use for our precious 'scraps'? Enjoy the process and your lovely fernery, dear Kim! Zenda

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  31. Love, love, love your Crazy Flowers!!

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  32. Such fun to enjoy all those colorful flowers. Our weather took a giant leap from needing sweaters and down vests to a sudden sauna. I think we missed spring and went directly to an early summer.

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  33. I so love what you have done with your beautiful scraps, I love those kind of pieced shapes all brought together! How fun, and I know how messy it can get :) We have endured flooding here, has been dry and HOT but boy did we get slammed with the water, our whole yard was covered in water and an inch and half came into our garage, which we woke up to Monday morning, we had to scramble in the house and get all things up we were afraid of getting ruined. Thankfully only the garage and everything we had on the floor was ruined.

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  34. I hope you will have oodles of fun during this hiatus from blogging. Can't wait to see the lovely flowers that will be blooming. You have so much beauty in the flowers in the fernery. Stay warm and enjoy putting those flowery hexies together.

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  35. Kim - your sewing talent is superb, and when you add in your spectacular photo studio, the results are A+++! I especially like the soft light of the night photos. It is sweltering here, but we are fortunate that, with no humidity, it cools off dramatically at night, and the shade is generally pretty comfortable.

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  36. So much colour in the middle of your winter, how lovely! Enjoy your break! :-)

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  37. Lovely, so many colors. You're having lots of fun with all your scraps and pieces parts. They sure brighten up everything around. Do you dream fabric? I bet you do. Enjoy and create.

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    1. Sandy, I am having a lot of fun playing with all my pretty scraps. And......yes they do brighten up my little part of the world, which is a very good thing as it is a little grey and chilly here. The sun has been hiding of late. As for my dreams of fabric?? If only I could remember?? =) Kim Xx

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  38. I think I need a fernery like yours where I can grow lovely potted color and add fabric flowers.......!!!! xx

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    1. Oh, I think everyone should have a fernery....a little garden room, Joy. =)

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  39. What a lovely thing to do with your flowery scraps Kim, more flowery goodness for the darker months. Enjoy your break.

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  40. It's hard to imagine it's chilly there with everything looking so cheerful and summery. You crazy hexies are delightful :)

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