Friday, July 24, 2009

Bubbles & Blooms.....New on the Design Wall

Something New is up on the Design Wall

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Bubbles & Bloom theme fabric
It is happy, it is fun and the flowers are Groovy Cool.

The background was created using the Disappearing 9 Patch Method
You don't have to handle those small squares or strips.....ever!
I am auditioning border treatments on the right side.

Fabrics from my stash for the applique motifs

I decided on the lime green inner accent border

The freezer paper came out of the cupboard.
It is time to design the flower applique shapes.

Using the theme fabric for inspiration, I drew out the first flower petal

I designed 3 different flower petals.
I am not sure if they will work, but you have to start somewhere.

The first flower will have a black petal.
I traced the petal shape onto fusible web, cut it out and ironed it to the backside of the black fabric.

The second petal is pink

The black petals jump right off that busy background.

The pink petals pump up the color!

A CD disk was the perfect size template for the center of the flower.

The first Groovy Cool Flower is done!
It is about 24 inches in diameter.

You know the routine.....trace out the petals onto fusible web....get out the iron.....

The second flower is done!

The third and last flower is done!

I am still thinking about the pink variegated border treatment?
I think I will have to cut the fabric into border strips and lay them all the way around the edge of the quilt top to see if they are going to work or not.

If you want to find out more about the Disappearing 9 Patch method you can CLICK HERE.

I hope to play around with this a bit more today before I leave for my sister's wedding. I will let you know what I decide about that border treatment....

I started this blog in February 2009........this is the 100th post!
I have enjoyed all of your comments. Thank You.

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  1. I just love what you did with that busy quilt! It' is WONDERFUL with those cool flowers! Do you have to machine applique around those swirls...won't that be hard to do?

  2. Hi free indeed,
    Glad you like those groovy cool flowers too!
    The swirls.......the applique.........that is what I LOVE!
    Yes, I will go around all of the applique shapes and stitch everything down good......then I will machine quilt all over the stop of everything.
    The stitching brings it all to life!
    LuAnn in Oregon

  3. I love your quilt. The applique flowers just make it.

  4. This is just spectacular! Your fabric selections for the Disappearing Nine-Patch are full of wow, and make a great background to the super-wow of the flowers! Really wonderful stuff here! I feel happy just looking at it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. VERY cool! I love this quilt~ Your quilting btw is fantastic as I roll thru your pictures! Great blog LuAnn!

  6. Thank You all for your comments!
    Always fun to read them.
    I am home from the wedding and ready for bed.
    Tomorrow I will make a few changes on the Bubbles & Blooms quilt and get on with the quilting!
    This is a SURPRISE for my sister's birthday!
    Good Night,

  7. Your flowers are going to make a rather simple quilt into an amazing piece of creativity. Congrats on your wonderful idea!

  8. Wow! Those flowers are great, the just pop out from the back ground!