Floral Whimsy is Done!

I have had so much fun working on this quilt!  You can read more about how I started it in this post.


Because of the name, I decided to add some applique flowers to the front.  They were fun to make, but time consuming. I really like how they look though – I think the background prints really set off the flowers.  I debated adding blingy buttons to the centers of the flowers, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it!  🙂  Although, some little girl might really like a couple of blingy buttons….


The actual applique part was pretty easy, it’s like coloring with thread instead of crayons.  It’s called raw edge applique. It has a kind of messy look which is pretty forgiving and hides my mistakes.  I’m usually not a messy kind of girl, but in this case I think it fits perfectly with the style of the quilt.

The back is a striped fabric I found that has many of the colors from the front.  I was worried working with a stripe – I was afraid I would have everything crooked.  But, it worked out pretty well.  Not perfect, but that’s okay!

The quilting was fun to do.  I used a simple “L” and “e” on the sashing with a pale pink thread on top and an oyster color in the bobbin.  I learned the L&e technique through a Craftsy class I took by Elizabeth Dickson.  It’s easy for a beginner FMQer like myself and added a bit of fun.  The rest of the quilt is a meandering loopy pattern.  You can see close-ups of both below:



The binding is leftover fabric from the backing.  I like the way the striped binding frames the front of the quilt and blends on the back.


All in all, a fun quilt for me to make.  Let me know what you think about that blingy button idea.  It’s not too late to add it! 🙂

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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7 Responses to Floral Whimsy is Done!

  1. Joanna says:

    I just pinned your L and E FMQ. Love that for a border so I’ll have to remember it. Borders are so hard!

    The applique flower on the front looks perfect! Blingy buttons would be cute though I think a problem with them is they eventually come off and get lost after lots of use 🙁

  2. Cheryl says:

    I love your free motion, it adds the perfect compliment to your quilt top! The applique isa very cute too 🙂

  3. The big flowers are great, I especially like the messy centers! I’m a fan of the ‘l’ and ‘e’ too – it gets better when washed!

  4. Jasmine says:

    I love the applique added to the patchwork. It adds such a sweet whimsy. I don’t think it needs the bling, but you could add it if you wanted to. Your quilting is looking so good.

  5. I think this is the perfect approach for the large repeats of your floral — the big squares do the fabrics justice. I haven’t ventured into FMQ yet, but it’s good to know that the class with Elizabeth was helpful. And your stitches look really even. Great job!

  6. Your photos came through just fine for me, Beth! The quilting looks great – you are a lot more confident in FMQing already. I love the addition of the appliques flowers. Congratulations on a wonderful finish.

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