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Friday, April 20, 2012

Flowers in quilts

By Ann-Mari Duffy

The theme for april is flowers, and this quilt is all about that.

I am currently hand quilting my Dresden plate quilt.
I used different fabric for all the petals. Most of them are 1930`s reproductions.  It is 15 of them in the quilt, put in 3 rows with 5 in each row.  The blocks  is 14.5" finished.
I used EPP to make the flowers. Then appliqued them on the background, which is a unbleached cotton.
Used wool batting in it, and a neutral coloured backing.

Had a professional longarm quilter do the basting for me.
I am outlining the petals, and quilting the background with lines 3/4" apart.

I had a note in my mailbox today. The quilting stencils I ordered for use on  border is waiting for me at the postoffice.  The parcel being to big for the box.

It should finish at about 64" x 91".

Inspiration for the quilt is from a old issue of  "Australian Patchwork and quilting" magazine.

I fell in love with the colours and hand quilting on it.
Started working on it about 3 years ago, had a problem finding the right pink colour for the small border and circels of the flowers. But got it at the end!  There is still a lot of work to do on it, but it is a really fun quilt to work on.

Happy quilting



  1. What a beautiful quilt, Donna. I am working on a Dresden Plate, actually I just started. I have cut all the blades for my quilt. But so far I've only sewn one plate together. I am going to handquilt it, of course. I'll use a grid in the plate blocks. Haven't decided what to do in the scalloped border as yet. Please let us see your border quilting when you get to it.

  2. The dresden plate has been on my bucket list for a long time. Seeing yours, makes me want to move it to the top of the list. I love the traditional, simple designs and yours reflects all of what I love. Please post a pic of it once you finish it.

  3. very beautiful. and the pink is just perfect.:)

  4. This is looking really lovely. I particularly like the way that you are quilting it, something that always seems to be my biggest challenge.

  5. Beautiful! 30's reproduction prints were the first fabrics I collected.

  6. wonderful! I did one of these years ago and have no photo of it - years ago - means about 30!


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