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Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Swedish Bloom!

My poor little blog has been neglected for far too long!  It seems I can't get back into the regular blogging groove...
But that doesn't mean I haven't been sewing....


I have been buried under a mountain of Swedish Blooms!
If you haven't picked up Patchwork Please! by Ayumi Takahashi...you need to find a copy fast!  
There is no doubt I love quilting and craft books...but this one is really good!  I have used it many times for little gifts....

    
So recently, I decided to make the Swedish Bloom quilt as a sample and possible class for the shoppe

If you follow me on Instagram {marysdugan} you know I have been piecing blooms and leaves!

 
the top is finished....

 
it is not small, so a little difficult to photograph on my kitchen table...and it is far too cold to go outside!


I used Riley Blake gingham for the outside section of each bloom...

the border...I pieced using a plethora of Japanese fabrics and a good healthy dose of Suzy Ultman...


I need to get a backing {definitely gingham} and get to the quilting...


but today is a good day for some quiet hand stitching....


stay warm friends!
mary

27 comments:

  1. Woo Wonderful!
    I miss your perky posts...grr blooming IG!!!!
    ps. this quilt would look great outside with the snow ;o)

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  2. I love your new blooms and leaves! Your fabric selection is always fresh and springy, no matter the time of year. Very inspiring. Thanks!

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  3. So cute! I love it, it's so cheerful!

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  4. Always fun to see a 'sock' photo bordering the quilt top! This will look stunning with your hand quilting to finish it off! I miss the blogposts too.

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  5. Oooh, I love it! Is it paper pieced? I need to get this book, I've heard so many good things about it. Lovely quilt!

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  6. Such beautiful blooms!! It may be winter where you are but those blooms look like spring.

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  7. Love it! The perfect cheery antidote for all this chilly weather.

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  8. I still kick myself for not getting that book! Your blooms are just fabulous. I saw them on Flickr

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  9. Love your flower blooms. Wish it was spring and the real flowers were blooming now.

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  10. great quilt, would love to follow you on Instagram, have joined but like pinterest cannot work out how to use it!

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  11. Lovely flowers and fabrics!
    Why are they called swedish?:-))
    Hugs Gudrun/Sweden

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  12. no wonder you have no time to blog, busy sewing wonderful blooms. They are truly stunning!

    poppyinstitches@yahoo.co.uk

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  13. Great fabric choices all round!
    I have the book and both are on my to-do list. The pincushions next ... when I have finished a few UFOs.

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  14. Great quilt. Where can I find this pattern??? Swedish Blooms would be perfect for my Grand Nieces quilt. Thanks for sharing your progress.

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  15. Yay Mary it's SO wonderful. I've never bought Riley Blake but those big ginghams may have changed my mind!

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  16. This is one of my favourite quilts so far - maybe it's the counter to the miserable grey weather here in the UK, or it's Scandi feel (my favourite style) but I really, really love it. I'm going to pop over to Amazon and order the book as well :) Thanks for the cheery images, can't wait to see it finished. Bethx

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  17. Linda a sua colcha, tecidos alegres, cores vivas!!!
    Ainda não consigo fazer uma colcha em patchwork, somente almofadas, mas chego lá!
    Parabéns!!!

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  18. Its a great book isnt it :) love your blooms, the gingham fabric is so bright and fun, might have to find some for a rainy day ;)

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  19. Been following your progress on IG and forgot to look here! Great to see it coming together and the socks of course!

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  20. I think I am going to HAVE to make this now:) Its the GINGHAM that totally sent me over the edge!!! Your fabric choices make this an AMAZING work of art!

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