Oh, no! It's the last day of the Say it With Flowers Blog Hop :( I hope you have been enjoying all the fabulous creations like I have.
For my day on hop, I chose to dig out one of my oldest UFO's, a flower. It was from a class I took at the Road to California Quilt Show in 2011 (I think, maybe it was 2010!). Melinda Bula taught her technique from her book, Cutting Garden Quilts (which has just been re-printed recently, totally worth the read). My "Fusible Rose" was born, but remained unfinished from then until now!
I believe when I last posted about it, it looked like this:
Well now it is all finished and looks like this!
My how that background makes it pop, no? It measures about 23 inches square.
I'm rather thankful that it is done. That border gave me some trouble, and I hadn't even started the "thread play" at the time. In many ways, it is probably good that I waited so long to finish this one up. If it hadn't been for the Free Motion Quilting Challenge last year at Insights from SewCal Gal, I am not sure I would have been brave enough to attempt the thread play. It took a little getting used to, and more than once I forgot which way my petals were supposed to be bending. But I hope you will agree that it turned out alright.
I haven't decided yet what my flower is saying. Is it saying, "Happy Birthday, Mom", or "Thank You Teacher for a great year" or "Best MIL Ever"? Maybe it is none of those. Perhaps it is saying, "Don't forget to stop and smell the roses", which I try to do, from time to time......
I hope you will join me in visiting some of the other stops on the blog hop today. Here is the list for today and yesterday too (in case you missed them).
As always, thanks for reading!