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{Florist} mini quilt

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Hello dear friends! This mini quilt started totally extempore and was one of the most enjoyable projects I have done!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

The base is made with low volumes and you can see that HERE.

Now the quilt is washed and I love all those wrinkles!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

On the low volume quilt I was supposed to create something applique. Those ideas changed few times and I ended up making these fun shape flowers. I was also happy to have a chance to use some of the bias strips I have from my mom’s stash. They are for poppana weaving and they are thinner and softer than the similar strips for rug weaving.

raw edge applique

For the flowers I chose colours to match with the low volumes and few more bright ones.

threads

I sew the pieces simply twice around with cotton thread in light blue. I didn’t use any fusible materials, just pinned the pieces on their places.

applique flowers

Here is the quilt after sewing the flowers, before the hand quilting and embroidery stitching.

raw edge applique flowers

As you saw, I quilted first by machine straight lines on the low volume quilt. Then I sew the flowers and after that I made some embroidery stitching on the flowers and leaves.

quilting threads

I quilted also by hand lots of lines between the machine quilted lines. I did them randomly, some only short lines, some full width and in several low volume colours.

embroidery

And here we are just before the washing. Now I tell you that it was a mistake to make the binding before finishing. I didn’t think that I shall quilt so much by hand and all that made the quilt wrinkle quite much, so the binding was slightly ‘too big’. After washing I ripped the binding, for the first time ever! I knew I wanted to be perfect perfect and I’m happy I made it again.

Florist mini quilt by Teje

And then lets see what magic washing makes!

mini quilt behind

Because I didn’t quilt on the flowers but made like embroidery, leaves and flowers stayed a little bit fluffy.

raw edge applique flowers

Those bias strips are so cute!

applique leaves

Kona cottons didn’t fray very much. Blue leave is Essex linen, grey is Oakshott and they frayed beautifully.

applique leaves

{Florist} mini quilt is different than my earlier works and I’m so happy I jumped to this sudden project!

INSPIRATION:

Inspiration for this quilt came from Jo Avery at My Bear Paw’s mini quilt for Pantone’s colour challenge. It really spoke to me! Have a look also how fantastic improvised flowers she makes!

After making the flowers, I was remembering something that I had seen at Kviltstina. Stina’s style inspires me a lot and I think her tulips or this quilt gave me idea for the flowers. She has made for example improvised blueberries and butterflies!

Florist mini quilt by Teje

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Author: Teje

I am a Finnish woman living in Crete in Greece. Quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and if there is still time, reading and painting, with happy company of our two sweet dogs and one cat!

51 thoughts on “{Florist} mini quilt

  1. I’m learning so much from you about “low volume.” Thank you so much. The small pieces you’re making are just what I want to play around with. Love your happy quilts!

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  2. This is a wonderful little quilt! I love the organic nature of the flowers and the embroidery contrasting agains the linear backdrop. Gorgeous!!

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  3. Love it! What an awful experience to rip the binding. But now it looks fabulous. The idea to use a quilt as kind of a canvas to paint with little pieces of fabrics is very appealing.

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    • Thank you Dorien! It was hard to think about ripping the binding, but I knew it had to be done, and finally it wasn’t so big job. I can’t help myself thinking always ‘picture’ with my quilts and this is really enjoyable way to create it. x Teje

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  4. Olen odottanut tämän valmistumista kuin lapsi joulupukkia! Niin herkullisia kuvia instassa on ollut. Aivan superihana työ. Tausta on niin kaunis väreiltään ja harmoninen kokonaisuus ja kukat! Kerrassaan hurmaava kokonaisuus. Herkkä mutta ei pliisu, kauniit käsintikkaukset. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Kiitos kovasti Marle! Niin odotin minakin, milta se lopulta nayttaa pesun jalkeen. Tykkaan kovasti noista rispaantuneista reunoista ja poppana kuteista! Kukka-aihe ei ole niin helppo kuin luulisi mutta olen iloinen etta keksin nama muodot. x Teje

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  5. What a gorgeous little quilt! Great colors & the frayed leaves are super sweet. Thanks for some great inspiration!

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    • Thank you Audrey! I’m so happy with this quilt and like a lot those low volumes with colourful flowers. Frayed scraps are my favourites! x Teje

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  6. Love, love, love this mini quilt, Teje. It’s soooo sweet.

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  7. I just love this Teje! I especially love the embroidery/handquilting on top of the flowers, but the whole thing is wonderful, so happy to have inspired you!

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    • Thank you so much Jo! I enjoyed very much this project! It is really great to see something, like your quilt, that you just can’t wait to start to make! x Teje

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  8. This is so cute! It will brighten up a room for sure!

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  9. This is such a cute wall hanging, Teje! Love the pretty flowers against the low volume background.

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  10. I appreciate your step-by-step account of how you made this lovely mini. And I’m especially enamored by the hand quilting — the stamens, in particular, give the flowers such personality. Well done!

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    • Thank you Michelle! When I make something I like to think how to tell with photos about the process. This was fun project with different kind of technics. x Teje

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  11. I love your piece. The low volume idea is wonderful. Great job.

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    • Thank you Donna! This is my first low volume quilt and I enjoyed making it. Making the scrappy flowers and hand stitching was really fun! x Teje

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  12. Love the flower garden on the low volumes! Beautiful!

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  13. This is such a cute little quilt! Love the applique over the soft patchwork background.

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  14. Reblogged this on Nero's Post II (2013-2015) and commented:

    One of my favourite projects! So much fun to make raw edge applique flowers on the low volume quilt!

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  15. This is soooo pretty! The pieced low-volume background sets of the bright flowers beautifully!

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  16. Neat quilt. I love how it came out!

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  17. It’s a beautiful quilt, Teje! Makes me think of ephemera. Love your hand quilting.

    -Soma

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  18. So very cute!! I enjoyed seeing it’s progress on IG. 🙂

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  19. That’s a beautiful mini! So nice to hear more about it! ❤

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    • Thank you so much! I like blogging because I like to read the stories of quilts and projects. Also sharing makes the ‘making’ more fun. I enjoy taking the photos and thinking what to write about them. Thank you for visiting my blog! x Teje

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  20. This piece is adorable! I need to use more low volume scrappy backgrounds in my quilting. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  21. Tästä tuli todella upea! Ja kyllä tyylisi tunnistaa tästäkin. Kukkien kirjominen muuttaa ilmeen todella ratkaisevasti, ne näyttävät miltei tylsiltä ilman kirjomista. Tosi hieno lopputulos!

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    • Kiitos kovasti! Olet oikeassa. Kukat on itse asiassa vaikea aihe. Tassa tikkaukset ovat oleelliset. Kukkia olisi voinut olla vahemman ja olisi ollut tyylikkaampi mutta en malttanut jattaa muutamaan. Tosi hauska projekti! x Teje

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  22. This is beautiful. I love your flowers against that low volume background 🙂

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  23. Hiya – this is awesome! I Hope you keep it for yourself! I am adding it to my things-I’d-like-to-make list!!!

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  24. This small quilt is wonderful Teje…a real work of art!
    Helen xox

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  25. This little beauty is so, so gorgeous. It’s just beautiful! x

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  26. Lovely project! I like all the tiny details and stitches! Well done!

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  27. Finally finally I’m here reading about your lovely Florist quilt…it’s totally amazing!! Just like I want it!! 😉 Love it!

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