Our art group has started working on wall hangings based on the work of Jane Sassaman – Abstracting from Nature. We each chose a flower as our inspiration for the project. Originally I chose the passion flower because it looked really cool in the flower book. But I wasn’t really committed to the passion flower so I changed directions. I like to do quilts related to places where I have traveled. So I looked at my photos of Hawaiian flowers and leaves. I decided to make different Hawaiian leaves and then add my Hawaiian appliqué quilt square to the piece. I had a blue appliqué square and Mary had a green appliqué square – both were in our UFO boxes. I decided to turn my blue Hawaiian appliqué into a pillow which I posted earlier in May. So I took Mary’s UFO Hawaiian appliqué block to use. But first I had to finish it – I did not want to finish the appliqué by hand so I took out the stitching that Mary had already completed. Then I used a blind hem stitch to attach the appliqué to the white background. I drew a design on the appliqué which I free motion quilted with green thread. I used echo quilting around the motif using white thread.
I decided to wash the quilt square before I de-constructed the square and added it to my piece. More on that process later. I am getting excited about my piece. Not sure what the finished project will look like. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna