Featured Member Quilts: Let Them Bloom

Good morning again! Since all of us in the Northern Hemisphere are anxiously awaiting for the first blooms of Spring to open up and prove to us that that old man Winter has finally gone away, we want to celebrate some quilted blooms. All are works that have recently been shared with us by our readers. We hope you find them as inspirational as we do.

Thanks go to Gina, Shyamala, Joy and everyone else who has shared their beautiful quilts with us all.

from Shyamala Rao: “‘Zinna’. 3D quilt with mixed techniques.”

We can only say “Thank you” to Shyamala for sharing photos of her work with all of us at 24 Blocks. This piece is stunning. Notice the dimensional construction of the flowers, the wonderful trailing vines, the use of differing kinds of flowers, the butterflies and even the quilting of the bricks. It’s a beautiful work of art.

from Joy Lynette Bruns: “Wall hanging I made for my sister-in-law. It’s the first time I’ve done applique!”

We love Joy’s composition. She adds that she used the “Steam a Seam” approach, “I…traced all the pieces out and … one side is sticky, built these flowers up and ironed it to set everything, then I did do some sewing to hold everything down.”

It’s such a wonderful gift!

from Gina Covell Maddox: “I just finished this quilt for the Navarre Beach Garden Club’s Spring Fling event next week. It’s appropriately named, “Just Bloom.” We had an unusually cold winter here in NW Florida and we’re really looking forward to some bright blooming flowers this spring!”

Gina adds that she did this using up scraps of fabric and that the flowers were cut by hand, “at random”, not using any template. We love the free form nature of her flowers and how the sashing meanders just enough to make it look like a very delightful trellis. Gina also says that the project “was intimidating at first” but then immediately says “LOL”. That is something we all understand! As always those splashes of bright & clear yellow give it just the right level of brightness.

It is such a a very beautiful work of art!

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