Indoor Garden

Indoor Garden
Quilting has taken over my gardening.

I consider this quilt my appliqué primer. I had recently joined an appliqué group when I started working on the Calico Garden quilt. My friend Phyllis Holder gently told me to begin again when I showed her my first appliqué flower. I give her credit for helping me get on the right path to better appliqué.

Like the original my blocks are 3". I did modify some of my flowers to highlight some fabrics. Ms. Peto used a lot of broderie perse to make her flowers so I tried to do the same. The broderie perse border flowers and the squares-on-point are all found in some form in the inner blocks. That helps to pull the quilt's scrappy look together. All the dark fabrics in the nine patches are from the flower fabrics. I did coordinate additional light fabrics that are not in the quilt to complete the nine patches.

In the picture of Ms. Peto's quilt that comes with the Hoopla pattern it is hard to see the quilting details. But the Shelburne Museum - the home of the quilt - has made a really nice detailed picture available. Link to this page and click on the quilt to get a close-up of the details. The flowers are outline quilted. The center part of the quilt is closely cross-hatch quilted on both the nine patches and around flowers. This is done on the vertical and horizontal. The borders are cross-hatched on the diagonal every 1/2 inch.

Click on Calico Garden to learn more about the original quilt by Florence Peto and then link from there to see friends' quilts. I also have a slide show of my individual blocks.

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