For Project Quilting this week, we were asked to open our eyes and tune in to the different patterns and textures "in the wild" which could be inspiration for a quilt or quilted item. You can read the blog post here.
The same day I read that blog post by Persimon Dreams, I heard the news that a crazy gunman had murdered 6 and injured 5 others in a mosque right down the highway from where I live. The news shocked and terrified me and all of the sudden, everything was just ugly and scary and sad.
Then I got an email from the President of the Montreal MQG. "How about we make some quilts for those families?" I immediately felt better - there was something I could do to bring a little joy, a little love. And the response from the quilting community was amazing. Not that it is surprising at all - us quilters sure know how to come together when our neighbours are hurting. (If you'd like to learn more about the #quiltsforqc initiative, go here.)
All that to say that when I came home after work on Monday, I felt a little bit better. And as I sat down to the dinner table that night, my eyes stopped on a beautiful bouquet of flowers my hubby bought for me just a few days before (he's a wonderful man who buys me flowers every single week). That's when I knew I found my "pattern".
I decided to make a big, white, happy flower and turn it into a pillow cover. I started by piecing some green scraps into a background for the foliage. I traced the petals on white fabric and appliqued them to the green background using my FMQ foot. I then added some texture by quilting flowers in the border and foliage.
The binding is a pink stripe from the Good Neighbors collection designed by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts. I love that fabric collection!
Here's a close-up of the flower. Definitely not my best work, but I'm very happy with it because it got done!! And now I have a cute pillow for my sewing room!
I will be submitting this finish for voting at Project Quilting 8 over at Persimon Dreams.
And I will also link it up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Summer Lee Quilts for TGIFF.