October 20, 2015

Foundation Pieced Quilt

I realized I forgot to show you this gray and pink wall hanging I made. The flowers around the outer border were paper pieced, the ones in the center were made using a circular ruler I bought at Jo-Ann - this is actually how this quilt started as I wanted to try out the ruler. The design evolved from there. There is something about this design that makes me want to look at it all the time - could it be the paper pieced flowers? The colors? The butterflies?

As you can tell I had some fun adding texture to the pink background as I free-motion quilted different motifs everywhere. The grey petals were appliqued using satin stitch (a first for me!) but the butterflies were done with the usual blanket stitch. I had only enough of the white and green fabric for the narrow borders, and of the toile white and green for the yo-yos.

I used Aurifil 50wt for the piecing and Aurifil monofilament to quilt this project. The monofilament was perfect to add texture without adding color, which is exactly what I wanted to do. The fabrics are mostly by Moda (I used here some left over fabric from my design for Moda Bake Shop - see it here).

The pattern for the flowers can be found in Carol Doak's book "300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks", a book I absolutely love!

I think I finally ran out of the pink fabric I used on the butterflies and center of paper pieced flowers. I was a lovely fabric and I only had 1/2 yard of it. I was able to use it on my nesting bread baskets (see them here) and on this wall hanging. Now I am out of it :-( .

"Flower Market" measures 31" x 36". I have Fall projects around the house now but I will hang this quilt in my studio so it will always be Spring there...

I am linking to Crazy Mom Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict on Friday. Hope you are having a happy day!


  1. Denise - that is really lovely. The colors and the design. It would make a great quilt for a class because of all the techniques you used.

  2. BEAUTIFUL ........................

  3. What a sweet and romantic quilt! Love the yoyos!

  4. Such a lovely fun quilt - it will be lovely to have in your studio throughout the winter time!


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