“Posies for Mum” Published!

Have you seen the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting? The theme, “Stroll through English Gardens” will put you in the mood for making a springtime quilt.

You will find my quilt, “Posies for Mum,” on page 70. It is an EPP (English Paper Pieced) project made from the “Walkabout” line by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda fabrics. A layer cake of 10″ squares was more than enough for the baker’s dozen of hexagon posies and the basket. The green sashing reminds me of manicured hedges in English gardens, and the navy floral forms a wonderful frame. I cut the red/pink stripe fabric to wrap diagonally around the quilt edges as binding.

The green fabric of the leaves and the brown basket fabric are both medium in value. So after appliqueing the leaves around the flower in the basket, I felt more contrast was needed to define the leaves. I blanket stitched around the leaves with navy thread by machine. I chose lime green quilting thread and a clamshell edge to edge quilting motif.

Some of the posies were made on a road trip and others were assembled while watching TV. I think you will enjoy this take-along hand stitching project as well as I did. If you make “Posies for Mum,” please send me a picture because I’d love to see the fabrics you select for your flowers and basket.

The editors have graciously provided me with a magazine to give one of my blog readers. If you’d like to be in the drawing, leave a comment below saying if you would make “Posies for Mum” for yourself or for someone else. What fabric palette would you use? The drawing will be April 26th.

14 thoughts on ““Posies for Mum” Published!

  1. Hexies are on my bucket list. I would make the quilt scrappy from my stash. It would be a great quilt to give to a friend who loves flowers.

  2. What a coincidence, I tried to do a clamshell for the first time recently. I did not do it anywhere near as nicely as yours!

    I dislike hexies (intensely) but these posies are very cute. I love the little blanket stitched details on the leaves over the basket. Great choices, Aby! Looks very nice.


    • Oh forgot to say no, I would not make “Posies for Mum” but I would love to be a in the running for the magazine LOL 🙂


      • p.s. (I wish I could edit instead of adding another reply) I absolutely LOVE the way you did fussy cutting on some of the hexies to get flowers in your centers. Very nice attention to detail 🙂

  3. I like hexies and love new ideas. I have some vintage fabric hexies a friend gave me. Most of my quilts go to Quit for a Cause, a Tucson based non profit that supports breast and woman’s cancers.

  4. What a sweet quilt! I’d love to make that for my aunt. She’s my uncle’s wife, and ever since my mom died, she has been a really faithful source of support, even after my uncle passed away. I want to show her how much I appreciate her–and you know quilters always think quilts are the best way to do that.

  5. Your quilt is lovely! How did you attach your posies to the background fabric? I have made an abundance of posies and am now in a quandary as to how to use them. I have aged and have tremors that make it difficult to do the traditional connecting. Friends have suggested that I machine appliqué them onto a background. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

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