30 June 2019

AHIQ July challenge - feeling flowery

Yes, for those of you still playing along, it's time for the start of the next challenge.  

It's summer - more or less, so the challenge is a simple one: make something flowery.  

My initial inspiration for this was this image of a tulip-y sort of flower, which rather made me think of some of Audrey's quilts.  So of course there are options for either basing a piece on applique or adding flowers to a pieced back, as Ann has done recently.

Another approach might be to try piecing flowers, in much the way that we free-piece trees or birds or buildings, or to find an appropriate traditional block and work from there.

Or just pull out some fabulous flower-y fabric and start there.
Or take a photo as a starting point for a colour scheme:

This photo of a Chinese tulip fields from The Guardian newspaper has been on my pinterest board for a while, as has this color vibrations post from the excellent MaryandPatch.

You could even piece something entirely unflowery and then use your quilting to add the flowers.

This can be as simple or as complex as you want, just embrace the joys of summer.

If you instagram, do tag your posts #ahiqflowers.


Quiltdivajulie said...

Love flowers -- I'm still working on both of my AHIQ RED quilt tops so I won't get started right away but I love the new challenge theme!

Mystic Quilter said...

This challenge is just up my street!! I'll work on ideas over the next couple of weeks.

audrey said...

Love flowers and quilts. Made an entire quilt just from that flower inspiration pic alone.:) This is right up my alley! Already have several ideas swirling around in my head!

Robin said...

Hmmmmm. This is going to take some thought. I've always wanted to make a one of those 16 or 25 patch quilts with florals (I have lots in my stash), I have some great old Jan Patek fabrics that would be tempting to use, I've always wanted to make a tulip quilt, I have some liberty prints. . . Which will it be?

Ann said...

It’s always good to have an open-ended challenge. This is the perfect time of year to think about flowers. Thanks, Kaja.

Marly said...

Having stalled on my last challenge project, I'm not sure I should commit to this; even six months may not be enough! I just checked out Audrey's tulips and absolutely love them. Audrey's inspired me to make some scrappy tulips and incorporate them into a small wall hanging (should be possible for me in six months!)

Mary Marcotte said...

Hmm, I may have already met this challenge. Even before reading about it. Seriously, today I worked on a quilt with modern flowers.
I still have my red challenge on the design wall, but the top will be coming to an end in a few weeks. I am committed to finishing the quilt in August for our Sept. show. Maybe there's room for a true flower challenge. I'm thinking wall hanging...