*fabrics in this post were provided by Penny Rose Fabrics as part of their Coming up Roses Blog tour. Projects and opinions are all my own
The first time I saw this Coming up Roses fabric by Penny Rose Fabrics two thoughts came into my mind. The first was that I needed to make an abstract rose mini quilt and the second was this quote by Anais Nin:
I have loved this quote forever. It makes me really think and want to try to bloom. 🙂
Don’t these fabrics make you feel the same way? I love the purples, but I chose to work with the traditional rose colors of red and pink.
I wanted to mimic the abstract look of the flowers in the main print and found this great tutorial on Hey Let’s Make Stuff. I followed most of her instructions, although I didn’t do the final quilting until the end because I wanted to do a wavy spiral to mimic a flower. I started with 1 1/2″, 2″ and 2 1/2″ strips of fabric for the center and then moved to 2 1/2″, 3″ and 3 1/2″ wide strips for the outer petals. I just adore the green striped binding!!
I initially thought I would make a mini quilt, but in the end decided to make a fun pillow! I used a 16″ pillow form and a simple envelope closure for the back.
The next project I did was this dimensional flower banner. I just love how these 3-d flowers look! I’ll be posting a tutorial as soon as I get better lighting. 🙂
And last, but not least:
These fabric roses were a fun accent piece to make up! I used this tutorial from Snowy Bliss. The only changes I made were to cut the strips 3″ wide instead of 4 1/2″ and on the two smaller flowers I used 26″ long strips instead of WOF to make them smaller. A tip when making these: if you want the flower to be more open, gather the fabric strip more, it will push your petals out more.
I just love how these projects came out and I can’t wait to find a special place in my craft room to display them and remind myself that it might take courage to blossom, but it’s not as hard as staying small!