I love blue morning glories but I didn't have and couldn't find a good blue to translate the live glories into fabric glories. So I stitched Ipomea purpurea or the Knowlians Black variety. Even so, my colors aren't true to those flowers, either.
This is block C, "Glories," of Linda Brannock's Flowers quilt pattern. I think it is my favorite of all the blocks (but I admit I would have liked it better with blue morning glories).
I tried about two dozen different fabrics for the vase. Three were close in color to the flowers and I liked them but they didn't offer much contrast or interest. When I tried lighter fabrics with colors that I thought worked with the flowers, they seemed to disappear into the background. While this vase fabric may not be perfect, I don't think it shouts "wrong choice."
Those little finger-like centers? Oh my gosh what awful stitching! I attribute it to the fact that I glued under the edges and the glue was really stiff and hard to stitch through. Next time I will use less glue and I should probably think about buying a large magnifying glass.
As I was stitching down the last leaf it occurred to me that I could
have used a different green fabric for the leaves or the stems so there
would have been some contrast. But too late to change them all. I changed the placement of the leaves for this block. In the pattern the points were turned up toward the flowers. I guess I'm just too much of a realist: heart-shaped morning glory leaves point down or outward. I don't know that my changes improve the block at all, but done is done.
When you make large blocks (this one is 15½ x 20½") for a quilt along what do you do with them while you work on subsequent blocks? Fold them in a box? Hang them on a wall? Lay them flat somewhere? I have the blocks for this quilt pinned to a bulletin board with about six pins across the top, hoping not to distort them. What works for you?
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