Colorful forsythia, quince, crab apple, Bradford pear, redbud and plum are all budding and blooming here in eastern Kentucky. Every day on my walk through the neighborhood, I spot new and different color combinations in the flowering trees and bushes.
Our little magnolia tree is in full bloom, too, after losing all its buds last year in a late snow. The shape of the flowers and the subtle colors make my mind buzz with quilt designs and fabric choices.
Quilts were also blooming this past weekend at the local quilt show on National Quilting Day where there were a few really nice antique hexagon flower quilts. The workmanship in this Flower Basket quilt was stunning. I can’t imagine doing the pattern drafting and writing for this quilt, let alone actually making one like it. The easy part is there is only one template, the hard part is making and hand-piecing more than 8,000 of the tiny 1-inch hexagons!
Seeing this very contemporary colored bright red Grandmother’s Flower Garden was inspiring. I can almost see myself attempting to try the hexagon piecing at this larger hexagon size.
Want more flower quilt inspiration? You’ll find baskets of it in the April/May issue of Quilters Newsletter, including Part 1 of the beautiful floral series quilt, Flower Power by Jane Zillmer.