Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another Bloom for my Garden

First of all i would like to thank those of you who left comments on my first post. Its a new experience for me to share in this way and it is encouraging to receive such feedback. I am sorry that i didn't tick the box that would allow me to reply to each of you.
This is my third Block for the flower Garden Quilt and there is a fourth one almost completed.
I'm not sure what part of the process i enjoy most, choosing the fabrics and allowing myself to be a little "out there" or the actual needle turn applique.
Back-basted needle-turn is a new technique for me and i just love how easily the fabric roll's over. Much of the ease i am sure is due to the fabulous organic nature of Kim Mc Leans design, but in using the back-basted method the fabric seems to have a memory of where the basting stitches were and roll over with just a little encouragement. I am still finding concave curves a bit of a challenge, and as there are lots of them I need to get better at them.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Eye Candy #4

These are the final images of Applique blocks in the central area of Kim McLean's own Flower Garden Quilt. They are the 18"x10" blocks and are so joyful: no wonder everyone smiles when viewing this quilt. The lines and shapes are so curvy and sinuous, with minimum layering. Easy for a beginner?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Eye Candy #3

More of the blocks from Kim's own Flower Garden quilt. These are the 16"x10" blocks and show the wide spectrum of colour that Kim incorporates. The fussy cutting on the last block, highlighting motifs as well as print direction, provides much visual detail to the large shapes.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Eye Candy #2

These are five of the 14"x10" blocks that Kim appliqued for her Flower Garden Quilt.
The machined custom quilting obscures (in the photos) the fact that the background fabric is in fact patterned. A self patterned cream on cream has been chosen by Kim. Quilting design remains within the background and outlines the applique. Some of the reverse applique shapes are also outlined to make them puff out. More vibrant loveliness!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Eye Candy # 1

Here are Blocks 1-3 that Kim McLean created for her Flower Garden Quilt.
Click on image to enlarge for better appreciation of the fussy cutting detail from
her stash of Kaffe fabrics. So vibrant with Reverse Applique in contrasting colours.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Flower Garden Blocks

My first two Flower Garden Blocks, using the Back basting method of applique, which i found surprisingly easy to do.
I have used a grey negative spot for the background ( from spotlight) and a range of Kaffe Fassette fabrics for the flowers and leaves.

Friday, July 15, 2011

About to start....

No pics yet - As a lover of Kim's patterns for sometime now, I finally got myself organised and purchased the Princess Feathers pattern and all the relevant fabrics. I keep saying to myself that I would not start until I had cleared out some UFOs!!! Thanks to Pip's words of encouragement and the launch of her blog, I am going to make a start on this quilt in the coming days. I will post pics once I have something to show.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Flower Garden Block 6

Another flower made for my garden, this one came together quite quickly once I had decided on the main fabric for the flower, the rest just picked themselves.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Almost to the day... a year since Glorious Applique commenced.... Pip from Down Under has started a new blog for more lovers of Kim McLean's delightful Applique patterns.

Reading all of the posts and comments from our Big Sister Blog: Glorious Applique, and seeing the Danish and Dutch aficionados get on board has been inspirational and informative. Thankyou to all of the trailblazers...lets keep the party going!

With Kim's blessing here is a photo from the workshop she tutored in Sydney in February...already reported by Quiltsalott on The Glorious Applique site. Further posts by me will show individual blocks from Kim's original Flower Garden.
For those unfortunate fans who will never see this quilt or touch it in person, this will be an opportunity to view in detail the very clever fussy cutting that Kim employs to bring life to her designs.
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The idea behind this blog is to offer a place for quilters Down Under (Australia and New Zealand) who are working on Kim McLean quilt patterns and designs and who want to post images and stories about their progress. 

When you want to become a member of this blog, please send me an email (see right side bar). You will need to have a blog of your own started (you don't actually have to post on that blog, although you might find it quite enjoyable), so that you can access the dashboard part of Blogger and write a post and add images (it is really quite easy to do), I intend to put a tutorial for this up on a separate page sometime in the near future.

Friday, July 8, 2011


Hello, and thanks for dropping by.

I recently began stitching Kim McLean's Flower Garden quilt design.  I was inspired to start this quilt  after I came across the Glorious Applique group blog and saw all the beautiful quilts being made.
Unfortunately the blog had reached the maximum membership allowed so I could only read and comment. Recently I noticed that two other sister blogs in Denmark and Holland had started up so I posed a question (in the comments) on the Glorious Applique blog about starting up an Australian blog.  Kim McLean gave me her blessing so here we go......

my first block

This group blog is a new venture for me so I'm still finding my feet so to speak :)

Send me an email at: restisnotidleness at gmail dot com if you are interested in being a member of this blog.  You will need a Google Account to be able to post to the blog, it is very easy to set up and doesn't take too long.