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Hippy Dippy Flower-Part 2

I bought a black/grey Grunge fabric for the background of my Hippy Dippy Flower quilt. My choice black Grunge was to make the bright yarn flowers "pop". I layered black fabric, batting and my Grunge fabric on my longarm to quilt the background. I quilted just straight lines about ¼ " apart. Fancy quilting might have distracted from the flowers.

My couched flower and leaf appliques were dried so it was time to figure out how I wanted to arrange them onto my quilted background. For the 3D look some of the petals should overlap to give depth. After they were arranged I used Roxanne's Glue Baste to glue them to the background. Putting small dots of glue around in places, just enough to hold them in place.

Adding doilies would make it fit into the quilting vintage category for our guilds quilt show. It was another opportunity to add dimension. Using Mod Podge Fabric Stiffener I stiffened doilies over boils wrapped in Saran Wrap. Thinking it through the stiffened doilies had to be the last thing that would get sewed on. This is a picture of trying to figure out how I wanted everything arranged.

Next was to load the quilted backing with the flowers glued on back onto my longarm. Using YLI monofilament thread on the top and black thread in the bobbin I stitched the flowers to the background. The Glide foot on my longarm helped to keep the hopping foot from catching in the yarn.

It was all stitched together so I needed to think of what else I could incorporate. Some of my thoughts were to hide stitches other thoughts were to enhance the piece.

Stay tuned for part three.

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