Thursday, 24 November 2011

What's Your Flower?

So, to the snowdrops...if you guessed it was something to do with the Crazy Quilt Journal Project, you were right!

It started when I came across this in one of our homeschool books:

shakespeare flowers

(Shakespeare for Kids)

Aha! I thought, I can use this list to give me a starting point for each of my crazy quilt journal blocks! And yay! The first month is snowdrop, one of my favourite flowers. So, I started gathering pictures from Flickr for inspiration, and this helped me to pull together this little bundle of scraps to work with for my first block:

fabrics for snowdrop theme

The colours are much nicer in real life, but sadly the light in a British November does not do it justice :-(.

So, I'm thinking I will use each of the flowers as a starting point for each block, to help inform colour themes and embellishment ideas for each month. I may use actual pictoral representations of some of the flowers, but mainly it will be just to give me a starting place for choosing the colours. And as all the flowers will have at least some green for the foliage, this will give a commonality running through all the blocks.

Having had a gander about the interwebs at different lists of birth flowers, there is some variation in what are the "official" birth flowers, so I have chosen my favourites from a variety of sources and these are the ones I will choose:

January - Snowdrop
February - Violet
March - Daffodil
April - Daisy
May - Hawthorn
June - Rose
July - Delphinium
August - Poppy
September - Forget-me-not
October - Calendula
November - Chrysanthemum
December - Holly

I think this will give a nice mix of different colours and variations.

So, if you are doing the CQJP2012, what will you be doing for each of your different month's blocks?. I would love to hear other's ideas :-)


  1. Just had to include ric rac didn't it :)

  2. Hi! I saw your post over one CQ Embellishments. I could have written that post! I also love hand work and haven't embroidered, other than bead embroidery, in years. So, I joined CQ2012 and TAST and hope to improve my skills. However, I have NOT yet decided what my blocks will be. I need to give that a little more thought. I like your theme.
    Nice to meet you.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Great theme, Viv! I look forward to watching you create your blocks! Hugs, Cathy

  4. Hi Viv. I'm also doing the CQJP 2012 and was thinking along the same lines as you. I think I may instead do roses or other soft colored flowers for the images. I chose some neutral fabrics last Wednesday, so I am ready to roll! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

  5. I think I'll be doing Christmas themed blocks. I've been gathering Christmas fabrics for some time with a desire to make a table runner.......

  6. This is such a great idea for a quilt. I am a March baby, so violets for me :) I will be following this project with interest.

  7. What a great project! The flowers for each month are a great inspiration for paper projects, too. Hmmmm....


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