WILDFLOWERS BLOCKS FOR JULY - CALIFORNIA WILD ROSE

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Kelli replied on Wed, Sep 26 2012 9:20 AM

All of your roses are beautiful! Boy am I glad that I'm not the only one that had problems with the buds. I was beginning to be a little frustrated with it. :-(

I should have my rose finished and will post it later today. I learn so much from reading all your posts. Thank you so much

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Kelli replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 9:39 AM

My California Wild Rose. I might redo it I haven't decided yet. The buds were a pain in my rear. 

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Barbara replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 10:21 AM

Kelli very pretty I love the fabric you used for the rose .  nice job

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gini replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 12:05 PM

kelli, i love the rose fabric.  

when you are doing those skinny little dips of the calyxes,  don't make them as deep.   it will still look just fine.   sometimes the fabric is too loosely woven to  turn under a teensy seam allowance, and makes the tiny little dips a booger to work with. 

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gini replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 12:08 PM

someone also pointed out something i had forgotten.  you can make  folded buds. take a little square of your fabric, fold it in half twice, tuck it into the calyx, kinda fold the lower edges under to fit.   as long as you do tiny stitches along the calyx edge, there is no need to stitch around the bud.   ta da, you have a 3-D bud.

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Kelli replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 3:07 PM

Thanks for the advise gini. I thought I was gong to be bald from pulling my hair out over these. Lol well, now I know and next time I encounter something like this I will win not be bud lol

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Linny t replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 3:49 PM

Kelli, your rose is very pretty.  I love the rose fabric especially.  The buds are really tiny, aren't they? 

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gini replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 4:10 PM

and kelli, if you want, i am on here nearly every day, several times, and  when you run into problems like these little stinkers, i can help you figure out an easier way to do them.

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Emily replied on Thu, Sep 27 2012 5:13 PM

Kelli, we have all had a hard time with these tiny calyxes - you are not alone.  I embroidered mine and you can't tell the difference.  I just used a basic "satin" stitch.

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Kris replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 9:25 PM

Nice work Kelli. Pretty fabric.

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gini replied on Sun, Oct 28 2012 11:09 PM

i am bumping this to the top.    while i was trimming my blocks, this one stood out.  i somehow got the buds in the wrong spot and the balance was off, i didn't like where i put the stem.   instead of redoing the entire flower, i reworked it.   it only took a few minutes to fix it and it would have taken a lot longer to redo the whole thing.  

before you decide to toss a piece of your applique, try to look at it with new eyes and see if there is something you can do to rework it or add some features to improve it.   it can save you a lot of work.    i put the flowers in the same post so you could compare them.   go to the first page of this thread, the first post.

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Emily replied on Sun, Oct 28 2012 11:23 PM

I don't think it matters how many petals are on the wild rose.  Flowers all grow differently.  Your 'fix' is perfect!

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gini replied on Sun, Oct 28 2012 11:25 PM

thanks emily, that's what i decided. 

 i left my blocks all out on the table the other night for sam to see when he got up.   he thought it just might be one of my prettiest quilts, but he says that about them all.   :  )

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Emily replied on Sun, Oct 28 2012 11:42 PM

Maybe all the men go to the same school for marriage - my husband says the same thing as yours does.

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Linny t replied on Mon, Oct 29 2012 11:49 AM

gini:

this block was pretty easy,  and even with that i got things turned around.   oh well.  it still looks pretty good.

 

 

i wasn't happy with this block, so i picked out the top of the small petal and inserted another fabric under it and made a double petal.   i didn't like the stem so i made another one, i added an extra leaf, and i added some embroidery.    somehow  i put  the buds in the wrong spot and that through off the balance of the entire flower.  i really shouldn't be sewing late at night, evidently.    anyway, while i was trimming these today, this was the one that stood out like a sore thumb.

not a perfect fix, wild roses don't have this many petals, but it works well enough for me.

Now I would have probably ripped the are out and done a whole new petal.  How much more interesting it is like this.  Gini, you're a genious.

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