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How does your garden grow?

The wedding gift placemats are a bust so on to plan B: another quilt, of course. But I wanted to add a little something to the quilt so that it wasn't just patchwork squares. So I'm alternating pieced blocks with applique.

Here is block 1 using fused applique.

The pattern is "My Whimsical Quilt Garden" by Piece O' Cake Designs.

The block was fun to put together and a great way to use up the tiniest scraps of fabric.

Fanciful Flowers: uno mas foto

Finished the back. Colors are less garish in real life than in the picture.

and, so, time to baste the quilt where it will sit in my "quilt me" pile for at least six months or so...

Fanciful Flowers: on to the back

Over the weekend I finally began working on the quilt back for my Fanciful Flowers quilt. After thinking about a bunch of different options, I decided to piece the back and use up a bunch of fat quarters.

The backing uses what remains of my Amy Butler fabric and some random floral fabrics that I've had for way too long.

The front took a long time to put together, so it's only fitting that the back should take a while too. The only slight downer is that I miss my floor and being able to walk wherever. I had just finished another project and my floor was clean for all of 5 minutes before I started laying out these fabrics.

Playing with Scraps

I felt like making one of Ayumi Mills' fabric baskets over the weekend. She has a great tutorial on her blog Pink Penguin, but typically I didn't pay close attention to the directions at first so I ended up with one itty-bitty fabric basket and one regular sized.

The smaller one is made with 1.5" squares and the larger one is the regular version with 2" squares.

Nova, over at a cuppa and a catch up, has a great post on using every little scrap of fabric to make a surprisingly large number of things. Making these baskets didn't do anything to diminish my scraps, but instead seemed to increase them like two loaves and five fish. The baskets are cute though. And I definitely have enough scraps to make a bunch of baskets for Christmas. and Easter. and birthdays. and anniversaries. and the random have-a-nice-day/thinking-of-you token.

Shrinking the to-do list

Slowly working on my need-to-finish list. Now I can cross off one more: quilted and hand-sewed the binding for the Radiate quilt. I originally had ambitious quilting plans, but ended up simply stippling all over it.

The back is a bunch of fat quarters from the Momo Wonderland fabric line; a nice way to show off the large scale prints. My favorite element is the hidden white rabbit in the tree (top right pink corner: see the white rabbit in the blue tree?).

Best Design... Who woulda thunk it?

The winners for the Brown Bag Quilt Challenge were announced on May 1. And somehow, the judges awarded my quilt "Best Design". Wow. Never having won anything in my life, I'm feeling lucky. Time to buy that winning lottery ticket.

A truly big thank you to RaeAnn and JoyLyn for organizing and coordinating this challenge. The logistics weren't easy to pull off, I'm sure.

Also, my swap partner, Judy, won 3rd place! How fantastic is that? Her quilt is

All of the entered quilts can be seen here.