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Modern Flower Garden {Finished!}

Posted on: February 21st, 2014 by Lorna McMahon

Throughout my life I have long been known as an unfinisher and a quit in the middler.
When I took up quilting, I promised myself that I would never leave my projects unfinished.

And everything was going according to plan…. Until……

I found that I had three quilt tops sitting waiting for one thing or another.
Threads or backing fabric, or both, were missing.
This made me feel uneasy and a little fearful.
Would I complete these projects?
Or were they destined to become
the dreaded UFO?

In due time, the thread arrived.
The backing fabrics were chosen and procured.
And each of the first two tops (Modern Charm and Fox & Friends) were quilted and shared.

This weekend has been slow but steady in the quilting department.
On Saturday the Modern Flower Garden hexagon quilt, was basted.

And on Sunday I made the binding.
A scrappy binding – from the solids used as the centers of the flowers.
Monday was spent quilting one spiral.
On Tuesday, the second spiral was quilted.
One spiral in pink Magnifico thread and the other in green.
Each over lapping the other.
And on Wednesday, the echoing of those spirals was completed using blue Magnifico.
Then the quilt was trimmed and the binding was sewn on.
It’s a bright fun quilt.  Full of polka dots.  Looking for a good time.
Fun in the sun!  Picnic weather.  Hanging out by the pool.
Feeling kinda Funky, Baby!
She’s a groovy little quilt.  Measures about 53″ x 55″.  I like to call her “That 70’s Quilt”.
And a little peek at the backing!
Almost a tie dye.

As an aside, if you are participating in the Oblongagon quilt along, take a look at all the helpful quilting suggestions left on this Modern Flower Garden update post.  You may be tempted to use one as your next quilting design!  Thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment and to share your creative ideas!

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Happy Friday!
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70 Responses

  1. I love this! So bright and happy! The quilting is just perfect. Great job!

  2. I love those bright flowers! The quilting is fantastic and what a perfect name for the quilt!

  3. Vera says:

    Looks great! I love spiral quilting and yours is just fab! Well done!

  4. Vicki in MN says:

    Lorna, your spiraling is just perfect on this quilt!!

  5. Lana says:

    AMAZING! I love this…and would love to see how you did such great spirals…mine aren't that good yet!

  6. Lindsey says:

    I am rather envious of those spirals Lorna! I think this has to be one of my favorite quilts I have seen in a while! I love the bright and cheery fabrics and love the quilting you did! So fun and sooo pretty! Thank you for the inspiration! :)Thank you for linking up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!-LindseyFabric Frenzy Friday

  7. Carrie P. says:

    WOW! you did that in no time. It looks fabulous and it is the perfect design.

  8. Very nice! At some point I'm going to make a grandmother's flower garden quilt using 1930s repros similar to the one my grandma made in the 1930s.

  9. Unknown says:

    Very beautiful quilt!

  10. Cindy says:

    Love the quilting you chose. Great job.

  11. Kris says:

    Love love love the spiral quilting! That is great.

  12. Farm Quilter says:

    Love your spiral quilting! This is one design that is actually easier on a DSM then it is on a longarm. Looks awesome and I love the way you used 3 different thread colors!! This is a well done finish 🙂

  13. What a great happy quilt! Love the quilting.

  14. Unknown says:

    Beautiful quilt Lorna!! Love it and the quilting is fabulous! How do you keep your circles so consistent!? Marie x

  15. Great quilting design Lorna…love the thread colors and those spirals!!!

  16. Unknown says:

    You did a great job, I've got sew many UFO's setting around right now, I'm a sash of myself. Love your work.

  17. Laura B says:

    That's a terrific quilt! Love the colours. The quilting is beautiful. Awesome job!

  18. RosieGma says:

    I love the polka dots, the flowers are so spring like, which from where I live is a long way from now.. but the quilt binding of patched solids is over the top….so enjoyed seeing your quilt…..

  19. Ewenique says:

    Good for you! It's such a happy quilt and the spiral quilting complements the garden blocks well. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Unknown says:

    What a beautiful and incredible garden…love the quilting!

  21. Lisa says:

    Love the beautiful quilt!

  22. Lin's Quilts says:

    I really like the spiral quilting. Ingenious to overlap them and change their colors!

  23. carla says:

    Hi!!!! It is beautiful!!!! Bright!!!! Cheerful and Fun!!!! Thank You

  24. Anonymous says:

    Wow, just a beautiful quilt! Great fabrics and wonderful spiral stitching.

  25. Vicki says:

    Well Lorna…I knew it, I just knew that you'd outdo yourself once again! This is absolutely fabulous!!! The spirals are perfect for your hexie garden. Congrats on yet another finish!

  26. Wow, Lorna – those spirals give it so much movement! It's like looking at a kaleidoscope – love!!

  27. What a fun quilt. I love the circle quilting you've done. Looks fantastic!

  28. Once again, you knocked it out of the park with your spiral quilting!! LOVE the different colors of thread and the overlapping 🙂

  29. Carla says:

    This is so fabulous and the quilting is BRILLIANT !

  30. Lorna, it's so bright and colorful – a wonderful finish. I invite you to link to Hexie Weekend and share it once again.

  31. This quilt just rocks, Lorna! I LOVE the colors- just perfect for the flower garden pattern. awesome!I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  32. Lovely finish Lorna! How did you do the spirals? With a free motion foot or walking foot? and did you mark the spirals or just eye-ball it? So many questions sorry!

  33. Jasmine says:

    I love how you finished this quilt. The quilting is so unexpected, but absolutely perfect. I also loved reading your tales of the three tops waiting for something. That is what I think when I feel stretched with extra projects.

  34. Mara says:

    Fantastic quilting, I didn't see this idea, but I like it, it looks great.

  35. I love this!! The quilting is amazing!!

  36. Becca says:

    The quilting really makes the look of this simple quilt. Great job!

  37. Mokki says:

    Awesome! Good choice on the quilting. The quilt is so fresh and jolly!

  38. This turned out great! Your quilting is spectacular!

  39. Renee says:

    Love the quilting and the interference pattern you created.

  40. A R E Y O U K I D D I N G M E!!! Ingenuous! Serious…hope you did put your feet up by the pool after this spectacular finish!!!

  41. Lea says:

    Beautiful! It's such a happy & cheerful quilt. I love the colors, the fabric and the fabulous quilting.

  42. Peggy says:

    That's amazing! First working out the hexagons, then doing such perfect spiral quilting! You are one fabulous quilter! Beauty!

  43. Allison says:

    So beautiful! Love the colors and the quilting. Very fun.I need to take a page from you and make sure I FINISH my projects. I get so excited about a project until one thing goes wrong/need something special and then it sits there. My goal this year is to FINISH specific projects.

  44. Happy Turtle says:

    Love this quilt Lorna and the quilting is really nice!Carol

  45. Your quilting is amazing! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  46. Wow Lorna! You are amazing! Super-woman of quilting! Congratulations on this super finish!

  47. You out did yourself on this one Lorna! Love that design and what a great idea to use the different colors. Fabulous. Those colors in the fabrics are so bright and fun, funky for sure:)

  48. Michele says:

    I love the way it turned out. Nicely done.

  49. EdyPatch says:

    Super lindaaaaaaaa.

  50. EdyPatch says:

    Super lindaaaaaaaa.

  51. The circular quilting looks fabulous!! Very nice :)-Soma

  52. Brenda says:

    wow! great colours and great quilting.

  53. Unknown says:

    A perfect spring quilt! The stitching makes it outstanding!

  54. Kim says:

    Your cheery flower garden quilt does shout the 70's doesn't it! I am in love with your quilt. The polka dots, the bright and happy sunshiney colours, the amazing quilting……how on earth did you achieve such precise quilting?? AND……what's not to love about a hexie!! Quite simply….gorgeous!!

  55. Jean says:

    I absolutely love this! Everything about it! I found you through Show and Tell Tuesday and am so glad I did. I will be following you on Bloglovin. Cant wait to see more!!!!

  56. Fabulous Lorna, fabric, design and quilting 😀

  57. RMTD says:

    I love it! Great job with quilting! Now I want to do one!

  58. Sue Daurio says:

    OMG how creative can you possibly get! The quilting is way over the top! LOVE it.

  59. What a beautiful quilt and look at all the quilting on it!!!! Awesome! Thanks for sharing.Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

  60. beautiful quilt – I love how you've quilted it!

  61. Regina says:

    Such lovely bright colours, and very interesting quilting, Congrats on a great finish!

  62. Amanda Jean says:

    Wowza! That's a beautiful quilt finish. Well done Lorna!!!

  63. Jo Ferguson says:

    It's a beauty. There's nothing like a shot in the arm of bright and fun colour, to warm up a winter day.

  64. Oh my goodness Lorna I almost missed this amazing quilt! Beautiful! Love the colors and the quilting is absolutely fantastic! Maybe this quilt needed to sit a spell so the creative juices could flow on how to quilt. I have more UFOs than I care to have at the moment. Great finish and congrats on the finish!

  65. Alisa says:

    That's a fabulous quilt! Great job on everything.

  66. Love this happy quilt. I especially like the spiral quilting.

  67. Stacy Olson says:

    LOVE this quilt!! Makes me happy just looking at it and thinking off all the bright colors from my childhood. The quilting is utterly amazing! Fabulous job!!

  68. Love the quilting! How the two spirals interlock is brilliant! Yay to banishing the UFO pile 🙂

  69. I love the quilting!