Monday, May 27, 2013

Say it With Flowers Blog Hop - Day One

It's the first day of
and I am so thrilled to be among the first
to welcome you to this fabulous 
Flower Show!
I love the sweet scent of our Jasmine
Our Azaleas earlier this spring
This teeny little flower tells us a cucumber is coming soon
Thank you(s)
going out to...
who is no wall flower when it comes
to leading the Cheers!
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bloomin' blog hop news!


a special HUG for you my dear...
the theme for this blog hop truly challenged me
to reach into my soul,
and inspired me to create something
very near and dear to my
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Before I show you what I did just for this hop...
(you know how I like to 'build up' to the grande finale)
I have to tell you, I really didn't think I was much
of a 'flower girl'
I thought I would show you a few
flowery things from my past...
(you might wanna fix yourself a cuppa something...
put your feet up...I got a little carried away)

I couldn't believe all  I've actually done
with flowers in mind...

My Mom loves flowers and I love my Mom, so....
One of the first of many little diddies for her wall.

This was a challenge in one of my FB groups
We had to use a word or a name...
had to include a hexagon and beads...
had to be framed with a hoop.

Mom loves PINK flowers
so the Spouse and I hung these outside her window
Yes...they are not
but the plus one has to water them.

I made her a little bouquet for her room

Hung these on her wall for Mother's Day
Mom always likes whatever I make her
(I think that is a requirement for being a mom)
But she really loves the tulips!

For Christmas I knit one of those lacey scarfy things...
(and I do not knit unless it's on giant needles)
since scarves aren't her thing...I turned it into a...
well...I guess a necklace...
and added a crocheted Flower!
That's Love!

Now for a few of my own flowery things....
I just fell in love with that foundation pieced potted flower mini.
I loved it so much...
I had to create another from my own head...
This was really made for Mom...
but shhh...don't tell...I'm still enjoying it.

I fell in love with "Jalousie" designed by
Alethea Ballard from her book
Maverick Quilts...
a most excellent use of large floral fabric

This is a little pincushion happened
when I had actually set out to make a 'pin'
I was also working on another pincushion at the same time..
(you do remember I admitted to being a bit ADD, right?)
I had made the little
'ball' too small...or too 'big'...I can't remember...
anyways...the 'ball' rolled over to the 'pin' I was also working on...
and it was love at first sight...
my favorite little flower pincushion was born.

Last month I participated in Whims and Fancies Spring Fling Blog Hop
and made this 10" foundation pieced block.
Inspired by our cat Marvin...
and a touching flower story...
feel free to make this block...
you can find the PDF download here

One last pic before the
Big Reveal
What could be better than...
working with flower fabric...
a kitten
while multitasking at the computer!

Now for the project you really came to see...
From the moment I heard the theme
"Say It With Flowers"
I knew what I HAD to do....
You see...
our dear little girl
was "Maggie" to her friends...
but her given name was really
Magnolia Blossom.
I have always wanted to make
special 'memory' quilts of our little furry ones
who touched our lives and our hearts...
but time passes and the quilts never seem to get
on the priority list...
Until now...

I am beyond pleased.
I am ecstatic!

I worked from pictures...the one below was taken only a few days before she passed on January 23rd of this year.

 I have never attempted anything like this before.

This picture was from last Christmas

I'm no artist...but I don't think my drawing is half bad.
I tweeked it a bit after this original sketch,
but forgot to take a picture of that.
Then I surfed the web to find some Magnolia images...
and combined the two just for an idea.

My flowers are not spot on...
but I still love them.

I still need to add some highlights to her eyes...
I used a blue Pilot Frixion erasable gel pen to write her name...
hand embroidered it with #5 Perle Cotton.
(fyi...if you are not familiar with the Frixion pens...they disappear once heat is applied...
however I was a bit disappointed 
because the blue ink did vanish...
 BUT .... left a white line in can't see it here and once quilted 
I don't think it will be noticeable...
but still....)

My original plan was to make this a simple small wallhanging.
I am probably going to stick to that plan...
and finish with another thin border of purple and then bind it with...
hmmm...not sure.
But I've put my heart and soul into this...
so I've decided to
live with her awhile
before I make the final decision.
I am sure in time...she'll speak to me.
And I will know.

Flowers can really say so much...
this lone little rose was waiting for me
to snap its picture.
Last week the bush was in full bloom.
It marks the 'resting spot'
of our sweet girl...
and was given to us by a dear friend
just for that purpose.

For those of you who have visited before...
I know you are used to giggles and whimsy from me.
I won't disappoint you...
I'll leave you laughing
(yes...I found one more flowery thing to share)
but I hope you've enjoyed the more
serious me
It doesn't happen too often...
but I'm sure glad it did this time....
I just LOVE my girl
oh yeh...and the flowers too!

Thanks for visiting!
Enjoy the hop...
Don't forget to take time to stop and smell the flowers
at all the awesome bloggers today...
and everyday until the hop ends on June 4th
The schedule is listed below

Now one last pic...
This hangs on the bathroom door
in our classroom...
Inspired by our little diva, Midnite.
A flower covered litter box...
surely you wouldn't expect anything
different from me, now would you?

Lynn ~ The Thimblemouse >"<

Today ~ May 27th

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  1. Love your work Lyn.

  2. Okay,now I am drooling over all those beautiful flowers! Well done You!

  3. Lynn, I love it, you really captured her personality.

  4. So many different projects. Amazing. Thanks for sharing

  5. I love everything in your post but you have absolutely excelled with Magnolia Blossom. Such a beautiful doggy friend and a gorgeous quilt. Clever, clever you.

  6. I love, love your Magnolia Blossom. What more could I say. As always I am enjoying your postings, but this time it is amazing. Thank you for being part of this blog hop and sharing your creativity

  7. Aww, Your tribute to your little Magnolia Blossom is so sweet. I think you did a fab job for your first go at that technique !

  8. Lynn, you did it again, I always love your posts, making me laugh and I love all the great projects you produce, but this time you touched a soft spot in my heart, what a sweet quilt you made of your Magnolia Blossom. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas and your creativity.

  9. That memory quilt is so touching - and excellent too!

  10. Love the Magnolia Blossom quilt...what a wonderful idea!

  11. They are all lovely quilts but I have a soft spot for the Magnolia Blossom you did a wonderful job...

  12. I cannot even imagine how long did it take you to make this, from A-Z!

  13. Love your work ( and story) and most of all the last one with your dog. Very nice.
    Thanks for sharing.
    regards InGa.

  14. I love your work and your (love) story.
    You are an amazingly creative busy bee!


  15. Great projects. You have been busy. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Your Magnolia Blossom piece is gorgeous and so sweet. A wonderful tribute.

  17. Love all your flowers, but your tribute to Maggie is absolutely beautiful. You did a wonderful job.

  18. What a sweet little quilt for Magnolia B! You will love seeing it each day and rembering your dear little pup! Thanks for sharing a piece of your heart today!

  19. What a wonderful collection of projects. Love the appliqué. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Wow!! Each piece is great, but what you did for your maggie is wonderful!

  21. You ARE an artist. Your work is fantastic! Thanks for the heads up on the Frixion pen.

  22. Lynn I love all your creations, but Magnolia Blossom is the best! I saw your sneak preview of her nose yesterday. I think the entire quilt came out perfect. Love those flowers too. I wouldn't do anything more to it, it's perfect the way it is.

  23. Our pets certainly steal our hearts, don't they. I've wanted to create a quilt with my pets on it, too, so you've really made my head start spinning with ideas. Your sweet Magnolia project turned out so beautiful! Thanks for sharing so many ideas and creations. :O)

  24. Fabulous - I love all your projects!
    Thanks for sharing!

  25. What gorgeous projects and so many different ideas. Great creativity.

  26. YOU my dear LYNN, are such a thrill, such an inspiration, such a giggle....your pet pieces very endearing...truly chocked me caught your Magnolia.! OHHH and your cat litter box...too if we could just make their deposits more flowery lol

  27. O thank you for sharing! Again so much inspiration! But I love your little memory quilt most. Love, love, love it!

  28. You did a great job on your memory quilt

  29. So many projects, you've been busy! Love your Magnolia tribute!

  30. My sympathies for the loss of your beloved Maggie. What a lovely tribute you made in cloth though she lives on in your hearts. Your mom must really be fond of pink since you have made her so many pink things over time. THX for sharing with us today.

  31. What a great group of past projects and the tribute to your dear pet is so sweet! You did a great job on it!

  32. Adorei sua publicação, está maravilhosa! Lindas flores! Um abraço.

  33. Absolutely wonderful and creative as always! You inspire me!!!

  34. Simply adorable! But I am over the top for your tribute to your dog! You did an awesome job...REALLY, you did!! What a wonderful way to remember a beloved pet.
    Flower Power Rules!
    Gmama Jane

  35. All your flowers are so pretty and colorful. Magnolia Blossom's memory quilt is sew beautifully special. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

  36. Wonderful projects but the tribute to Maggie was just beautiful. She looked so sweet. And what a wonderful remembrance for you to have now. Laughed at the litter box. I think I need one of those on our door, maybe with an orange cat like ours. Thanks for sharing all those quilts.

  37. Great projects. Love the litterbox!

  38. What a remarkable tribute, Magnolia Blossom is beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing your serious side :)

  39. Your projects are all so lovely. Maggie looks so sweet, I can see where you get your patterns from. Thank you for sharing.

  40. Great job. It's a wonderful memory/tribute quilt.

  41. Great projects!!! I Love the memory quilt, what a great idea! And the cat box one:) Too funny that one!!!!

  42. Great projects !
    Greatings from Germany !

  43. Your portrait of Maggie is just beautiful! You did well making her come alive!!
    Your blog is always a delight to read!

  44. What a sweetie, your Maggie! You catched her in fabric, gorgeous. I also like the other items you show, thanks for sharing.

  45. Lots of lovely flower project! Love you Maggie portrait!

  46. You did a beautiful job of recreating Maggie. You have a wonderful scense of creativity. I love it. Thank you for sharing.

  47. Hi!!!! Wonderful flower creations!!!! All very beautiful!!!! I love them all!!!! Your memory quilt of Maggie and the blossoms is amazing!!! And the flowered kitty litter box cracked me up!!!! Thanks for all the fun!!!!

  48. You did such a beautiful job on all your creations!! Maggies memory quilt is adorable!!

  49. Love all of your flower projects. Your memory quilt is wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

  50. Such lovely flowers. Your sketch is very good. Wonderful post. I love the little pincushion. Grats on the happy accident.

  51. What a beautiful tribute to Maggie. I love it. And your little pincushion too but I am addicted to pincushions.

  52. I am amazed by all of your projects. Love your memory quilt Magnolia Blossoms. They are all beautiful projects; but that is my favorite of all.

  53. your projects are all very lovely. thanks for sharing

  54. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful flowers, it was a great pleasure to read this post!
    I love the memory quilt you've made with so much love to your Maggie.
    Cute dog, so sorry that she had past away.

  55. What a beautiful memory quilt! All your floral projects are lovely!

  56. I love magnolia Blossom - that is very special indeed!

  57. Holy Smokes! No way to be disappointed when visiting you on your blog. :) Maggie is wonderful and you did a fabulous job from beginning to end. Each and every project was wonderful; lucky mom to get all those fun quilts; I, too, am partial to tulips.


  59. Such terrific projects. Really love your Magnolia Blossom quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  60. I love your sweet quilt...hugs, vickise at gmail dot com

  61. Love this post! Beautiful Flower quilts, beautiful real flowers :-)

  62. My goodness you have been busy...very beautiful!!

  63. Your creations are so incredible! You are an inspiration. :)

  64. Always an inspiration to visit you! No one does it better with color and whimsy than you! LOVE IT ALL!

  65. Your Magnolia quilt is so sweet! Thanks for sharing all your lovely floral projects and the stories with them!

  66. Such a wonderful variety of beautiful quilts. Your tribute to Maggie is perfect.

  67. Your showing of flowers is fabulous! The memory quilt is truly awesome!


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