Monday, 24 December 2012

Daffodil Dreams

 It’s finished – just in time for Christmas! This daffodil wallhanging is for my lovely Mum.

Paper Pieced Daffodils
The pattern is by Eileen B Sullivan and I used Kona solids to piece it, with blue Color Weave for the border.

I think she’ll like it. Considering she thinks her present from me this year is just this boomerang pillow cover:

XOXO quilt and pillow

And she is getting that. It’s to match the XOXO quilt I made for her birthday last year. I managed to try the case on the pillow while she was playing with the kidlets. Thank goodness it fits! Those things are such an awkward shape! But it was a rather quick project, so the daffodils are her big present.

Happy daffodil

I had planned to find a pattern with yellow roses (Mum’s favourite) but roses don’t seem to translate to paper piecing quite so well. So when I saw the daffodils… well. It's a long story. But here we are.

I wasn’t sure what to use for the border, but I couldn’t go past Color Weave in blue. It just set the daffodils off beautifully.

Color Weave border
The binding very nearly didn’t happen. I had it all made up ready to finish the quilt. Then discovered that while I was cooking dinner, my monster darling children had found it and were using it as reins to play “horsey”. I was not impressed. Fortunately other than some frayed edges, it was still salvageable. A good thing too as this was all I had left of the navy blue and no other fabrics worked quite so well for binding. Trust me, Christmas was nearly cancelled for two kidlets that I know. Fortunate indeed.

Oh and the mucked up piecing I did?

Argh green daffodil

I managed to fix that. I didn’t bother unpicking all that section. I flipped it over and traced the paper templates onto some thin paper and just redid them. It worked. SmileThank goodness.


I added a little label to the back because I know Mum will be looking for one! Excuse the terrible embroidery – I really need to work on that. It gets the message across and that’s what counts. And more importantly, everything’s spelt right Winking smile

Irises and daffodils paper pieced

Here are the two paper pieced wallhangings together. The irises are mine and hang in my sewing room, and as of tomorrow the daffodils will belong to my Mum. Just have to find somewhere to hang it!

So I’m a happy gal. And I think my mum will be too.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas! Hope you find some fabric-y goodness under the tree!!


  1. Turned out wonderful Kristy.....have a great Christmas

  2. The daffodils are gorgeous. I know your mother will love it. I have enjoyed watching your progress. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. Wow, beautiful! Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas!

  4. Simply gorgeous! I really like the irises too. :)

  5. It's lovely Kristy, I am sure your mum will be over the moon with it!

    Glad to hear that Christmas is safe for your kidlets for another year too:)

    Have a lovely Christmas and a great New Year.

  6. completely amazing! I'm sure your Mum will love it! Happy Christmas!

  7. Gorgeous!! Merry Christmas to you and your family; hope you have a great day!!!

  8. It is totally gorgeous!!! I know that your mum will adore it and think lovely thoughts about her talented daughter whenever she looks at it! The Iris and Daffodil hangings look so pretty side by side. Are they by the same designer?
    What beautiful pieces of art you have made them into!
    (I never knew there was such a thing as a boomerang pillow!)
    Merry Christmas!!


  9. That is beautiful! You did a great job!

  10. This is way beyond my imagination. Well done.

  11. Wow, the daffodils are stunning!

  12. The two of them look beautiful together.

  13. They are both absolutely beautiful!


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