Retro-active

First, I promised (and then forgot) to post a picture of Land of Flood and Drought once it was hanging. I ended up hanging the 2015 LoFaD on the left and the 2016 LoFaD on the right …

I also have a belated response to Deb Sposa’s “How did you do that?” comment on this post
where I made the beginnings of a flower out of repurposed vintage handkerchiefs …

I started with directions I found on how to make flower petals in one of the many books and Internet sites I perused. Sadly, I neglected to note which one. Anyway, I started with a 5 1/2″ square of cloth …
folded it in half …

then folded the top right corner down …

and the top left corner down …

This resulted in all raw edges being on the bottom (an important consideration as this will end up on a baby quilt, so loose threads need to be avoided as they are potential choking hazards). 
A running stitch along the bottom edge (done in a contrasting color for the purposes of demonstration here) … 

was then gathered …

and secured by running the needle back through the gathers in the opposite direction …

At which point the “petal” was ready to be used with the opening visible (above), or not (below) …

It wasn’t too far a leap to see the resemblance between the folded triangle of cloth and the corner of a vintage handkerchief. So I made a cover stock template with a 2 1/2″ altitude and marked it onto the corner of a handkerchief …

then cut the corner off, leaving a 1/4″ margin …

I discovered that the petals worked best when I used two handkerchief corners stitched together with perle cotton …

after which all that remained to do was a light spritzing to remove the erasable marker lines …

The flower pictured above has 14 pairs of petals, but I’ve also experimented with some alternate petal shapes and sizes … which I’ll save for another day.

10 thoughts on “Retro-active

  1. Hiya Liz!!!! It's been ages since I've looked thru your blog or anyone else's, gets like that at the end of a school year, I just can't seem to keep up. Anyways I just kept scrolling down until I hit this post with my name in it Ha ha. Thank you so much for the tutorial, I especially loved seeing the vintage hankies come together in a petal, so lovely. Can't wait to give it a try this summer. I so enjoy you documenting all the Texas Natives as well, they are so different from what I'm used to in CAlifornia. And congrats on that delicious new baby girl, what a doll she is. Enjoy!! And how fun your Easter aventures looked at your home with the bunny footprints, both you and your husband make such a great creative team. And all those Peace pins you are making and sending around the world, each is so unique and special, with so much love stitched into each one. I pray for our country, for our young people, for our world. These are frightening times, and I know that each of your pins sends out such positive hopes and wishes for peace. Much love to you, and I hope to visit more frequently this summer. xoxoxoxoxoxox

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