You might recall that Merle is my neighbor and owner of this vintage watering can. When Merle leaves town, this is the can I use to water her flowers.
If you remember Merle’s Bouquet, you’ll notice the difference a focus fabric can make in your quilts!
I happen to love vintage watering cans. Therefore, I instantly thought of hers when I wanted to use a can as a vase for a bouquet for this quilt design.
As a result of the editor of AQS (American Quilter’s Society) requesting a new pattern for their magazine, I asked Merle if I could photograph of her beautiful collection of vases and, while there, her vintage watering.
As a result, the watering can made the cut!
Merle’s vintage watering can was the inspiration for this fun, easy art quilt – learn the nuances of value as you arrange your own bouquet! Learn about the original quilt HERE.
Notice the light value of the watering cans (made from the reverse of the focus fabric) seem to reflect the bouquet made from the front. The flowers are cut from the fused fabric (broderie perse) and arranged as the quilter desires. Aside from auditioning and choosing fabrics for the background, this is the most satisfying part of the process! Quilters in classes really enjoy watching their bouquets “grow’. Each individual’s vision of their bouquet makes these quilts a little work of art.
Again, remember Merle’s Bouquet is made from floral focus fabrics. You might find one’s with other fun motifs as well, like butterflies, bees, or birds.