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Tuesday, March 1, 2011


It's March and I have daffodils on my mind.
I'm photoshopping photos to make them look like paintings.

And thinking about daffodil quilts
Actual quilt block above. I redrew the daffodil  from Eveline Foland's 1933 Kansas City Star pattern Memory Bouquet

Here's the original Memory Bouquet

Another fabulous quilt design is Mountain Mist's "Dancing Daffodils". The basic unit here is an asymmetrical stem.

Flipped over twice and rotated to make a 4-way symmetrical block

You could also repeat the daffodil unit

I've sketched a pattern for the asymmetrical stem. Click here to see the PDF file for a flower that would fit in a 9 or 10 inch block.

I combined Eveline Foland's flower with the Mountain Mist stem.

An interesting vintage quilt from an online auction.

See a few other vintage daffodil quilts by clicking on the links below:

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum has a perfect copy of the Mountain Mist design:

And several are on display in the Quilt Index.

Quilt dealer Stella Rubin has one for sale

And here's a picture of an unusual quilt from a Marie Webster design, called Daffodils and Butterflies. It wasn't often made.

As far as the daffodil paintings: I photoshopped some seed catalog photos by applying an "artistic filter". I wish I could paint this well.


Aunt 'Reen said...

I really enjoyed seeing all the wonderful Daffodil quilts! Thank you so much for sharing your block version with us in pdf format!
My sisters & I were all born in March so the Daffodil is especially sentimental to us. This would be a great project for us to work on together. (perhaps a wall or lap size version)

Rosemary Youngs said...

It was wonderful to see a slice of spring and read about the daffodils. We have so much snow here in Michigan, there will not be any daffodils coming up for quite a while.

Esse-Riekje said...

Really, really beautiful, thank you for sharing.

All8 said...

Just so pretty and sunny.

Monique said...

Beautiful quilts and perfect timing! Today is St. David's Day in Wales. Happy St. David's Day!

WoolenSails said...

Using the filters on photos is a fun way to get designs to play with.


Becky in VA said...

Now I've added Daffodil Quilt to my very long to-do list. Thanks!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [02 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Denniele said...

They make me believe Spring is on the way! I love the dancing daffodils.

RETRO-Fabulous Blog said...

I loved the pdf for this post! Thank you so much for providing it.

I have had a few readers ask about it's whereabouts and wondered if it would be possible to link to a current copy.

I made just 2 blocks and added a solid print piece to the center for a runner last April for a gift. It's available here if you'd care to see it:


Best Wishes & Happy New Year,