This is a block of the month that I joined at my local quilt shop. I really liked that I had to go in every month to pick up my block.
The blocks are made with a 'no sew' technique using fusible and hot ribbon around the edges. I was told the hot ribbon was permanent, but I don't believe so. I found that during quilting the ribbon would lift up and needed to be re-pressed. There is not way it would survive a washing machine. So, I decided it will be a wall hanging.
All of the florals are enhances with fabric markers. Slight shading in the right places makes them look more realistic. Plus it allowed for matching the ribbon better.
The original pattern was finished in Christmas colors. Since I will hang it year round, I tried to stay away from the holiday impression. I liked the green leafy fabric, I thought it went well with the flowers. When I picked out the orange cornerstone fabric, the quilt shop lady was almost speechless "Well I guess if it doesn't look good you can always tear it out...." Personnally, I love the choice. I did stippling quilting in the black areas. The cornerstones have a little fleur de lis quilted in them. The sashing and borders have feather quilting.