At last, renovations have started on my aunt's Flower Garden quilt. It's a little sad covering up an old flower, but at least it's still part of the quilt. Now the old flower is protected, and the new flower makes the quilt more stable.
The first picture shows an old flower that has seen better days (see the far left blue flower in the middle). Good-bye old flower! The new flower is then basted over the old to hold it in place (picture 2), then hand appliqued to the quilt (picture 3). Finally, the quilt stitching on the rest of the quilt is repeated in the new flower (picture 4). My grandmother made some of the tiniest stitches I've seen; it's going to be challenging to match her standard. Only 11 more flowers to go, and it's finished - I may be writing from the looney bin next time (ha)!
I am a corporate escapee who should have escaped sooner than I did. It would have saved a lot of padded room time (just kidding!). I have always loved working with color and textures, and started in the needle arts when I was a teenager.