The retirement party for my friend Penny went very well. We sent her off with well wishes and a few gifts. Since we met over a quilt and she wants to do more quilting now that she'll have more time ........part of my "speech" included talking about quilting ( I've told you before I sneak quilting into everything I can whenever I can!!! ).
Instead of giving traditional flowers at the party, and continuing the quilt theme, I made a bouquet of fabric flowers!!!
This turned out really cute and I would not hesitate to make it again for a gift or a center-piece.
I started with a ceramic pot. Next, I put a snug fitting piece of floral foam in the pot. I then scrunched up a fat-quarter and wrapped the end of a floral wire around it. Wrapping foral tape around the wire hid the ends that were twisted to hold the fabric. While wrapping the wire with the floral tape I added some leaves to give it the appearance of a flower and add some fullness to the "plant". After the flowers were created I arranged them by pushing the bottom end of the wire into the floral foam in the ceramic pot. As a finishing touch, I covered the floral foam with moss!
When my friend is ready to sew, she can disassemble the flowers, use the fat-quarters to make quilt squares and plant a plant in the ceramic pot!!!