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My Delphinium Blue Quilt & Blogger’s Quilt Festival

two color quilt

This is my Delphinium Blue Quilt that I made many years ago.  I have decided to enter it into the two color category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side.


This quilt measures 52″ x 66″ and was pieced and quilted by me.  The pattern came from a favorite book of mine by Atkinson Designs called Confetti in the Corner.  It has so many block options that you can make over a dozen quilts and no two will look the same!

blue & white quilt

What makes this quilt unique is the center of each block.  I used a technique called “flower pounding” to create the center image.  I used blue delphiniums from my yard and actually pounded them onto fabric!  It sounds cruel, but I like to think of it as a way of preserving the flower ;-).

flower pounding quilt block
Delphinium Blue Quilt Block using flower pounding for center image.

When the flower is pounded into the fabric, it leaves an imprint – but it’s not a permanent image.  It fades eventually and sometimes changes color.  It will definitely not last through a wash cycle.  So, I photo transferred the images onto fabric and now it is permanent.

I might do a tutorial some day on the process of flower pounding.  It’s a great activity to involve kids in.  Let me know if you’re interested in a tutorial – it might motivate me to get it going!

blue and white quilt

I encourage you to go visit (and drool) over the quilts at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and check out all of the other participants.  It’s quite a show!

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  1. Easy way to piece this with no triangles. It’s a nine-patch, no triangles needed. The corners are Mary’s Triangles, make two at a time with no triangles. The side blocks are Flying Geese, make four at a time with no triangles, plus a rectangle. And of course the applique center.

  2. Hi Julie,
    Just joined Fat Quarter Club and left your name as a person who referred me. I hope they Thank you properly. Anyway, it looks like I could get stuck in a couple of places since I am unfamiliar HST . Can I bug you if I need help?

  3. So beautiful! I would love to see flower pounding and photo transfer process. It is wonderful idea to keep real natural beauty on your quilt!

  4. I have never heard of Flower Pounding-it sounds fascinating and the color Blue is kind of magic- I’m trying to make a Quilt or Lap Quilt for each one of my 2 Children,9 grandchildren and 3 Great Grandaughters-I have many of the tops done and decided I would make sure that there is a top for each of them-then I wil-one by one finish them-I’m 85 years young-can’t quilt for hours on end any more-but I’m an up and at em person- I love your Quilt and hope you win with showing it-There’s the Blue and White again-LOL

  5. There is something so peaceful about blue and white quilts. Lovely! Nice to see I wasn’t the only one entering quilts yesterday! I was stitching all day to get a binding done. LOL

  6. Oh, yes, yes, yes. I’d love to know more about flower pounding. I think it’s a great way to preserve a flower. A flower is going to fade away, if we don”t preserve it in someway.

    I’ve never heard of flower pounding. When I got married in 1974, my mother-in-law to be told me of the tradition of pounding for a wedding shower. I had never heard of that. For gifts, the people attending the shower, bring a pound of flour, a pound of salt, a pound of pepper, … In other words, they help the new bride stock her pantry with the necessities of baking and cooking supplies. I think it’s still a great idea for folks to perhaps include one of the basics along with another gift. If you look at the things that were given, these were things people didn’t grown, but were necessities. So, people divided up the list and helped the new couple with setting up their home. Have you heard of that tradition? Just a rabbit trail!

  7. I have never heard of flower-pounding! Very interesting.

    Your quilt is beautiful. It reminds me of porcelain that I brought back from a trip to Russia many years ago…

  8. I’d love to see a tutorial on both flower pounding and photo transferring of images onto fabric. Wow! So many things to learn in so little time. I wish I had started quilting when I was younger! I’m doing well making up for my late start though…with your help! Thank you Julie. Your quilt is bea You tee fulllll! Your blog always brings me joy, sparks my imagination, and enlarges my “quilting sphere.” I’m so glad to have met you.

  9. I discovered flower pounding while in Ft. Bragg on vacation several years ago. I purchase the book and some fabric. I even bought a cutting board to use to pound on and a hammer at the hardware store. My husband and I found lots of flowers in the garden at the hotel where we were staying. We caught up w/ friends who were camping and next thing you know, everyone wanted to try flower pounding and they found even more flowers to pound! It was so intersting that the guys were really getting into it. Thanks for the reminder – I’m going to have to try this again now that I have grandchildren.

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