Going from Ho-Hum to Bold and Sassy

I foundation pieced these four little units last year using some lovely Benartex fabrics: Burlap blenders and the wonderful Fossil Ferns (the light background). But they lacked a lot of personality, don't you think? They may be sharp, but they weren't sassy!

Dogwood Blossom units from Paper Piecing Perfect Points
I actually found them quietly waiting for me in a little pile in my sewing room, buried under a stack of pattern drafts and other papers. I heard them whisper, "Hey, mom. It's time to do something with us. Give us a real party, won't you?"

As I've been in a sort of bold and sassy fabric mood lately, playing with some of my Kaffe Fassett fabrics, I pulled out some and gave them a real makeover.

Bold and Sassy Dogwood Blossom quilt
Here are a few other quilts I've made in the past using this foundation. What do you think?

This first one was in that suitcase full of 30 quilts that was stolen back in 2005.

The first Dogwood Blossoms quilt I made
This next one was also in that suitcase. Sigh. I like to say that they're hanging on the Giant Quilt Rack in the Sky.

Yes, I like bright and bold colors.
Here is the remake of my quilt for the workshop I had to teach the next day in California, minus my teaching sample!

Remake of the Dogwood Blossom quilt
 And a stylized shot:

And one final quilt, which was published in a magazine:

Oh, wait a minute. Wait a minute! Here is my New York Beauty quilt still waiting to be quilted. I had removed the borders because a quilting "friend" told me that I couldn't possibly publish it as it was with the irregular borders. (I've shared about this one before.) Can you see the "imperfections" in the left Dogtooth border? And what do I say? Who cares!?

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed the show.


  1. Love them. Really had to study the 2 last photos to find the imperfection you were referring to!

  2. I really like both dogwood blossoms quilts.

  3. They are all amazing! I am now liking paper piecing now that I have a Add a Quarter ruler...makes all the difference for me!

  4. Hum, I do like those spiky NY Beauties. I'd love to make a quilt with them some day. These are great inspiration. Laughing at the "mistake" on the left border. Most people wouldn't even see that.

  5. They all are just stunning.Great job!!

  6. Love the 'Sass'! I love the difference fabric and colour can make in a pattern - it's so much fun to just play!

  7. I do love your sassy version, as well as the original pink and green stolen one. Well, I like them all, really, but those two are my favorites. The last one is gorgeous. I would never have noticed anything odd about the border, if you hadn't mentioned it. I'm with you. Who cares? I've seen awful things published in magazines, so I don't know why they wouldn't publish this beautiful thing. Publishers - can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. LOL

  8. They are definately 'Sassy'. Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing them.

  9. I love the boldness of the Bold and Sassy Dogwood Blossom quilt. My quilts tend to be bold and bright. Thanks for sharing and giving inspiration.


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