Monday, February 15, 2010

Basket full of Flowers

My friends birthday is today and I wanted to send her a special postcard to celebrate and I thought what could be better than a basket of flowers that is always in bloom.  I used my newest toys, two small yo yo makers, to make the flowers for this postcard.  My daughter even came over to help make the tiny ones.  They are fun and easy to make with the yo yo makers and I sewed them up while I waited for my turn at Scrabble on facebook.  :)  Then I added tiny buttons, poked some green leaves around the flowers, hand stitched the basket down, did some free motion quilting on the background and put a traditional quilt binding for the edging.  I love it.  It is one of my favorite cards.

I love collecting craft tools just as much as fabric and even though I haven't been collecting as much fabric lately, I still have been collecting tools.  These yo yo makers are my newest collection item.  I bought two larger circle yo yo makers last summer, and this past Christmas I received a flower and a heart yo yo maker - thanks Mom!  In January I bought the two smallest circle yo yo makers when they were half off at Hancock Fabrics.  Clover, the company who makes these tools, still has more for me to collect though:  the butterfly, the shamrock, the very largest circle (the Jumbo circle), and their newest design, the Oval.  You can see them all here.   If you are interested, Lazy Girl Designs has a wonderful pictorial tutorial on how to use these yo yo makers.

7 comments:

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful basket of flowers. I'm sure your friend will be delighted to receive it. I know I would.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Your postcard is very pretty.

- QuiltyBird
who forgot her google password

Pam said...

Beautiful! Very spring-y and happy! Love it! I did something like this for a roundrobin...my baskets were paper pieced 4" baskets. Made 10 baskets and used over 200 teeny tiny flowers...LOL was a labor of love!!!

SeamsByCyndiJo said...

That is really pretty, were the leaves hard to make, I have those yo yo makers and haven't used them yet, maybe this will inspire me to :).

Leah said...

The leaves were very easy to make. It took a small square of green fabric, folded it in half diagonally, then folded it in half again diagonally. Those two folds left me with a triangle. I then gathered up the longest side of the of the triangle. Doing that left the other end pointy for the tip of the leaf. I tucked the gathered end under the flowers and that was it. Quick and easy :)

Val said...

What a beautiful basket of flowers Leah a lovely gift my first visit and now a follower I will visit often
Hugs Val

Janet said...

This is just beautiful. Any friend would love such a birthday greeting!