Who loves flowers? Come on, a show of hands!

C                                                                                                                                                               Spring flowers, who loves them? A huge show of hands go up in response, in our minds anyway.  How many of us lose our breath over beautiful flowers? Or your heart rate raises dangerously high when looking at a bed of your favorite flowers?  Who can get enough wonderful, glorious flowers? There are never enough flowers for us, are there?

I’m guilty of all the above.

One of the thread painted peonies

Come spring I plant a truckload of old-fashioned English cottage flowers, foxglove, Delphiniums, hollyhocks, forget me nots, hardy geraniums. phlox, all to compliment my 50 +  David Austin roses, not familiar? Think petal counts of up to a 100,  old-time fragrance that’s non-existent in modern teas. One even had a perfume named after it, Evelyn was used as the basis of that lovely perfume.

David Austin roses
David Austin roses

They are bred with a mixture of old-time roses Although most of them rebloom after the first flush and continue to do so.

They fit in so well, wonderful soft romantic colors that mix so well in a cottage garden. . Then don’t even get me started on peonies, I can go on about them as much as I can roses.  I take a massive amount of pictures as you may have noticed by my posts.

When I’m not planting them or smelling them or photographing them then I’m quilting them. As a quilt artist, flowers are a common theme in my work.

. Back to my post…Oh thing more, I’ll find a few photos of my garden a few years ago when it was had an especially good year, so I can brag on it.

After all this waxing poetic, What do you suppose the subject of one of my  new quilts? surprize! Stylized spring flowers, a no brainier that.

So if you are a flower affectionatos,  this is for you.

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Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More

Barbara Harms-Up Close and Personal I've been a painter most of my life. When I was introduced to quilting, I fell in love, jumping in with both feet. I loved quilting, but began to miss the creative freedom painting offered. Then, I discovered mixed media art quilting, I was finally home. My Process & Approach For me, it's the process of creating that holds the strongest attraction. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, then I follow where it leads. My style is fairly loose and instinctual. I don't a great deal of pre-planning.The creative choices are made as I work on a piece, are based on my gut feelings at the time. This can lead to quite a few changes in direction. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise. Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.

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