Orla Kiely Inspired Block
This is my Orla Kiely inspired block. Of course, when I made the block shapes, I decided to use the idea of “symmetrical leaves on a stem” like Ms. Kiely, but use a more cat-eye shape for each leaf. Honestly, now that I’m looking at it, it seems pretty far from the inspiration concept. I suppose that’s ok though.
I used up some stash to make the leaves and stem. The leaves are all Kaffe Fabrics which I got when I lived in Korea. The stem is hem tape from a garage sale “grab baggy”. That tape is soooooooo old…. oh man.
The background of the quilt block has a big welt seam running diagonally through it. Strange right? Well, yes and no. I totally cut up a thrift store linen dress for the project.
Yep, the front would be totally missing…. All that wrinkly goodness on a hanger for you to enjoy. I generally cut the background a bit bigger than needed, iron only that piece with starch, then cut it down to size for my block. I see no need to iron a whole dress when I only need a rectangle of it.
I used freezer paper templates to press my leaf shapes and machine applique to sew them down to the background. I’m not to sure what I’ll be making with this block next…. but I do like the creative, experimenting process. It might become a pillow, a bag, a quilt, a doll quilt, a UFO, or who knows. Maybe I’ll just keep this piece small to practice my free motion quilting. Lots of options with a little rectangle of linen. I did totally make too many leaves, so I suppose whatever it turns into, I already have coordinating design motif pieces.