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Thanks to all the encouragement from last week's blog comments and from Facebook friends I finished my submission for the 25th Anniversary SAQA Trunk Show.

Last week I was gathering all the components. You can see that here.

Here's how the whole piece came together. Click on images for larger pictures.

Background quilted blog

 With my layers together, I first quilt the background.


Quilted detail blog

Quilting detail 


Outlines and stems blog

 After I've auditioned where the flowers will be placed, I satin stitch flower outlines and stems.


Leaves stitched down blog

Leaves are attached with a line of stitching down the center. 


Flowers attached blog

Now I attach the flowers by hand with invisible monofilament thread. 


Pocket Posies back stitchesblog

 Here's a look at the back with all the stitching - before I cover it with a false back. I know people like to see quilt backs, but I like to cover up that mess! To me -- it's not about the back. So here's your last peak.


Pocket Posies back blog

Here's the back of the finished piece. I printed it first with the pertinent information. The edge has a narrow 1/4" binding.


Pocket Posies front blog
ocket Full of Posies 10" x 7"  ©2014 Martha C. Hall
Mixed media textile collage

TA DA! The finished piece.

You might notice I don't watermark all my work. Honestly, you have to be insane to make this sh** and I don't think anyone else besides me is going to do it. And if you do, well.... good luck. I'm already on to the next idea.

If you like to Pin, that's cool. Please give me artist's credit and link back to my website. Thanks!

Oh, and it's Off The Wall Friday - so check out all the doings over at Nina Marie's!

Now to pack this up and mail it to SAQA before the deadline!

Until next time -





Norma Schlager
# Norma Schlager 2014-01-24 15:42
I absolutely love the finished piece and appreciate your step by step. The quilting and satin stitching brought it up to another level.
Thanks for tell me how you made those wonderful flowers. You're so right about most people (including me) not wanted to go thru all that work, but it is stunning.
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Martha Hall
# Martha Hall 2014-01-25 09:57
Thank you, Norma! It is very labor intensive work, but that seems to be my MO and I really do enjoy it.
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# debby 2014-01-24 17:07
Hi Martha, This is awesome. I love it! Will you be bringing it to guild on Tuesday so we can see it before you send it off?

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Martha Hall
# Martha Hall 2014-01-25 09:58
It's already off in the mail, Debby, in order to meet the deadline. That's what happens when I wait until the last minute!
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Lee Anna Paylor
# Lee Anna Paylor 2014-01-24 19:55
amazing amount of detail in something so small.
LeeAnna Paylor
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Martha Hall
# Martha Hall 2014-01-25 10:01
Thanks for checking it out, Lee Anna!
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# nadia 2014-01-26 03:45
Hi, Martha. The stitching on this piece is gorgeous and brings it to life (isn't that the point of doing all that time-consuming work anyway?). Wonderful detail.
best, nadia
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