I spent two days making these little flowers and then a half hour snipping them off my Spring CQ.
The moral of the story is: Never let a quick design decision wreck weeks and months of work. Two days is nothing in the Big Picture.
What happened was my dear brother Matt brought me a box full of beads left over from a church crafts fair he was involved in...and I decided to use some of them because I love my brother so much and wanted his beads on my quilt.
But as you will see, they were not the right choice....
I started by felting up some white and pink silk for the dianthus petals. I just love doing this.
Then I added some pink nylon lace bits for texture.
Felting is such a spontaneous activity! I threw some angelina on there, too.
Here are my petals all cut out (there were 120 of them). Those raspberry colored oval beads were my gift from Matt, and ultimately the culprit.
They were just too big a contrast in value.
I had wanted these little flowers to form a background for the large roses that would go on next...but all I ended up seeing were raspberry colored polka dots in the center section of my quilt.
Doreen Speckman, a beloved quilt teacher who passed away too soon, used to say when helping a student make a design decision, "Would you miss it if it wasn't there?" I have taken this to heart, and find that it helps simplify my thinking.
I did not miss my little flowers when I snipped them off my quilt; in fact, I was relieved to have them gone.
I've had great luck with the Dove roses though...I'll write about them in a day or two. And those dianthus will come in handy somewhere, someday....