Poinsettias – I love ’em!

Hawaii Poinsettia Bush

Hawaii Poinsettia Bush

Happy New Year, Everyone!

While stationed in Hawaii in the 1970s, it wasn’t unusual to see poinsettias growing as bushes or whole fields ready to be harvested.  In addition to its holiday colors, it is the birthday flower for both my daughter and me, so I always try to find a large poinsettia to decorate the house.  To my disappointment, the leaves begin to dry up and fall off  before the holidays arrive and eventually, it is too sad to keep.

My holiday project this year involved making a poinsettia wall hanging that would not wilt, dry to a crisp and fall apart.  It will be my permanent poinsettia!  I used a variety of Christmas fabrics from my stash as well as recycled white drapery fabric.  I finally mixed opaque seta color paints to get the correct color for the “white” flowers.  The leaves were cut from pellon 810 and then painted with opaque seta colors also in order to get the deep green that I wanted.

White poinsettia

White poinsettia

I am still enjoying the process and have arrived at the quilting stage… always my favorite part of the project because adding the texture of the quilted stitches brings the piece to life.

Red poinsettia

Red poinsettia

Once the quilted background is complete, each poinsettia blossom will have additional floral layers attached.  I completed the appliqué poinsettias before I started quilting the background, so it will be time to add those soon.  First… finish the quilting and add the embroidery detail to the leaves.  Still a joy!  The space on the wall is calling… and I’ll leave it there until March once it is hung.

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About muniqueblog

Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create mixed media, quilted and fiber art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, NC; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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6 Responses to Poinsettias – I love ’em!

  1. aimolde2013 says:

    I love looking at your projects! The poinsettia project is so beautiful! Can’t wait to see it all finished! Happy New Year! Love, Ingrid and Al

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Kathy Johnson says:

    Mary – You continue to impress me with your talent! Wow!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely beautiful ! Each poinsettia jumps right out at you with those vibrant colors and fine, intimate detailing. Deserves the best spot in the house. These poinsettia’s will definitely last forever. Congratulations on another masterpiece !!

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    • Marie Milazzo says:

      Absolutely beautiful ! Each poinsettia jumps right out at you with those vibrant colors and fine, intimate detailing. Deserves the best spot in the house. These poinsettia’s will definitely last forever. Congratulations on another masterpiece !!

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    • muniqueblog says:

      Thanks, Marie. Soon!!! It will be completely finished.

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