This is a flower my Australian readers are sure to recognize.
In fact, I understand it is the State flower of New South Wales. It’s definitely a colorful bloom!
To make a fabric version required making pleats.
It’s easier to see the pleats – both horizontal and vertical – in this photo of the back. Each pleat is stitched on the back to hold the shape.
Then the finished shape is stitched and the stitching serves as a guide for applique. I matched the thread on the other pieces – this one was so the stitching can be seen in my photos.
I’m not ready to applique the flowers onto my base fabric yet, but for this one I tacked the edges under so we can see the finished shape.
Just as a small side trip: this looks an awful lot like something I saw at the zoo in Omaha.
I don’t know what kind of tree this is, although I’m pretty sure it is NOT waratah. But, doesn’t it look a lot like my pleated fabric version?
Back to today’s project. Here are three blooms folded, pressed, and pinned. I have two more ready to press and, of course, will have stems and leaves to cut eventually.
Here is the very crowded Autumn garden. It’s a good thing this is the last flower in this season! I need to get busy and finish Summer and then come up with a pleasing arrangement for this one.
Next time I will start with the Winter garden. Not that I’m anxious for winter itself to arrive. I can wait for that!