Good Morning, Quilters!
In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, today we are stitching the beautiful Forget-Me-Not motif. Before we get started, a little housekeeping…
The Double Email Dilemma
I know that many of you are receiving two email notifications of our blog posts. The problem began around the time we moved the website from The Inbox Jaunt to Lori Kennedy Quilts. At that time, we were experiencing a number of bugs and most of them have been worked out. Unfortunately, we are still struggling with the double email issue. The odd thing is it happens intermittently. We will continue to work with our email service to fix this problem. In the meantime, I would appreciate it if you just do a quick “delete” of the extra notification. I am sorry about the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. (File this under…I’d rather be quilting than anything techy!)
The Legend of the Forget-Me-Not
There are several legends associated with the naming of this pretty little flower. Here’s one:
A long time ago, in a place far, far away…a handsome young knight was walking along a riverbank with his lady. He bent over to pick a small blue flower for her but the weight of his armor pulled him over and he began to sink into the water. Before he was lost forever he tossed her the bouquet and said “forget-me-not”.
Perhaps there’s another flower somewhere called “Damsel-in-Distress”!
Continue to the next motif by adding another stem and curl.
Be sure to closely space the motifs to create a tight cluster of Forget-Me-Not flowers.
Overstitching for Emphasis
You may notice that in most of the motifs found on my tutorial page, I avoid overstitching. In general, stitching over a previous line of stitching creates a focal point. The double thread layer (especially when using heavy weight thread) is very visible and can be distracting. However, in the Forget-Me-Not motif, the double stitched line creates a pleasing emphasis to the center of the flower and is used to created a desired focal point.
Meaning of the Forget-Me-Not
Take time to remember those who are important to you, even those that are still with you. Respect the dead and tell their stories so they are not forgotten. (Adapted from Flower Meaning.com)
Sounds like good advice!
And a great motif and message to add to our future heirloom quilts!
For this tutorial, I used
Sulky 40 wt Rayon thread on top and
50 wt Aurifil cotton in the bobbin.
Hope YOUR day is filled with flowers, quilting and happy memories!
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