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Giant Springs — a beautiful, colorful, fresh water, bubbling, amazing and very large, natural spring!  It bursts forth from the ground near the Missouri River in Great Falls.  It’s also part of a beautiful park; situated along the “Rivers Edge Trail” — the jewel of this city! This is the quilt I named for the springs, because the colors are so amazing. There is the brightest and glowing greens of every shade in the underwater plants, and of course, in spring and summer months, the park has lots of flowers too…

Boy, I hope I get points for PATIENCE… this much blanket-stitching is bound to build something!

What a beautiful place! I had to go to the State of MT website to find this picture, as unfortunately, I don’t have any digital pictures I’ve taken yet.  See that cement bridge to the left outer edge of the picture? It’s so cool to walk across it and gaze into the ‘waterfall’ that is created by the rock outcropping outlining the spring itself.   I can’t wait to get down there… even though today we woke up to 7 new inches of new snow…plus four more today (Sunday), and it’s been 0 degrees or below, or barely above all weekend.

And… of course, then it’s time to try another decorative stitch.  I always highly recommend YLI “Variations” – it’s a 35 weight 100% polyester, with a dash of variation in colors… perfect! 

And the blocks are the perfect background to practice MULTIPLE MOTIFS!  
Go for it! 
Pattern is called “Petals on the Edge” by the talented designer and quilter Cheryl Wittmayer of Billings, MT, from her SEW-BE-IT pattern company; a Montana based business lady with a great eye!  Visit her website here and be prepared for some fabulous inspiration!
I made this quilt a number of years ago now… and I have to say, that the black thread in the decorative stitch on this flower was very boring!!  Kind of a waste in a way… I think perhaps another thread color, or variegated would have been a funner choice… but it’s all good!  That’s the way I learn!  And it was a great way to get to know my new machine, and play with that wonderful stash of fabrics we enjoy having!

Great big flowers — that is what makes a great flower block.  And it’s not like we’re lacking for great inspiration with all the big flower prints that are BLOOMING everywhere in ‘fabric-land!’

And then… try your hand with a bit of METALLICS!  Just a simple, straight stitch — free motion, cuz that’s the easy way to add just a bit of sparkle… like the water bubbling from Giant Springs!

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