September 2022 – Rheta Kirk on Flower Pounding

Mary opened the September meeting of the Burlington Carousel Quilters Guild at 7pm then introduced this evening’s presenter. (A review of guild business is listed at the bottom of this page.)

Rheta Kirk’s presentation was called “Inspired By Nature”

Rheta uses actual flowers and leaves to make these fabric art pieces in a process called “flower pounding.”. She stated that she has been doing pounding for over 20 years. Her first class was in 2003.

Supplies that are needed are the following: (Yes, there’s an actual hammer involved!)

  • Old towel
  • PFD (prepared for dying) fabric (white or beige) Silk can be used
  • Wooden board
  • Flowers, leaves, weeds
  • masking tape

Notes on pounding: (Do try this at home!)

  • Tape object to back side of fabric. Leaves /Flowers go vein side down.
  • Turn fabric over and pound on right side.
  • Spray with Scotch Guard when finished.
  • Begonias and Impatience’s will bleed on fabric. Queen Anne’s Lace comes out a golden brown.
  • You can use this technique on watercolor paper. This can also be applied to clothing but in a different way.

Rheta demonstrated how the natural pigments in the leaves and flowers can be transferred through the process of pounding. She had brought several “in process” pieces. She pointed out that in some cases she defines the edges of the imprint with fabric pens.


Rheta turns most of her projects into wall hangings. The panels get quilted, but she also embellishes them with thread and sometimes other things. Thread that Rhetha uses is 100 weight silk. Very fine. All of her pieces got passed around the room, so we could take a close-up look.

We had to study the quilting from the back, too!

Embellishments that can be used are beads, buttons and Angelian yarn.

Sylvia won a small gift in the nametag drawing!


Billy went first with his ugly fabric from The Mill quilt, a “Disappearing 9 Patch” design, which he donated to Crossroads.

Leila brought several beautiful projects to show.

  • 1) Quilt made in honor of her son-in-law that was killed by a drunk driver, giving it to her daughter.
  • 2) Thanksgiving table runner, pattern from MSQC.
  • 3) Cat Pillow made from grab bags fabrics

Phyllis made a table runner from fabric that she bought at Pineapple Fabrics 5 years ago.

Catherine made a Halloween table runner and Trick or Treat bags

Betsy made a Double Wedding Ring table runner, embellished with a photo print of the wedding invitation!

Mary finished her Pumpkin table runner from the Featherweight class.

Amy made 2 Crazy Christmas Tree table runners for boutique.

Ann A. took a Bench Pillow Cover class at Calla Lily Quilt shop in Greensboro. Here is the finished product. 

Monti started her first quilt in 2013 for her son, and showed us the beautiful, finished quilt. She also made a baby quilt to donate to Crossroads.

Vernett made a scrap quilt. She also made a 2-color quilt, 9 Patches

Last fall, Tanya entered 10 items in the Dixie Classic Fair and won 8 ribbons. She is going to show this Turkey at the fair this year. She plans to offer it to Kathy R for the boutique after the fair.

Business Meeting – Committee Reports:

Lynn Bridges VP and head of Nominating committee still needs members for 2023 Committee Chairs.

Retreats – Enola request that everyone planning to attend the retreats at Denton and Lake Gaston pay their fees tonight. She also still has quilts that need to be quilted and others are willing to put binding on.

Raffle Quilt Update – Ann A. reported that fabric for the Raffle quilt has been purchased. Members are currently working on blocks.

Free Fabric – Phyllis brought free fabric and asked that members please take some home with them. 

Boutique – Kathy R. reminded everyone about signing up for the Autumn Festival.

Quilt Show – Rheta gave an update on 2023 Quilt show and distributed copies of the Rules to everyone.  She also told us that there are still spaces available at the Get-R-Done 2.0 retreat.

Thanks to Sylvia (Historian) for providing this meeting review. Click this link to see the albummore photos from the September meeting.


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