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Sweet Summer Floral

Created By:

Jane Spolar of Quilt Poetry

Skill Level: Advanced

A little quilt with lots of detail. It is designed to be set in an easel as a table decoration. Made with solids and tonal fabrics, you create texture with stitching and thread. Embellish with some butterfly embroidery for the icing on the cake!

To view Jane’s full line of patterns and fabric collections visit www.QuiltPoetry.com
 

Janome Supplies Required
  • Horizon MC 12000
  • Zigzag Foot A
  • Open Toe Satin Stitch Foot F2
  • Darning Foot PD-H
  • 1/4" Seam Foot O
  • Embroidery Foot P
  • Embroidery Hoop FA10
     
Fabric and Notions Required

Fabric and Cutting –

  • 1/2 yd white print for background (cut to 14" x 19")
  • Fat Eighths solid or tonal solids of light green, medium green and dark green.
  • Large scraps of five blues, ranging in value from light to dark
  • Large scrap of navy blue
  • Small scrap of yellow gold
  • 1/8 yd coordinating stripe or print for binding (cut two strips 1¼" for 1/4" binding)
  • 1/2 yd print for backing (cut to 18" x 22")
  • 1/3 yd print for back pocket (10" x 14½")

Notions –

  • 1/2 yd fusible web
  • 1/2 yd non-woven lightweight fusible interfacing (cut to 13½" x 18½")
  • Thin Batting, 18" x 22"
  • Embroidery needle size 90/14
  • Tear away stabilizer
  • Silver thread, two to three colors of variegated green thread, yellow gold thread, solid 12 weight green thread, solid 12 weight blue thread
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • One piece acid free poster board, 9¼" x 14½"
  • Medium photo easel, (about 8" wide at the front opening)
     
Instructions

Pattern Instructions:

-Print both the pattern layout sheets and the reversed for tracing sheets. Tape the pages together, using the cross marks to help align the pages.

Click here for the Pattern Placement Guide.
Click Here for the Reversed Tracing Pattern.

The appliqué pieces are number 1 through 21 and are to be fused to the background in numerical order.
The pieces are also color coded as listed below.

DG: Darkest Green – (pieces 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10)
MG: Medium Green – (pieces 12 and 14)
LG: Lightest Green – (pieces 9 and 15)
LLB: Lightest Blue – (pieces 13 and 16)
LB: Second Lightest Blue – (pieces 6, 7, 8 and 19)
MB: Medium Blue – (piece 20)
DB: Dark Blue – (piece 18)
DDB: Darkest Blue – (pieces 11 and 17)
NB: Navy Blue – (pieces 16a, 17a, 18a, 19a and 20a)
DY: Dark Yellow – (piece 21)

Appliqué instructions:

  1. Trace all the pieces from the reversed pattern sheets onto fusible web. (Label each with its corresponding number as you go.) Cut roughly around the outside of the traced lines.
  2. Following web manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the templates to the wrong side of the fabrics indicated in the chart above. Let cool, then cut out the appliqué pieces on the lines. Peel the backing paper off each piece just as you are ready to fuse it to the background.
  3. Place the placement guide underneath the 14" x 19" piece of background fabric on your ironing board. You should be able to see the lines through your white fabric. With the iron, lightly tack each appliqué piece in number order to the background. (Please note: 16a is fused right after 16, 17a after 17, etc.) When all the pieces are tacked into position, slide the paper pattern out and completely fuse the appliqué.
  4. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the piece of non-woven lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the background fabric. This will help keep your appliqué stitches nice and neat.
  5. Stitch the appliqué in place using Foot F2. Play around and have fun with the stitching.
  • I used silver thread and a single straight stitch about 1/16th of an inch inside the blue flower shapes, then used the 12 weight blue thread to “outline” the shapes – stitching immediately on the outside of each blue flower shape.
  • I used a very small satin stitch in two different variegated greens around the edges of the dark green stems and leaves, then again stitched an “outline” with the 12 weight green immediately on the outside edges after the satin stitches were completed. (A hint about satin stitching, always pivot with the needle on the outside edge of the shape – see the detail photo.)
  • Another little hint when stitching appliqué – if you want to be really fussy, use a large eyed needle to draw the threads through to the back of the fabric and tie off by hand. It is fussy, but it really looks good.

Embroidery Instructions:

  1. Using the placement guide underneath the appliquéd quilt, mark the lines where the embroidery will be located. (I like a marking pen that irons off, rather than washes off.)
  2. Hoop and embroider motif 19 with silver thread, following machine instructions. Use the additional tear away stabilizer for this embroidery and tear off the excess when done.
  3. When the embroidery is finished, use the F2 open toe appliqué foot and a 2.2 straight stitch to outline the butterfly with 12 weight blue thread. This makes the silver butterfly stand out more prominently.

Quilting and Finishing:

  1. Layer the backing batting and quilt.
  2. Use darning foot PD-H and free motion quilt the project. When the quilting is complete, trim the project to measure 10" x 15".
  3. Turn under and press ¼" on one short edge of the 10" x 14½" fabric for the back pocket. Stitch it down with a 1/8" seam.
  4. Place the pocket, fabric right side up, on the back of the quilt. Match edges at the top and sides of the quilt, positioning the hem toward the bottom of the quilt. Baste the pocket to the quilt a little less than ¼" away from the edge.

     
  5. Using the ¼" foot O, sew on the single fold binding to the quilt. Finish the binding on the back by hand or machine.
  6. Insert the 9¼" x 14½" poster board into the back pocket and display the finished quilt on a photo easel.
     

 

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jlattrell
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

It would be nice if someone would fix the links to the patterns for this lovely project so we can copy and make the wall hanging

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