Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Garden Bouquet Quilt- Month 2: Part 1

The Tulip

The members came to the club meeting with work bags, enthusiasm and excitement. Today they were going to begin getting color into their new quilts. During the past week the members had pieced at least one urn according the pattern and directions given last week. Some of the members had made four or five urns so they were quite ready for a flower, a bird or what not. It was a flower which started them- a tulip. The pattern for it is given in today’s paper.

It is to be appliquéd on that triangle of white material which has been cut 12 1-2 by 12 1-2 by 17 inches. When this triangle is finally in place in the quilt it will have lost a half inch on all sides by seaming so that it will then measure 12 by 12 by 16 1-2. This white material is soft and fine gingham or a material which will take stitchery and quilting easily. It is seamed with fine stitches to the 17-inch length of the lower block, the one which has been pieced with the urn. Then today’s pattern is ready for use.

Nancy suggests three ways of using it- first, trace it lightly onto the white triangle block. Two, paste the entire square of today’s pattern onto light weight card or tag board. When dried under pressure cut out the pattern and use by placing on top of desired material.

Three, trace this pattern onto light weight cardboard and cut this into its parts. This method has its advantages, since it allows you to put this pattern with its directions as given here right into your Nancy Page Quilt Scrapbook. Then you have it intact for future use.

Nancy suggested that soft-colored green bias tape be used for all the stems. This is not necessary, however, for the regular soft green gingham may be used. In doing this cut the stems on the bias and cut them twice as wide as the pattern. Fold raw edges back until they meet. Baste and press.

In cutting leaves and flower allow one-quarter inch on each side. This gives material for turning under. The edges are turned under, basted and pressed in place. Then the pieces are appliquéd in place according to diagram given in upper corner.

Nancy suggested a small figured print of fast color for the flower. Although some of the women wanted to use plain scraps they had left over. They are quite all right.

The pattern for a bird will be given next week. Watch for it and decide whether it shall be a bluebird, robin, a wren or a tanager.

Here is the pattern for the tulip. I believe you can copy and paste it onto your computer. You can then print it out. Use the 1” square reference mark for sizing.

There are a few simple steps to take to transfer your pattern to your quilt block and material and here they are:

1) Gather your materials. You’ll need the tulip pattern, your quilt block, your chosen fabrics, freezer paper, pencil, masking tape, and a wash out fabric pen.

2) To begin tape your tulip pattern up on a window or some other type of light source.

3) Tape your quilt block over the tulip pattern, centering it as best you can.

4) Trace the tulip onto the quilt block fabric using the wash out fabric pen.

Your quilt block should now look something like this!

5) With the tulip pattern still taped to the window or light source trace each piece individually onto the freezer paper.

6) Place your freezer paper, shiny side down, and iron onto your fabric. The shiny side of the paper temporarily adheres to the fabric and it easily peels off once you’re done tracing the pattern onto the fabric. Trace around the pattern using your wash out fabric pen and cut out the pattern leaving ¼ inch on all edges.

7) You can now appliqué on the tulip using any method you prefer (see the bottom of the page for quick links). The tulip stem is made from biased tape (also see quick links below).

Here’s my Tulip!

Quick Links to:

Month 1: Beginning Instructions and Urn/Basket Instructions

Hand Appliqué

Machine Appliqué

Alternate Method of Appliqué Tutorial

Biased Binding Tutorial

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