Thursday, September 3, 2009

Garden Bouquet Quilt: Month 10-The Tiger Lily

“Here we are with a stately flower which becomes the fourth and last in the third row across the quilt.”

This tiger lily is made in shades of yellow and black or dull orange and black. The turned-back petals use a figured material, preferably a polka-dotted one. The outside of the flower is made in plain material. All of these materials are color fast, of course. They should be of some soft material like gingham or print.

The stem is made from bias tape, although the same material as used for leaves may be chosen. It is more work to make the stem than it is to use the already turned-back tape. The stamens are embroidered in outline stitch with the very ends done in satin stitch. Choose a brown for these embroideries and be sure the embroidery cotton is color fast.

This flower has a rather spreading head, so you may find it better to increase the length of the stem slightly. This cannot be done in the paper because of lack of space but there will be plenty of room to do it on the white triangle which makes the upper left of the diamond block.

The lower half has the pieced urn, the pattern for which was given some time ago. In the upper triangle there is the flower and also, the two birds. The patterns for these were given earlier also.

The birds may be made of colors which contrast or harmonize with the flower or they may be made from the same material in each and every block. The urn does not vary in color in any of the twenty blocks but is made from a soft background material, say tan or ecru.

The members had a regular procedure which they followed in making the block. First they has the pieced urn ready and to it they seamed the upper triangle of white, cut 12 ½ by 12 ½ by 17 ½. On this they traced lightly the outline of today’s pattern. Then they traced it again on lightweight cardboard. Then they put the original with its accompanying directions in the Nancy Page scrap book. The cardboard pattern was cut into its parts. These were laid on the materials to be used for flower and leaves. In cutting the material one-quarter inch allowance was made on all sides for turning raw edges under.

These were turned under, basted, and pressed. Then the pieces were pinned and basted in place on the triangle. Then they were appliquéd using the slanting, invisible hemming stitch. Some members were appliquéing by using buttonhole stitch. In their cases they made no allowance for raw edges when cutting, for the raw edges were covered by the buttonhole stitch. One member was making her quilt in outline stitch. Another member was filling in the traced outline with colored crayon. The crayon was set by pressing the material with a hot iron. Of all the methods the appliqué with invisible stitch was judged the prettiest.

I haven’t been able to work on my Tiger Lily block so I don’t have anything to show off. I will update this when I do get the chance!

Do you have any Garden Bouquet Quilt blocks to show off? Leave a link to your blog post about it in the comment section or email me a photo at heathers_custom_sewing{at} so I can share with everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this series!

Quick Links to:
Month 1: Beginning Instructions, Urn, and Basket Instructions
Month 2, Part 1: The Tulip
Month 2, Part 2: The Saucy Bird

Month 2, Part 3: The Meek Bird
Month 3: The Cactus

Month 4: Lily of the Valley
Month 5: The Wild Rose
Month 6: The Trillium
Month 7: Canterbury Bells
Month 8: Nasturtium
Month 9: The Pansy
Hand Appliqué Machine Appliqué
Machine Appliqué
Alternate Method of Appliqué Tutorial
Biased Binding Tutorial

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