Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Garden Bouquet Quilt: Month 11- The Primrose


When Nancy showed the primrose pattern there was a chorus of disapproval. “Oh no, Nancy, you can’t have a patterned petal. Why a primrose has petals of plain color.” “That’s true, I know. But the primrose petals are often of a deeper color as they reach the center of the flower than when they are at the petal tips. That is difficult to show in appliqué unless on dyes the material. I thought I’d draw the design with small figures in it but you may use plain color if you want. The innermost circle, though is usually quite light and it has stamens in it of a darker color. I suggest that you work those in colorfast embroidery cotton.”

“Now for the flowers themselves, you have a wide choice of colors. Some primrose blossoms are yellow, others are apricot, and there is a purplish blue. I have seen them in lilac shades, in purple and even in crimsons. You see this gives us a splendid chance to use off scraps of material. Don’t have the colors too strong or violent for then it makes one flower stand out from the rest of the quilt. And besides that, it makes it difficult to put the quilt in various bedrooms. Pastel colors allow one to cover the bed in any room, whether it be a blue, a pink, an orchid, a yellow or a green bedroom.”

The primrose with the two birds, the saucy and the meek one, are appliquéd on the upper triangle of white which us seemed to a lower triangle of the pieced urn. The two block when finished is twelve triangles united to make a diamond by twelve.

The upper triangle is cut 12 ½ by 12 ½ by 17 ½. The half inches are used in seaming pieces together so that the finished block measures 12 by 12. The leaves used in the design today are nice big fat ones. They are made of green color fast gingham or other soft material. The stem is made of the same material or of bias tape in green.

The pattern as given is traced lightly on the triangle of white. Then it is traced again on lightweight cardboard. The original with its accompanying directions is out in the Nancy Page quilt scrap book. The cardboard design is cut into its pieces which are laid on the material from which the flower and leaves will be made.

In cutting, a quarter-inch on all sides is allowed for turning under raw edges. The petals of the primrose are all alike, so only one cardboard pattern is needed. The dotted lines show the overlapping of the one petal on another. It is best to cut them full size however, they hold their shape better.

After the pieces are cut, the raw edges are basted under and pressed, the pieces are pinned in place and then appliquéd with the fine invisible hemming stitch. The flowers and leaves may be appliquéd with a buttonhole stitch. In this case cut the pieces the exact size since the edges do not need to be turned under. The design may be worked in outline stitch or it may be filled in with colored crayons. Pressing these crayoned pieces with a hot iron sets the color.

I haven’t been able to work on my Primrose 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}yahoo.com so I can share with everyone!

I hope you are enjoying this series!
~Heather


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
Month 10: The Tiger Lily

Hand Appliqué

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