Monday, December 7, 2009

Garden Bouquet Quilt: Month 13- The Daffodil

After the members had finished the tiger lily design they had put the white diamonds in place. This gave them three rows of white triangles with two rows of white diamonds.

These white diamonds, cut 12 ½ by 12 ½ inches square were attached in this manner. One of the 12 ½ inch sides was seamed to lower right of primrose urn block and to another side was seamed to lower left of zinnia. Another diamond block was seamed on two adjoining sides to lower right and left of zinnia and phlox blocks, respectively.

A third diamond was seamed to lower right and left of phlox and lily respectively. And that left the lower right of the lily to which was seamed a 12 ½ inch side of a triangle of white.

Now comes the fourth row of flowers and urns. The first flower in this row is the daffodil, that spring flower which heartens all of us who are tired of winter.

“My heart with rapture thrills and dances with the daffodils,” thus quoted Nancy Page and this echoed the club members.

The flower is made from the palest yellow with a center of rich orange. The French knots in the center are done in green or in orange. The leaves are long and slim as daffodil leaves should be. They, like all the leaves and flowers, are made from color fast material such as gingham or print. This flower calls for plain colored material. The stem may be made from bias tape, already turned and ready to appliqué or it may be made from the same green material as used for leaves. The lower part of the diamond block is the pieced urn. On the upper triangle are appliquéd the birds and the flower. After the members had cut the pattern with its accompanying directions from the paper they traced the flower and leaves lightly on the upper triangle. Then they traced the pattern onto lightweight cardboard. Next they put the original design away for safekeeping in the Nancy Page quilt scrap book. The cardboard pattern was now cut into its pieces and there were laid on the material of which the design would be made. The cutting allowance is always one-quarter inch on all sides unless the flower and leaves are being appliquéd by using buttonhole stitch. In that case, no seam allowance is necessary since the buttonhole stitch covers the raw edges.

After the pieces are cut out they are prepared for appliqué by turning under raw edges, basting and pressing in place. Then the pieces are pinned onto the white triangle and appliquéd with fine, slanting invisible hemming stitch. Just so soon as the birds are appliquéd the block is ready for placement in the quilt. It is coming along nicely and is it popular- oh my!

I haven’t been able to work on my Daffodil 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
Month 10: The Tiger Lily
Month 11: The Primrose
Month 12: The Zinnia

Hand Appliqué
Machine Appliqué
Alternate Method of Appliqué Tutorial

Biased Binding Tutorial

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