Saturday, February 13, 2010

Garden Bouquet Quilt: Month 15- The Poppy

It’s a quick jump that quilt makers take. Last week they were busily ushering in one of the first flowers of spring- the daffodil, and today they are in the hey-day of summer with its glorious poppies.

This poppy may be developed in pinks, soft reds or in yellows or soft orange. It all depends upon the scraps and the looks of the colors in the quilt.

Nancy cautioned the members against making any one flower of too noisy or strong a color. It is best, the club members found, to keep all the colors rather subdued.

This flower has a number of pieces- four are used in the flower, two little sepals and two leaves, as well as a stem. The stem is easy, since that is made from biased tape. The leaves are of the same shade of green as the stem. The sepals may be of a darker green. The petals are of two shades. The back one, shown as a shaded piece in the pattern is of a darker shade than the three front petals. The dotted lines indicate the overlapping of pieces. It is wise to cut these as shown in pattern for straight edges or plenty of underlap help to hold the pieces in shape. The members had the white triangles ready. This is cut 12 ½ by 12 ½ by 17 ½ inches. It is seemed on the seventeen inch side to the pieced urn block which has been prepared ahead of time. The pattern for the urn was given at the start of this quilt. The members used the urn pattern every time they prepared a new block. It is used twenty times in all in the quilt. This is the fourteenth flower block.

The birds, patterns for which were given earlier also, are always appliquéd to the upper white triangle in which is placed the flower. The method of procedure had become a habit by this time with all the members. First they cut the pattern, with accompanying directions, from the paper. Next they traced the flower lightly onto the upper triangle of white. Thirdly they traced the design onto light weight cardboard. Fourthly, they placed the original pattern for safe-keeping in the Nancy Page scrap book. Next they cut out the cardboard pattern into its parts. They laid these on the color-fast material and cut the pieces allowing one-quarter inch on all sides for turning under raw edges. When these were turned under they were basted and pressed. Then they laid them in place on the white triangle, following the light tracery made at the start. The pieces were then appliquéd with slanting, hemming stitch. The block was completed when the flower, its leaves and stem were growing from the urn and when the admiring birds were appliquéd beside the flower.

I haven’t been able to work on my Poppy 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
Month 13: The Daffodil
Month 14: The Phlox

Hand Appliqué
Machine Appliqué
Alternate Method of Appliqué Tutorial
Biased Binding Tutorial

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