I won’t lie, I unpicked a lot of stitches today but the flowers are all pieced together!
The larger squares are actually 4 & 3/4″, not the 5″ I thought they’d be, I inserted them *after* I had the flowers connected to the diamonds, it just seemed to work better. I now have to figure out how I’m going piece the edges. I’m thinking of sewing squares onto the end of each flower, trimming the edges flush with the diamonds and filling in the corners. I suppose I could also make it hexagonal or stepped. Round would be awesome as well.
This is how the quilt would look if placed horizontally.
If you have any questions, fire away!
This week’s TGIFF is being hosted at Dreaming in Patchwork.
I know that there are at least two people who are interested in giving Flower Power a try and I thought I’d post some tips to help match and sew y-seams.
I start creating a flower by sewing the 3″ side of the 4 tumbler sections onto the 3″ x 3″ square, leave a 1/4″ seam allowance on all sides. I draw a 1/4″ seam allowance on the 3″ squares and triangles, this helps when matching points. ** Reduce your stitch length to approximately 1.8mm when sewing bias seams **.
When inserting your diamond piece between the tumblers, your first seam needs to start at the center sewing out toward the edge. I use a pin and drop of Elmer’s School Glue (washable!) then press to secure so it doesn’t shift.
I’m using Elmer’s CLEAR School Glue
Set glue with an iron.
Sew the first seam from the center out to the edge. I always backstitch y-seams!!
Stop your seam 1/4″ from the edge and backstitch. Pivot your diamond piece and start your second y-seam a 1/4″ from the outside edge (no glue necessary).
Sometimes I use a pin to ensure the edges stay in line.
I press all seams toward the darker fabric. As you can see above, I sewed all four diamonds onto this block, oops! I really didn’t think everything through and have to remove a diamond from each block in order to sew them to each other.
I have all my flowers sewn and am in the process of joining them together, will post an update tomorrow.
It began with a single bud.
… into a lotus blossom.
I’m really happy with my final design but I have yet to perfect it then grow it into a quilt.
I know what you’re thinking, more stars? These stars are actually built around 60 degree tumbling blocks which you can see clearly on the botton right of the image. The pattern is from Quilter’s Academy Vol. 4 called “Constellation” designed by Carrie Hargrave and finishes at 26″ x 37″. The piece below is the full width of the project, the diamonds are 2 & 5/8″. There are 11 different yellows and 17 hues of blue, most of the Kona solids with a few tonal prints tossed in.
I didn’t intend on starting a new project but this one looked fairly quick and easy. Fingers crossed! ;D
I just finished my last four stars this morning for a total of 20!
There are many more experiments I want to attempt with this technique but for now, I need to sash these with wide 4″ strips and am planning to hand quilt like my Grandmother did. I made 4 of each blue, green orange, pink and purple, mostly with Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I’m going to back this with flannel, a small blue houndstooth pattern. I wasn’t able to find a blue rose flannel print like the original.
After I finish this project, I have a number of quilt tops waiting to be quilted before I start anything new!!
If you’re sick of stars, look away. I, however, am still in love and obsessed with making them.
I’ve completed 11 stars and need to make 9 more. I’m using Kona maise as the background, a soft buttery yellow similar to my Grandmother’s original quilt.
Have a great weekend!
What could be better than y-seam stars made with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee?! I had to refresh my memory on how to make these, the monotony of 4-patch blocks put my brain to sleep. A reader asked me how I pressed the back seams, I hope these photos are self explanatory. I clip the center seam to split it. Click on any photo for a larger view.
I don’t know which is my favorite, the first purple or the orange?? The dog’s bath will have to wait till later. 😀
What are you working on this week?