Monday, March 28, 2011

Wildflowers in Bloom.

Spring has sprung and this little quilt will bring all the best parts of it indoors!

What you will need:
4 fat quarters in various floral prints. Or dots. Or stripes. The choice is yours!
1 fat quarter in yellow for flower centers
1/3 yard green fabric for leaves
1/2 yard background fabric ( It takes exactly 1/2 yard - you may want a little extra just in case)
1/2 yard border fabric
1/3 yard coordinating fabric for binding
Basic sewing tools
4 Decorative buttons or 1 1/2 inch covered buttons or yo yos.

For each block:
Cut the fat quarter into 4- 61/2 inch squares for petals.
Cut the green fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips and then sub cut 16- 2 1/2 inch squares.
Cut background fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips and sub cut into 4- 6 1/2 inch strips, 4- 8 1/2 inch strips and 4- 2 1/2 inch squares.
Using template, cut 1 large and 1 small circle for flower center.

On the back of each green 2 1/2 inch square, draw a line from corner to corner. Fold the 4 background 2 1/2 inch squares in half diagonally and press the fold.

Place 2- 2 1/2 inch squares in the upper right hand and lower left hand corners. Pin and stitch in place. Press seam allowance to the leaf. (On subsequent blocks, alternate pressing to the leaf and the petal so that the seams will nest.) Place 1 background triangle in the upper left hand corner and tack in place to hold. 

Arrange small blocks as shown and stitch together.

For sashing:
Beginning with the 4- 6 1/2 inch strips, arrange the green leaf squares as shown. Press in the opposite direction of the leaves on the main flower block to allow for nesting.

 Stitch strips together and attach to flower block, pressing seam allowance towards the sashing.

 Repeat this process for the 8 1/2 inch strips.

 You're almost done! Cute, huh?

To curve the petals, take the little "pocket" created by the corner triangles and fold them back in a curve.

 Press and stitch in place, close to the edge. Repeat for all four corners.

 Take the large circle and pin in the center of the block.

 Stitch in place using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

 Repeat for the small circle. Clip around each circle, just to the seam line, every 1/2 inch or so.

Repeat block assembly three more times. Stitch all blocks together and then....

Cut 4- 4 inch strips for your border and attach. Quilt and bind as desired. You can add a decorative button, a 1 1/2 inch covered button or a yo yo to the center of each flower.

And, voila! You have a super springy wall hanging!  I hope you enjoy making your own Wildflowers in Bloom quilt.

Right click on the circles below and print for templates.

1 comment:

Rashida Khanbhai said...

Hi- very cute quilt. love the way you did the circle in the middle.