I started quilting 15 years ago when my son left for the service. I’d been a sew-er since I’d been about 12, but had never quilted. It just seemed too ‘grandma-ish’ so I kept putting it off.
The time had come though! I took over his empty room, filling it with all my sewing equipment that had been set up in a corner of the family room. I moved in all my fabric and accumulated stuff, and his room became my sewing room (much better than looking at his empty bed!). My first project was a quilt for him – I wanted to send him something special and personal, so I made him a bed-size quilt that he used as he moved from place to place. He still has it and uses it, so it was a definite success!
My second project was something for me. I had seen so many beautiful appliqued wall hangings and I wanted to try one. I decided to do a flower ‘sampler” of sixteen different flowers. The following picture shows the finished sampler, each machine appliqued.
I started the project by cutting a piece of off-white fabric 24″ x 24″, which was bigger than the finished project would be. I folded the fabric until I had 16 equal sized squares, and ironed until I could see creases in the fabric. Those creases helped me center the flower in each square. Then the fun began!!
I selected colorful but realisitic fabrics for each flower, making sure that there was nice contrast. In order to ‘build’ the flowerI started at the ‘bottom’ and worked out to the outer-most piece – just kept building one piece on top of the other. I used fusible web to attach the pieces of fabric to the white fabric base and then machine zig-zag stitched around the edges.
Each flower was centered in the ironed square and when it was finished there were 16 flowers on the white fabric base. In order to finish the wall hanging, I cut out a matching piece of white fabric and placed it right side down, the batting in the middle, and the flowers on top. The ‘sandwich’ was then ready to finish. I zig-zagged top to bottom between each flower row, and then across, creating frames for each flower. Then I zig-zagged around the entire picture finishing it off.
My patterns came from Better Homes & Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks. It’s chock full of applique patterns, as well as traditional and paper piece quilt blocks.
What project do you look back on and remember fondly? I’d love to hear about it – leave a comment about it, okay?