I enjoy my evenings when I can watch TV and work on the Flower Garden quilt. Up until a week ago, I appliqued the flowers down, piece by piece on the background. Then I saw a YouTube video where the quilter sewed the parts of a picture together and when the piece was complete she appliqued the whole piece to the background. This sounded very interesting and I thought that I would try it.
Gypsy Freezer paper is run through the copier for the patterns. It’s much easier than drawing. I cut out the freezer paper parts and then iron them to the back of the fabric. All the pieces for each flower are cut large and stored together in a baggie, When I’m ready to sew the flower parts together, I cut a seam allowance of at least 1/4″ around the pattern. The edges are glued under with a glue stick. The sides of the parts that go under another piece are left unglued. I should use starch and an iron to press the edges down, but I want to prepare the pieces while watching TV.
I had worked three nights to applique the center rose on the background. It is still not finished. Using the new method, I can sew a flower each night and sometimes more than one. When they are finished, I pin them to the pattern that I drew on the stabilizer. That way, I can see if I like the color before they are on the background. I may even decide to add more flowers and leaves before I start to sew everything down. All decision can be made before anything is sewn down.
Here are some of my new flowers. They will go on the right side of the top border. I’ll have to reverse the patterns for the left side.
They make a very pretty garden.
Have a great day and happy quilting.