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Sewing began my 'adventure with fabric' in seventh grade.
Fast forward about three decades, and it was machine applique that won my attention. Presently, I like to blend applique with scrap ...

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Playful Tulips

from Darlee's Quilts, etc.
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Playful Tulips
Playful Tulips Table runner on display
Playful Tulips Playful Tulips table runner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Some experience using a sewing machine with quilting stitches, knowledge of fusible applique, and using rotary cutting tools. If not, you can still learn by referring to quilting books that teach these methods.
  • From the different applique techniques, I like this one the best -- and it is the easiest to do.

Pattern Description:

Going on another quest... to use up more of my stash fabrics, I discovered how much fun it was to make stunning strip-pieced applique.

Being passionate about machine fused applique, I wanted to incorporate this idea into my own designs. So here is my first design: PLAYFUL TULIPS to showcase some bright and colorful pieced-fabric appliques. It's such a great way to bring renewed interest in your own stash fabrics.

Flowers bring us so much cheer; and who doesn't love the TULIP for it brings to us the promise that spring will soon be here again! Peeking out from under the snow, it truly is a delightful sight!

So whether spring is soon to appear in your part of the world, or it still feels like a distant memory; this may be the perfect project to make to brighten your home, or to make as a gift -- to bring cheer to someone you love.

I generally use darker colors for background fabrics; however, this one may be the exception because I wanted to contrast this changeover in seasons, with how it looks in real life. Here the snow is represented in white; and the colorful bulbs that burst forth with enthusiasm; are showcased in bright colors using the pieced-fabric technique.

Why not try this delightful table runner to celebrate the promise of spring, or to brighten up your living space - any time of year?

This 8-page PDF pattern has colored illustrations, clear instructions, and full-sized templates for the applique process. Appliques are reversed and ready to trace onto the fusible web. Use my fabric choices as your guide and have fun with this project.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Quilt size: approximately: 15" x 45"


  • Blocks and Borders: 3/4 yard (white)
  • Backing Fabric: 17" x 47" (or pieced to this size)
  • Batting: 17" x 47" (or pieced to this size)
  • Applique Designs -- using 1-1/4" wide strips (fabric scraps)
  • Fusible web: 12" x 17" piece
  • Binding: 1/3 yard

You Will Also Need:

  • Sewing thread - colors of your choice
  • Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat
  • Basic sewing equipment
  • Black permanent marker (fine point) - works better than a pencil
  • 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive (it's odor-free) optional