Type of item: Home Decor
100 % quilt shop quality cottons, Palencia broadcloth, Pellon Wonder Under, Floriani Embroidery Thread.
What was your inspiration?
I fell head over heels in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it online. It is titled Tulip Garden by Gladys E. Love,. I have created this block in shades of yellow, with a contrasting basketweave very dark green print for the stem and leaves. This has turned out so lovely, I thought I would show it off. There is a lot of work involved in making these blocks, starting with fabric selection. Choose prints that are in your color scheme. Wash, dry, starch, then press all fabrics before starting for accuracy. Use a good quality double sided iron on, pressing it onto the wrong side of your fabric. Once cooled, trace around the applique pieces, using the correct colors for the correct pieces. Cut out along lines. Place them on background block, centering the design. Peel the paper backing off the pieces, then press into position. Once all pieces are pressed onto the block, choose your embroidery thread colors. Then set the machine for zigzag stitching, use a good stabilizer under the block, and begin stitching. I practice on a scrap before I do any stitching on the actual block.
What are you most proud of?
How amazingly beautiful this block has turned out. I have never attempted applique, and now I love it.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Take your time, be very careful, and relax. Most of all, enjoy what you are doing.