Tori's Watercolor Garden

Project Description

Name of Pattern Tori's Watercolor Garden

What you will need

  • 2" square fusible web
  • 2 " watercolor squares - lights
  • mediums
  • darks
  • applique bugs
  • birds
  • butterflies
  • cotton binding
  • embroidery floss
  • fabric and ribbon flowers
  • yo yo flowers..

Q&A with scol409

Crafty Rosie asked:
how do you do this, are the flowers appliqued on after you do the quilt base/background, it is beautiful, would like to try something like this.
scol409 answered:
I do the watercolor top first, put the batting and back on next, and then apply all the embellishments to the front. I hand sew all the things on with little tiny stitches going thru the top and batting but I don't go all the way thru the back. The little picket fence was made out of white binding. Some of my bugs and butterflies were the iron on appliques but I still stitched around the outside of them to make sure they were kid proof. The yo yo flowers were stitched on tightly so that no little fingers could pry them off. I've made 3 of these watercolor gardens for my 3 granddaughters and have one more to make for the baby yet. They loved the little touch of me embroidering their names hidden in the flowers.
Sewingnana11 asked:
This is beautiful.....someday I want to try to do one of these.....add it to my list of "someday" projects..thanks for sharing
scol409 answered:
I love the fusible grid paper. It comes in large sheets and you just lay your squares on it. Then you press them into place and the process is hard to explain.... you fold one row onto itself and sew your 1/4 inch seam. Then you fold TWO rows over and do the next line. You do the whole quilt vertically and then you sew each row horizontally.
Jeani12 asked:
Did you use a pattern?
scol409 answered:
No pattern. I bought a bunch of precut 2" squares and the fusible grid paper back in the late 90's but I was intimidated and afraid to try it. Then I just started playing around with it and put the darks in a graduated pattern to the side and lights to the upper left corner. I did that for the first two quilts but on this one I got the brilliant idea to put a sun in the upper right corner with sun rays filtering through. My kids think I am nuts..... my grand daughters think I am 'magic'. For my next one I am going to do a black arbor in the garden to look like wrought iron out of black binding. We'll see how that comes out!! I have seen watercolor hearts, watercolor crosses, watercolor abstracts. The sky is the limit!