Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tulip Block

Nothing says spring like tulips! Seeing these bright beautiful flowers come up in the garden brings me joy and lets me know summer is right around the corner!
This tulip block is raw edge applique and easy to make. Choose your favorite color tulip and create it in fabric.
Block measures 10-1/2 inches

Materials list
~10-1/2 inch square cotton fabric print, I chose a field of tulips for background
~8"x 4" piece of cotton fabric for tulip, I chose a pinky-purple batik-apply paper backed fusible
~7-1/2 inch square cotton green print for stem and leaves, apply paper backed fusible
~Pencil or fine black marker
~Stitch n Tear stabilizer
~Decorative threads
~Optional white fabric pencil for highlights on flower

Fabrics for tulip flower, stem and leaves

Tulip background print

Print and cut out pattern, lay print side up, ABC tulip flower pieces on 8"x 4" paper side and trace around patterns using pencil or fine black marker and cut out along line.

Lay stem and leaves pattern side up on paper side of green print. trace and cut out along line.

At this point I like to pin the flower on the background for placement..just to test it out, see if I like colors and make any fabric changes I need to make.

Peel off paper back on leaves and stem, position on background fabric, tucking stem slightly under leaves and press in place.

Peel off paper in tulip A B C. Position A on stem, then  center B on top of A, finally C lining up bottom edges of A.

Press in place.

Ready to stitch raw edges, apply stitch n tear to back, pin on top to secure.

Using coordinating decorative thread, stitch around raw edges. Pull off stitch n tear from back.

Using a white fabric pencil, you can add highlights to edges.

Tulip Block Pattern by Damsel

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Pink Puff Mini Quilt

I have been wanting to make a Puff or Biscuit quilt for quite some time, and wanted to give it a test run by doing a small quilt, just big enough for my little dog Isabella!
Puff or Biscuit quilts date back to the 19th century and were very favorable in the Victorian era. Stuffed with wool, cotton and sometimes old hosiery made these quilts dense, lumpy, and bumpy...a far cry from the light and fluffy polyester filling we use today. 
You can use any size squares, diamonds, hexagons, or just about any shape you want for the puffs, and also use a variety of fabrics, from velvet to cotton.
 Lightly stuffing each puff is the key for the perfect puff!

Materials List
~Fabrics of your choice~I chose 3 pink print cotton fabrics, 2 for the front and 1 for the back. Amounts will vary depending on the the size of your block or shape and size quilt you make
~Polyester filling
~Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
~Coordinating thread
~Hand sewing needle

For my puff quilt I cut squares 6-1/2 inches. The pink check is one fabric I chose for the front, and the abstract floral is for the back.

Pin front to back, right sides together, leave about a 2-1/2 to 3 inch opening in the middle on one of the sides.

Sew all the way around the square with 1/4 inch seam, except for the opening. I used a serger and found it whipped these up super-quick.

Turn pillow right sides out, and use a blunt object to gently push out the points.

Stuff each pillow lightly with a small handful of polyester filling.

Hand sew small opening closed.

I used two different fabrics for the front, so I positioned the pillows out alternating the two fabrics. You can use all one fabric for the front or make each pillow a different fabric and get rid of some of your scraps!

Pin edge to edge. I put hand sewn seam towards the inside where you would pin and sew the seam.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam attaching pillows to one another. You will have to press with your fingers and sew seams slow.

Join rows together the same way, pinning and matching seams.

Front of puff quilt

Back of puff quilt

Isabella Approved!

These puff quilts are so much fun to make and so soft and comfy...I am going to make a totally scrappy one next time!

Hope you try this and if you have any questions or comments you can contact me at 

Thanks for stopping by~Debbie

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