SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- 16 different print fabrics (3-1/2" x 3-1/2")
- 3/4 yd. solid color fabric (for blocks, sashing, backing & binding)
- Soft n Crafty® batting of choice
- Quilting thread
- 1 sheet template plastic
- Hard light pencil or erasable fabric marker
- Sewing machine
- Basic sewing supplies
- Iron & pressing surface
- Wash and iron fabric.
- Cut template for tulip pattern and trace onto the 16 print fabrics.
- Out of solid fabric: Cut 16 foundation blocks 3-1/2" x 4" seam allowance is included. Cut 2 pieces 2-1/2" x 14-1/2" for side borders.
Cut 2 pieces 2-1/2" x 16-1/2" for top and bottom borders.
Cut 2 pieces 1" x 40" and seam together for binding.
- To assemble, pin tulips on foundation blocks and machine applique.
- Sew finished blocks together four across and four rows down (see picture) and press.
- Sew side borders on, then add top and bottom borders and press.
- Mark quilt design on border using a hard light pencil or fabric marker. Mark as light as possible.
- Cut out batting and backing. It should be 1" larger than top on all four sides.
- Assemble quilt and baste all three layers together.
- Outline quilt around tulips 1/8" from tulip edge, and around blocks 1/8" from seam edge. Quilt around entire border pattern freehand or in a design of your choosing.
- To finish, trim away all excess batting and backing and attach binding.
*Sizes shown will make a 17" x 19"wall hanging quilt. Blocks can be added to make the quilt a larger size.
Tips for machine applique:
- Rayon or polyester embroidery thread are recommended for the stitching on the applique. Embroidery thread is available in a wide range of colors and are specifically designed for decorative stitching. A machine embroidery needle is highly recommended when using these threads as it helps prevent thread breakage.
- There are several good stitches that are commonly used for machine applique; zig zag, satin stitch and buttonhole stitch.
- The Zig zag stitch is using the zig zag as the machine typically has it set up. Simply sew around the edge of the applique with the outside swing of the needle just off the applique and the opposite swing covering the fabric edge. At the beginning and end of the stitching pull the threads to the back and tie them off for a clean finish that won’t unravel.
- The button hole stitch has the forward moving portion of the stitch just off the edge of the applique and the stitches that go side to side going into the applique to hold it in place. Finish with a tie off like the zig zag stitch.
- The satin stitch is the zig zag stitch set with a very short stitch length so the stitches are very close together. Like the zig zag stitch one side of the stitch falls just off the applique and the other side covers the edge of the fabric. Finish by tying off the thread on the back.