Sparkling Vases: Section 3
If you've ever aspired to make an art quilt but didn't know where to start, this is the project for you. Here is section three of six in this inspirational quilt design.
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Designer Tom Russell breaks up the process in six simple sections with this stunning wall art design called Sparkling Vases—a quilt that's sure to bring out the quilt-lover in those with even the most contemporary of tastes. Just start with Section 1.
Materials and Tools:
green pearle cotton floss
- left vase
- center vase
- right vase
- three flower fabrics
- three accent square fabrics
2. Draft and cut a flower applique template by drawing approximately a 1-1/2" circle, referring to the image at the right for a guideline. Label the template as 3B. Some may find it easier to cut and piece the panel first, then return to draft the applique pattern in order have a better size perspective.
From background fabric, cut:
- 8-1/2" x 7-1/2" rectangle
- 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangle
- 6-1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle
- 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" rectangle
- 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" rectangle
- two, 1-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangles
- 3-1/2" square
- 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" rectangle
From left vase fabric cut:
- 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" rectangle
From center vase fabric cut:
- 2-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangle
From right vase fabric cut:
- 2-1/2" x 15-1/2" rectangle
From each flower fabric cut:
- flower (template 3a) (three flowers total)
From each accent fabric, cut:
- 1-1/2" square (three squares total)
From table fabric cut:
- 2-1/2" x 9-1/2" rectangle; reserve remainder for other panels
1. Join 1-1/2" accent square to 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" background rectangle to make a strip.
2. Join the strip to the 8 1/2" x 7 1/2" background rectangle. Set aside until bottom half is assembled.
6. Join 1-1/2" x 9-1/2" background strip to left side of center vase fabric rectangle. Add 3-1/2" background square to top to form the center vase.
9. Join 1-1/2" accent square to 1-1/2" x 9-1/2" background strip. Add 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" background strip
to the other side of an accent square to form a strip.
12. Join top and bottom halves of panel.
1. Use template pattern 3A and tailors' chalk to transfer stem and leaf embroidery patterns to the block at the top of each vase. Using fusible webbing, applique the three fabric flower cutouts (template 3B) in position at the top of the stem transfers. Blanket-stitch the flower edges with color-coordinated, variegated thread.
2. Stem-stitch over the stem and leaf embroidery patterns using a strand of green pearle cotton floss.
See section 6. Because it’s difficult to quilt around existing embellishments, you’ll add the beading to the flowers on the panel once the project has been quilted.
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