How to Make a Textured Flower Quilt

Use creative tucks and other techniques to create a textured flower quilt.

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Materials and Tools:

paper
pencil
protractor
compass
scissors
pins
masking tape or adhesive labels
chalk or fine fabric marker
sewing machine
sewing needle (optional)
twelve 5¾-inch red fabric squares for petals
twelve 3-inch orange fabric squares for inserts
4-inch yellow fabric square for the center
22-inch green fabric square for background
two 45-by-1¼-inch yellow fabric strips for borders
two 45-by-1¾-inch red fabric strips for borders
three 45-by-2½-inch orange fabric strips for borders
three 45-by-1¾-inch green strips for binding
thread to match fabrics
invisible or nylon filament
28-inch square of low-loft batting
28-inch square of backing material
18-inch ruler

Note: Quarter-inch seam allowances are reflected in the measurements.

Steps:

1. Find the center of the 22-inch green background square by folding the square into fourths (fold the square in half in both directions) and pressing both creases lightly.

2. Using a compass, draw a circle with a 4-inch diameter on a piece of paper. Mark the center of the circle and then divide the circle into twelve 30-degree segments, using a protractor. Draw lines across, creating 12 segments. Cut out the circle.

3. Pin or stick (using masking tape or adhesive labels) the paper circle to the center of the 22-inch background square on the right side of the fabric. Draw around the paper circle. Align a ruler with the lines on the paper circle and use chalk, a pencil or a fine fabric marker to draw lines across the background fabric, dividing the material into twelve 30-degree segments.

4. Number each segment from 1 to 12, working clockwise and using adhesive labels.

5. To cut out the center, first cut along the round drawn line, and then cut all other lines to create 12 separate wedge-shaped sections.

6. Fold one 5¾-inch red square in half diagonally (right side inside), forming a triangle. Sew down one straight side, allowing a ¼-inch seam allowance. At the end of the stitched seam, clip the point off the seam. Flatten the stitched triangle into a kite shape and press the seam open. Turn the shape right side out and gently poke the point out. Position the shape into a triangle. Repeat for the remaining eleven 5¾-inch squares, making 12 triangles in total.

7. Join the 12 wedge-shaped sections in pairs (1 and 2, 3 and 4, etc.), with one triangle in each seam. Align the tip of the triangle with the circular end of the wedge shape. Align the raw edge of the triangle with the raw edge of the wedge shape and the diagonal/bias side of the triangle toward the center. Note: Handle the sections carefully to avoid stretching.

8. Sew two sets of these pairs to make a set of four. Remember to add the triangle when sewing the seam. Repeat twice more, making three sets of four sections.

9. Join the three sets of four together to form a square pattern. There will be a circular hole in center.

10. Remove the labels, open all the seams and press flat. Be careful not to stretch the material at the center.

11. Stabilize the center by placing a piece of material under the circular hole. Pin and baste in place.

12. Lift one inserted triangle, pull both sides apart and flatten, turning it into a diamond. Repeat with the other 11 triangles. All the pieces should overlap. Tweak, persuade or pull firmly if necessary, and press well.

13. Measure between the tips of the diamonds to find the diameter of the central section. Set a compass for half this measurement (the radius). Draw a circle this measurement on paper and cut it out. This circle will be the template for the center section.

14. Pin the paper to the wrong side of the 4-inch yellow square. Cut the fabric about ½-inch larger than the paper.

15. Fold the excess fabric over the paper and press lightly to create a sharp, well-defined edge. Baste the fabric to the paper by hand or machine.

16. Pin this new center to the middle of the panel and stitch in place by hand or machine. Note: A blind-hem stitch is recommended.

17. Remove the basting and turn the panel to the wrong side. Cut the stabilizing layer away and trim the seam. Remove the paper circle from the back.

18. Press all 3-inch orange squares into triangles, right side out.

19. Fold the ends of the pressed edge over to touch the corner of the triangle and form a square. Baste the raw edges and trim the point.

20. Tuck one square under each diamond. Sew in place along both sides of the square. Secure the corner of the diamond at the same time. Stitch through all fabric layers.

21. To form petal shapes, roll the edges of the diamonds inward. Secure with a few small stitches where they touch. Re-roll the edge outward to form a small petal shape. Secure on the sides with a few stitches through all the layers.

22. Add borders. Press well.

23. Assemble the panel on batting and backing fabric. Baste and quilt layers together as desired. Bind raw edges.

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