Laurel Anderson of Whisper Color loves designing quilts. She wanted to design a Valentine's Day quilt but had one problem, she didn't want to use traditional hearts. Problem solved, her Apple Blossom & Promises Quilt pattern celebrates love throughout the year.
Valentines Day Quilt Quandry
Hearts? No...hearts are so expected in February.
Flowers? Sure...I love flowers. There is something wonderful about designing spring flowers during the winter storms. I think I want to do apple blossoms.
Colors? Gray because the world is so gray outside and pink because I have lots of pink fabric left over from my last hand dyeing class. A hint of green leaves.
Shape? Heart? No...
Wreath? Sure, Appliqued wreaths are wonderful and very traditional.
Labor saving ideas
Fabric for blossoms in a range of white and pink, perhaps a little purple
Fabric for leaves
Iron and board
Good scissors or an electronic cutter such as the Silhouette CAMEO.
Yellow and green thread
Step 1: Get the Shapes and Pattern
First you will need the apple blossom and leaf shapes. Right click on this image and copy to your computer. You may print it for hand cutting or use it with your electronic cutter.
In case you have your own apple blossom idea, you'll need the paper pattern from my website. It includes a full sized sheet of paper showing where every shape should go. It also includes all the information and pattern shapes you need to make the birds.
Click here to order my pattern. It includes the master pattern and step-by-step instructions for completing the Apple Blossoms and Promises quilt. (Poly Pellets and the Apple Blossoms and Promises pattern may be purchased at WhisperColor.com)
Step 2: Use your Terial Magic
Step 3: Cut and Form the Blossoms
Cut out the blossoms and leaves using you favorite scissors or an electronic cutter such as the Silhouette CAMEO. Prepare a bag or dish with a layer of Poly-Pellets, about 1 inch deep. (These are the poly beads I put in bean bags.) Pour some Terial Magic into a small dish. Soak the blossom shapes in the Terial Magic and remove them one at a time. Allow the excess Terial Magic to drip into the dish.
Poke the center of each blossom into the Poly-Pellet layer. This will shape each like a bud. Allow these to dry for 2 hours or overnight. When they are dry they will remember this shape. You can flatten them to layer onto your quilt, stitch the center and they will return to their bud shape.
Step 4: Stiching
Stitch all the leaves from point to point allowing the rounded edges to be free. Layer one shaped blossom on top of a flat blossom shape. Choose a stitch that is about 1/4 inch across and either round or star shaped. Stitch this into the center of the layered blossoms. I pulled all the threads to the front and cut them 1/4 inch from the fabric to give the look of stamens. The blooms will look more realistic if you crowd some and allow others to trail away.
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and for your own Terial Magic, click here.