Make It: Quilted Flowers

comments (18) January 3rd, 2018     

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MaryRay Mary Ray, contributor
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Colorful quilted flowers add a bit of whimsy to a tote, or form them into a bouquet.
A bold flower dresses up a lapel.
Cut up a bunch of petal shapes from some fabric and batting.
Colorful quilted flowers add a bit of whimsy to a tote, or form them into a bouquet.

Colorful quilted flowers add a bit of whimsy to a tote, or form them into a bouquet.

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3. After quilting, trim up the edges of each petal and machine-satin stitch around the edges. (A satin stitch is a tight zigzag stitch that looks like a binding.)

Trim each petal so the edges are even, and satin stitch all around to bind the layers together.

4. Layer the petals at one end, then handstitch them together.

Join the petals to form a flower and sew together by hand.

5. Add a decorative bead or button to embellish the center.

Add a great button to complete the center.

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Comments (18)

LillianLogsdon writes: Awesome
Posted: 4:54 am on April 1st
ayeva_institute1 writes: that was done so nicely . check out
Posted: 6:08 am on November 21st
Geoff75 writes: Great stuff :)
Posted: 1:42 am on February 20th
SamanthaJones writes: It looks great, I think I might be using this for making some decorative pillows for my living room.
Posted: 6:55 am on October 23rd
EchoLin writes: it can be used as a hair clip
Posted: 3:40 am on March 28th
Julibee writes: I'm thinking that adding a little wire (a very fine one, or maybe wire florists use) under the satin stitch edge would help to shapre the petals.

Also thinking that instead of buttons in the centre you could use a cluster of beadsto make them look more like the stamens.

You could also use this technique to make leaves! I see a beautiful bouquet in my future....
Posted: 5:19 pm on March 19th
clothingeng writes: Nice idea, thanks!
Posted: 1:20 pm on March 18th
larainy writes: I love your flowers. Very creative. I had problem with printing the instructions they did not print.
Posted: 6:51 pm on March 17th
Tally writes: Good idea
I'll give it a try sometime this grey winter for sure.
Need flowers!
thanks for sharing
Posted: 10:54 am on December 1st
MaryRay writes: Thanks for your comments. Let me answer your questions.
For sure you could sew the petals first and then cut them out. However, I cut out the shapes first so I can make the batting a little smaller. Then it won't show along the edges. On the other hand, the satin stitching binds the outer edges and -- if the batting is not too thick -- it will be covered with this step. How did I attach them? I just hand stitched them in place. But, gluing on or sewing on a pin back is also a good idea!

Posted: 8:42 am on September 25th
Posted: 6:20 pm on September 23rd
LoHobson writes: Mary, You have imspired me for the day! I'm going back to my sewing machine tonight.
Posted: 4:32 pm on September 23rd
lauraflora writes: These are really nice, and a great way to use up small pieces of special fabric, making something unique in design with many possible applications. I will try some of these for a new project - maybe on a 3 d wall hanging, or to decorate a jacket or purse.
Posted: 12:31 am on September 21st
Joan71 writes: Mary, these are beautiful as is your jacket. You said was made from ribbons?? Such a talent..Thanks so much for sharing with everyone.
Posted: 9:38 pm on September 20th
thefairymaker writes: Love these flowers. I'm going top make them today and send a pic of them. BEAUTIFUL!!
Posted: 12:25 pm on September 20th
jpattyjack writes: I love these flowers. How did you attach them? Did you put a pin back on them?
Posted: 8:48 am on September 20th
queenopearls writes: Beautiful Mary Ray! The texture and artistic qualities are wonderful. Many MANY possibilities, so great of you to share.
Question: Any reason why you don't/can't create the leaves and then cut them out?

Posted: 7:39 am on September 20th
LindaPermann writes: these are pretty Mary! I am adding them to my to make/gift list.
Posted: 3:07 am on September 18th
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