Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Making Raggy Flowers

Today I had a birth-month celebration lunch with two friends ( we girls tend to celebrate the entire month we were born). I gave my friend the purse I made yesterday and she was very excited and happy to receive it. She really liked it.

After lunch, I did some more work on my H2H quilt for charity. I am making a pretty simple quilt of 6x6 eight inch blocks, with a 6" border. To jazz it up a little I wanted to do some raw edge appliqued flowers on top but decided to do raggy flowers instead.
Here's a quick tutorial for making them. You probably already know how but just in case there are some novice quilters out there, this is a quick and easy way to make a simple quilt a little bit more fun.
I started by making three templates  finding three plates to trace onto paper. I used an 8" plate, a 5 1/2" bowl and a 2 1/2" espesso cup. Then I cut out 6 circles of each size in different fabrics.
and 6 circles of each size using natural colored Osnaburg fabric. If you are not familiar with Osnaburg, it is a wonderful fabric for making raggy quilts. It frays really well and the natural color went well with this quilt. If your local store does not carry it you can find it for sale here.

Then you sandwich two layers of Osnaburg between two different color circles and stitch 1/2" from the outer edge. I used a neutral colored thread for this part. And no I did not plan for my nail polish to match the thread, but don't they look pretty?

After stitching all the little round sandwiched pieces then cut about every 1/2 inch or so up to but not through the stitching.

After all the circles are cut decide on their placements and then lay your stems down and raw edge applique them to the quilt top. I used 1 1/2 inch strips of fabric for the stems.


Then stitch the circles to your quilt top. I used a zigzag stitch with green thread, stitching over the original neutral colored thread, one at a time starting with the largest circle first.


I stippled in the center of the smallest circle.
They don't look super raggy until after washing, but you get the basic idea.

Now I have to sandwich, baste and quilt this baby. Any help with machine quilting with my own machine is greatly appreciated. I have only quilted a few small quilts in the past. All ideas and suggestions are appreciated. I can tell you this...it will be straight lines!

14 comments:

ayumills said...

The bag you made is so beautiful! And thank you for the tutorial! I have to try the technique!!

Annabella said...

Happy birthday for April! Your quilt is so lovely and the applique is adorable. Can`t wait to see the finished product!

Geri Centonze said...

Great tutorial - and love the bag!

Wendys Hat said...

Really cute flowers!

RenegadeQuilter said...

Love the flowers on the quilt! Great idea. Love the bag as well.

BunkHouseQuilts said...

Oh my, I do like those little flowers on that quilt. How jazzy is that?

Jessica said...

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I'm actually in the process of making a similar kind of quilt and was having trouble deciding how to make the flowers. You've decided for me !:)

Kiera said...

Love these! Thanks for sharing. You just picked up a new follower!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Happy April Birthday! I just love how you dressed up a very simple quilt to make it so special. I would keep the quilting simple - straight line or wave or mix of two for texture.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Very cute with the flowers! I'm sure straight line quilting will be wonderful:)

Brita said...

Clever girl! I've made raggy quilts before, but never use osnaburg (is that what you said, I can't go back to look). Please show a picture when it's frayed. Love the bag. Whoop Whoop!!

Sara said...

How about diagonal lines to make the flowers stand out:) You do a wonderful tutorial btw;)

JanetK said...

What a great little tutorial - I like those flowers!

Sarah Craig said...

Great tutorial, Di! I love your little quilt! My best tip for quilting - basting spray! It makes it so much easier to machine quilt!! Oh, and I almost forgot - whoop whoop!!!