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!