Thursday, August 20, 2009

Vintage CQ...Flower #15...A Tutorial

I've been so inspired by the vintage crazy quilts I've seen lately and by my own collection of digital images of the old crazies.

Here is a three dimensional flower that I decided to try and interpret for my ongoing Vintage CQ project.

The petals were constructed individually from two pieces of fabric...so I thought I would try that too.

I used very lightweight silk and a thin sewing machine thread to make these small shapes easy to turn...

I drew my shapes on one of my petal fabrics...

...and set my sewing machine to a pretty short stitch. (Ha! You can see my camera reflected in the sewing machine!)

Here the shapes are sewn.

And here they are cut out, with a very narrow seam allowance.
Notice that the three petaled shape is sewn all the way around. To turn it I made a slit in the back, because I knew that wouldn't show, and turned the shape inside out.

This is the basic arrangement...

I tacked down each petal at its base.
And I am sorry, but I forgot to photograph what I did with the center section, which was to make a circle of short basting stitches in the center and pull the thread, to gather the section...but you'll see that in the picture of the finished flower.

But first, the leaves....

I decided to use 1/2" wired ribbon, as it would give a nice puffy look to the leaves, to go with the puffy petals. This picture shows pulling the wire on one end to start gathering the ribbon.

Then I cut the ribbon to length (about 2 1/2"), carefully pulled the wire out on the other end, and gathered the ribbon toward the center. The wires are twisted a few times to secure the gathers.

After that, I just shaped the leaf, tucking the wires to the back.
I made four leaves, and appliqued them onto my little block behind the flower petals.

The center has some cast-on stitch loops made of cotton DMC Flower thread. They nicely cover up my gathering stitches.

So while this flower really doesn't look much like the vintage one that inspired it...still, it is a direct descendant!

I've got a very busy week ahead, so I won't be posting again until midweek next week.
Happy Stitching, everyone!

16 comments :

Gerry Krueger said...

Was that a velour thread used as a stem on the antique quilt..? Did they actually sew with it or was it couched down...? Lucky you to see all these quilts and your flower turned out great!!! You can answer on line as I check often!!

Gerry K.

Plays with Needles said...

ooohhh....what a wonderful greeting to come here today to see your vintage inspiration as well as your tutorial. I'm really looking forward to seeing them as a group...! And the colors....oh, lassie, the colors are a retreat for the eyes...

Allison Ann Aller said...

Hi Gerry...That stem is couched chenille thread, if I'm not mistaken...:-)

Marty52 said...

Brilliant... of course! ;0)

Carin said...

That is so beautiful!

Dena said...

Great tutorial. I like the puffiness of your flower and the leaves are perfect.

Connie said...

Thanks for sharing this with us! Connie

Maureen said...

Another pretty flower! Can't wait to see it all together. Reen

Denise Felton said...

Lovely! And the cast-on center is the perfect finishing touch! I just put a link to this post on my blog. Hope it brings you a few extra clicks.

Denise
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Aida Costa said...

Lovely! Thanks for the great tutorial! The leaves look incredible.....

Conni said...

Another fantastic flower - thanks for the tutorial!

Robin said...

It's a beauty! Love how you "molded" the leaves and how nicely they go with the flower. These blocks are really fun!

Summerset said...

Very nice to see your modern version of this flower. I love the way the leaves so prettily shaped.

Barbara C said...

Very pretty! I'm amazed at how you got that pointed leaf out of the wired ribbon. It's alchemy!

meg cox said...

Wow! I think I like yours better than the original. The leaves are awesome.

AlessandraLace said...

thank you for sharing. I learnt to sew double on the border. amazing project. hugs