Saturday, September 28, 2013

Method to My Madness ~ Tulips

It seems a little funny to be doing tulips on the last day of September.  The weather has cooled here.  In fact in parts of Utah this last weekend it snowed.  But I guess in the spring it snows too and it is Monday and I still have a few more flowers to do on my garden quilt.  So tulips it is.
 I used the template in Material Obsession Two on the Now and Then quilt.  Sorry my picture is sideways.  My computer died (won't even turn on) Friday night. So I don't have access to all my programs to manipulate pictures.  My dear hubby is going to try and resuscitate it.  He has ordered a part but it won't be here until Thursday.  So please forgive me for having you turn your head for this pick.
I put the templates on lightweight cardboard.

On my quilt I used made fabric but, since I'm using all my made fabric on this quilt.  I pulled this log cabin block out on my orphan bin.

And cut my pieces out of it.

I run a gathering stitch around each one then pulled the threads until it started to cup up.

Next I inserted the template and pulled the treads until it was snug around the template. 

Pressed it good with Best Press

on both sides

Then popped out the templates.

Used an Elmer's glue stick to baste them in place.  (A great little trick I learned this weekend from Eva Garlic this last weekend.  Tons easier than pins)

Then I just top stitch them in place.

And you are done!


  1. Very nice! I love that quilt in the MO book! Great tutuorial on how to make them scrappy too.:)

  2. Looks wonderful and brilliant use of an orphan block :)

  3. Love the use of your orphan block. Especially love the colors. It's great Material Obsessions has taken blocks from old quilts and given them a fresh new look.

  4. A great use of an orphan block. I have several that need to find a purpose.

  5. You always do such amazing work with your scraps, Em. The tulips look wonderful.

  6. It's gorgeous Emily! Tulips are a good idea any time of year. They are my favorite. Thanks for sharing your process. I recently heard of the glue trick myself and am anxious to give it a try.