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Hydrangea 3D quilt

27/02/2021

When ordering fabrics it sometimes happens to me that I see fabrics I want to make into a quilt straight away. That also happened to me with the Hydrangea fabrics from In the Beginning. I fell in love with the border print because of the colors and the Hydrangea’s. I wanted to make this into a 3D quilt with ‘real’ Hydrangea flowers. First I thought of making a small sample quilt but the size of the border was to wide to make it into a small quilt as the proportions wouldn’t be correct.

In this blog I will describe how I made this quilt.

 

Border fabric

I have cut 4 strips of 25cm wide x 150cm long of the border fabric. You can make the quilt as big as you like because the border print is printed lengthwise on the fabric (not from selvedge to selvedge). The edge of the borders are not straight but twisted, this made a bit more complicated to stitch the borders and keeping the twisted edge. Therefore I decided to do it a bit different.

I started making the outer border first. I stitched the corners with mitered corners. I have folded the corners of the fabric in a 45 degree angle and ironed them in place to have the (stitching) mark for the mitered corners. As the purple edge is twisted the corners will not come together exactly on the purple line. Therefore I played with the fabric to find a spot where they match best. The size of my quilt is 150 x 125cm.

The inner size of the quilt is 75cm x 100cm.

Steam A Seam

On the backside of the twisted edge I have ironed a 3cm strip of Steam A Seam.

I have cut out the inner edge on the twisted purple line.

 

Background fabric

From the green background fabric I have used 80 x 110cm. I have taped this on a table to stretch it a little.

 

Background complete

I have taken of the paper of the Steam A Seam and have placed the border on top of the green background fabric. I have hand pressed the border onto the green background fabric. Then I have taken off the tape and ironed the border onto the background fabric. With a thin purple thread (Decobob) I have stitched the purple edge onto the green background.

I chose to have the top on my longarm machine first to have it ready quicker. But you can first make the complete top with the appliques and than quilt it afterwards.

 

Watering can

I have numbered the parts of the watering can in order of placement. The picture is in reverse.

 

Colour choice

I have chosen ‘old’ green/grey batiks to get the right antique atmosphere.

 

Steam A Seam onto fabric

On the back of the Hydrangea printed fabric I have ironed Steam A Seam. These flowers I have cut out for the base of the flower bouquet on the quilt. A part of the fabric I have ironed onto blue and purple batik fabric to have a back for the back side of the flowers, I have used green batik for the back of the leaves.

 

Full flowers

From this fabric I have cut whole flowers, the single blue leaves and green leaves.

 

Leaves

From this fabric I have cut single flowers (lots of them).

Fabric Booster

I have put some Fabric Booster in a small bowl.

 

Leaves in Fabric Booster

And I have put the leaves into the Fabric Booster.

Making 3D flowers and leaves

I have taken a block of polystyrene and pinned the leaves and flowers in place. I used  pins to support the curves in the flowers and leaves. I let them curl a little to get a nice result. Keep in mind that all parts need to be stitched in place so don’t make them too curved.

Composition

I have put the watering can in place first. The advantage of Steam A Seam is that it sticks in place without ironing it. I have than placed all the flowers ‘in the watering can’. When I was satisfied with the result, I have ironed all pieces in place. The shade under the watering can is part of the Hydrangea fabric.

 

Stitched in place

I have stitched all pieces in place, I used my free motion foot for this. I used one colour (green) thread.

Once all pieces are appliquéd on, I have finished the top completely with a binding and a sleeve on the back.

 

 

Detail

When the binding is done all 3D leaves can be put in place. I have used a yellow thread with my free motion foot. I started on one side and worked my way to the outside. Once leaves are stitched in place it is difficult to add more in between. The yellow thread I used to make the small yellow hearts in the center of the leaves to stitch them in place.

 

Ready

When all leaves where stitched in place my quilt was ready to hang.