Show off your needle-turn appliqué skills on an elegant throw. Subtle shifts in color mean the Parisian-inspired motifs are nearly hidden.
Designer: Robyn Pandolph
Machine Quilter: Ramona Sornsen
1 yard cream print (appliqué foundations)
5/8 yard green-and-tan print (appliqués)
9x22" piece (fat eighth) solid light pink (appliqués)
9x22" piece (fat eighth) light blue print (appliqués)
1-1/4 yards tan floral (inner border, appliqués)
9x22" piece (fat eighth) solid dark pink (appliqués)
1 yard pink small floral (sashing, middle border, appliqués)
5/8 yard cream floral (sashing, middle border)
1-1/4 yards green floral (sashing, middle border)
8" square pink large floral (appliqués)
1-3/4 yards green-and-pink border print (outer border)
2/3 yard pink print (binding)
4 yards backing fabric
Extra-fine-point permanent marker
Fabric basting glue, such as Roxanne's Glue Baste-It
Finished quilt: 64-1/2x76-1/2"
Finished blocks: appliqué block, 12" square; border appliqué block, 8" square
Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Cut pieces in the following order. Cut outer border strips lengthwise (parallel to the selvages), centering floral design between stripes.
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Designer Robyn Pandolph places freezer paper on a fabric's right side to prepare pieces for needle-turn appliqué. To use her method, complete the following steps.
1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over patterns. Using a pencil, trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions. Cut out freezer-paper shapes on drawn lines.
TIP: Sort freezer-paper shapes into small resealable plastic bags (for example, all leaves in one bag) until you need them.
2. Using a hot, dry iron, press each freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto right side of designated fabric, leaving 1/2" between shapes. Trace around edges of freezer-paper shapes using an extra-fine-point permanent marker (this line will be turned under as you stitch).
TIP: Check the marker on scrap fabric to make sure it doesn't bleed. As some pens age, their ink separates and tends to bleed.
3. Cut out each fabric shape, adding a 1/8"–1/4" seam allowance to all edges. (The more experienced you are with appliqué, the less seam allowance you need to needle-turn. When in doubt, trim to 1/4"; you can always trim more later as you stitch.)
From cream print, cut:
From green-and-tan print, cut:
4 each of patterns A, B, B reversed, K, N, O, and O reversed
36 each of patterns C and C reversed
24 of Pattern F
From solid light pink, cut:
12 each of patterns D, E, and E reversed
From light blue print, cut:
12 of Pattern G
4 of Pattern Q
From tan floral, cut:
3-6-1/2x42" strips for inner border
2-6-1/2x36-1/2" inner border strips
12 of Pattern H
From solid dark pink, cut:
4 each of patterns I, I reversed, and J
28 of Pattern L
From pink small floral, cut:
4 of Pattern P
From cream floral, cut:
From green floral, cut:
12-4-1/2x12-1/2" sashing rectangles
From pink large floral, cut:
2 of Pattern M
From green-and-pink border print, cut:
2-8-1/2x60-1/2" outer border strips
2-8-1/2x48-1/2" outer border strips
From pink print, cut:
8-2-1/2x42" binding strips
1. Fold each cream print 12-1/2" square in half diagonally twice. Lightly press folds to create four foundation squares with appliqué placement guidelines; unfold.
2. Referring to Block Appliqué Placement Diagram, lay out the following on a cream print foundation square: one each of green-and-tan print A, B, and B reversed stems; three each of green-and-tan print C and C reversed leaves; three each of solid light pink D, E, and E reversed flower pieces; six green-and-tan print F circles; three light blue print G flowers; six tan floral H pieces; and one each of solid dark pink I, I reversed, and J ribbons.
3. Beginning with bottom layer and working up, baste pieces in place with a few dots of basting glue; avoid getting glue within 1/4" of drawn lines so you'll have ample room to turn under seam allowance with your needle. Peel freezer-paper off each fabric shape before gluing next layer in place.
4. Thread a hand-sewing needle with thread that matches first appliqué piece. Using a small stitch and sweeping under a short section of seam allowance with your needle, hand-stitch piece in place. Repeat with remaining appliqué shapes to make an appliqué block; you do not need to turn under edges that will be covered by other appliqué pieces.
5. Repeat steps 2–4 to make four appliqué blocks total.
6. Fold each tan floral 6-1/2x36-1/2" strip in half twice. Lightly press folds to create two foundation strips with appliqué placement guidelines; unfold.
7. Referring to Inner Border Appliqué Placement Diagram, lay out the following shapes on a tan floral foundation strip: 12 each of green-and-tan print C and C reversed leaves, two green-and-tan print K stems, 12 solid dark pink L circles, and one pink large floral M heart. Glue-baste and hand-stitch pieces in place as before to make an appliquéd inner border strip. Repeat to make a second appliquéd inner border strip.
8. Fold each cream print 8-1/2" square in half twice. Lightly press folds to create four border foundation squares with appliqué placement guidelines; unfold.
9. Referring to Outer Border Appliqué Placement Diagram, lay out the following on a cream print border foundation square: one each of green-and-tan print N, O, and O reversed pieces; one light blue print Q band; one solid dark pink L circle; and one pink small floral P piece. Glue-baste and hand-stitch pieces in place as before to make a border block. Repeat to make four border blocks total.
Assemble Sashing Units
1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each pink small floral 2-1/2" square.
2. Align a marked pink small floral square with one end of a cream floral 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of drawn line). Sew on marked line; trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press open attached triangle.
3. Align a marked pink small floral square with opposite end of Step 2 rectangle (Diagram 2; again note direction of marked line). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a cream small Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 2-1/2x4-1/2" including seam allowances.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make nine cream small Flying Geese units total.
5. Using green floral 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles instead of cream floral rectangles, repeat steps 2 and 3 to make nine green small Flying Geese units total (Diagram 3).
6. Referring to Diagram 4, join a cream small Flying Geese unit and a green small Flying Geese unit to make a pieced sashing square. Press seam toward green small Flying Geese unit. The pieced sashing square should be 4-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make nine pieced sashing squares total.
Assemble Quilt Center
1. Lay out appliqué blocks, green floral sashing rectangles, and pieced sashing squares in five rows (Quilt Assembly Diagram; note rotation of blocks and sashing squares). Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward sashing rectangles.
2. Join rows to make quilt center. Press seams toward sashing rows. The quilt center should be 36-1/2" square including seam allowances.
Add Inner Border
1. Cut and piece tan floral 6-1/2x42" strips to make:
2-6-1/2x48-1/2" inner border strips
2. Sew appliquéd inner border strips to top and bottom edges of quilt center. Add tan floral 6-1/2x48-1/2" inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border.
Assemble and Add Middle Border
1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each pink small floral 3-1/2" square.
2. Referring to Assemble Sashing Units, use marked pink small floral 3-1/2" squares, cream floral 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles, and green floral 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles to make 14 cream large Flying Geese units and 14 green large Flying Geese units. Each unit should be 3-1/2x6-1/2" including seam allowances.
3. Join a cream large Flying Geese unit and a green large Flying Geese unit to make a pieced border unit (Diagram 5). Press seam toward green large Flying Geese unit. The pieced border unit should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 14 pieced border units total.
4. Layer a marked pink small floral square atop each cream floral 3-1/2" square (Diagram 6). Sew on marked lines; trim excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowances. Press open to make four cream triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 3-1/2" square including seam allowances.
5. Using green floral 3-1/2" squares instead of cream floral, repeat Step 4 to make four green triangle-squares (Diagram 7).
6. Join a cream triangle-square and a green triangle-square to make Border Segment A (Diagram 8). Press seam toward green triangle-square. Border Segment A should be 6-1/2x3-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second Border Segment A.
7. Repeat Step 6, reversing placement of cream and green triangle-squares, to make two of Border Segment B (Diagram 9).
8. Sew together seven pieced border units in a row (Quilt Assembly Diagram; note rotation of border units). Press seams in one direction. Add border segments A and B to opposite ends of row to make a middle border strip. Press seams toward border segments. The strip should be 6-1/2x48-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second middle border strip.
9. Add middle border strips to top and bottom edges of quilt center. Press seams toward middle border.
Add Outer Border
1. Sew green-and-pink border print 8-1/2x48-1/2" outer border strips to top and bottom edges of quilt center. Press seams toward outer border.
2. Sew appliquéd border blocks to ends of green-and-pink border print 8-1/2x60-1/2" outer border strips (Quilt Assembly Diagram) to make outer border units. Press seams toward green-and-pink border print. Join outer border units to remaining edges of quilt center to complete quilt top. Press seams toward outer border.
1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.
2. Quilt as desired. Ramona Sornsen outline-quilted around each appliqué piece and each floral motif in the green-and-pink border print. She also stitched a feather motif in the unappliquéd portion of the inner border and leaf designs in the middle border.
3. Bind with pink print binding strips.