Turn the tables on a vintage tablecloth. Use it as your appliqué foundation! Then learn to do freezer-paper appliqué to add the sunflower motifs with our easy-to-follow instructions.

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Materials

Quilt designer: Terry Clothier Thompson
From American Patchwork & Quilting, August 2006

Materials
50x60" preprinted tone-on-tone tablecloth (If you don't wish to use a vintage tablecloth as your applique foundation, cut and piece 2-7/8 yards of gold
print into a 50x60" rectangle for your foundation.)

1/3 yard brown plaid (flower center appliques)
1 yard total of assorted solid yellow (petal appliques)
1 yard green stripe (stem and leaf appliques)
1/2 yard green print (binding)
3-1/8 yards backing fabric
55x64" batting
Freezer paper
Fabric glue stick

Finished quilt: 49x58"

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the order that follows. Click on "Download this Project" to download the full-size patterns. Fussy-cut stem strips and leaf (E, F) applique pieces as needed to orient the stripes as desired.

Designer Terry Clothier Thompson uses a freezer-paper method on the fabric's wrong side for machine appliqueing. The instructions that follow are for this technique. (Patterns are provided for this method; if you're using another method, reverse patterns using a lightbox or sunny window.)

2. Using a hot, dry iron, press freezer-paper shapes, shiny sides down, onto the designated fabrics' wrong side; let cool. Cut out each shape, adding a 3/16" seam allowance to all edges. Cut seam allowances slightly narrower at tips of leaves, and clip inner curves as necessary.

3. On each applique shape, run a glue stick along seam allowance wrong side, then finger-press seam allowance to back of freezer paper; let dry.

From brown plaid, cut:
1 of Pattern A
8 of Pattern C

From assorted yellow solids, cut:
12 of Pattern B
63 of Pattern D

From green stripe, cut:
1 -- 2-1/2x42" strip
4 -- 1-1/2x42" strips
15 of Pattern E
4 of Pattern F

From green print, cut:
6 -- 2-1/2x42" binding strips

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Prepare Stem Appliqués

1. Turn under and press 1/4" along long edges of the green stripe 2-1/2x42" strip and each green stripe 1-1/2x42" strip.

2. Cut the Step 1 narrow green stripe 42"-long strips to make:

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Appliqué Quilt Top

1. Fold the tablecloth in half in both directions. Lightly finger-press folds to create applique placement guidelines; unfold.

2. Referring to Applique Placement Diagram, lay out stem appliques on the foundation. Lay out remaining applique pieces, tucking stem ends beneath flower centers and leaf ends beneath stems; baste in place.

3. Using threads that match applique pieces and working from bottom layer to top, machine-applique pieces to foundation to make quilt top.

4. Soak quilt top in cold water to remove glue. (If your foundation is gold print fabric rather than a tablecloth, avoid washing completed quilt top, which can cause fraying.) Trim excess foundation fabric from behind appliques, leaving 1/4" seam allowances. Peel away freezer paper and discard. Use dry towel to remove excess water, then air-dry; press quilt top from wrong side.

5. With appliqued design centered, trim quilt top to measure 49x58" including seam allowances.

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Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing.

2. Quilt as desired. Machine-quilter Rosie Mayhew outline-quilted every tone-on-tone motif on the tablecloth foundation (see Quilting Diagram). She echo-quilted in all the flower petals, stitched a wavy line on each stem, and stitched freehand vein designs on all the leaves.

3. Use green print binding strips to bind quilt.

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