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  • ~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~

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    My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern

    Quilt size: 55 x 55

    Flower Sphere size: 42 diameter

    ~ Please read all the instructions carefully before starting to make the quilt ~

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    1. Materials List

    Top background

    White quilting cotton fabric - 4 yards (42 wide);

    cut it into two 2-yard pieces; remove the

    selvages and piece them together on the long

    edges. Then cut out a piece about 62 square.

    Or you could use a wide fabric that doesnt need

    piecing.

    NOTE

    Piece the top with seam allowances

    Colored fabric for the flower sphere

    Scraps of solid or tone-on-tone fabrics work great for this pattern. Use as many colors as you

    like. Try to use light, medium and dark colors. The biggest flower in the center requires a 7

    square.

    BACKING about 65 square, your choice of color; I used white.

    BATTING about 65square.

    If you use cotton batting, prewash it. Because of the relative small size of the design, the

    shrinkage after washing may distort the design in case you did not prewash it and this might

    be visible.

    BINDING You need one pieced strip 2'' wide and about 250'' long (about yard if you

    use one fabric). More information at the end of the pattern.

    Sewing machine needles

    Jeans needles (#110/18 or smaller) for quilting over the fused design and Topstitch

    needles (#100/16 or smaller ) for background quilting. You could try other needles too, I

    had the best results with these ones.

    Water soluble pen

    Test how your marking pen reacts to

    ironing. Mark a scrap of fabric, fuse a few

    scraps on it then press.

    This pattern requires a lot of pressing over the

    marking lines. Press again. Then wash the

    fabric (the same way you wash the quilt).

    Before starting to make the quilt, make

    sure the marking lines wash out

    completely.

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    Quilting thread in neutral color for the flower sphere; I used 50wt thread.For the

    background quilting (outside the flower sphere), your choice of color.

    Temporary glue - a stick is the best but other types of glue works too.

    Fusible web: about 4 yds, 17 wide; I used Heat and Bond lite. Similar products are

    Wonder Under, Vliesofix/bondaweb, Steam a Seam. Use the lite version.

    I like Heat and Bond because the paper backing can be removed very easily. Also, it doesn't

    gum up the needle.

    I would have loved Wonder Under more. It is softer than Heat and Bond and doesn't add as

    much stiffness and weight to the fabric. Removing the paper backing from Wonder Under is

    not always easy though.

    Try not to overheat your iron, too much heat or too long pressing might melt the adhesive-

    follow manufacturer's instruction. And do not use STEAM!

    Also, avoid repeated or excessive ironing to the already fused area.

    2. Print the pattern Open and print the file pattern-on-fabric.pdf 30 pages. Print in the original size. A test

    square is included on the first page. Measure it to make sure that you print the pattern at the

    proper scale. This pattern will be transferred on fabric.

    3. Assemble the paper pattern Tape the pages together. To easily tape one page to another, remove the right margin of the

    first page (cut on the red dashed line) and tape the first page to the second page, and so on

    across the row. Use a similar method to

    tape the rows together.

    There are five rows and you have to tape six

    pages for a row.

    Here is how the paper pattern will look.

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    4. Transfer the design onto the top fabric

    Tape the full size pattern on the floor and lay

    the white fabric on top of it (right side up), keeping it centered on the pattern (the fabric is larger than the paper pattern). Tape the fabric securely to the floor.

    Transfer the design onto fabric. Use the water soluble pen. The design is drawn with a thick

    line, you should be able to see it through quilting weight cotton fabric.

    Transfer the flowers numbers too, keeping

    the placement of the numbers (the flowers

    center).

    The outermost flowers are very small and the

    numbers are also small. You might not be

    able to see some of those numbers. After you

    finished transferring of the design, check the paper pattern and make sure you transferred all

    the numbers.

    5. Print the templates

    Open and print the file mosaic-templates.pdf on regular paper 33 pages.

    Print in the original size. A test square is included on the first page. Measure it to make sure that you print the pattern at the proper scale. At this point, select one of the flower design and place it over the large assembled paper

    pattern (right sides together); they must match. This is just one more precaution that you printed everything at the correct size.

    Transfer all the flower designs onto the paper side of the fusible web. Use a permanent marker.

    Transfer the numbers too. The numbers are placed onto the center of the flower keep the placement. Leave some space between flowers.

    Do not confuse 66 with 99, as example; use a

    full-stop after the numbers (66., 99., etc).

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    6. Prepare the appliqu pieces and appliqu the flowers

    Cut the fusible web out roughly. Repeat for all the flowers.

    Using a marker in a different colour (permanent marker is fine), trace around the center

    hexagon and copy the number on one of the hexagons surrounding the center.

    For each petal, the drawn arc shows which edge is orientated toward the center of the flower.

    Repeat for all the flowers.

    Some flowers are incomplete, if there is a

    center, do this step.

    Some flowers dont have a center, here is a

    list, keep them in a separate stack.

    24, 25 ,37, 48, 65, 66, 72, 73, 85, 86,

    119, 134, 135, 136, 137

    For these flowers you dont need to copy the

    numbers (like I did).

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    Remove the center piece of all the flowers. Use a cutter and a mat. You don't need a ruler.

    To easily find what you need, keep the fusible

    web templates in different stacks (1 to 10, 11

    to 20 etc).

    Keep all the center pieces together.

    7. Choosing the colours

    Start working from the center toward outside.

    First choose the colors of the three central rows (see the pattern transferred on fabric).

    The very center row has flowers with numbers from 1 to 12. To the left of it there are flowers

    from 13 to 24 and to the right there are flowers with numbers from 74 to 85.

    Here is how I selected my colours. I folded my fabric and arranged them into a pleasant

    composition. Label all the fabrics accordingly.

    I used price tags

    to write the

    numbers.

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    Select the fusible web templates (1 to 24 and 74 to 85) and to each apply the next steps.

    Place the fusible web template, rough side down, to the wrong side of the corresponding

    fabric. Press following manufacturers instructions. Then cut exactly on the outside edges.

    To better understand the next steps, I

    transferred only one flower design to a piece

    of fabric.

    Place the colored flower (with fusible web on

    the back attached), fabric side up, to the

    corresponding design on fabric (you will do

    this on the large top fabric). They should

    match.

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    Mark with 1 one of the exterior pieces of the fabric flower. Mark the same piece on the

    fabric (see the picture on the left).

    These designs are not identical, one is the

    reversed (flipped horizontally) of the other

    (see the picture below).

    On the paper backing of the colored fabric

    flower continue labeling the other pieces with

    numbers as shown. Go clockwise its

    important.

    Do not transfer all these numbers onto

    the top fabric, you dont need them. I did

    it only for you to understand that on this fabric

    the numbers go counterclockwise.

    All these steps help you know the placement and orientation of each piece of a

    flower without unnecessary marking on the top fabric.

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    Now that you have all the petals numbered,

    cut them out; cut exactly on the line. Use a

    pair of scissors with a long blade.

    You now know the order of the petals and the

    green arc shows which edge is orientated

    toward the center of the flower.

    To achieve the mosaic effect, you have to trim off a little along each side of each piece of a

    flower.

    Cut away about 2 mm, a little more than 1/16. See the picture below on the right.

    The length between two markings of the ruler is 1/8.

    Start trimming with the first edge after the one

    marked with an arc (the edge on the left).

    Continue clockwise. The last edge is the one

    marked with the green arc. See the numbers

    in this picture.

    You dont have to add numbers.

    In this way you will avoid trimming one of the

    edges twice.

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    Here are all the petals of a flower trimmed off.

    Its easy to recognize a trimmed edge: there

    is not any marking line left.

    Here is how to trim the edges.

    It might look difficult to trim this way but it is

    not. You control better how much fabric you

    trim away.

    Expect a lot of these!

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    Now you have to peel off the paper backing from all the pieces. Then place each piece in position, coated side down.

    You have to do this one piece at a time (start with #1): take one fabric piece, note the number and the arc that indicates the edge oriented toward the center of the flower, remove

    the paper backing then place it on the top fabric in the corresponding place.

    The piece is

    smaller than the

    design drawn on

    fabric. Keep it

    centered.

    Repeat for all the pieces of a flower.

    Remember that you have only the number

    1 marked on the fabric and you have to

    place the next petals counterclockwise.

    When everything is in place, press well. Follow

    the fusible web manufacturers instructions.

    Do not use steam when pressing.

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    Repeat these steps and create the petals for a

    few flowers. Place them in the corresponding

    place on the top fabric and press well.

    Here is a close up.

    NOTE

    Do not worry if the white space between the

    petals is, in some places, bigger than in other

    places.

    What is important, is to have white space; it is

    better to have bigger space than to have the

    petals touching each other. When you place

    the petals, check this aspect and make an

    additional trimming of the edge if necessary.

    For the small flowers the tendency is to cut

    away less than usual. Do not do this, you

    need the same white space between the

    smallest patches too.

    On the right all the flowers of the three

    central rows are fused.

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    I made the center of the flowers out of different tones of yellow and a few orange fabrics.

    You could add the center of the flowers at this

    stage or you could add them all at the end,

    after you fuse the petals for the entire design.

    Select the templates for the center of the

    flowers and fuse them on to yellow/orange

    fabric.

    I tried to pair light color petals with medium or

    dark yellow centers and vice versa. On the

    yellow flowers I added orange centers.

    Now it is time to select the colors for the

    adjacent rows- to the left and to the right of

    the central rows.

    I just folded fabrics and put them on the top

    fabric, making a pleasant color palette.

    Repeat the previous steps and prepare the

    petals and fuse them in place.

    NOTE

    For the outermost flowers try to use bold

    colours. The flowers are very small and

    distorted and the bold colour will make

    them more visible.

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    Continue selecting the colors and preparing

    the petals and centers until you fuse the whole

    design.

    NOTE

    The pieces of the outside edge of the sphere need a special treatment.

    In order to have a nice flower sphere with a

    perfect round edge you have to place these

    pieces exactly on the outside edge (and not in

    the center of the drawn design, as usual).

    Here is a close up.

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    If you trim off all the edges as usual and then

    place the piece on the outside edge, the piece

    will be smaller than usual (the white space

    between the pieces will be larger).

    See the difference between the blue and pink

    pieces.

    You could avoid this by trimming off all the

    edges with the exception of the most outside

    edge, as shown. In this picture the red lines

    are the trimming lines.

    Mark these edges when it is time for trimming off and let them intact.

    It is not a huge mistake at all if you forget to

    do it. Its just a bigger white space between

    some petals.

    Here is my whole design fused.

    8. Quilting

    Prepare the quilt sandwich with the backing on

    the bottom (wrong side up), batting in the middle and quilt top on top. Baste and quilt as desired.

    Tips for quilting

    Baste on the white space in between the patches; it is easier because you don't have to

    baste through stiff fabric.

    Until the whole sphere is quilted, try to keep the quilt sandwich flat; the patches may

    come unstuck and any fold increases this risk, especially for the smallest ones, placed

    near the outside edge. Keep to hand a temporary glue stick (it worked better for me

    than a liquid glue). If this happens, glue the piece when it is time to quilt it. Let the

    glue dry and quilt.

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    A piece may come unstuck if the sewing machine foot slides under it - keep everything

    flat!

    Place a table or two near your sewing machine to keep the quilt sandwich flat all the

    time. Do not let it hang over the table.

    Some of my outside patches came unstuck.

    Here is what I did to avoid this annoying thing: after I basted the flower design very

    well, I secured the quilt sandwich in a few places ( I quilted on the white space

    between the patches on a few diameters of the flower sphere). Then I quilted the

    smallest outside flowers, all around the outside edge. Then I quilted some flowers near

    the outside ones, toward the center. I wanted to have a quilted area and use that area

    to move the quilt (along with the white space outside the sphere), keeping everything

    else that was unquilted flat. It worked perfectly. The fusible web made the patches stiff

    and the top became very stable. If you baste the quilt well, there are few chances to

    develop creases during quilting from the outside toward the center.

    Here is how I quilted the petals and the

    center. Tutorial here on my blog:

    http://cadouri-din-

    inima.blogspot.ro/2013/07/how-to-quilt-

    hexagons.html

    To secure the edges of each patch to the

    background I tried to quilt as close to the

    edges as possible.

    You can quilt anything, stippling is fine too.

    Try to quilt the white space between the colored

    patches too; because it is a narrow space, if you

    leave it unquilted, it might pucker and shrink and

    become smaller, maybe on some areas almost

    invisible. The stiff colored patches have the

    tendency to absorb it.

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    Outside the sphere I quilted peebles and here and there I drew two concentric circles, with

    the water soluble pen. On the smaller one in the center I quilted pebbles. On the remaining

    space I quilted feathers (the same way I

    quilted the flowers' petals).

    9. Washing the quilt

    Put the quilt in the washing machine, fill the machine with warm water then let the quilt soak for a few minutes. Only after that add a little mild detergent (completely dissolved in water).

    Wash using a gentle cycle. Spin but leave some water in the quilt.

    Remove the quilt from the washing machine and lay it on a clean floor. Smooth it (from the center toward the outside edges ) until it is flat. Make sure there are no

    wavy edges. Use an iron and gently press on the back if you need to (I did and it helped immensely). Make sure the sole plate is clean.

    Measure a few diameters and try to have a perfect circle. Smooth the quilt until you bring it to the desired shape.

    Keep the quilt flat to dry. I put a sheet under the wet quilt to protect the floor. Turn it from

    one side to the other (changing the sheet underneath if necessary) until it is completely dry.

    10. Finishing the quilt

    Square up the quilt, trimming 7-8'' away from the outermost points of the flower sphere.

    Long rulers are very helpful at this step.

    Use an air erasable pen if you have one to hand. If you make mistakes, you don't have to

    wash the quilt again (like I had to do!).

    Then bind the quilt.

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    My finished quilt is 55'' square. For this size

    for the binding I pieced 77 white+color fabric

    sets.

    White fabric: 3'' long, 2'' wide (cut 77)

    Colored fabric: 5'' long, 2'' wide (cut 77)

    I pieced them with diagonal seams (place the

    pieces together as shown to the left; stitch on

    the black line; cut on the red line, leaving ''

    for seam allowances.

    Then I pieced the sets together in the same

    way. I pressed the seam allowances toward

    the colored fabric.

    ~~ see the additional notes on the next page ~~

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    Final Notes

    1. Read about the washable markers I used for this quilt.

    http://cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.ro/2014/07/washable-markers-for-quilting.html

    2. Prewash all the fabric you want to use.

    3. After washing my quilt was perfectly flat. When I added the hanging sleeve and hung it on

    the wall, the weight of the flower design "contributed" to the 3D look. The flower sphere had a

    slight tendency to "come out" from the background. After a few hours on the wall this

    tendency reduced. It's almost unnoticeable now.

    To avoid this, use Wonder Under fusible web. And add a second hanging sleeve and a rod to

    the bottom edge of the quilt. It will help.

    4. Start this quilt when you have enough time to finish it. There are lots of marking

    lines and you press over them again and again. Quilt it and wash it as soon as

    possible.

    Or try a smaller version. If you purchased the

    additional versions, print the following files:

    additional-design-1.pdf for the 20''

    design with 54 flowers

    additional-design-2.pdf - for the 15''

    design with 36 flowers

    Enjoy your new quilt!

    Geta Grama

    Getas website: www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com

    Getas blog: www.cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.com

    Email Geta: geta@RomanianQuiltStudio.com

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    Copyright Information: 2014 Geta Grama

    Home sewers may sell handmade items made with this pattern; please give credit to

    Geta Grama for the pattern.

    Mass production is strictly prohibited.

    Copying and distributing of this pattern is prohibited.

    Thank you for choosing my pattern!

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