“My Secret Flower Garden” Quilt ~~ My Secret Flower Garden – Quilt Pattern ~~~ 2014 Geta Grama;

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<ul><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 0 </p><p>My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern </p><p>Quilt size: 55 x 55 </p><p>Flower Sphere size: 42 diameter </p><p>~ Please read all the instructions carefully before starting to make the quilt ~ </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 1 </p><p>1. Materials List </p><p>Top background </p><p>White quilting cotton fabric - 4 yards (42 wide); </p><p>cut it into two 2-yard pieces; remove the </p><p>selvages and piece them together on the long </p><p>edges. Then cut out a piece about 62 square. </p><p>Or you could use a wide fabric that doesnt need </p><p>piecing. </p><p>NOTE </p><p>Piece the top with seam allowances </p><p>Colored fabric for the flower sphere </p><p>Scraps of solid or tone-on-tone fabrics work great for this pattern. Use as many colors as you </p><p>like. Try to use light, medium and dark colors. The biggest flower in the center requires a 7 </p><p>square. </p><p>BACKING about 65 square, your choice of color; I used white. </p><p>BATTING about 65square. </p><p>If you use cotton batting, prewash it. Because of the relative small size of the design, the </p><p>shrinkage after washing may distort the design in case you did not prewash it and this might </p><p>be visible. </p><p>BINDING You need one pieced strip 2'' wide and about 250'' long (about yard if you </p><p>use one fabric). More information at the end of the pattern. </p><p>Sewing machine needles </p><p>Jeans needles (#110/18 or smaller) for quilting over the fused design and Topstitch </p><p>needles (#100/16 or smaller ) for background quilting. You could try other needles too, I </p><p>had the best results with these ones. </p><p>Water soluble pen </p><p>Test how your marking pen reacts to </p><p>ironing. Mark a scrap of fabric, fuse a few </p><p>scraps on it then press. </p><p>This pattern requires a lot of pressing over the </p><p>marking lines. Press again. Then wash the </p><p>fabric (the same way you wash the quilt). </p><p>Before starting to make the quilt, make </p><p>sure the marking lines wash out </p><p>completely. </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 2 </p><p>Quilting thread in neutral color for the flower sphere; I used 50wt thread.For the </p><p>background quilting (outside the flower sphere), your choice of color. </p><p>Temporary glue - a stick is the best but other types of glue works too. </p><p>Fusible web: about 4 yds, 17 wide; I used Heat and Bond lite. Similar products are </p><p>Wonder Under, Vliesofix/bondaweb, Steam a Seam. Use the lite version. </p><p>I like Heat and Bond because the paper backing can be removed very easily. Also, it doesn't </p><p>gum up the needle. </p><p>I would have loved Wonder Under more. It is softer than Heat and Bond and doesn't add as </p><p>much stiffness and weight to the fabric. Removing the paper backing from Wonder Under is </p><p>not always easy though. </p><p>Try not to overheat your iron, too much heat or too long pressing might melt the adhesive- </p><p>follow manufacturer's instruction. And do not use STEAM! </p><p>Also, avoid repeated or excessive ironing to the already fused area. </p><p> 2. Print the pattern Open and print the file pattern-on-fabric.pdf 30 pages. Print in the original size. A test </p><p>square is included on the first page. Measure it to make sure that you print the pattern at the </p><p>proper scale. This pattern will be transferred on fabric. </p><p>3. Assemble the paper pattern Tape the pages together. To easily tape one page to another, remove the right margin of the </p><p>first page (cut on the red dashed line) and tape the first page to the second page, and so on </p><p>across the row. Use a similar method to </p><p>tape the rows together. </p><p>There are five rows and you have to tape six </p><p>pages for a row. </p><p>Here is how the paper pattern will look. </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 3 </p><p>4. Transfer the design onto the top fabric </p><p>Tape the full size pattern on the floor and lay </p><p>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. </p><p>Transfer the design onto fabric. Use the water soluble pen. The design is drawn with a thick </p><p>line, you should be able to see it through quilting weight cotton fabric. </p><p>Transfer the flowers numbers too, keeping </p><p>the placement of the numbers (the flowers </p><p>center). </p><p>The outermost flowers are very small and the </p><p>numbers are also small. You might not be </p><p>able to see some of those numbers. After you </p><p>finished transferring of the design, check the paper pattern and make sure you transferred all </p><p>the numbers. </p><p>5. Print the templates </p><p>Open and print the file mosaic-templates.pdf on regular paper 33 pages. </p><p>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 </p><p>pattern (right sides together); they must match. This is just one more precaution that you printed everything at the correct size. </p><p>Transfer all the flower designs onto the paper side of the fusible web. Use a permanent marker. </p><p>Transfer the numbers too. The numbers are placed onto the center of the flower keep the placement. Leave some space between flowers. </p><p>Do not confuse 66 with 99, as example; use a </p><p>full-stop after the numbers (66., 99., etc). </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 4 </p><p>6. Prepare the appliqu pieces and appliqu the flowers </p><p>Cut the fusible web out roughly. Repeat for all the flowers. </p><p>Using a marker in a different colour (permanent marker is fine), trace around the center </p><p>hexagon and copy the number on one of the hexagons surrounding the center. </p><p>For each petal, the drawn arc shows which edge is orientated toward the center of the flower. </p><p>Repeat for all the flowers. </p><p>Some flowers are incomplete, if there is a </p><p>center, do this step. </p><p>Some flowers dont have a center, here is a </p><p>list, keep them in a separate stack. </p><p>24, 25 ,37, 48, 65, 66, 72, 73, 85, 86, </p><p>119, 134, 135, 136, 137 </p><p>For these flowers you dont need to copy the </p><p>numbers (like I did). </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 5 </p><p>Remove the center piece of all the flowers. Use a cutter and a mat. You don't need a ruler. </p><p>To easily find what you need, keep the fusible </p><p>web templates in different stacks (1 to 10, 11 </p><p>to 20 etc). </p><p>Keep all the center pieces together. </p><p>7. Choosing the colours </p><p>Start working from the center toward outside. </p><p>First choose the colors of the three central rows (see the pattern transferred on fabric). </p><p>The very center row has flowers with numbers from 1 to 12. To the left of it there are flowers </p><p>from 13 to 24 and to the right there are flowers with numbers from 74 to 85. </p><p>Here is how I selected my colours. I folded my fabric and arranged them into a pleasant </p><p>composition. Label all the fabrics accordingly. </p><p>I used price tags </p><p>to write the </p><p>numbers. </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 6 </p><p>Select the fusible web templates (1 to 24 and 74 to 85) and to each apply the next steps. </p><p>Place the fusible web template, rough side down, to the wrong side of the corresponding </p><p>fabric. Press following manufacturers instructions. Then cut exactly on the outside edges. </p><p>To better understand the next steps, I </p><p>transferred only one flower design to a piece </p><p>of fabric. </p><p>Place the colored flower (with fusible web on </p><p>the back attached), fabric side up, to the </p><p>corresponding design on fabric (you will do </p><p>this on the large top fabric). They should </p><p>match. </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 7 </p><p>Mark with 1 one of the exterior pieces of the fabric flower. Mark the same piece on the </p><p>fabric (see the picture on the left). </p><p>These designs are not identical, one is the </p><p>reversed (flipped horizontally) of the other </p><p>(see the picture below). </p><p>On the paper backing of the colored fabric </p><p>flower continue labeling the other pieces with </p><p>numbers as shown. Go clockwise its </p><p>important. </p><p>Do not transfer all these numbers onto </p><p>the top fabric, you dont need them. I did </p><p>it only for you to understand that on this fabric </p><p>the numbers go counterclockwise. </p><p>All these steps help you know the placement and orientation of each piece of a </p><p>flower without unnecessary marking on the top fabric. </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 8 </p><p>Now that you have all the petals numbered, </p><p>cut them out; cut exactly on the line. Use a </p><p>pair of scissors with a long blade. </p><p>You now know the order of the petals and the </p><p>green arc shows which edge is orientated </p><p>toward the center of the flower. </p><p>To achieve the mosaic effect, you have to trim off a little along each side of each piece of a </p><p>flower. </p><p>Cut away about 2 mm, a little more than 1/16. See the picture below on the right. </p><p>The length between two markings of the ruler is 1/8. </p><p>Start trimming with the first edge after the one </p><p>marked with an arc (the edge on the left). </p><p>Continue clockwise. The last edge is the one </p><p>marked with the green arc. See the numbers </p><p>in this picture. </p><p>You dont have to add numbers. </p><p>In this way you will avoid trimming one of the </p><p>edges twice. </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 9 </p><p>Here are all the petals of a flower trimmed off. </p><p>Its easy to recognize a trimmed edge: there </p><p>is not any marking line left. </p><p>Here is how to trim the edges. </p><p>It might look difficult to trim this way but it is </p><p>not. You control better how much fabric you </p><p>trim away. </p><p>Expect a lot of these! </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 10 </p><p>Now you have to peel off the paper backing from all the pieces. Then place each piece in position, coated side down. </p><p>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 </p><p>the paper backing then place it on the top fabric in the corresponding place. </p><p>The piece is </p><p>smaller than the </p><p>design drawn on </p><p>fabric. Keep it </p><p>centered. </p><p>Repeat for all the pieces of a flower. </p><p>Remember that you have only the number </p><p>1 marked on the fabric and you have to </p><p>place the next petals counterclockwise. </p><p>When everything is in place, press well. Follow </p><p>the fusible web manufacturers instructions. </p><p>Do not use steam when pressing. </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 11 </p><p>Repeat these steps and create the petals for a </p><p>few flowers. Place them in the corresponding </p><p>place on the top fabric and press well. </p><p>Here is a close up. </p><p>NOTE </p><p>Do not worry if the white space between the </p><p>petals is, in some places, bigger than in other </p><p>places. </p><p>What is important, is to have white space; it is </p><p>better to have bigger space than to have the </p><p>petals touching each other. When you place </p><p>the petals, check this aspect and make an </p><p>additional trimming of the edge if necessary. </p><p>For the small flowers the tendency is to cut </p><p>away less than usual. Do not do this, you </p><p>need the same white space between the </p><p>smallest patches too. </p><p>On the right all the flowers of the three </p><p>central rows are fused. </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 12 </p><p>I made the center of the flowers out of different tones of yellow and a few orange fabrics. </p><p>You could add the center of the flowers at this </p><p>stage or you could add them all at the end, </p><p>after you fuse the petals for the entire design. </p><p>Select the templates for the center of the </p><p>flowers and fuse them on to yellow/orange </p><p>fabric. </p><p>I tried to pair light color petals with medium or </p><p>dark yellow centers and vice versa. On the </p><p>yellow flowers I added orange centers. </p><p>Now it is time to select the colors for the </p><p>adjacent rows- to the left and to the right of </p><p>the central rows. </p><p>I just folded fabrics and put them on the top </p><p>fabric, making a pleasant color palette. </p><p>Repeat the previous steps and prepare the </p><p>petals and fuse them in place. </p><p>NOTE </p><p>For the outermost flowers try to use bold </p><p>colours. The flowers are very small and </p><p>distorted and the bold colour will make </p><p>them more visible. </p></li><li><p>~~~ My Secret Flower Garden Quilt Pattern ~~~ </p><p> 2014 Geta Grama; www.RomanianQuiltStudio.com </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ </p><p>___________________________________________________________________________ Page 13 </p><p>Continue selecting the colors and preparing </p><p>the petals and centers until you fuse the whole </p><p>design. </p><p>NOTE </p><p>The pieces of the outside edge of the sphere need a special treatment. </p><p>In order to have a nice flower sphere with a </p><p>perfect...</p></li></ul>

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