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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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