Oh the drama of Poppies! There are very few flowers that have the visual impact of this ornamental flower. Poppies are a symbol of the fallen soldier on Remembrance Day and they also symbolize peace. If your birthday is in August, Poppies are your birth flower!
When quilting Poppies–be sure to stitch them very large to capture their dramatic essence!
THE POPPY-A MACHINE QUILTING TUTORIAL
Begin by stitching the edge of one of the petals–a short line. (NOTE-since this is a background fill or allover motif–we are not starting in the center.)
Add a large oval, then stitch the first full petal.
Add several more large petals around the central oval.
Complete the petals and stitch toward the center oval.Stitch around the oval with a jagged, scribbly line.Closely echo stitch around the petals to add more definition to the Poppy.Add another row of close echo stitching to travel to the area where you would like to begin the next Poppy.
Do not worry if the petals of the Poppies are odd shapes–they will look like they overlap. It is more important to keep the Poppies very close together than it is to make perfectly shaped petals.
THREAD, NEEDLE, BATTING, MACHINE
For this tutorial, I used:
Warm and Natural cotton batting. I love this low loft batting for art quilts and table runners.
28wt Aurifil cotton thread on top. It is heavier weight and the flowers really “pop” (pun intended). For all 28 wt thread- a size 90/14 needle is required (my favorite is the Topstitch needle--it has a big eye and a deep groove to protect the thread.)
Sulky Rayon 40wt or Superior Magnifico 40wt polyester would also have been good choices.
In the bobbin, I always use Aurifil 50 wt cotton--my sewing machine just loves it!
As always, I stitched this tutorial on my domestic sewing machine, the Fabulous BERNINA 770QE–it creates gorgeous stitches and the bobbin system makes tension adjustments a breeze!
Remember…if you can’t doodle it, you can’t stitch it–so get those pencils, pens and markers out!!
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