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Thursday, April 30, 2020

May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique


After making the jar of tulips mini quilt for the April Aurifil Artisan challenge, it made me remember that May Day was coming up! Do you give flowers to your friends and neighbors on May Day? It's a tradition I was introduced to as a young girl, and I decided to make some quilty flowers for my friends this year!


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Before putting my scraps away from the last quilt, I cut a few more stems, leaves, and tulips from my stash of Island Batik fabric that already has fusible on it. Some pieces have Heat-N-Bond Lite, and some have Lite Steam-A-Seam 2.


Tulip mini quilt

I fused single stems with a leaf and tulip to some scrap neutral fabric. I spaced them about 4" apart.


Fusing tulips for raw edge applique

Next, I cut a piece of Hobbs' Thermore batting to layer with the top.


Hobbs Thermore batting

Using Aurifil 50wt Black #2692, I used my free motion foot to applique each of the flowers. I stitched just inside the raw edges.


Free motion applique with black thread

Some turned out great!


Free motion applique with black thread

And some were a bit more....unique.


Free motion applique with black thread

I trimmed each one to a rectangle and cut another piece of neutral fabric for the back.


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique

I layered them right sides together and stitched all the way around (leaving a 2" opening on one side!) using Aurifil 50wt Natural White #2021


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique

A quick clip of the corners...


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique

...then I turned them right side out!


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique

Then I used the same Natural White thread to top stitch all the way around about an 1/8" from the edge.


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique

Voila!


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique

A quick and easy mini mini quilt!


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique

I popped them in the mail early this week so they would get to my friends by May Day!


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique

I can't help but see the leaves like little arms waving! Lol! But that's still perfect for saying hello to my friends!


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique

Happy May Day to you!


May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique



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11 comments:

  1. So cute. Flowers are not perfect, so unique is good. ☺

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  2. I love how these flowers will brighten your friends days for years to come!

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  3. What a lovely tradition. They will bring a smile to those who receive.

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  4. Your friends will appreciate these, happy flowers!

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  5. Good morning, Laura! This project is the quintessential piece to scream Spring. Tulips = Spring in my mind. Happy May Day to you and your family. What a fun tradition that you can share with your kiddos and neighbors. I am certain they will be surprised and pleased to be remembered today. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. I love getting to see them with the Artisan challenge mini. I tend to forget to take many photos of fast and fun projects before I pop them into the mail. :)

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  7. They are like little waving arms! So cute, and wonderful surprises for your friends.

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  8. The flower mini mini quilts are beautiful! How appropriate for spring!!

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  9. So cute! I had never heard of giving flowers to friends on May Day...what a fun tradition :) The leaves look like arms waving to me, too, which is perfect for sending to friends.

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