One of the challenges this year for our local quilting group is a President’s UFO challenge. We are to list four projects that are in progress or not yet started, that we agree to finish before February 2015. One of mine was to make a Spring Floral Wall Hanging.
I knew we were going to have a program on Wool applique, so I decided to do one for spring. I thought it would fit the challenge, and I’d have a show and tell for the meeting too.
I started by making the tulips and the green calyx base. I used felt for the large green and gold pieces as I wanted brighter colors and large pieces. Start by cutting a rectangle 2 inches wide x 3-1/2 inches long.
Then cut a piece off the end at a 45 degree angle from one of the corners. Measure down the side 1-1/2 inches and cut from there to the corner if you don’t have a 45-degree ruler.
Turn them around and you get the tulip.
Add a one-inch square of yellow for the center stamens.
I used five different colors for the tulips. With dark green for the calyx, you’ll need two rectangles with the corners cut off. I used a 5 inch and a 3-1/2 inch rectangle for each one, both 1-1/2 inches wide. Ignore the dimensions in the picture in the middle, I tried it thicker first, but went with the 1-1/2 inch.
The spring green base is felt 20 inches by 25 inches. I cut flower stems about 3/8-1/2 inch wide, three at 12 inches long and two at 8 inches long. I started by fusing the stems down with ribbon fusible web, then sewed the stems to the light green background.
Here it is with the flowers pinned in place, sewing each flower and stem with matching DMC floss, double strands. The lace butterfly is from Belgium, pinned into place. I added various lengths of long dark green leaves with curved ends in random thicknesses.
I like to keep all my flosses on a ring as I do a project, so I don’t misplace a color.
When the stitching was completed, I put fusible web on the back to hold the stitching, and to give the project more body for hanging. My project was larger than the width, so I fold up the edge to fuse an extra piece, overlapping the two.
Peel off the paper, and fuse to the gold base. I made the base 1-1/2 inches wider and three inches longer so I would have enough to fold over the top to create a hanging sleeve.
Finished! And hanging on the wall. One challenge down, three to go!
Enjoy!! Happy Spring!!