Graceful Gardens Small Quilt
OESD's Graceful Gardens by Kaye England #80044 embroidery collection features 22 designs. About half of the designs are linework designs, some single-colored and some multi-colored. The designs take you outside a cathedral to the gardens flowing in the breeze. The colors are soft yet visible from afar. A small quilt (24” square) was created using the larger flowers as the center block on point and accented with the leaf corners and leaf accents. The fabric colors were chosen from the designs themselves.
The complete and detailed instructions for the small 24” quilt are in the Graceful Gardens by Kaye England #80044 embroidery collection. The design used for the center block is the "Flowers C" #80044-09. Its size is 9.21” x 7.64”.
- OESD's Graceful Gardens by Kaye England #80044
- OESD Heavy Weight TearAway Stabilizer
- Temporary Spray Adhesive
- Isacord embroidery thread
- Double-sided fabric tape
- Fabric marking pen
- Curved safety pins
- 1/2 yd. off-white fabric (embroidered center block)
- 1/3 yd. burgundy fabric (triangles)
- 1/4 yd. light pink fabric (inner border)
- 1-1/18 yds. green fabric (outer border and back)
- 1/4 yd. fabric (binding) (burgundy fabric was used in project)
- 3/4 yd. or 26" square cotton batting
Note about hoop sizes: Depending on the embroidery machine and its maximum hoop size, determine which flower design to use. For most embroidery machines, Flowers B #80044-08 will work. Its size is 6.58” x 4.31”. Larger machine hoops work well for the design used here. There are 3 sizes in this Graceful Gardens #80044 embroidery collection of this same flower. With a smaller hoop, multiple designs could be used for the center block.
The flowers are on point for the center quilt block and the quilt was built from those flowers. The other designs were selected to frame the on point center block. Fabric colors were chosen from the colors in the design. Place fabrics next to the embroidered design to verify the colors match.
The green fabric is a Kaye England fabric.
Burgundy and soft pink fabrics accent the center flowers. After determining and stitching the triangles and other borders, embroider the rest of the quilt top with the accent designs. The leaf accent design #80044-06 was stitched in two opposite triangles. The leaf corner design #80044-05 was stitched in the other two opposite corners, mostly on the outer border. Place them on the outer border corners, making sure the designs do not interfere with stitching the binding. The quilt top is now complete.
Here is a tip: if your machine does not cut the jump threads, or if you have your jump threads deactivated, after clipping the threads, use a lint roller to pick up the threads. It works wonderfully!
Now to layer and quilt the quilt. To layer a quilt sandwich, place the back wrong side up, cotton batting, and then the quilt top right side up. Also, make sure the quilt back and the cotton batting are at least 1” larger than the quilt top. Use curved safety pins to baste the layers together.
Quilt as desired. We used free-motion quilting around the on point center block in a pink thread and a green thread for the borders. Stitch in the ditch along the burgundy triangles and pink borders using the pink thread. Use the green thread in the bottom on both. To choose thread colors, place a couple of thread spools on the fabrics to be quilted unwound from the spool and doubled to help in the decision.
After quilting, finish the quilt by adding the binding. The small quilt is now complete.
This quilt would also be stunning with one of the cathedral designs as the center design. Again, the designs come in two sizes and two different looks.
Enjoy this beautiful Graceful Gardens by Kaye England embroidery collection, and create a garden haven!
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