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Crossed Tulips Applique Block of the Month posted: 2/29/2004
by Ila McCallum Printable Page
Category: Applique Level: Intermediate Series: 2004 Applique Block of the Month
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Description: These tulips are in the classic crossed design and the block will be placed on point. Before you begin, Read the introduction to this block of the month.

The finished size of the block will be 12" x 12".

Fabric Requirements (for one basic block):
  • Background: 14" x 14"

  • Leaves: 6" x 18"
  • Stems and center circle: 3" x 6"

  • Center of tulips: 4" x 8"

  • Outer portion of tulips: 4" x 24"

Click here to download Templates

There are many ways to make templates and Making Templates For Appliqué explains several methods. An additional method is placing clear adhesive laminate (Con-Tact® is one brand) on both sides of the sheet with the template patterns and then cutting the templates out.

Cutting Instructions: Prepare to applique by cutting your pieces out

Piece Shape # Fabric Instructions
Background  1 Cut this 14" x 14". It will be trimmed later to 12 ½" x 12 ½" to make a 12" x 12" finished block
A Right petal
B  4 Left petal
C  4 Center petal
D  4 Stem
E  4 Left leaf
F  4 Right leaf
G  1 Center Circle


Appliqué by any method you prefer. The following articles can help you decide on a technique to use: Fusing, Satin Stitch By Machine, How To Appliqué, or use your own favorite method.

NOTE: The templates do not have seam allowances. If the technique you chose has seam allowances, you will need to add them to the outside of the edge of each template.
Creating positioning reference fold lines on the background fabric:

You will be placing the tulips so that the stems and flowers point to the corners of the background fabric and the circle is in the center. Find the placement lines for the pattern by folding one corner of the fabric to the opposite corner and gently fingerpressing. Do the same for the other corners. You will have fingerpressed lines crossing the background piece under the stems. These lines will go directly under the stems and center points of the tulips.

TIP: If you are hand appliquéing, I suggest you do all the stems, then the leaves, then the outer petals and then the center petals. The circle in the center can be done after the stems or as the last piece. This will help keep the background fabric from stretching and your block will lay flatter.

TIP: If you are using fusible web, remember that you will be placing your web on the back of the fabric and your pieces may become mirror images of the original and you will need to reverse your templates when copying around them on the fusible web. Read the directions on your fusible web and follow them closely. Each product is a bit different and you do not want to use the directions from one product with another product.

Placement: Place the pieces on the background using these diagrams as your guide. There are many ways to place the applique pieces. Placement Of Appliqué Pieces explains several methods for accurate placing of the individual pieces.

The order of placing/sewing the appliqued pieces down is:
1   Stems (D)
2 Leaves (E,F)

Right and left petals (A, B)
NOTE: Do not add seam allowances to the straight lines on pieces A and B.

Center petals (C)
NOTE: Do not add seam allowances to the straight lines on pieces A and B.

Center Circle (G)
NOTE: This can be done after the stems and leaves or last.
Press the block. To make the applique stand out, lay the block right side down on a towel and press from the back.
Trim the block to 12 ½" x 12 ½". I suggest doing this just before setting the block into the quilt.
The Finished Block:
Color Options

Setting Options

©2004 Ila McCallum

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