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Antique Flower posted: 11/11/2003
by Dori Hawks Printable Page
Category: Applique Level: Easy
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Description: An Appliqué block traced from an antique quilt owned by Virginia McNair of West Palm Beach, FL and Franklin, NC. See the original quilt and detail in the article about Virginia McNair. The original quilt uses 10 petals, but you can also do this block with 8 petals. Try doing one in 30's reproduction fabrics or try a totally different look with some bright fabrics. You may do this by hand or machine by various methods.

Makes a 12" Finished Block
Click here to download the Flower Pattern (pdf)

Fabric Requirements (for one basic block):
  • About 13 ½" x 13 ½" square of Light background fabric (You will trim to 12 ½" later-it's unfinished size)

  • Scraps of 11 (or 9 if making the block with less petals) fabrics for petals and centers each piece must be at least 3" x 5" (Big enough to cut a petal including seam allowances if turning under the edges)

Refer to Making Templates For Appliqué

Cutting Instructions
Piece Shape # Fabric Instructions
A 8/10  Petals Cut enough for the block you are making (8 or 10). (include seam allowances if turning under the edges)
B  1 Center Cut circle that is 2 3/4" in diameter (including seam allowance if turning under the edges)
C  1 Background 13 ½" x 13 ½" see fabric requirements about size

Refer to Placement Of Appliqué Pieces for position for each piece.

Step 1: Fold your background fabric in half in twice. Finger press the fold so you can see the folds for placement of your petals and know where the center of the block is.

Step 2: Pin or glue baste two petals opposite each other on one of the folds, leaving space in the middle for placement of the center of the flower.

Step 3: Baste 4 petals evenly spaced on each side between the first two petals. (If you are doing this block with only eight petals, you will be placing 3 petals inbetween the first two petals.)

Step 4: Appliqué each of the petals and then the center by any of the following methods: Fusing, Satin Stitch By Machine, How To Appliqué, or your own favorite method

Step 5: After the applique is done, trim the block background to 12 ½" x 12 ½".

Color Options

©2003 Dori Hawks

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