Orange Tulip


I need to make a new Tulip quilt sample for my class, Appliqué Quilting in Layers. This is how I think about what fabrics I’d like to use. I always start with the tulip color and just roughly lay out the folded fabrics I think will work. 

Next comes background blocks. I have lots of fairly light, green/aqua choices from my stash to go with my new orange batiks. I know I want dark green for the leaves so just one fabric for now to indicate contrast. I came across that polka dot and wonder if that would be interesting for the little center squares. 

I love finding just the right design bit to suggest the tulip petal. Usually the part I want is smack in the middle of my fabric. 

It helps to see where to place the pattern piece before I iron down the freezer paper.

I’ll sew the flower together, even though I haven’t quilted all the blocks yet because I can’t wait to see how it looks. So far, I like it!

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  1. Donna Thomas says

    Terry, I can’t wait to see this finished. Tulips are my absolutely favorite flower. Beautiful colors and patterns you picked out.

  2. so interesting to see your creative process! Thank you for sharing.

  3. I love your tulips and can’t wait to see the real thing soon!

  4. Barbara Macey says

    Morning Terry,
    An FYI: We’ve tulips that colour in one of our gardens, the colours change each
    year. There is one darker orange petal (it moves around) that is almost a very dark,
    maroon & is so velvety. There are a few tulips like this in the garden that came from
    Breck’s; the remaining bulbs are beautifully lush & vibrant coloured. So, I really love your
    initial thoughts.

  5. Andra Rudershausen says

    Love seeing the creative process. Yours is more experienced and orderly then mine.
    My planning happens in my head mostly, or at the fabric store. I don’t spend enough
    time auditioning fabrics. Am determined to be more experimental!!! Andra

  6. Michele blesy says

    Lovely…very nice range of value!

  7. Now you are talkin’…or should I say cookin’? Sewin’? So much more fun than graphic greys!!!!

  8. Love the colors!!

  9. Ooh la la

  10. I love it! Conversion from the other side! Keep going!!!

  11. Is paper pattern accessible

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