Monday, November 24, 2014

Three Layered Flower Applique

It's snowing here again today, and I'm not quite ready for winter just yet, so I thought I'd make a pretty little flower applique this week. I'll do some wintery things starting next week, but today it's a flower. This flower has three layers in addition to the leaves. You can use just the bottom petal layer when you make a flower, or add either of the other pieces on top of it, or use all three.

If you use the pattern actual size, it would be good on coasters, mug rugs or placemats. Make them a bit bigger and they'd be good on a wall hanging, table runner, table topper or even quilt squares. I do like making applique flowers, so you'll be seeing more of them from time to time. Maybe I should design a quilt with all different flower applique blocks. That would be fun to make.

Here is an idea of how this flower design could look on a table runner.  You could also scatter the flowers in all different directions. Or all different colors.

This is a placemat idea. I am fond of making big squares then adding something on top of them. I have a pattern in the works with an assortment of basic backgrounds, and different appliques to go on top, similar to this.

One little trick I forgo to mention earlier, is when I'm playing with the placement of any applique, I often cut the pieces out of colored paper to try them out different ways and in different color combinations, before cutting out the actual fabric. I can also adjust the sizes if necessary, before wasting and fabric, too. I use construction paper, which is really cheap, or leftover scrapbooking paper. I seem to have a good number of books of it, and I don't do scrapbooking!!

Bye for now, see you next week! 


  1. That's really cute, with the simple squares and a big appliqué on top of it! Also, what a good idea to use different papers to experiment with first…plenty of colors available to match up with your fabrics and see what it would look like!

  2. Thanks Tes! I use paper a lot when designing patterns and appliques. Paper is really cheap....