Wild Child in the Garden

Wild Child Petunia Garden

After a week of sticky summer weather, it is now quite comfortable outside. The garden enjoys the hot days more than I do. This year we have an abundant crop of raspberries which are best plucked warm with sunshine and eaten right in the garden. The bee balm has just opened and the clematis are very happy. In the evenings the fireflies are like golden stars floating above the cornfields. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes are plentiful, too.

Sassaman Wild Child Petunia Quilt

So this week we are featuring a perfect little summer quilt project. It is constructed in the broderie perse technique. This simply means that you are fussy cutting characters from printed fabrics and rearranging then into your own creation. In this case we are using the Pink colorway of the Petunia fabric from the new Wild Child collection for FreeSpirit.

I especially designed this fabric so that each flower is whole… without overlapping any of its neighbors. This way each flower can be fussy cut and applied to any number of crafting projects. In this quilt the entire bouquet is a single section of fabric. Here you can see the design in the Blue and Pink colorways as well.

Wild Child Petunia Blue & Red Fabric

The frame (Gaillardia in the Pink colorway), background and flowerpot were constructed first and then the bouquet was appliqued on top. The black background square matches the floral background so they blend easily together. I also added some extra leaves for interest. There is a detailed description of this technique in Patchwork Sassaman Style.

Sassaman Wild Child Petunia Quilt 2

The black background was quilted with a decorative stitch to suggest wallpaper, thus putting the flowers in a domestic location.Sassaman Wild Child Petunia Quilt 3

This is also a nice project to practice your free-motion quilting skills. The finished piece is 24″ X 26″, a perfect scale for home display.

So until next week… don’t forget to take some time to fondle your fabric.

One Response to “Wild Child in the Garden”

  1. Myungok says:

    I agree with you. If we feel like adding shetctis to the quilt to make it stand out we will. Or I should say I will. I love your shetctis and style. Your quilting techniques are great. I love them and use them. I’m taking your classes with Crafty. Love the classes. Learning a lot in both of them also.Keep breaking the rules. If you don’t no one will.

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