Flower Power tutorial

Remember this quilt?

It was one of the last two charity quilts that I finished up…oh, about six months ago. I think it is about time to put out the tutorial, don’t you? You can review my usage policy here.


  • template plastic
  • permanent marker
  • craft scissors and fabric scissors
  • scrap fabrics (flower petals)
  • 1.5 yards of fabric (background)
  • 1.5 yards of fabric (backing)
  • 48″ x 60″ batting
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for binding
  • neutral piecing thread, coordinating quilting thread
  • oversized ric-rac (optional)
  • This quilt is improvised – place your flowers wherever you think looks good. You can also vary the number of petals to change the size of your flowers.

    1. Determine the size you want for a petal. They are half-circles, so the base of the petal is the diameter. My diameter was 2″.
    2. Draw a circle with a diameter 1/2″ larger than your desired petal size. Use a straight edge to draw a line across the circle, intersecting the center point. Erase one half of the circle (or just ignore it). What remains is your template. Trace the half circle onto the template plastic with your permanent marker, then cut it out on the line with your craft scissors.
    3. Determine the number of petals you want to have on your quilt. For each petal you will need to cut 2 of the half circle template. Place a piece of scrap fabric right side down on a hard surface (I like to use a sandpaper board but it is optional) then place the template on the fabric. You can center it for fussy-cutting if you like. Use a pencil to trace around the template and then cut the fabric out on the traced line. Repeat for all your petal pieces.
    4. Match two petal pieces together, right sides facing. The curves and straight edge should be aligned. Then sew a 1/4″ seam, leaving the straight edge open.
    5. Clip the curves and turn the petals right side out. Press it flat. Repeat for all of your petals.
    6. Arrange the petals of one flower and pin them in place. You want the corners of the straight edges to slightly overlap. Using a wide zig-zag stitch sew the petals to the top by sewing over the straight edges of the petals. This will “close” the open end while also attaching the petals. Attach all of your flowers in this manner.
    7. Make a yo-yo large enough to cover the center & the seam lines of your petals. Sew it down over the center – I did it by hand. An alternative is to lay ric-rac over the seam lines and couch it down with your sewing machine, essentially sewing a line up the center of the ric-rac while curling it into an ever-tightening circle. I still placed a small yo-yo over the center but I found the ric-rac a little difficult to deal with. You could probably skip the center yo-yo if you are good at placing it.
    8. When you have all of your flowers sewn on press your backing and layer your quilt sandwich. Baste with your preferred method.
    9. Quilt as desired – in the picture below you can see how I did echo quilting around each flower, bumping them up against each other. It is hard to tell from the picture but each flower has a different color of thread echoing around it.
    10. When quilting is complete, trim up the edges and square the corners. Apply your binding and label. Yay! A quilt.
    11. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! If you make a flower-power quilt I’d love to see a picture.

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2 Responses to Flower Power tutorial

  1. This such a cute quilt! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I am a newish listener to the podcast.
    I was thinking after hearing you talk about swaps, that you could start one. I would enjoy getting to know people this way. Swaps I see online right now are a little intimidating since I am an experienced beginner. But they look so fun!
    I would be willing to jump in if you did something not too hard. :)

    I had been a Seamed Up member for a couple of months and was sorry to see them go. I will be joining ThreadBias soon.
    Also- the car recording was fine for me. I agree that the bonus room one was a bit echo-y.

  2. The last episode, 54, you were cut off midsentence.

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