In last week’s post I mentioned that this time of the year all the quilting guilds I belong to give you challenges or tacks! Well this week’s post is no different! For this quilt guild I have to make rosettes for the Royal Show winners, in the quilting section, this is normally held towards the end of May of each year, each of us have to make 4 rosettes. The norm is to make traditional rosettes using the crazy patchwork method. But last year I decided I don’t like the crazy patch idea and started making rosettes inspired by Laura Wasilowski’s book “Fanciful Stitches Colorful Quilts”! The ladies loved these rosettes so much I decided to do the same this year!
I will give you a quick rundown on how I do it! You will need:
5” square piece of background fabric, mark off the 4” square on the inside, this is your finished size.
Various pieces of about 5” square fabric with appliqué paper/fusible web ironed on to the back, follow the instructions on packaging. Laura Wasilowski suggests you use paper backed Wonder Under #805, Bondaweb or Soft Fuse. Use Hand-dyed, silk and batik fabrics, they work best for this as the colour runs to the back/wrong side, printed fabrics normally have a white back/wrong side and this shows up on raw edge appliqué.
20” x 1¼” length of fabric, same colour as the main colour with appliqué paper/fusible) web ironed onto the back. Trim the one long end down with pinking shears, or a rotary pinking blade, now cut into 4 x 4” lengths, this will form the binding for the rosette.
5” square piece of backing fabric in main colour (I used silk).
6” square piece of cotton batting.
4” square piece of light cardboard (I just used a cereal box).
Various ribbons, in width an in colour, I used 5 different colours of which the main colour of the rosette was the widest and the next four varied in colour and in size, about a yard/meter of each and a narrow 2”/5cm in length in the main colour for the hanger.
Various colours of embroidery thread.
Your will also need a sharp little fabric scissors, make sure that when you cut an piece of fabric it cuts from the back right up to the tip!
Rotary cutter with a straight blade and 2 or 3 blades that cut various waves or just a pinking blade, glue stick, steam iron and your basic sewing supplies.
Tip: When you plan your design remember the finished size is 4” including the binding! Most of my designs I didn’t use a template I just free-cut them as the creative juice took me! The only one I did draw onto the fabric before cutting was the bird.
Now you can start playing!
Remember your square/design must be placed on the diagonal/on point!
Now use all the various 5” square fabric (with appliqué paper/fusible web paper ironed on to the back) and scissors/waved/pinking blades plan and cut out different shape house or birds and place onto your 5” square piece of background fabric, within your 4” square. When you are happy with the design and the placement, steam set for 10 seconds.
Place onto your 6” batting and pin into place, using basic embroidery stitch to decorate your design. When you are happy with the final product steam set for 10 seconds on the batting side of the design and square off to a 4” square.
Now iron on the 4” binding to the top and bottom then the left and right side. Remember the pinking cut side overlaps onto the right side just over a ¼”.
Cut, trim and glue the ribbons into the order you would like them to be, glue them onto the back of the rosette, fold the narrow 5” piece of ribbon in half and glue it into place on the top.
Place the 4” cardboard square onto the wrong side of the 5” piece of backing fabric, trim corners. Glue down the overlapping fabric onto the back of the cardboard, glue this into place onto the back of rosette front, wrong sides facing. Top stitch the layers together using sewing machine or using an hand embroidery running stitch, the hand embroidery running stitch is not easy if your card is thick.
These rosettes are pretty easy to make and look amazing!
Till next week!