Good Morning, Quilters! Today is the first Tuesday in May and just days away from Mother’s Day! If you skip the housekeeping and paperwork for a few days, you can whip up a little something for YOUR Mother with this sweet little confection: Tulip Time.
There’s no time to lose–so let’s get started!
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TULIP TIME TUTORIAL
Begin by drawing two lines equidistant apart. In the sample below, the lines are 1/2 inch apart. This would look great much larger, too–so try it with lines two inches apart if that fits YOUR quilt better…
Begin stitching on the bottom “rail”–the drawn line. Stitch a rounded leaf that angles to the left slightly. This leaf should touch the middle rail.
Next, stitch a mirror image leaf–to the right.
Now, stitch the stem straight up–a few stitches above the middle rail.
Stitch the left half of the flower by stitching a half circle to the top rail. Then stitch a smaller full circle.
Finish stitching the right half of the flower…
Finally, stitch straight down the stem to the bottom rail and stitch over to begin the next Tulip Time tulip.
Three in a row would be perfect on a baby’s apron…or a springtime napkin.
Once you get started, you won’t want to stop! In the sample below, I stitched the first row and then turned the piece over to stitch the second row…(easier than stitching the motif upside down–though that can be done too!)
Leave the space between the rows empty…Or, add another design–like my favorite, The Greek Key.
The design looks different if you stagger the tulips:
Once you get started, you won’t want to stop planting tulips everywhere! Happy Gardening!
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Tomorrow: Peggy has a new paper pieced pattern for us…
This sample was quilted on my Bernina 820 (with it’s extra wide harp space and very large bobbin) using Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin and Robison-Anton Rayon thread on top, using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle.
Enjoy this new tutorial AND make something for YOUR mother…
Tip-Toeing Through The Tulips,
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