Thursday 17 May 2012

Wild Rose & Lilac Details

Wild Rose & Lilac
This is a block from Part 4 of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not

turn edge applique petals for the wild roses

raw edge applique lilacs
turn edge leaves

some pencil detailing on the petals

Like the previous blocks, I will be embellishing these blocks with decorative stitches at the end, when I plan my quilting. With the lilacs in this block, I am looking for tiny beads to stitch in amongst the applique so that the lilacs 'shimmer' in their cluster. How much or how little extra embellishment will vary block by block. You can keep it simple or really enjoy embellishing all the areas of small and fine detail.

Fabric selection next to my sketch and alongside my background fabric

Lilacs in deep to light hues of blue pink. Make sure that you check which side is fusible, to avoid sticking your little lilacs to your iron, this is too easy to do!

I use fusible release paper when raw edge applique cutting out.
It's great because you can re-use this paper 5 times before discarding.
I use Wonder Under brand.

This is the lilac 'shadow', it's raw edge and again, so simple. Creating the lilac backrground means that I don't have to cut so many little lilac shapes out. I was also toying with the idea of embroidering the lilacs on top of the 'shadow' fabric and if you have an embroidery machine, this is definitely an option for you. (I tried on my domestic and it didn't look effective). So I went ahead with my lilac applique.

These are my leaves waiting to be cut out

How is your Forget Me Not Block looking?

This is a block from Part 4 of my free 2012 Mystery BOM Forget Me Not
You can download this month's block via my website or my Yahoo Bom Group 


  1. Esther once again a big thank you for a great tutorial on this block, it answers many questions. I don't have time to make mine right now but if I get 5 mins I make one of my appliqué petals up. I'm using silk again this time and I hope it comes up as I visualise it. I'm enjoying the way you are making the leaves this time round, so quick and easy. Cheers Glenda

  2. Esther -- I just love it ! Your creativity makes me think... wouldn't these patterns look just stunning done in wool on cotton ?

    Wool is so simple to cut, and raw edge is all you need, some blanket stitch...

    Oh boy -- I might just try that !

    Thank you so much, you continue to inspire !


  3. Yes if I had time to make 3x of this mystery quilt, a naive wool stitch would have been my next option, but 2x at the moment is enough!

    Excellent idea, I hope someone makes one and posts pics in the Yahoo Group, I'd love to see it!

  4. I love lilacs... well lets face it I love most all flowers but lilacs hold a spedial place in my childhood memory. I love this series of forget me not blocks!!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie


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