California Poppy Stitching

Posted by Ruth on 29 January 2013 | 1 Comments

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Usually throughout the year I recreate one of my existing patterns, either in different colors or to try out a new feature. This year I'm thinking about making the square version of California Poppies which the pattern gives instructions for. I haven't decided yet, I'm still thinking on it.

I am not sure these poppies look exactly like the real California poppies, but I named it this because I made this quilt when staying with my friend in Lakewood, California.

California Poppies

The background is constructed chevron style. This is when strips are sewn together to form a V-shape. The original design keeps the V-shaped bottom with a squared top, but as I mentioned above, the pattern includes instructions to square the bottom too. I have yet to see anyone make it this way. I have used two strip sizes that match on both sides, however the left side is constructed in a lighter green than the right. The wide strips are all different fabrics to keep with my color wash theme in other floral designs I've made over the years.

The poppies themselves are vivid and stand out well on the dark background, this is why most of them are sewn to the right side, being the darker of the two.

Closeup of poppy on dark background

But I think what really appeals in this quilt is the stitching on the stems. I have had many comments over the years on how realistic they look. 

Closeup of stitching on stem

To get this look I have used a free-motion zigzag. Instead of trying to describe this, I've made a video so you can see exactly how I did it. Not too difficult at all.

If you would like to read more about this pattern please visit Arbee Designs website. California Poppies quilt pattern

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  • Love your poppies Ruth, they are one of my favourite flowers. I just used the free motion zigzag stitch to do edges of flower petals.

    Posted by Jen, 30/01/2013 7:48am (7 years ago)

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