How to Make a Poppy Quilt

poppyflower3A favorite flower blooming in my garden right now is the poppy. Delicate crepe paper-like petals top long stems that then turn into attractive seedpods. I really like seedpods! Inspired by these extraordinary bloomers, I’ve come up with a new stitch-along tutorial for you called Queen Poppy.


Queen Poppy is a fused art quilt that measures about 11″ x 14″ and is hand embroidered. (This is a small wall quilt so machine quilting is optional.) My version of Queen Poppy is made with hand-dyed fabrics on a green batik background. But you can use any fabric you like as your canvas (See a Note about Fabric Choices below).

Note that directions are first given here and then will be added to the Queen Poppy Stitch-Along page as we go.

Ready to start? Great! Here’s what you need to begin:


Click here for a Queen Poppy Stitch Kit. Both the pre-fused fabrics for the quilt top and the pearl cotton threads for hand embroidery are available.

Or assemble the following items:

  • 11″ x 14″ green batik for the background
  • 2 1/2 ” x 5″ turquoise for stem
  • 6″ x 6″ orange to red for bud parts
  • 2″ x 4″ turquoise for bud crown
  • 2″ x 1 1/2″ yellow for bud top
  • 2″ x 2″ purple for leaflets
  • 4″ x 8″ red to purple for left and bottom leaf centers
  • 5″ x 8″ green for left and bottom leaves
  • 1″ x 9″ yellow for dots
  • 1 yard of fusible web  (Pellon Wonder Under paper backed #805, Soft Fuse, or Misty Fuse (used with parchment paper) are recommended. Please note that some other brands of fusible web are tacky and will be difficult to hand embroider.)
  • 11″ x 14″ batting (Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Batting or wool batting recommended)
  • 11″ x 14″ backing fabric
  • Size 12 and 8 pearl cotton embroidery threads
  • Size 3 and 5 hand embroidery needles

A Note about Fabric Choices Fabrics with no finish like 100% cotton hand-dyed and batik fabrics work best for raw edge fusing because the color goes through the fabric. (Fused elements from printed fabrics with a white back will show a white edge when cut.) Fabrics with a higher thread count fray less when cut. Wash your fabric to remove any starch or sizing before fusing and do not use fabric softener.

Other items needed:

Creating Calm


Bonnie’s Home, Sweet Home project

Do you find that making things occupies a part of your mind that calms everything down and transports you to a different “zone”? I know I do. And I’m so happy when you enjoy the soothing act of creation too.

Here you see a creation by Bonnie who lives in Juneau, Alaska. This is her version of the Home, Sweet Home Tutorial. Her handwork is beautifully done and the excellent machine stitching on the ground gives me great ideas.


Jen made this version of the Rare Songbird project from my book, Joyful Stitching. I really like her thread color choices and the ways she’s stitched the bug and grass. It’s so good to see how others interpret a design and make it their own.

Thank you, Bonnie and Jen, for sharing your artwork with us. I hope you had many soothing hours with needle and thread.

Being Knotty


For a long time, I’ve been a knotty girl. As you can see, I tend to place a knot on the end of my pearl cotton threads before stitching. But no longer! I have mended my unsightly knotty ways. 


Now I neatly start and stop my stitching on the back of the fabric. Here are a few tips on being a neat stitcher:

  • Take a few back stitches concealed in the back of the fabric when beginning a new thread (don’t let the thread appear on the top of the piece). If you use a knot to anchor the thread, be aware that your needle may strike the knot when stitching and stretch previous stitches.
  • To end a thread, run the needle through a few adjacent stitches on the back of the work and snip the thread.
  • Snip ending threads close to the fabric. Long threads on the back may tangle with other threads while stitching.

Your Artwork is Wonderful!


Nut House by Christine

It’s so wonderful to see what you are making! Christine’s Nut House was made using the Frieda’s Nut House Stitch-Along Tutorial. She did a beautiful job on the stitching and her color choices are soothing to the eye. You can see more of her work on Instagram or Facebook under @patchworkallsorts or visit her blog Patchwork Allsorts


Home, Sweet Home by Beverly

This fused art quilt by Beverly is also based on one of our free tutorials, Home, Sweet Home. She made terrific fabric choices, added extra flourishes with her hand embroidery, and hand stitched a snappy slogan to the bottom edge of the design.


Nina’s Island Paradise

Island Paradise by Nina is so refreshing and fun! And you’ll admire her ability to make the best of a bad situation. She says, “I was finishing the fusing and before I quilted the sky, I cut my finger and bled on it. The seagull was the solution…sometimes you just gotta go with the flow! …….and the flamingo is eyelash yarn covering up an attempt to make real looking feathers with my stitching!” 

Thank you Christine, Beverly, and Nina for sharing your beautiful work with us!




Complete Your Nut House: Frieda’s Nut House #6

friedasnuthouseWe are finishing up Frieda’s Nut House Stitch Along and are about to move in and rearrange furniture.

As you complete your little embroidery, I hope to see images of your final designs. Email a photo to me at

Note: If you’re just joining us, see a list of materials on Frieda’s Nut House Stitch-Along Tutorial page and complete Steps 1 – 15.



Step #16


  • Stitch Chain Stitches in a large arc across on the background fabric from the upper edges of the right side of the sky to make the sun. Stitch the arc to measure about 1 1/2″ in diameter making the outline of the sun. Use a size 12 thread (like Butter) and a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Continue to stitch Chain Stitches in rows right next to each other following the same arc to fill in the sun shape.

Step #17


  • Stitch wavy rows of Chain Stitches horizontally across the background fabric to make clouds. Use a size 12 thread (like Ocean).
  • Stitch the clouds to within 1/4″ of the sides and top edges of the fabric. 

Step #18


  • Carefully trim the background  fabric square if necessary leaving a scant 1/4″ of fabric around the edges for stitching the design to the backing fabric.
  • Center and pin the embroidery to the backing fabric.
  • Stitch-tack the embroidery onto the backing fabric.

Step #19


  • Stitch Blanket Stitches around the edge of the background fabric attaching it to the backing fabric. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Lettuce) and a size 3 embroidery needle.
  • Trim the edges of the backing fabric to within 1/4″ of the background fabric.
  • Label your embroidery with your name and date.
  • Congratulations on making your nut house!

Stitch Your Garden: Frieda’s Nut House #5

zinnia1Having just planted over 200 zinnias in my garden, I have to say, stitching a garden is much easier.

Time to plant (stitch) our Frieda’s Nut House garden.

Note: If you’re just joining us, see a list of materials on Frieda’s Nut House Stitch-Along Tutorial page and complete Steps 1 – 11. 

Step #12


  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches vertically across the top of the ground to form leaves. Use a size 12 thread (like Emerald Isle) and a size 5 or 7 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Stem Stitches vertically from the top of the row of Lazy Daisy stitches on the bottom edge of the ground to form flower stems. Use the same color thread as above.

Step #13


  • Stitch Straight Stitches inside each Lazy Daisy leaf on the top of the ground. Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Oranges).
  • Stitch 2 Lazy Daisy Stitches at an angle on the tip of each flower stem to form flower petals. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Prinky Phlox) and a size 3 embroidery needle. 
  • Stitch a French Knot on top of each flower. Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Oranges). 
  • Stitch Straight Stitches inside each flower petal. Use a size 12 thread (like Violets).

Step #14


  • Stitch Stem Stitches horizontally and in curvy lines across the bottom edge of the fabric to make waves of water. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Aquamarine). 
  • Stitch the waves to within 1/4″ of the sides and bottom edges of the fabric.