Accidental Design?

Your next quilt composition can begin with a simple design trigger like this bias-fused collage of light blue and purple fabric. It has so many possibilities! Creating artwork from design triggers is common practice if you are an improviser. I call this method of making art accidental design.

Being an accidental artist is the topic for my current online class with Quilter’s Affair. Students create design triggers after building several fused collages. Then they use their scraps and collages to develop compositions based on those design prompts. Here’s what became of my design trigger. In keeping with my quest for the perfect vase, I created this striped vase for skinny flowers placed on an orange doily.

Queen Poppy: Binding

Just a few more steps and your Queen Poppy quilt is complete.

Thank you so much for joining me in making this little fused art quilt. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. And if you want to share a photo of your Queen Poppy with me, please email me at laura at

(If you need to catch up, please visit the Queen Poppy Stitch Along page to create your quilt.)

Step #10

  • Machine quilt the quilt using a titanium or chrome coated embroidery needle and free-motion stitching. (Please note that this step is optional. It is not necessary to machine quilt the piece.)
  • To add free-motion stitching, drop the feed dogs on the machine and guide the needle around all the organic shapes in the design while moving the quilt.
  • Add a hanging sleeve across the top part of the quilt if desired.
  • You did it! Please send me a photo of your artwork. I’d love to see it. Send to: laura at

Queen Poppy: Finishing Embroidery

We are close to the finish line! The final steps for hand embroidery are … at hand.

You’ll notice that the turquoise thread outlining the poppy bulb is the complementary color of the orange fabric. Turquoise makes orange sing.

The thread color also repeats the turquoise found in the stem, crown, and other threads used in the design. Repetition of color holds the viewer’s attention and draws their eye around the piece. Give it a try!

(If you need to catch up, please visit the Queen Poppy Stitch Along page to create your quilt top and begin the embroidery.)

Step #9

  • Stitch Blanket Stitches around each edge of the shapes that make up the poppy bulb. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Aquamarine) and a size 3 hand embroidery needle.

  • Stitch Fern Stitches from each tip of the bud crown down to the base of the crown. Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Southwest Rainbow) and a size 5 hand embroidery needle.

  • Stitch a Chain Stitch around the edges of the bud crown. Stitch on the background fabric and right next to the edge of the crown to outline the shape. Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Sunrise).