Your Queen Poppy

I so enjoy seeing your projects!

Especially if they are one of the projects offered on my Tutorial Page like Queen Poppy.

Queen Poppy is a fused art quilt that measures about 11″ x 14″ and is hand embroidered. (Machine quilting is optional.) My version of Queen Poppy is made with hand-dyed fabrics on a green batik background. (You can see the kit here.)

The Queen Poppy tutorial seems to have inspired at least one brave person to have completed it.

Here you see Christine’s version of the design. I am delighted by her fabric choices and excellent hand embroidery.

You can see more of Christine’s artwork on Instagram or Facebook under @patchworkallsorts or visit her blog Patchwork Allsorts

Thank you Christine for sharing your artwork with us!

If you have a completed piece using one of my tutorials or from one of my workshops, I’d love to see it! Just email a photo to me at laura at

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).