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: