A 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: