Current Quilt Project .... Trail Bouquet
Designed by Vicky Lawrence, quilt designer and long arm quilter from Overbrook. Her studio is in Overbrook Quilt Connection, Overbrook.
This quilt is to commemorate the prettier side of the great struggle our ancestors made to travel across this country to make a life for themselves and all who would follow. Our bouquet will represent only a small portion of the flowers seen in their travels. We will concentrate on the ones they saw while traveling the Santa Fe, Oregon and Chisholm trails in our state.
The finished size of the quilt is approximately 86" x 103".
The first month we will purchase the fabric needed for the background, cutting for the background and the first flowers. The fusible technique will be used, however, if you want to hand appliqué the flowers, please add around the images to have enough to turn under. We will need 51 flower blocks to complete the quilt. You will need to repeat the flowers several times. It is your choice if you want more of one flower or fewer. Fabrics for the flowers are not included in the fabric measurements as the flowers can be done from fat quarters, fat eighths or your own fabric stash.
You will need --
2 yd. for the flower background fabric. Cut ten strips 7" width of fabric. Submit into 51 squares 7" x 7" Finished square will be 6" x 6". Draw-up sometimes occurs during any appliqué technique and you will trim your blocks to 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" after the appliqué is applied. Also embroidery, such as French knots can be used rather than appliquéing on small dots.
Shown is a general layout of the quilt.
This corner of the quilt shows numbered pieces in the border and sashing material. The designer suggests that you take several of your blocks to the quilt shop and choose colors which complement your blocks. The colors shown in the above picture are for illustration purposes only. All pick pieces are done in one fabric, green pieces in a second fabric and printed pieces in a third fabric. The white squares are the appliqued flower blocks.
1 - 4-1/2 yards (includes binding)
2 - 2-1/2 yards
#3 - 2-3/4 yards
We will have 10 flowers, so in a perfect plan, you will make five of each flower and one extra. But if there is a specific flower you love, use it more often.
Wood Sorrel -- pink or yellow
Spiderwort -- purple or white
Aster -- lavender or white
Thistle -- pink
Prairie coneflower -- pink
Poppy Mallow -- lt. rose
Wild Rose -- pink
Sunflower -- yellow
Sneeze weed -- yellow
Clasping coneflower -- yellow
The colors are just suggestions and you can make them whatever color you choose, it's your quilt. Just to shake things up a bit, we won't go in the order of listed flowers.
The layouts are numbered. Lay the pieces down in the order numbered with the dash areas below the piece above. Then iron all pieces down at one time. Patterns shown can be downloaded and printed full size.
Block one -- Spiderwort click here to download full size pattern Blooms May-June. Found in the eastern two thirds of the state on roadsides and disturbed areas with moist soil. For your flower, the X's mark yellow French knots. The double lines would be embroidered in a darker shade of purple.
Block two -- Poppy Mallow click here to download full size pattern. Blooms April-August. Found throughout the state most frequently in disturbed areas with dry, sandy soil. The appliqué is light rose for the petals with a light yellow center. The X marks pink French knot and yellow straight stitches radiating from the center.
Block 3 -- Thistle click here to download full size pattern. The bane of agricultural people thought the state. It is mostly found in overgrazed pastures and disturbed dry soils. But from personal experience, it seems to pop up just about anywhere, even every once in a while in our lawn. The lines in the bulb are embroidered with a darker green. The tiny lines at the leaf points are embroidered thorns. The flower is pink.
Block 4 -- Wood Sorrel click here to download full size pattern. Also known as violet oxalis, this flower is found in the eastern two-thirds of the state in moist and dry wastelands. The straight lines radiating from the centers is yellow-green embroidery. The flower is light violet lavender, outer center is yellow-green and the center is very pale green.
Block 5 -- Bitter Sneeze Weed click here to download full size pattern. Sneeze weed is in the sunflower family and found in the eastern portion of the state. It is mostly found in overgrazed pastures and waste areas. It is unpalatable to animals and easily increases. The flower is yellow with a darker yellow center. If you don't want to appliqué the slender leaves, you might try embroidering them.
Block 6 -- Clasping Cone Flower. Click here to download full size pattern. This flower is found in the southeastern corner of the state. It grows well in disturbed areas with a moist soil with a high clay content. The flower petals are yellow. The cone is brown with a gray/brown cone on the top. The Xs between the two sections of the cone are for French knots. If you are fusing, lay the No. 2 stem into the v'd area of the leaf before fusing the leaf down.
Block 7 Prairie Wild Rose Click here to download full-size pattern.The pretty flower is found throughout the state especially in prairies, bluffs and along road sides. these hardy plants can survive droughts as their roots can go 20 ft. deep. they are almost impossible to transplant for this reason. The hips are a good source of vitamin C. The petals are a medium green. The center has two shades of yellow. There are little hairs along the outer center and French knots at the ends. Add as many of these as you would like.
Block 8 Plains Sunflower. Click here to download full-size pattern. Our state flower has the ability to turn itself to face the sky. It is found in open prairies and along roadsides. It is a bane to the farmer in their fields. It prefers dry, sand and rocky soil. The center has a grayish brown center and a darker brown surrounding the center. Petals are yellow and the leaves are grayish green.
Block 9 Smooth Blue Aster
Click here to download full size pattern. Flower is a pale lavender with yellow center. Found in the eastern part of the state in open dry soil.
Purple Cone Flower
Click here to download full size pattern. Not a true purple, it's more of a pink. This flower is found in almost all of the state except southeast corner. Thrives in prairies and dry, rocky soil. Petals are pink and the center is more of an orange-brown.
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