Your lovely flower photograph becomes a fiber masterpiece as Melinda Bula guides you through the process of choosing the best photograph, making a pattern, and choosing a color palette. Select fabrics that work best with your image, then fuse, make petals, and assemble the complete flower. From foreground to background, Melinda gives practical tips and encouragement along the way. She even demonstrates her Renegade Thread Play, showing how to best quilt the project. Melinda’s goal is to show how to think like an artist and sums it up best by saying, “Perfection and creativity do not go together, so go out there and be creative!”
- Flower: ½ yd. or fat quarters
- You will need as many colors of fabric as you see in the inspirational picture. Look at the petals, the center of the flowers, and the shadows in the petals and leaves. Look at the darkest color in your picture all the way down to the lightest color; the more fabric to choose from, the better. Also, keep in mind that you will need value in your fabric colors: lights, mediums, and darks. Fabrics can have patterns or designs on them but need to read more like a solid than a pattern.
- Background: 1-2 yd. each of assorted background fabrics
- How much needed is determined by the size of the flower. (Remember, you will have to fit the finished quilt under your sewing machine, so don’t start too big.) Refer to the picture to determine background colors to use.
- Sulky 30 wt. or 40 wt. rayon
Sewing Machine Supplies:
- Needles: straight pins and topstitch or jeans needles, 80/12
- Sewing machine feet: closed-toe, echo, or presser foot for free-motion quilting
- Extra bobbins
- Inspirational flower picture or photograph. Make two copies: (1) 8" x 10" on photo paper with great color and (1) 8" x 10" on regular white copy paper
- 8" x 10" tracing paper
- Sharp pencils
- Sharpie® fine point marker
- Clear tape
- 6 yd. x 18" Steam-A-Seam 2 (no substitutes)
- Ruler: 6" x 24"
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Scissors for paper
- Scissors for fabric
- Curved-tipped snips
- Freezer paper
- Teflon® pressing sheet or parchment paper
- Ironing Surface
- Quilting gloves or Lickety Grip
- All Purpose Sewer’s Aid
- Melinda Bula's Color Finder
- Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
If I am not very confident about making good fabric color choices, will this be too hard for me?Not at all! In fact, Melinda goes into a lot of detail about how to choose great fabric colors.
Will I use a pattern of her flower or a photograph of my own?This class will teach you how to take your own flower photograph and develop it into a spectacular quilt.
What if I have questions?We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with any downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Melinda will get back with you.
When can I start the class?We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!