This little flower design is close to my heart. I've made three versions of it now.
I made this wall hanging for my dad last Christmas...
And before that I made this mini-quilt, which is the first one. It was my first 'pictoral art quilt' that I made after (and while) watching Wendy Butler Burns' Pictorial Quilting Techniques class on Craftsy.
My original flower had over 20 petals! In order to make it easier for everyone (including me), I changed the flower head design, making 3 layers of petals and each layer is a single pattern piece. That's where I got the idea of 'Firecracker Flower' because it overlaps and bursts open like a firecracker.
Craftsy is where I host all of my free applique designs. It's nice for me to be able to host my free patterns somewhere, plus I'm a huge fan of Craftsy and all of the awesome classes they offer.
Read on for tips when sewing this design:
First trace your design onto the paper side of fusible web such as HeatnBond lite.
Tip: Number the leaf pieces on your original pattern and the traced pieces to help you when you put them back together.
Cut around the shapes and fuse to the wrong side of your chosen applique fabrics. After fusing, cut along the lines.
Arrange the pieces on your background fabric. As you can see, there are several ways to arrange the flower pieces. I decided to just stack them up from largest to smallest.
Fuse the first layer of applique pieces. This is everything except the two other flower petal layers. I also trimmed my background fabric to 13 1/2'' square
Then I added a 3 1/2'' border around my square and fused a cotton woven interfacing to the back to stabilize my applique stitches. I always stabilize my applique. It makes such a difference on the front.
Stitch your applique pieces down. I like straight stitch.
Fuse and stitch the other flower petal pieces one at at time. Done!
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