Whether you are working from the March downloadable pattern or the Itty Bitty Quilts book, the construction of the March Itty Bitty is loads of fun and one of the easiest of the bunch. I particularly enjoy the needlework. Here’s a rundown of the tools I used in the building of this quilt…
- Itty Bitty Quilt book
- Wire Scalloped Single Stand
- Fabric Stack
- Roxanne Mini Blue Baste-It
- Embroidery Needle Threader
- Pigma Micron Marking Pen
I used flannel for the nine-patch and wool for the flower and leaf. Once the nine-patch is constructed and the woven fusible is fused to the back, the stem shape is transferred to the the nine-patch. Cut the paper away from the shape for the Pigma Pen to freely move along the line. If there is concern about damaging the pattern make a copy of the page and use that. Position the cut away on the nine-patch and trace the line. I prefer using the size 3 or 5 Pigma Pen.
Embroider the marked line using a stem stitch with black size 8 or 5 perle cotton. I used a 12 perle cotton here and found that it was too thin. I’ll be using a size 5 from now on. Be sure to embroider close enough to the bottom so the stitches will be caught in the seam. Sew the leaf on with a blanket stitch. I prefer using a variegated perle cotton, however, a solid color is quite beautiful too.
Prior to stitching down the flower, lay the petals out to achieve a pleasing arrangement. Once that is accomplished, dab a few beads of Roxanne’s Mini Glue Baste-It to the underside of the petals. Place the beads of glue down the center of the petals leaving the edges free. Then let them rest until the glue is dry. The glue can create an obstruction to the needle when stitching and it’s best avoided around the perimeter.
The petals are over lapping one another, so be aware not to pull the stitches too tight so the petal shape below doesn’t show through. Allow the petals to gently rest together. The glue will hold them together until finished.
The center wool piece is tacked down in the center with a number of french knots packed together.
The packed french knots make the wool piece pop up around the edges.
Here’s another view showing the dimensional aspects to the method. It gives the flower a more “daffodilly” look!
Once the flower is finished it is ready to be quilted and bound. I chose to eliminate the batting, and back the quilt with another piece of flannel. The pieced top is quilted in the ditch along the nine-patch seams and around the flower petals, stem, and leaf. Since the binding is flannel, I cut it 2-1/2″ wide, however found this to be too large. I think a 2″ flannel binding is very doable. Don’t forget the hanging pocket!
And, here it is finished! Voilá! SO CUTE!