Floral Garden Tip close to the fabric so the gathers do not slip, knot the thread multiple times; trim the thread close to the knots. Using your hands, press the yo-yo flat with the hole in the center to finish as shown in Figure 6. glue stick to hold in place and trim even with the edge of C referring to Figure 8. Here’s a If this quilt will be used by a young child, simple fused circles may be used as flower centers instead of the yo-yos. If being used as a decorative wall quilt, buttons in a variety of sizes and colors may be substituted for the yo- yos as flower centers. Make this playful quilt your own by adding personal touches as desired. 6. Figure 8 Figure 6 7. 6. Repeat steps 1–6 to make a total of 35 yo-yos. Arrange and apply two prepared leaf shapes using your favorite appliqué method. Using thread to match the rickrack and a machine zigzag stitch, stitch through the center of the rickrack from one end to the other, lifting the hexagon out of the way when stitching the end that lies under the edge of the hexagon referring to Figure 9. PREPARING THE YO- YO FLOWER CENTERS 7. COMPLETING THE HEXIE FLOWER BLOCKS 1. 2. Thread a needle and knot the end. Working with the wrong side of the fabric toward you, turn under approximately 1/4" of the edge of the circle. Insert the needle in the edge of the fabric on the wrong side so the knot will be inside the yo-yo. Sew a basic running stitch around the edge of the circle, turning the edge under as you sew as shown in Figure 4. Stop when you reach starting point. 1. Prepare the leaf and hexagon shapes for your favorite method of appliqué. Note: See the Needle- Turn Appliqué sidebar on page 106 for one possible appliqué technique. The leaf shapes are prepared for fusible appliqué. 3. 2. Select one C square, one prepared hexagon, two prepared leaves, one prepared yo-yo and the green jumbo rickrack. Pin the hexagon anywhere on the C square, keeping the edges of the hexagon at least 1/2" from the edges of C as shown in Figure 7. 3. Figure 9 8. Stitch the hexagon in place by hand or machine as desired. Center a prepared yo-yo in the hexagon and hand-stitch the edges in place referring to Figure 10 to complete one Hexie Flower block. 2" 1/ 9. Figure 4 4. Hold the needle and thread, and pull the thread to gather the circle and tuck the turned edge into the center, keeping the right side of the fabric out as you gather to make an almost- closed circle as shown in Figure 5. While holding, 2" 1/ C Figure 7 4. Pin or apply a few dabs of glue stick to the wrong side of the hexagon to temporarily hold in place. Start a length of rickrack under the hexagon and end at any side of C, making curved or straight stems. When satisfied with rickrack angle and placement, pin or apply 5. Figure 10 5. 10. Repeat steps 2–9 to complete a total of 17 Hexie Flower blocks. Figure 5 104 Springtime Quilts QUILTER’S WORLD PRESENTS: Mayy 2019
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