Pattern: Fleur de Lis Flourish by Sue Garman
Size: 40″ x 40″
Methods of Construction: Hand Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used: Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda
Completed March 2013
This quilt was my first real hand applique project. My friend JoAnne was working on another pattern from Sue Garman when this pattern came out in Quiltmaker Magazine, July/August 2012.
When constructing this quilt, I used the paper-cut method of cutting out the pattern. I traced 1/8 of the pattern onto a folded piece of freezer paper and then cut it out like a snowflake. Once the pattern was cut out, I fused the freezer paper to the back of the background fabric and traced around the pattern. I then used the back-basting method of applique to construct the four blocks.
Using the Fleur de Lis fabric was a natural choice for this quilt. I had some extra from another project that is still ongoing (and I ordered a bit more just to be sure!). Trying to make sure all the Fleur de Lis were going the same way when using scraps was a task.
The quilting of each applique piece took me what seemed like forever to complete. I went really slowly with my walking foot. The border quilting was my first “intricate” quilting pattern. I even photocopied one of the Fleur de Lis “petals” and used it as a pattern to quilt the corners of the border.