And it’s addicting!
Our new pattern, Fold’n Stitch Bloom is a lot of fun and they are popping up everywhere! If you’ve made the Fold’n Stitch Wreath, you will love the Bloom! It’s meant to be a candle mat for a votive or smaller candle – at 14″ diameter, it can fit in little cozy spaces!
Ask for the Bloom at your local independent quilt shop – she’ll be happy to order it for you and you’ll feel good shopping local!
The photo at right shows a trio of Blooms at our booth at Quilt Market! Wouldn’t this be cute in a girl’s room (maybe your quilt space)?
How did we do it? We mounted the blooms on our curtain and made stems from 1″ wide grosgrain ribbon. We pinned the stems behind the blooms, but you could easily use thumbtacks for this. Scrap green fabrics and scrap batting became our leaves. Here’s how we made the leaves:
- Draw a leaf shape (about 5″ long);
- Trace it onto the right side of the leaf backing fabric;
- Rough cut it about 1/2 inch larger than required.
- Layer over scrap batting and leaf front fabric;
- Stitch the leaf on the lines – don’t forget to add center line to leaf;
- Cut the leaf out along the outer edge with pinking shears! That’s it – this little addition uses up green scraps!
Stems – these were simply 1″ grosgrain ribbon with floral wire zigzagged to the wrong side. Lay a piece of wire on the wrong side of the ribbon and zigzag right over it – I found it easier to use my welting foot, which has a “tunnel” underneath. Look at the feet that come with your machine to see if you have one with a recess in the bottom. We also used LED dragonflies to bring up the “bling” factor!
Pretty fabric combinations turn your bloom into a show stopper. A great hostess gift – a bloom and an LED votive candle! (I look for packs of 4-6 candles on sale in the big box hobby store in my area – seems like summertime is a great time to pick them up!).
How do I pick out the colors? Pick a focus fabric first – then pick a striking color in the focus fabric and then contrast with that! You do not want any of the fabrics to blend with each other here! On the bloom above left, the focus fabric is the black floral – then I picked a color in the floral, pink, then its contrasting color green. Easy!
How do you use your blooms? Share with us on Facebook, we’d all like to see – use the #FoldnStitchBloom so I can find it!
Have fun! -Kris