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Paper Roses Quilt

Created by: Marie Osmond

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Level: Intermediate
Time: 8 hours

Marie Osmond is authoring a new book, to be published by Martingale & Company for expected release in fall 2010. The book will feature "gifts worth giving" designed and made by Marie, including the "Paper Roses" quilt shown here, more quilts, bags, aprons, and gifts for babies and pets.

Janome Supplies Required
Any Janome sewing machine
¼ Inch foot O

Fabric and Notions Required
Yardage is based on 42”-wide fabric unless otherwise noted.
2 yards of bright pink solid for center panel
1 1/2 yards of white with black print for outer border
1 yard each of 8 assorted black-and-white print fabrics
2 yards of pink satin for ruffle
1/2 yard of black solid for inner border
1/4 yard of black satin for appliqué leaves
4 1/2 yards of jumbo black rickrack
1 yard each of narrow (1/8”-wide) ribbons in black-and-white and pink-and-white
9 1/4 yards of 1”-wide pleated pink trim
5 yards of backing fabric
87” x 87” piece of batting


From the assorted black and white print fabrics, cut:
84 strips, 2 7/8” x 42”; cut each strip in half to measure 2 7/8” x 21”
8 strips, 1 1/2” x 42”

From the pink solid fabric, cut from the lengthwise grain:
1 panel, 18” x 69”
1 panel, 14” x 69”

From the white with black print, cut:
8 outer border strips, 6” x 42”

From the black solid, cut:
7 strips, 2” x 42”

Piecing the Black-and-White Panels
1. Randomly selecting fabrics, sew the 2 7/8”-wide strips together end to end in sets of three. Make 28 of these. From each long strip, trim 8” from one end, so that you have two longer strips and one shorter one making up each strip set 

2. Randomly sew the strip sets together, so that the shorter strips alternate from one end of the quilt top to the other. Press the seam allowances all in the same direction and set aside. 

Making the Appliqués
1. Using the patterns on page 00, cut two large, one medium, and two small pentagon shapes from assorted black and white fabrics.
2. Working log-cabin style, sew a 1 1/2”-wide strip to one side of a pentagon. Trim the strip even with the end of the pentagon. Press the seam allowance toward the strip. 

3. Turn the pentagon, and sew a different 1 1/2” strip to the pentagon.
Continue in this manner, sewing, pressing, and trimming, until you have completed two complete rounds around each pentagon. Carefully press under 1/4” around the perimeter of each pentagon. Set aside. 

4. Using the circle patterns on page 00, trace two large and four small circles onto fusible web. Iron the fusible web onto the wrong side of assorted black and white print fabrics and cut out the circles on the drawn lines. Set aside.
5. Using the leaf patterns on page 00, cut two large leaves and two reverse large leaves from the black satin. Also cut six small leaves and six small reverse leaves. Pairing two of the same sized leaves right sides together, stitch around the leaves using a 1/4” seam allowance, and leaving the flat bottom of each leaf open for turning. Turn the leaves right sides out and press lightly with a cool iron or finger press. Take care not to singe or melt the satin.
6. Topstitch veins on each leaf as indicated on the leaf patterns. 

Appliquéing the Panel
1. Referring to the quilt photograph, position the pentagons, leaves, and circles on the pink panel. Make sure to leave plenty of room around the long edges of the panel, as these will be timed into curved edges later. Once you are satisfied with the positioning, use your iron to fuse the circles in place. Pin the other pieces to hold them.
2. Cut the narrow ribbons into 8” lengths. Fold each piece of ribbon in half and position the ribbons as desired on top of the black leaves, tucking the ends of the ribbons under the pentagon edges. Pin or baste in place.
3. Using the blanket-stitch feature on your machine (or whatever decorative stitch you like!) and black thread, stitch around the perimeter of each circle and pentagon. Make sure the satin leaves are hidden under the pentagon flowers so that the stitching will secure the leaves, too. Leave the other edges of the leaves and ribbons unsecured.

Joining the Panels
1. Cut the black-and-white strip-pieced quilt top apart lengthwise, so that you have one piece that is approximately 18” wide and one piece that is approximately 36” wide. This doesn’t have to be exact.
2. Measure the length of the black-and-white panels. They should be approximately 60” long. Trim both pink panels to this length.
3. Sew the black and white strip-pieced panels to either side of the 14”-wide pink panel. Take care to align the strips across the width of the pink panel so that your quilt top will remain square and true.
4. Referring to the quilt photo and using your rotary cutter and cutting mat, trim the edges of the remaining 18”-wide panel to give each long edge undulating curved edges. Make sure that the curves are only a few inches deep: you don’t want to make this panel narrower than the 14” pink panel.
5. Position the appliquéd panel over the pink panel in the center of the quilt top. Make sure the pink panel below is completely covered. Pin and then machine baste in place.
6. Position the black rickrack over the raw edges of the pink appliqué panel, centering the rickrack on top of the raw edges. Pin and then stitch in place. This will conceal and secure the raw edges as well as add a decorative element.

Adding the Borders
1. Sew the 2”-wide black solid strips together end to end. Measure the length of the quilt and from the long black strip, cut two borders to this length. Sew the borders to the sides of the quilt top and press the seam allowances toward the borders.
2. Measure the width of the quilt top and trim the remaining border fabric into two pieces of this length. Sew them to the top and bottom of the quilt and press.
3. Sew the 6”-wide white-print strips together end to end in pairs. Measure the length of the quilt top and trim two of the borders to this length. Sew these borders to the sides of the quilt top.
4. Measure the width of the quilt top, trim the remaining two borders to this length, and join them as for the other borders. Press.

Finishing Details
1. Trim the corners of the quilt top to round them off. A small saucer or dish will help you mark smooth curves.
2. Layer and baste the quilt top, batting, and backing and machine quilt as desired. Or take your project to your favorite long-arm quilter for quilting. Just be sure to leave 1/2” of fabric unquilted all the way around the quilt for adding the ruffles and finishing the edges.
3. To make the satin ruffle, sew the 5”-wide pink satin strips together end to end. Press the seam allowances open using a cool iron. Then fold the long strip in half, right sides together, to conceal the seam allowances. Press.
2. Using the longest stitch length on your machine, machine baste the raw edges of the satin ruffle, stitching first 3/8” from the edge, and then 1/8” from the edge. Pull the thread tails on the underside (the bobbin thread) to gather the ruffle to fit the perimeter of the quilt top. You’ll need approximately 325” of ruffle. 

4. With right sides together, align the raw edges of the purchased pleated pink trim with the edges of the quilt top. Machine baste in place, sewing through the quilt top and batting only. Fold the backing fabric out of the way. Then place the pink ruffle overtop the pleated trim and baste in place in the same manner, adjusting gathers in ruffles as needed to fit. 

5. Fold the ruffles and pleats back to check for puckers. Make any adjustments, and then machine stitch in place to secure.
6. Trim the batting only close to the stitching. 

7. Fold the trim back, away from the quilt top, and turning the seam allowance in toward the batting. Press lightly on the right side. 
8. Turn the seam allowance of the backing fabric under 1/4” and pin the fold to the back side of the ruffle, covering the seam allowance and stitching line. Hand stitch in place. 

9. Hand tack the leaves in place, taking just a few hidden stitches underneath to prevent them from flopping back. Let the ribbon trim hang free.

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