Summer Daisies Quilt is Finished!

Hello Everyone and Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends. I hope we all find time today to think about all of those who gave their lives to serve our country. If you live elsewhere, I hope you have a great day!

The pattern for the Summer Daisies quilt is complete and in my Etsy Shop so I can share the whole quilt with you now. Everything in the shop is on sale for 15% off through June 1. The pattern is available immediately as a PDF download and if you prefer a paper pattern, they should ship on or before June 1.

I’m going to start by giving you a little history of the making of this quilt. I fell in love with Corey Yoder’s Pepper and Flax fabric for Moda two years ago when it first was released. I bought a layer cake and lots of fat quarters and half yard pieces. I also bought more yardage of the white background print that is used in the pieced blocks. I had just gotten EQ8 earlier that year and had fun playing around with different designs. That’s when I decided to design a quilt using Pepper and Flax. When I had the design finalized, I went back and bought more fabric for the borders. I was busy with other things at the time and I wanted to make sure I had all the fabric I needed. The original design contained a 9-patch block, but when I actually started making the blocks, I simplified them to some simple flip and sew rectangles. That enabled me to have leftover half square triangle units that I turned into a bonus mini quilt and the instructions to make it are included in the pattern.

Bonus Mini Summer Star

I had lots of fun playing around with the HST units. There are just so many things that you can do with them. The Mini Summer Star quilt finishes at 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″, one of my favorite sizes for a mini quilt. I can hang it on a wall or use it as a table topper. You could also turn it into a pillow. I believe you can purchase a 21″ square pillow form.

I took the quilt to the mountains with us a few weeks ago and took lots of pictures of it.

The two pictures above and the first one at the top were taken at the Crane Creek Vineyard.

This picture was taken on the deck of our cabin…

… and here it is on our deck at home. I just love this quilt! Now let me tell a few of the details about it. It’s approximately 59″ x 68″ and has 30 blocks, 15 pieced and 15 applique. The applique blocks were made using the layer cake from the Pepper and Flax collection so there is lots of variety in the applique blocks.

The pattern is written for fusible applique because that’s how most quilter’s will make an applique piece today. I used sew-in interfacing and placed right sides together and sewed around the petal pieces. I then cut a slit in the interfacing and turned the petals so that there is a smooth edge. This is the technique that Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet uses and you can see it in some of her videos. I machine appliqued them using a very tiny blanket stitch and either matching Auriful 50 wt thread or Wonderfil invisible thread. I used Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Circles templates to make the daisy centers. The pattern has the applique diagrams ready to trace in groups onto lightweight fusible web or to be copied onto lightweight fusible web for the printer.

I quilted Summer Daisies on my home Pfaff QE4 with Aurifil 50 wt thread. I am so pleased with the results of the quilted feather wreaths. They are not all perfect feathers, but most of them are pretty good and the overall affect is what counts. In the applique blocks, I started a swirl in the center, then quilted along the petal edges, then 1/4″ away and finally into the echoing wavy lines. I was able to do the entire block without breaking thread. In the corners, I added some point to point quilting and some loops to fill up the triangles. I went back at the end and quilted some diagonal curves to look like petals in the center of the pieced blocks.

I know I showed the quilting of the borders in an earlier post, but here they are again. I quilted ribbon candy in the inner border, stitch-in-the-ditch along the middle border, then what I’m calling elongated pumpkins in the outer border.

I am just so pleased with the results. I haven’t quilted this much since January. I could not get enough of the Pepper and Flax fabric for the backing so I used Corey Yoder’s Gray Print from her Sugarcreek collection. The binding fabric is a yellow dot from Good Times by American Jane for Moda. Just a note about the fabric because I’ve had a few questions on Instagram, even though Pepper and Flax is not readily available any more, you can find the same yellows and greens and grays in Corey’s newer lines of fabric if you would like to make something similar.

Just one more picture!

This is the pattern details if you are interested. Again, everything in my shop is 15% off through June 1.

Before I go, I would like to wish my dad a very Happy Birthday, today! Thanks for stopping by today!

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10 Responses to Summer Daisies Quilt is Finished!

  1. says:

    Summer Daisies is gorgeous!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. maria elena says:

    Left me speechless!! It is the prettiest quilt I have seen, so soft but full of life!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. DONNA R VAUGHAN says:

    Absolutely Beautiful.


  4. Lydia Sheffield says:

    Outstanding job, and your photos really highlight the quilt.

    Liked by 1 person

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  6. Jacquelynne says:

    What a gorgeous quilt! I love it!


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