While landscape quilts are beautiful, they can be challenging. Selecting the best fabrics to recreate the details of nature requires attention to detail.
However, flower garden landscape quilts are the exception. Not only are they lovely when displayed in any room of your home, selecting the fabrics for a flower garden quilt is easy and fun.
Choose the background fabric first
Since flowers are bright and will add all the color necessary to bring your quilt to life, you should look for background fabric without a lot of design or texture. Some good choices include mottled grays or blue-gray colored fabrics.
Hand-dyed fabrics work exceptionally well. Your fabric store will likely have a good selection of hand-dyed batiks to choose from. Batiks will provide a realistic background without being overpowering.
Look for bold floral fabrics
Fabrics that have large floral designs are beautiful but are often difficult to use in quilting due to their size. Flower garden quilts are the exception. Look for floral fabrics that catch your eye.
Large flowers are perfect for flower garden landscape quilts. All you have to do is cut around the flower and stitch the entire flower to your background fabric.
Some good fabric choices to look for include those with tropical flowers, poppies, sunflowers, tulips, hydrangea, and zinnias.
Decide on a theme
Are you going to create a tropical garden or a wildflower garden? While some flowers blend well together, some varieties may look out of place when used in the same quilt.
Using the same type of flower in different colors will create a stunning effect. For instance, use tulips that are orange, purple, blue, red, yellow, or white. Wildflowers are diverse in flower type and color. Creating a wildflower garden will allow you plenty of options when choosing flower style and color.
Choosing fabric for leaves and stems
Mottled green and brown fabrics work best for creating leaves and stems. Avoid using a rotary cutter when making leaves and stems. Leaves and stems that are free cut will resemble nature much more than those with perfectly cut borders and edges.
Butterflies and birds
If you want to add a nice touch to your quilt, look for fabric with a butterfly or bird design. Cut a few butterflies and birds to sew into the quilt after you get your flowers stitched in place. Don't use too many. Four or five butterflies and one or two birds will bring nature to life and won't be overly distracting in the quilt.
If you are looking for a fun and easy landscape quilt design, look no further than a flower garden quilt. It's as simple as choosing floral prints you love and cutting and stitching them onto your quilt background.
In no time at all, you can have a beautiful quilt to display in your home that will make every day feel like the beginning of spring.
For a professional fabric store, visit a place such as Brandt's Interiors & Workroom.
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