Appliqué Flowers

Overhead view of four small quilted pieces of fabric with flower designs appliquéd on.

More flowers of the (machine) appliqué kind. I am having fun making these! Despite the fact that I still have to limit my hand sewing time a bit, so it’s all stitched on the machine. But why not see what kind of fun I can have with that? :-)

closeup view of a spool of multi colour sewing thread.

I am in particular enjoying using this Aurifil thread on multi coloured flowers. Sometimes the yellow colour lines up with a yellow section of fabric and sometimes it doesn’t! I like how random it is and I think it actually helps too give extra energy to the appliqué.

If you want to try this thread yourself, it is Aurifil 3817, called Marrakesh. It is available in 12wt, 28wt, 40 wt, 50 and stranded embroidery thread.

Overhead view of a green piece of fabric quilted with zigzag stitching and appliquéd with a flower in magenta and orange colours.

I really like the contrast between the variegated yellow (Aurifil 4658, Limoni di Monterosso) and the magenta in the fabric. Zingy! :-)

Not 100% I’m loving the background. Atleast not the bottom half. It’s kinda drawing too much attention to itself…

I’ve been thinking about what to make with all these appliqué flowers I have been making. With these, and a bunch I stitched by hand, I have amassed quite a lot. But an idea has taken shape, now I just need to make it happen! :-)



  1. Barbara H.
    July 31, 2023 / 9:50 pm

    These are so fun and I love the colors. I have no idea how well the appliques would hold up though repeated use and washing (not too bad, I imagine), but these could make a killer crazy quilt. As they’re already quilted, there are a variety of quilt-as-you-go techniques I’ve seen online or in books that you could use to join the blocks. You could use decorative machine stitches over the block seams in place of the traditional crazy quilt hand embroidery embellishments. Even variations of zigzag stitching would work if your sewing machine doesn’t have decorative stitches.

    • Carina
      August 3, 2023 / 1:42 pm

      Oh yes, a quilt would be fun! Buuut, I’m making something else with them. All will be revealed…soon-ish… :-D

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