Freebie Daisy Pattern

Since as far back as May, I’ve been promising myself that I would upload a copy of this daisy/gerbera pattern that we made for my talk at the Australasian Quilt convention.  

The daisy appliqued & embroidered with Cotton mako' Ne 50

Last night I finally added a file sharing box where I can add links to free downloads (check it out on the left hand margin).

So, from now on it will be easy to add lots of freebies

We made 4 daisies, for the talk, using one of the 4 different Cotton Mako’ thread weights on each design. We wanted to illustrate how each thread weight has it’s own special uses but we also aimed to stretch the boundaries and highlight how, by using a different  thread weight, it was possible to add an extra dimension to the design.

A close up view of the daisy petals, showing the various applique & embroidery styles using Cotton Mako' Ne 28

Each version had the flower petals appliqued in a variety of styles including needle turned, raw edge stitching, blanket stitch (by machine & by hand), satin stitch & feather stitch plus in some versions the petals were embroidered rather than appliqued.

Here, the leaves are created in Cotton Mako' Ne 50 using thread painting by machine and hand embroidery

The leaves & stems were created with various techniques, including raw edge applique, thread painting, thread sketching and hand embroidery.

As Cotton Mako' Ne 28 is one of the heavier threads in the range, we used machine thread sketching and hand stem stitch to create the leaf outlines. Note the basting line that is holding the tearway stabiliser in place temporarily.

When stitching the heavier techniques such as thread painting & sketching it is essential to give the background fabric plenty of stability, so add an embroidery stabiliser such as tearaway behind the heavy stitching . We also used a light weight iron on interfacing over the entire background.

Auritex, tearaway stabiliser basted to the back of the design to add support to the fabric when machine thread painting or sketching

When you are working any of the free motion machine stitching, where the feed dogs are lowered,  it is much easier to control the fabric if you use a darning foot.

Most darning foot attachments will look similar to this.

 On my machine, an old Pfaff, it is also possible to partially lower the presser foot lever, even when a darning foot is attached, so that the top tension is engaged for the thread. Check your machine manual to find out how to best set up your machine for free motion stitching.

The darning foot attached to the machine.

You can download the basic instructions and applique design from the “Freebie” box in the left hand margin.  Please feel free to use the design in any way that appeals to you. We made single flowers but I can envision multiple flowers at different positions to make a lap quilt. 

One of the attendees at my talk suggested that the design would make a great Mother’s Day alternative gift, Gerberas rather than Chrysanthumums. So let your imagination play with this simple design and see what happens.

The Cotton mako' colour range. Go to the online store to see the colours in detail

If you want to use a variety of Aurifil Cotton Mako’ threads, as we did, you will find the full range of colours in the online store

2 Responses

  1. Hi Maryjo
    I am not familiar with all the different machines. So the best advice that I can give is to read the manual that came with your machine. You want to find the best way to set up your machine to allow you to do free motion stitching. This usually means a combination of lowering the feed dogs and adding some form of darning foot. However if a darning foot is not available for a particular machine a “spring” needle can be used to simulate the hopping action of a darning foot.
    The side part on the Pfaff darning foot sits over the needle screw and looks to be designed to stabilise the foot and help the hopping action.

  2. My darning foot doesn’t look anything like that. Its just a samll foot to attach it doesn’t have the side part. Will it still work for me? I love the idea and want to try it out. I wonder if it may be an addon that I can purchase????? Thanks for posting this , its going to be fun to create something similar !!

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