Spring is coming up fast. It makes me think of new beginnings with new fresh flowers and the leaves budding on the trees. This inspires me to start a new quilt celebrating the flowers sprouting up from the cold winter ground.
On the block worktable, click on the new block tab>applique>motif.
On the block properties bar at the top of the worktable, set the block size to 8 x 8 inches.
In the drawing tools box at the left click on the shapes icon and then click on the stencil maker icon.
In the dialogue box, use the slider bars to change the shape of the elements to create a flower like design then click OK to place it onto the worktable.
The program will ask you to name the file so I called mine “Spring Flower Stencils 3 Ways”.
There is a center area of the block where I can add more flowers to the design.
Click on LIBRARIES>Block Library at the top of the screen and then select the 06 Motifs heading. Select the sub category of Flower Heads. I am choosing the Bud and Berries design from the library. Add it to the sketchbook and close the block library screen.
Click on the view sketchbook icon on the left side of the screen and then click on the blocks heading under the motifs tab. We are not creating an applique motif for our design so we can select the flower design and right click to move the design to the stencils tab. Now you only have an outline of the applique motif as a new stencil design under the stencils tab.
Click on the stencils tab to see the design in the sketchbook. Click on the design to select it and then click on edit at the bottom of the box to place the outline drawing on the worktable.
The stencil line drawing will appear on the block worktable. Click on EDIT>Select all at the top of the screen to select the entire design on the block worktable. Now resize the block to about 50 % using the resize tool on the properties box at the left.
Click on View Sketchbook and locate the wreath of flowers we created under the blocks heading under the stencils tab. Click on the design to select it and then click on edit at the bottom of the box to open it onto the worktable.
Once the wreath design is open on the worktable, click on EDIT>Paste at the top of the screen to add the flower with berries to the design. You may need to resizeit slightly to fit well into the wreath. You may also need to center the design in the middle of the block.
The new spring flower design stencil can be used three different ways.
1. Print the design onto paper and use it to trace or stitch through onto your quilt top for an intricate quilting design onto a block.
2. Print the design on printer fabric and then use the outline to place raw-edge applique elements onto the printed fabric sheet.
3. Print the design on printer fabric and color the elements with fabric felt pens or watercolor pencils to create a painted fabric block.
Use your imagination as to how you would use this detailed spring flower stencil design in your quilting project.