Appliqued Poinsettia

Appliqued Poinsettia

Designed, Pieced and Quilted by Carol Ingram

The Poinsettia design uses the fusible-web, raw edge qpplique technique with stippling over it using Sulky Sliver™ Metallic Threads.

Supplies listed are for 4 squares with Sashings. Use Christmas Print for inside Borders, Binding and Backing. Use Green Star Print for Sashings and Outer Borders.
  • Zig-zag Sewing Machine
  • 90/14 topstich, embroidery or metallic needle
  • Fabrics:
    • 4 - 12" x 12" squares of light neutral fabric
    • 8 each of 3-1/2" x 18" and 3-1/2" x 12" Christmas print strips for inside borders
    • Sashings: 1 - 3-1/2" x 38-1/2"
    • Strip for center: 2 - 3-1/2" x 18"
    • Outer Border:
      2 - 3-1/2" x 38-1/2"
      2 - 3-1/2" x 44-1/2"
    • Backing 50" x 50"
    • 1/4 yard each of mottled tone-on-tone cotton fabric in:
      Light Warm Red
      Dark Cool Red
      Light Warm Green
      Dark Cool Green
  • Fusible Web
  • 1 - 48" square of batting
  • Regular sewing thread to match
  • Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Sulky Rayon or Cotton Threads to match reds and greens
  • Sulky Sliver™ or Holoshimmer™ Metallic Thread in gold or silver
  • Sulky Polyester Invisible Thread
  • 2 - 9" x 10" squares of clear template plactic
  • Fine-line, permanent-ink marker
  • Teflon Presing Sheet
  • Iron and pressing surface
  • General Sewing Supplies
Prepare Fabric
  1. Sew strips of a Christmas print around each of the neutral fabric squares. Fold each in half, then in half again and press to mark the centers of the neutral squares.

  2. Apply fusible web to the wrong side of the two red and two green fabrics.
  3. Using a fine-line permanent-ink, black marker, trace two sets of the poinsettia patterns from the Pattern Sheet onto the quilter's template plastic material. Set one aside to use later as a placement guide, and cut the other on the traced lines.
  4. Reverse each template piece and lay them on the fusible web side of the fabrics; put pieces for warm petals on warm red and cool petals on cool red. Do the same for the green leaves.
  5. Place uncut template in the center of the creased, prepared fabric. Arrange warm and cool reds alternately on the right and left sides of each flower to show cntrast. A light warm red should lie next to a dark cool red on each petal. Do the same for the warm and cool greens for the leaves. Making the edges of each piece match exactly is neither important nor desirable since a tiny amount of the backgraound fabric showing through gves depth to the finished poinsettia.
  6. Once you are satisfied with the placement, carefully slide the plastic template out from under arrangement; iron the pieces in place.
    Hint: for placement, if you are able to see through your background neutral fabric, you could slide the tmplate under the fabric and not have to move your pieces later.
Construct It
Construct the Wall Hanging
  1. Thread the machine with the Sulky Rayon or Sulky Cotton of your choice and do a decorative or small zig-zag stitch on the edges of each piece.
  2. Sew the green sashing strips between the four squares, and add the outer border.
  3. Lay the backing wrong side up and spray with Sulky KK 2000. Place the batting over the backing. Spray the wrong side of the appliqued poinsettias with KK 2000 and place over the batting. Use a few pins to secure the corners throught the quilting process.
  4. Quilt as desired, using Sulky Sliver or Sulky Holoshimmer Thread through a 14/90 needle.
    Hint: Sulky Polyester Invisible Thread in the bobbin makes free-motion work with Sliver much smoother.
  5. Bind and attach a hanger if desired.
For the patterns we are providing them as downloads from the browser below. You may click each image and then print the pattern that appears or you may save the images to your local hard drive. The patterns are scaled to fit on an 8-1/2" X 11" piece of paper, though they might have to be rotated. If you wish to use a larger size, you can scale them up appropriately in your print dialog or print them out as provided and enlarge them by some other means (copy machine, projector, local blueprint shop etc). 

If you wish to save to your hard drive proceed as follows: 

PC users - right click on each image and select "save this image as..." in the pop up menu. 

Mac users - control click to bring up the popoup menu and then select "save this image as...".