Here in the south, we LOVE the Magnolia.
The huge glossy leaves, the creamy petals. They are just stunning.
But I looked everywhere and couldn’t find a fabric version. So, I made my own!
I started by quilting a large portion of white fabric, and smaller portion of green. Because this is for a special person, I quilted words. However, plain ole meander quilting will work just fine.
Cut the pieces using the pattern here—-> magnolia pattern
Fold each petal in half, right sides together.
Mark 3 inches down.
Sew a small pleat.
This gives it more support and structure.
Do the same for the leaves, only sew a larger pleat—-I didn’t mark, but I think mine was close to 6 inches.
Now go find some wooden skewers. Hot glue three together so you have something solid as a base.
I folded and wrapped a piece of scrap fabric for the center, and jammed the skewers in there.
I wish I could show you how I did this part but I only have two hands and the kids were in school.
Now hot glue a small petal to the center.
Add a 2nd directly across from the first.
Then the other 2.
Then hot glue the large petals around the outside.
Last, the leaves.
I cleaned up the bottom by chopping off the skewers and hot gluing more fabric around the base.
OH! I forgot—-after I cut the petals, I washed them to get them raveled and crinkly. I did NOT do that with the leaves. I’m not sure it made much of a difference.
I sure hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you create your own magnolia, PLEASE let me see it! You can share a link to your blog, or upload to the flicker page. http://www.flickr.com/groups/butterflyangelsquilting/
peace and pieces,