Thursday, October 4, 2018

Petite Floral Wreath

Last year in Sainte Marie Aux Mines at the European Patchwork Festival, I (Kara) sat next to a friendly woman from around the Frankfurt area. She was a quilter, an American and an all around lovely person. We struck up a conversation which nine months later, led to an offer to teach at her guild! It's funny how teaching opportunities come along. The next question was what class would they like taught? Our Floral Wreath caught their eye but that is a two (really three) day class so we decided to make a smaller version that would fit into a one-day class.

The smaller version.

Our smaller version has all the ribbon flowers of the first block but we have scaled it in size so that we could fit it all in one day. Here are a few close-ups of our latest block.

We used two new colors with the purple and orange silk
and we love them!
Hanah bias silk makes the best pansies.

As this class may have some students new to appliqué, we have simplified the clematis.
and used embroidery to give it depth.

Gathered ribbon roses are always fun to teach.
Can you believe this rose uses the same ribbon
as the rose on the left?

Leaf made with ribbon fly stitches.

Baby's breath

Turkey work centers for the clematis

Getting the supplies ready.
Kits in the making.

It will be a lot to accomplish in one day but I am excited to have a teaching opportunity here in Germany! As winter approaches, it's alway fun to create a little bit of spring and summer with ribbon. I'm looking forward to the Petite Floral Wreath class later this month at the Rheinland Pfalz Quilt Guild. It will be great to meet new stitchers here in Germany that love appliqué and are eager to have some fun with ribbon!

Teaching how easy and fun it is to make realistic flowers out of ribbon and appliqué is one of our favorite things to do. If you would like to learn how to make wonderful ribbon flowers and learn how to embellish your appliqué, there is a wonderful opportunity to do so in March of 2019 at the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Click here for more information about this fantastic venue!

Teri and I will be teaching two classes next March at the Academy: Botanical Beauties and Lovely Vase. Both classes will give the student plenty of skills to make wonderful floral creations out of ribbon as well as learning some embroidery skills to enhance your appliqué. 

Botanical Beauties

Lovely Vase

We hope to have a few kits left over to put on our website after the Petite Floral Wreath class but if your guild would like to host this class or any others, please let us know. Whether you are on this side of the pond or the other, we would be happy to come.  If you are interested in either of the Academy classes, please click on the links above to register. We'd love to see you there!


  1. Oh my goodness i was so excited to see this post. I have long thought about making a quilt using ribbon embroidery on the top, never found any information on it. Do you have any books or offer online classes?

    1. Hello! We treat our ribbon blocks like our pieced blocks when putting them in our quilts, so you could too! Unfortunately, at this time we don't have any books or online classes but Pinterest might give you some ideas.

  2. Beautiful work --- great photographs..... almost makes me think I can do it next week....haha Thank You for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much! It really does go together quickly once the appliqué is finished. :)