Petal Pusher

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s done! Yesterday I finished up the binding on my Petal Pusher quilt and took it over to the Morton Arboretum for some Fall photos. I found this really magical nook with TONS of leaves. I need to bring my kids over to the same spot and let them go crazy.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is a combination of Angela Pingel’s awesome Petal Pusher pattern from her book A Quilter’s Mixology, lots of Cotton + Steel fabrics, and one of my favorite gold bird designs from Violet Craft.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The blocks in the Petal Pusher quilt are deceptively large – 24″ squares! This is a great pattern if you are looking for a lot of “WOW!” for your sewing time. Although there are curves (which scare me), there’s not a ton. And with the giant blocks, you only need to make 4 to make a nice sized quilt, 54″ square.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I quilted with straight lines, all around 1/4″ apart from each other. I don’t mark my quilts typically, just use the edge of my foot, or some location on my foot, for a guide. When you look at the solid fabric backing, you can really see the texture that the straight lines give the quilt.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The binding is a fun dot print from Cotton + Steel. I wasn’t really expecting to use this shade of green, but I just love how it finishes off the quilt!

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My daughter really wants this quilt, but she has sooooo many already. I think I’m going to donate this one and hopefully brighten someone special’s day.

Petal Pusher Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I definitely recommend this pattern and Angela’s book, A Quilter’s Mixology, whether you enjoy sewing curves or are intimidated (like me!) but want to give it a shot. I promise, the directions and tips are fantastics and it’s much easier than it looks.



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    October 28, 2014

    This is beautiful! I’m totally freaked out by curves so I’m not sure I’d give it a go but if I ever think I might like to try it this would be the one.

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    Marcia R

    October 28, 2014

    It’s gorgeous! I got the book and can’t wait to dive in! Your photo shoot turned out awesome as well.

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    Judy Currie

    October 28, 2014

    Lovely! Simple but has that wow factor. Love that you quilted it yourself . Judy

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    October 28, 2014

    This is the first quilt I have seen made with the cotton & steel prints that looks great and does then justice. I guess it is the large chunks of fabric in the design. Terrific.

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    October 28, 2014

    I totally love the straight-line machine quilting. I have a quilt to machine quilt beginning tonight and I am going to try the straight-lines. Thanks for sharing.

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    October 28, 2014

    Love the quilt. What color thread did you use for topstitching?

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    October 28, 2014

    Absolutely gorgeous. I don’t blame your daughter for wanting it.

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    October 28, 2014

    Absolutely stunning, Faith. Love this quilt.

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    Elaine Hamilton

    October 28, 2014

    I am currently working on the Medallion baby quilt from Mixology. Sews up quickly and design is beautiful. Love you quilt. Maybe next on my list.

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    October 28, 2014

    That looks wonderful! It’s really nice of you to donate it… if I were your daughter, though, I’d be so sad. 😀

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    becky m

    October 28, 2014

    This is fantastic! I love how it turned out. This quilt is definitely on my to-make list, thanks for sharing your interpretation!

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    October 28, 2014

    This is a beautiful quilt! You really found a lovely spot to take photos 🙂

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    October 28, 2014

    I totally love this quilt ~ especially with that straight line quilting! (which seems to be all I’m doing these days) I may have to give it a go one of these days. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

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    October 28, 2014

    So pretty. I have never done curves but these look gentle ; )

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    Laura G

    October 28, 2014

    Love the quilt and the bold pattern. Maybe your daughter could give up one of the quilts she has and then take this one. Then there is happiness all around.

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    Sarah Lahrman

    October 29, 2014

    Really pretty ~ I can see why your daughter would want to keep it! 🙂

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    October 29, 2014

    Fabulous quilt and the perfect location to photograph it – I can just hear the scrunchy leaves 🙂 I bet you were squealing with delight when you found it, I know I would have been!

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    October 29, 2014

    Nice clean lines.

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    October 29, 2014

    So gorgeous it’s almost enough to make me try curves again… almost 😉

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    October 30, 2014

    I love it, the fabric & design, sometimes simple designs are perfect.

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    Kim B.

    October 31, 2014

    give your daughter the quilt! it’s so awesome that she honors and loves her mama’s work!

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    November 2, 2014

    A beautiful finish!

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    Tom Cranford

    November 3, 2014

    I love reading your blog and follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the give away! 🙂

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    Jane B

    November 3, 2014

    I’ve sewn a Drunkards Path quilt, so curves don’t worry me, I think it might be hard to manage the big curve sewing though. May have to give this a try for some large scale fabrics I’ve been hoarding. Its a very striking design.

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    November 6, 2014

    HI, Thank You for sharing your pattern!
    I haven’t done a lot of curves, this looks neat!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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    November 6, 2014

    Hooray! I would love to win one of these fantastic giveaways!!

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    January 29, 2015

    I love this so much. I”m not sure I’ve ever done curved lines, though – eek!