Whether she’s planting pansies in the dirt or stitching strawflowers on to fabric, it’s clear that Suzan Pons of APQS France is at home in a garden—no matter what the medium!
The pattern she has shared with us for this post is perfect for the transition from spring to summer. Its bright blossoms conjure up images of young girls plucking petals as they wonder if he truly “loves me, or loves me not!”
Suzan lives in the south of France where there is just one quilt shop nearby. So when she finds a fabric she loves, she admits she “goes a little crazy” and buys three or four yards. (If qualifies as crazy, then she’s in very good company!)
She found fabric full of beautiful butterflies—the perfect complement to the bright applique flowers she designed from Moda’s Grunge fabric line.
She completed her fabric “garden” with sashing strips from that same line. Suzan chose to fuse her flower petals and centers to her quilt and then edge-stitch around them with matching thread. However, for more dimension, she suggests making fabric yo-yo’s for the flower centers (stitch them on once the quilt is quilted to make the quilt easier to load on a longarm.)
Suzan wanted the butterflies in her borders to look like they were flying. So she quilted around all the butterflies and added a few leaves and flowers where there was a little too much empty space. She stitched in the ditch around each block and around all the flowers to make them pop. She used her APQS Quilt Path computerized system to quilt little flowers and simple butterflies in the sashing strips.
She used a cream color Aurifil cotton 40wt thread in the bobbin and on top, and Hobbs 80/20 for batting to give her flowers and butterflies more texture.
If you’re in the area, Suzan would love to meet you and share her quilting and gardening passion with you. You can also enjoy the specialties of the area–Muscat wine, fresh seafood, oysters, mussels and more! Look for Suzan’s Patchwork Garden at Marceline Dentel in Frontignan on the Mediterranean Sea.