flora centerpiece + giveaway

hello and welcome!
if this is your first time here, I hope to see you back from time to time and if you stop here often, you are in for a treat!
today I am excited to share with you my centerpiece using Flora by Kelly Ventura Designs for Windham Fabrics!
this line contains some great possibilities with the solids, the smaller prints and the large floral in several colorways!
my centerpiece is made with a fat quarter bundle (which you can win on Windham’s site!)
and a small piece of batting…
let’s get started…
begin by cutting 1.5 and 1.25 inch strips from each of the assorted prints
cut a 6 inch square from each of the solids
from one of the main florals, cut two 6 inch strips and sub-cut into 6 inch squares
cut four 1.25 inch inner border strips
cut a 3.5 inch strip from another of the main floral prints and sub-cut into 3.5 inch squares for the four corner posts
cut six 2.5 inch strips of a floral for the outside border
cut seven 2.5 inch strips for binding from one of the prints
piecing the centerpiece
begin with a solid square and one of your strips, with right sides together, sew 1/4 inch from one side
trim off the excess square, as shown in the above photo
press the seam, sew another strip and repeat again until you have a 6 inch square
trim off the excess pieced unit as seen in the photo above

repeat for each of the other solid squares. I did one of each color

tip – as you are sewing with pieced squares to the print squares, realize you are working with bias edges and they will stretch a bit if you are not careful
with the remaining strips, sew them together into units that measure a minimum of 3.5 inches wide and then sub-cut into 3.5 inch squares
now you are ready to arrange your center unit and sew it together
sew a narrow 1.25 inch border around the center piece
begin sewing the 3.5 inch pieced blocks into rows, alternating the direction
I used 3.5 inch squares of the light floral print for the corner posts
sew the pieced border on two sides – opposite from each other
sew a post (floral print) to one end of another pieced border row
sew that row on until just about to the end
remove from the sewing machine and place on the cutting table and measure where to trim and sew on the other corner post
finish sewing the border on
repeat for the other side
your centerpiece should look like this
I did trim to make sure all was even before proceeding to add the outer 2.5 inch border
with the outer border on, you are ready to piece the back using four of the fat quarters and begin quilting
I opted to do a large off center circle using my walking foot
sew binding pieces together…I used one of the prints…I cut seven 2.5 inch strips
hand sew or machine sew down the binding…
the centerpiece finishes at about 28 inches square

thanks so much for reading along!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial…
if you would like a PDF, email me at brooke@sillymamaquilts.com or leave me a comment

and now for the best part….FREE FABRIC!!!
leave a comment here about what project you would make to be entered into the drawing for a Fat Quarter Bundle!

Happy Sewing!

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69 Responses to flora centerpiece + giveaway

  1. Doris McCarty July 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    I can think of three. I would either make a sewing machine cover or a bag . I thinking a hexie project too,maybe. Just beautiful fabric. Your centerpiece is lovely.

  2. Jenny July 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    I would make a centrepiece for my table

  3. Quilting Tangent July 13, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

    A quilt or a bag to organize quilt projects.

  4. amy July 13, 2015 at 5:33 pm #

    Your centerpiece is just gorgeous, great use of those lovely print fabrics.

  5. Kathy Davis July 13, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    I would make a bag, and maybe a sundress for my little granddaughter, Nellie.

  6. Kim White July 13, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    Fun fabric and project. I like the circle quilting idea

  7. Joan July 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    I would make a small quilt!

  8. Lynne Tilley July 13, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

    I would make a quilt, of course. I have a brand new Janome QCP and it’s awesome and I need a new project!

  9. Karen July 13, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    I would make a quilt. These fabrics are fun colors.

  10. Sandy A in St. Louis July 13, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    This is so beautiful! Love how you quilted it in the spiral, too. I want to try that on a small quilt, so if I were to win, I would make something small, either a table topper or a mini quilt. That would be easier for me to manage!

  11. duchick July 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    I love this floral centerpiece, so I would use the same technique, but make it longer into a table runner. It’s lovely!

  12. Lee July 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    I love your centerpiece with the spiral quilting! I would love to try it out!

  13. Vicki H July 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    I need a new table runner. I like the spiral quilting you did.

  14. Pam July 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    What a beautiful centerpiece Brooke! It’s one of those quilts that I just want to keep looking at because the design and fabric and quilting make it look so complex and beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial. I would use these wonderful fabrics in a lap quilt, with lots of thin strips like your centerpiece!

  15. Sandy K July 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    I would like a tote bag and matching pouch.

  16. Dot July 13, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    I want to make a lap quilt for my friend’s birthday. These colors will be great.

  17. stanleybeagle July 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    I’d make a quilt. So beautiful!

  18. JoyceLM July 13, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    I’d make a donation children’s quilt for my quilting group – thanks for sharing your lovely centerpiece quilt & thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Renee G July 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    I would love to make a summer beach carryall with this.

  20. Chris July 14, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    This would make a wonderful lap quilt. I love the colors.

  21. Cynthia Brunz July 14, 2015 at 12:28 am #

    I would definitely make a lap quilt. The colors are beautiful. Thanks!

  22. Margaret Lawrence July 14, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    I love your centerpiece, and would like to have a copy of the PDF, so that I could make one for myself using the Flora fabrics!

  23. Becky Banet July 14, 2015 at 3:01 am #

    I would make a quilt. Love the fabric and your project. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Kay July 14, 2015 at 3:26 am #

    The centrepiece is just stunning. Thank you for the tutorial. I would probably make bag with the fabric with a matching pouch and tissue holder. x

  25. Katy M July 14, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    What beautiful fabrics! I love your centrepiece, if I was lucky enough to win I think I’d make lots of small projects like a patchwork tote and coasters etc so I can fill my home with these lovely prints! x

  26. buntyw July 14, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    I love your quilt Brooke and the spiral quilting is fabulous!
    I think these fabrics would make a great picnic quilt!

  27. Delaine July 14, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    These fabrics are beautiful! I would make a summer tote and sun hat with it. Thanks!

  28. Donna July 14, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    This piece is beautiful, love the colors and movement. Great Job!

  29. carolyn montgomery July 14, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    i would make a table topper using the pdf pattern i downloaded.i

  30. barbara woods July 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    i would use it in one of my grands quilts

  31. Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts July 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    A FQ bundle would make a great start to a quilt for a Christmas gift…. or I could make all the girls on my list make up bags. 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  32. Amy C July 14, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Great idea with teh table topper – perhaps I would make a table runner. Or a sewing maching cover! Great project!

  33. Claire Ross July 14, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    Gorgeous fabrics and live what you have done with them. I would make a quilted bag I think x

  34. Lisa Marie July 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    I would make a lap quilt if I should be lucky enough to win. I would add things from my stash to mix it up because I love variety. Your centerpiece quilt is lovely — and the circular quilting is fabulous!

  35. mlhummy July 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    I love your piece. The off-center spiral is perfect. 🙂 I would make some lap quilts for out local senior center.

    • mlhummy July 14, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

      I’d also like a pdf, please 🙂

  36. Debby July 14, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

    I just moved and need to sew some new projects for the home. These would be lovely. Thank you for the chance.

  37. Jacklynn Grimm July 14, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

    I love your table topper, I would modify it to be rectangular and make a runner. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Michele T July 15, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    I love this pattern and those fabrics are perfect… Please send me the pattern If I won this bundle I love would make a lap quilt for someone special!!! Thanks!!

  39. Kristy July 15, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!! I think I would use this fabric to make some dolls! Beautiful! Thanks for the chance!

  40. Julieanne July 15, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    I would love to make a patchwork purse with this fabric!

  41. Nicole Sender July 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Lovely centerpeice! Great tutorial! I’d make a quilt for my daughter-in-law!

  42. Connie Howard July 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    The yummy colors and interesting designs would make a wonderful and very useful lap quilt !

  43. Judy S. July 15, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    Thank you for the giveaway. I would use the fabrics to make various zippered pouches and tote bags. Love the florals.

  44. Lori Morton July 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    I would make a Throw for my Daughter…for Christmas gift (shhh…)!!!! These are her fave colors! 🙂

  45. Carole July 15, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    my mom would love this fabric, she’s been really wanting me to make her a table runner and some center pieces and i may just do that if i win this fabric. it’s so pretty and your layout is great. i would love a copy of the tutorial please if it’s not too much trouble. thank you.

  46. Emily C July 15, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    I would make a summer picnic quilt.

  47. Anita July 16, 2015 at 6:46 am #

    I can see a table runner made out of this gorgeous bundle of fabric!
    I would love a PDF of the tutorial of the centerpiece.

  48. Linda Pawlak July 16, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    Oh, these fabrics are definitely screaming QUILT to me! Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Lee Ann L. July 16, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    These fabrics have beautiful colors. I’d probably make a table cover or runner out of them. Also, that centerpiece is wonderful!

  50. rosa July 16, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    I can see a lap quilt and runners with those beauties.The circle quilting is stunning!

  51. Kathleen July 16, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Oh my! These colors would go beautifully in my daughter’s living room. I think I’d like to make a big floor cushion for her. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  52. JoAnn Winters July 17, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    I love how you mixed these fabrics up in the little quilt, ingenious! I would make one of these for each of my daughters, and maybe a sewing machine cover for me. I must try your circle quilting, too!

  53. Cecilia July 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    Cute quilt! Thanks for the great tutorial.

    • Cecilia July 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

      I forgot to say that I would make a quilt.

  54. Ferdal July 18, 2015 at 12:47 am #

    I would love to make a quilt for my sister.

  55. sisylyn53 July 18, 2015 at 7:16 am #

    There is so many lovely colors in your giveaway and would make a great quilt

  56. Linda Webster July 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    I’d use your centerpiece pattern and make it into a table cloth for my kitchen table. The colours are perfect!

  57. SHERRY July 18, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    I’d make this into a lap quilt! Such fun and fantastic colors!!!!

  58. Jessica P. July 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    These are such beautiful fabrics. I think that I would use these as a start to a quilt for my mom for Christmas. Thank you for the chance.

  59. diane beavers July 19, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    Brooke, its wonderful to meet you:) I’m a table runner girl and use ’em for mantles, dressers, etc so…Flora is perfect for my home and my friends too that love the brights. Too awesome. Thank you.

  60. Deb July 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Hello Silly Mama! 🙂 I can’t believe I haven’t checked in for awhile, but I’m so glad I’m here now. I would love the PDF (debgirotti at gmail dot com), and I love your centerpiece. Love it! I love centerpieces and table runners especially and could really put this fabric to good use. (I didn’t see an ending date so I’m leaving a comment hopefully before your giveaway is over).

  61. Sarah July 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    I would make a sewing machine cover. Thanks for the chance to win!

  62. fred52 July 23, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    Beautiful central piece!
    I would love to make a modern quilt with these beautiful fabrics!

  63. Susan July 23, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    I love this, thanks for showing your construction. It has a very scrappy feel, which is how I sew, but it also can be done within a planned palette – best of two worlds. I’ve been wanting to try a spiral and this project would be a perfect way to do it … in these very fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win.

  64. Margo July 24, 2015 at 8:06 pm #

    I would love to start a new quilt when I get the go-ahead from my hand surgeon! being in a splint with no movement is giving me time to think of lots of ideas! thanks for the chance to win!

  65. Shirley Ann July 26, 2015 at 1:52 am #

    I would make a fall quilted wreath and more holiday items after that.


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