Christa’s Quilt Along 5.9 – Hugs ‘n Kisses FMQ Double Flowers

This week’s lesson is probably the most fun part of making this quilt! Today I will focus solely on quilting decorative flowers in the center of the O’s (or in my case the space in between the x’s). Because of this, I’ve added on an extra week of quilting to this quilt along.

Double Flowers

When I took Angela Walters‘ Quilting Negative Space class at QuiltCon, she showed us a quick sketch of how to make these adorable flowers. I was immediately struck and knew I wanted to use them in a future quilt along and asked her about that. She was cool with it. So here is my version of her “double flowers” and how I stitched them out.

Flower 1First, start quilting a little spiral in the center of the block. This does not have to be exact.

Flower 2Next, start “bouncing” off the spiral to create a few smooth petal shapes. You may or may not touch the center spiral and that is ok.

Flower 3For the second row of petals, try to echo the first row and stitch all the way to the space in between each petal.

Flower 4For the 3rd row, bounce around the petals again, but do not echo them exactly. You will have more petal “bumps” this time around.

Flower 5Echo the 4th row (and every even row), and connect your stitches in between each petal.

Flower 6On row 5 (and every odd row), bounce around again, creating more petals that do not connect to the centers.

Flower 7Finish up by echoing row 6 and then going straight into a background design to fill the rest of the space (or add more rows of petals if desired). I quilted a close series of vertical lines all the way around each flower.

Flower 8Secure your threads and then move onto the next block. It took about 8 minutes to stitch out each flower, or a total of about 8.5 hours to quilt all of the centers. Do not rush it!

Border FlowersFor the borders, I marked the rest of the block outline, then stitched the same flower in the negative space. This took an additional 5 hours for all of the border flowers.

Alternate Quilting

Here is a simpler quilting design I stitched on my original Hugs and Kisses Quilt. I used stencils to mark motifs in the middle of the O blocks plus the surrounding fabric. A fun fill such as pebbles or stippling would look great too!


Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Kits are available for purchase while supplies last. If you have any questions about this week’s homework, please be sure to join my flickr discussion, leave a comment, or email me directly at christa@christaquilts.com.

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Hugs 'N Kisses

Hugs ‘N Kisses 48″ x 64″


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27 thoughts on “Christa’s Quilt Along 5.9 – Hugs ‘n Kisses FMQ Double Flowers

  1. Lorraine Allers says:

    Thank you for sharing. The flower is so cute. I just signed up for her class on negative spaces on Craftsy.

  2. Lesley says:

    Wonderful pictures today…very inspirational. I just cut a jelly roll on the weekend and have started my piecing of the bow tie blocks for a Hugs and Kisses quilt. Love your QALs!

  3. Linda says:

    Hi it’s Linda again! Are you using a stitch regulator? Like the BSR on Bernina’s? I do not have one and am struggling with uneven stitches? Maybe just need more practice? Thanks!

  4. Linda says:

    HI! THIS POST IS SO SO ENCOURAGING TO ME! I’M WANTING TO DO SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT WITH MY FM AND I THINK I CAN PRACTICE THIS FLOWER AND PULL IT OFF ! YOURS IS JUST DELIGHTFUL ♥ (THANKS FOR “ALL” THOSE PHOTOS!)

  5. Kathie says:

    Wow! I’m impressed and thank you for the step by step. How do you keep your stitches so even? I’ve been practicing but that’s the most frustrating part for me, I hate uneven stitches :-|.

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