Today we are pleased toÂ welcome Barbara Burnham to the QuiltWoman.com blog.Â
Ruching [roo-shing] means â€œruffling,â€ â€œgathering,â€ or â€œpleating.â€ Ruching techniques have been used on quilts and clothing for centuries. In the early 1800â€™s, ruching was done for trimming men and womenâ€™s clothing, such as on collars and sleeves, and on appliquÃ© quilts to form dimensional flowers. Ruching can be done in various patterns to form appliquÃ© elements, usually by stitching with 90 degree peaks and valleys on fabric strips, circles, or scraps to form various effects.
Taking inspiration from an antique 1840 quilt with unique â€œedge ruchedâ€ flowers, I invite you to follow the instructions in my pattern to make an edge-ruched flower that you can wear as a brooch, or add to a bag, hat, wall hangingÂ or quilt.
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Choose a matching or contrast fabric; any pattern, stripe, even polka dots. Cut and sew a folded strip of fabric into this easy edge-ruched flower. Simply add a button and pin to make a brooch and fancy up your favorite outfit. (Iâ€™ve made several to choose from!)
The pattern includes instructions to finish this small wall quilt with a fancy edge-ruched flower and a bud bursting from its calyx.
Pattern is available from QuiltWoman.com http://www.quiltwoman.com/patterns/edge-ruched-flower-quilt-pattern-bb-101/