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Thread: have you ever used fabric origami flowers in a quilt?

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    have you ever used fabric origami flowers in a quilt?

    I am making a quilt for someone that LOVES origami and came across some tutorials for fabric origami flowers. Here is one of the tutorials I saw that works well for my project:

    http://americansewingguild.blogspot....c-flowers.html

    What I would like to do is to use this as the center of a flower block in place of the yo-yo it calls for. This is the pattern I am using:

    http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/sto...3&Item_ID=4651

    I was wondering if anyone has used these types of blocks in a quilt and how it handles in the wash. I am making a lap quilt, not a wall hanging, so I'm sure it will need more frequent washing. I plan to finish up my sample and wash it, but curious how it handles over time.

    Anyone try fabric origami in a quilt before and care to chime in? Any suggestions/lessons learned?

    Thanks

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    Rami Kim who is a Korean American quilter often uses the Korean form of origami in her quilts and quilted clothing. She does gorgeous stuff. I think those flowers would be great in a quilt instead od yoyo's.

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    No I've never done it but years ago I bought two wonderful books on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjchad View Post
    Rami Kim who is a Korean American quilter often uses the Korean form of origami in her quilts and quilted clothing. She does gorgeous stuff. I think those flowers would be great in a quilt instead od yoyo's.
    I was going to make the same suggestion. I have one of her books ... "Folded Fabric Elegance".
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    I'm doing this right now, actually. The flower looks just like the link, but the one I'm doing is machine stitched on the corners. I have to say....it's awfully tedious and time consuming. I think it will hold up fine with use and in the wash, but I wouldn't say this if it wasn't machine stitched. The only hand sewing is to tack down the tops of the petals to the quilt. I do know I'll never do a quilt needing 128 of them again!

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    That tutorial is great! I was wondering about how to keep cotton fresh after being washed but she talks about that, pressing them flat and then folding them out again. I wonder if you used poly or a blend fabric to make them, if they'd be "permanent pressed" and wouldn't have to iron them? That dress she made is fabulous!

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    I have Rebecca Wat's book... have tried one or two. It's just not my style, but others had admired them at show n tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I'm doing this right now, actually. The flower looks just like the link, but the one I'm doing is machine stitched on the corners. I have to say....it's awfully tedious and time consuming. I think it will hold up fine with use and in the wash, but I wouldn't say this if it wasn't machine stitched. The only hand sewing is to tack down the tops of the petals to the quilt. I do know I'll never do a quilt needing 128 of them again!
    Wow, 128! That is some serious work there! I'd love to see a picture! I only need 20. I love the idea, but not convinced it's the best choice now...I don't want it to be a hassle for the recipient either. I will definitely make a sample and wash/dry it a few times before I commit. I've still got a dozen blocks to make in the meantime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    Wow, 128! That is some serious work there! I'd love to see a picture! I only need 20. I love the idea, but not convinced it's the best choice now...I don't want it to be a hassle for the recipient either. I will definitely make a sample and wash/dry it a few times before I commit. I've still got a dozen blocks to make in the meantime.
    I'm doing this one http://www.quiltknit.com/PT1737-Spri...n_p_12610.html

    And it will be my one and ONLY one. LOL!

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    This is soo awesome! Being half japa nese and growing up in Japan , we did alot of origami! I cant wait to. Try!!! Thank you! Looks like fun!

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    Just made one...not too tough, but I'm keeping it in place by sewing a button in the middle. Just used a scrap to see how it would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I'm doing this one http://www.quiltknit.com/PT1737-Spri...n_p_12610.html

    And it will be my one and ONLY one. LOL!
    That's beautiful!

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    I made a whole quilt with flowers like those. When I washed it they all came unfolded and I ended up throwing it out. It was beautiful before washing. I always figured that I must have done something wrong. I have a book somewhere that has several different flowers, but I could only figure out one of them. Be careful washing your quilts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by susie-susie-susie View Post
    I made a whole quilt with flowers like those. When I washed it they all came unfolded and I ended up throwing it out. It was beautiful before washing. I always figured that I must have done something wrong. I have a book somewhere that has several different flowers, but I could only figure out one of them. Be careful washing your quilts.
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    what a shame to have that happen after all that work! I am thinking that maybe it would be better to do something else for the flower centers and maybe make a small wall hanging with the origami flowers instead.

    Thanks for the feedback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by susie-susie-susie View Post
    I made a whole quilt with flowers like those. When I washed it they all came unfolded and I ended up throwing it out. It was beautiful before washing. I always figured that I must have done something wrong. I have a book somewhere that has several different flowers, but I could only figure out one of them. Be careful washing your quilts.
    Sue
    Sounds like they needed to be stitched and weren't. The ones I'm doing are stitched so they can't unfold.

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