So now comes the fun part, how to make pretty flowers using some lovely crystal organza.
For this little quilt, I cut background fabric to 10 1/2 in squares. I purchased 1 metre of each of the colours of organza (naturally I made two trips to the shops because 1/2 a metre didn't go very far). Cut the organza into squares that measure 6 1/2 inches. The organza is a little fiddly and doesn't keep it's straight edge very well when you try to move it - just cut one row at a time and then adjust as necessary as you cut. Organza is an extremely tough and very forgiving.
Keep folding towards the centre until the petal kind of looks like this. There is no right or wrong way to fold, just adjust until you get a pleasing look. As you get to the outside edge, you can use the last folds to cover any raw edges. The organza stretches beautifully, make bias work for you!
You can see here how far in I actually started stitching. As this fabric is a little slippery, I would also recommend that if you are going to chain piece the petals, you do a couple of back stitches, otherwise you may find as you pull the petals away from the machine, the thread will rip right out.
For each flower in the quilt, I made five petals.
Clean up the edge and cut up to the zigzag stitches.
Using free motion, I then went around the circle fanning the stitches out into the petals. I also stitched into the centre. You could also cut circles and use Suffolk puffs as the flower centres.
I have given this quilt a wash 30degree celcius - normal - nothing delicate and the organza has come out perfectly. It is certainly a fabric that can easily be incorporated into a quilt.