Fabrications – Mayflower Medley (part two)

With our stems in place, our little flowers-to-be need something in which to sink their roots. The rolling knolls are fun to create, but they do take a little bit of work.

First, take your two or three green knoll fabrics (ones that have similar coloration on both sides) and find the bias. Position your ruler across the bias and make your first cut the width measurement of your project. For example, my project had a width of 15″ so I cut my first bias cut 15″ long. Next, make a cut the depth of your “grass” measurement. Now, place your wave ruler near the top of your straight edge ruler and make the wavy top cut. Allow for error by adding an extra inch or two to the depth. It’s always easier to subtract rather than add when it comes to fabric.

Repeat this process until all of your knoll fabrics have been cut.

Stack your knoll fabrics evenly and make chalk markings on the top fabric about every 1/2 inch with your wave ruler.

Carefully place the stack on top of your grass fabric and pin in place.

Set your sewing machine on a 2.5 mm straight stitch and sew along all the marked lines, beginning about 1/2 inch in from the edge.

If you’ve made chenille, then you will be familiar with the following instructions. Using a pair of sharp scissors, make clips (about 1 1/2″) into the bias cut fabrics half way between all seams. DO NOT CLIP THE BASE GRASS FABRIC.

Owing to the curved seams, I found electric scissors and short-bladed scissors to work best at cutting the chenille. The actual chenille cutter didn’t work as well. Using whatever cutting instrument works best for you, carefully cut through all the lengths of bias half way between each seam. Check to make sure you’re not catching the base fabric as you cut.

You might like to fluff the bias cuts a little with your fingers, but do not brush them as you would when making regular chenille.

We now have rolling knolls, but they still need some 3D grass. Stay tuned for part three.

N. Rene West
Time Treasured


  1. Corina said,

    May 9, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Dear Rene, I am following your new “story” and I want to adapt some of your ideas to my last quilt. Thank you (again) for your tutorial, I just love it!

  2. fembellish said,

    May 9, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks, Corina. I’m so glad you’re finding helpful ideas and using them in your work.

  3. Janet Golay said,

    July 1, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your creative ideas. I know it takes a lot of time away from your “playing” time, but it certainly helps those of us who are struggling to come up with new and creative ways to express ourselves.

    Janet in rainy Texas

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