Mother’s Flower Basket Centerpiece

As we navigate our shared love of all things fabric we are usually headed in the same direction, the sister and I, but we often found ourselves getting there by different routes. That was definably the case when we designed our Mather’s Medallion quilt. You can get the PDF e-book HERE.

Cindy's quilt for cover sm

The Colorado version of the Mother’s Medallion quilt.

We agreed pretty quickly as we planned the outside rows but when it came to the center medallion we were headed in very different directions. We were both ready to try something new-see a new view or enjoy a new stitching destination, you might say. But we were not traveling in the same technique direction. At all.

Sister 2 was envisioning something delicate and intricate -ribbon embroidery with some crazy quilting at the corners and I thought that would make an amazing center medallion—-for her quilt.

bouquet stamp sm

However my imagination was headed toward English Paper Piecing. I was envisioning a half Dresden Plate basket filled with flowers made from Grandmother’s flower Garden pieces and maybe some embroidered vines.

basket stamp sm

So we took up the challenge to create two very different centers for the Mothers Medallion quilt.

Later, after the Mother’s Medallion quilts were finished, as we were designing individual projects from each of the component parts of the quilt, this “each to his own” approach gave us two options to work with and we were double glad that we had opted to go east AND west at the same time. We transferred the set of skills from Cindy’s ribbon embroidery over to a pillowcase to co-ordinate with the quilt.

1 Pillowcase Posy sm for web

The ribbon embroidery here uses less delicate ribbon so the result is a larger bouquet than the one in the Colorado quilt.


Then we used my Dresden plate basket and Grandmothers Flower Garden blossoms in a new centerpiece design.  This time we featured 1930 reproduction fabrics and some yo-yos and added piping at the inside of the border to give the design a fresh look. We finished the project off with the scalloped edges that are used on the quilt. Also, to give you another option, we included instructions for making this basket into a pillow sham. Sometimes our “you know what we could do” moments just keep on rolling.

centerpiece #3

We’d love to see a fall version with yellow and orange flowers in the basket. The possibilities are endless.


If you are experienced at English paper pieced quilting you’ll find this project easy to complete. On the other hand, if you haven’t ever tried English paper piecing this would make a great “get acquainted project” to learn a new technique without a lot of commitment.

HINT for guild leaders or shop owners: This would be a great beginner class project because the technique can be taught fairly quickly and enough flowers can be done so that the class can take home enough to have a finished product very soon. The class can also include instruction on stitching a mitered border and how to add piping to a border.

Whether your stitching trip with this Dresden Plate basket of flowers takes you in the direction of a pillow sham or a table centerpiece, this combination hand work and machine stitched project will be a welcome addition to your stitching journey.

AND you can get it as an instant download pattern HERE.

Mother's Flower Basket PDF cover

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