First I saw this vintage tulip quilt block on Flickr. A few days later, Kate (Empty Field) posted this fabulous vintage quilt top which she rescued and repaired. Although I have way too many UFOs, and the last thing I need is a new project, I could not resist this wonderful pattern. At first I was thinking doll quilt, but all those seams in the strip piecing would make the tiny tulip pieces difficult to work with. Because I had an idea of which fabrics I wanted to use, I let the size of the vintage fabric pieces determine the size of the block — something I do a lot.
Here are the small vintage Double Wedding Ring arcs I wanted to use. . .
and here is a block that is ready to be appliqued. I love it that Kate’s vintage quilt top is pieced, but it’s just so much easier to do this in applique.
The curve of the DWR arcs results in angled seams in the three tulip sections, which I think looks pretty cute, and I can cut exactly two tulip pieces from each arc. This may end up being another Christmas present.