Ellie’s Garden Quilt
size: approx. 32”x45”
- Printed fabric panels: elephant, 14”x14”, two; butterfly, 11”x14”; flower, 8-3/4”x14”, two; assorted patchwork squares, 5”x5”, 18
- Printed fabrics: border, 1/2 yd.; binding, 1/2 yd.; backing and optional hanging sleeve, 1-5/8 yds.; appliqué pieces, remnants
- National Nonwovens Papaya XoticFelt, 12”x18”, two; Fiesta Felt, Shocking Pink, White, remnants
- Lime green rick rack: 3” lengths, four, 2-1/2” lengths, two; jumbo, 8” lengths, two
- Buttons: pink, 1/2”, two; orange, 1/4”
- Quilt batting, 45”-wide, 1-1/3 yds.
- Cotton embroidery floss: white, black, pink, lime green
scissors, pencil, ruler or tape measure, straight pins, iron and pressing surface
- Sewing machine and thread
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and transparent grid-lined ruler
- Embroidery needle
- Fabric spray adhesive or quilter’s basting spray
- Disappearing ink marking pen
- Template plastic or cardboard for tracing shapes (optional)
- Lightweight paper-backed fusible webbing
- 1. Print out patterns.
- Elephant Blocks
- 1. Cut out ground panels, leaving 1/4” around each shape. Following manufacturer’s instructions, iron fusible webbing to wrong side of ground panels. Let cool; cut ground panels out directly on traced lines.
- 2. Remove paper backing from ground panels; fuse to bottom of each elephant block.
- 3. As indicated on pattern, cut frog body, cheek, and pupil; elephant ear, cheek, and feet; flower and leaf pieces from fused fabric using same method as in Step 1. Trace elephant, flower, flower circles, and frog eye patterns onto felt with disappearing ink pen; cut out.
- 4. Place elephant in desired position on block; mark placement of trunk top. Machine-sew 2-1/2” rick rack length above trunk (for flower stem), placing bottom edge of rick rack just below mark to cover raw edge. Repeat for second elephant block, reversing elephant so it faces opposite direction.
- 5. Referring to placement diagram, fuse fabric appliqués and baste felt appliqués to blocks, working from back to front. (Note: Do not attach flower appliqués until after rick-rack is stitched onto elephant feet.) Reverse elephant on second block.
- 6. Stitch rick rack pieces on tops of elephant feet, trimming as necessary; attach flower appliqués over rick rack. Stitch around all appliqué pieces as desired with running and blanket stitches. Use French knots for elephant eyes.
- 7. Trace frog mouth and elephant mouth and tail with disappearing pen. Backstitch with black floss.
- 8. Stitch two straight stitches in “X” shape in center of each flower circle using green floss.
- Patchwork Blocks
- 1. Lay out nine patchwork squares in 3x3 block; repeat. (Note: Use two blocks each of nine prints for continuity.)
- 2. Sew squares together with 1/4” seam allowance to make two nine-patch blocks.
- Butterfly Blocks
- 1. Prepare butterfly head, body, and wing appliqué pieces from fused fabric using same method as in elephant block. Trace face, cheeks, and button patterns onto felt with disappearing ink pen; cut out.
- 2. Referring to placement diagram, fuse fabric appliqués and baste felt appliqués to butterfly block, working from back to front.
- 3. Stitch around appliqué pieces as desired with blanket stitch. Use French knots for eyes. Attach orange button nose using needle and thread.
- 4. Trace butterfly’s mouth and antennae using disappearing pen; backstitch using black floss. Trace spiral below butterfly with disappearing pen; hand-sew using running stitch.
- Flower Blocks
- 1. Prepare flower, leaf, and smaller circle appliqué pieces from fused fabric using same method as in elephant block. Trace larger circle pattern onto felt with disappearing ink pen; cut out.
- 2. Referring to placement diagram, sew one jumbo rick-rack length to bottom center of one flower block. Fuse fabric appliqués and baste felt appliqué to flower block, working from back to front. Cover top of rick-rack stem with flower.
- 3. Stitch around appliqué pieces as shown with running and blanket stitch. Attach button to center of flower using needle and thread.
- 4. Repeat flower blocks Steps 2 and 3 to create second flower block. Reverse leaves on second block.
- Assemble Quilt
- 1. Using 1/4” seam allowance, piece quilt top together with elephant and patchwork blocks in first row, butterfly and two flower blocks in second row, and elephant and patchwork blocks in third row.
- 2. For borders, cut four 3” by width of fabric strips. With right sides together, sew side borders to quilt top; press and trim. Sew remaining borders to top and bottom edges of quilt top; press and trim.
- 3. Cut backing fabric and batting several inches larger than finished size of quilt top. Using fabric or basting spray, baste batting between top and back layers of quilt with wrong sides of quilt together. Smooth out wrinkles on fabric and batting. Pin as necessary to prevent shifting.
- 4. Stitch in the ditch or quilt as desired. Press. Trim batting and backing fabric even with quilt top edges.
- 5. Add hanging sleeve now or after binding, depending on preferred technique.
- 6. Cut five 2-1/2” by width of fabric binding strips. With right sides together, sew binding strips with diagonal seams on short ends to make one continuous strip. Trim seams to 1/4”; press open. Press in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.
- 7. Sew binding to quilt with right sides together 1/4” from edge through all layers with raw edges of binding and quilt top even. Miter corners; trim excess. Bring folded edge of binding strip to back of quilt; hand-stitch binding into place.
- 1. Tracing pattern shapes onto template plastic or cardboard first makes transferring to fabric easier.
by Susan Cousineau for Sweet Chic Design