Cajun Critters Quilt
- Cotton print fabric: 14” squares, three; 5” squares, 27; border, 1/2 yd.; binding, 1/2 yd.; backing, 1-5/8 yds.; appliqué pieces, scraps
- Quilt batting, 45”-wide, 1-1/3 yds.
- Embroidery floss: black, white, coordinating color
- White jumbo rick rack, 14” lengths, three
- Orange button, 1/2”
- Sewing machine and thread
- Disappearing ink pen
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and transparent grid-lined ruler
- Embroidery needle
- Adhesives: paper-backed fusible webbing, fabric spray adhesive
scissors, pencil, ruler or measuring tape, iron and ironing board, straight pins
- For critter blocks, cut three 14”x14” squares for background blocks.
- Print out patterns. Trace appliqué pieces onto paper side of fusible webbing. (Note: The patterns have been reversed for the fusible web technique.) Cut out pieces, leaving approximately 1/4” around each shape. Following manufacturer’s instructions, iron fusible webbing pieces with paper side up onto wrong side of print fabrics. Cut pieces out directly on traced lines. Remove paper backing from appliqué pieces. Referring to photo, fuse three ground pieces first, then individual critter pieces onto background blocks.
- Stitch around raw edges of appliqués using blanket stitch. Stitch mouths on critters using backstitch. Use satin stitch to sew alligator’s nostrils.
- Cut three 14” lengths of white rick rack. Sew rick rack onto ground pieces just below critters’ legs.
- Attach button (for turtle’s nose) using needle and thread.
- For three patchwork blocks, cut twenty-seven 5” squares from assorted print fabrics. Referring to placement diagram, appliqué dragonflies onto three center squares. Vary position of dragonflies as indicated in finished project photo. Use running stitch to sew eyes and pupils on face; add French Knot pupils.
- Position nine squares for each patchwork block (with dragonflies in center) on work surface. Using 1/4” seam allowance, sew squares together to make three nine-patch blocks.
- Using 1/4” seam allowance, sew together quilt top, alternating each critter block with nine-patch block, using photo as guide.
- For border, cut four 3” strips along width of fabric. Sew side borders first. Press and trim. Sew borders onto top and bottom. Press and trim.
- 1. Cut backing fabric and batting several inches larger than finished size of quilt top. Using fabric spray adhesive or quilter’s basting spray, baste batting in between top and bottom layers of quilt with wrong sides of quilt top and backing facing together. Smooth out any wrinkles on fabric and batting. Use straight pins as necessary to prevent shifting of layers.
- 2. Stitch-in-the-ditch or quilt as desired. Press.
- 3. Trim batting and backing fabric even with edges of quilt top. (Note: A hanging sleeve can be added before or after binding depending on preferred technique.)
- 4. For binding, cut five 2-1/2”-wide binding strips along width of fabric. Sew binding strips with right sides together with diagonal seams into one continuous strip. Trim seams to 1/4” and press open. Press in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Sew 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 sew binding in place.