Print Block Quilt Hanging
- Cotton batting, 1 yd.
- White muslin, 1-1/2 yds.
- Cotton fabric, fat quarters: yellow, blue, red
- Sewing machine and 50-weight thread
- Rubber roller
- Pellon: Wonder Under Fusible Webbing, Craft Fuse
- Acrylic paints: primary yellow, primary red, primary blue
scissors, black marker or chalk, iron, foam brushes, freezer paper, wax paper, straight pins, old towel and old piece of fabric (to cover work surface), scrap paper, computer and printer
Prepare Printing Plate
- 1. To create base plate, cut two 10”x12” from craft fuse. Position together, with adhesive-side up, and cover with wax paper; iron to adhere. Set aside.
- 2. To create shape-detailed plate, cut two 9”x9” from cotton batting. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to iron Wonder Under to one square. Position square with adhesive-side up; cover with other batting square and iron to adhere.
- 3. Print out pattern. Print pattern twice on copy paper. Cut one pattern apart. Keep other pattern intact for reference. Transfer pattern onto batting; cut apart shapes. Reposition all pattern shapes on top of fused craft fuse piece from Step 1 with adhesive-side up. Cover with wax paper and iron to adhere. Turn entire stack over; iron. Repeat until all items are adhered together, creating printing plate. See Photo 1.
- 1. Prepare work surface by covering part of table with newspaper, old towel, and old piece of fabric. Pin around to avoid any wrinkles. Iron two 15”x15” squares of freezer paper on top of prepared table. (Note: One freezer paper square will serve as paint palette to ink plate and other freezer paper square will make print on fabric.)
- 2. Measure and cut six 12”x14” from muslin. Iron.
- 3. Pour primary yellow paint on freezer paper and use foam brush to apply paint generously on top of freezer paper. Position printing plate face down and pass rubber roller over back of printing plate. Position muslin on other freezer paper and immediately position inked printing plate on top with design facing down. Pass rubber roller over several times. Remove printing plate revealing print design. See Photos 2-4.
- 4. Repeat process without cleaning printing plate. Use red paint to create orange print block and dark blue print block. For last print, use primary blue or another desired color. Let dry. Place wax paper over printed blocks; use iron to set paint.
- 1. To create wall hanging, trim around prints. Sew 1-1/2”-wide cotton fabric strips around prints, piecing random lengths and widths together, overlapping ends. Sew print blocks together.
- 2. Use sewing machine and 50-weight thread to sew on outline of bird’s house and body on each print. For bird’s wings and signs, iron Wonder Under onto small cotton fabric pieces. Free motion quilt wings onto each print using 50-weight thread. Free motion quilt around prints as desired. Use black marker or computer and printer to print “spring is here” on paper; cut apart words and adhere onto cotton fabric scraps. Tie thread bows; adhere bows and signs by beaks.
- 3. Measure and cut 42”x10” strip from cotton fabric (for backing); adjust size as needed. With right sides facing, sew backing and print blocks together, using 1/8” seam allowance, leaving 5” opening on bottom. Turn hanging right side out; sew opening closed.