Fabric

Lullaby Meadow Quilt

By  Susan Cousineau  for  Sweet Chic Design

size: approx. 32"x45"

Materials

  • Printed fabric panels: lamb and bird blocks, 14”x14”, two; bunny, 11”x14”; tree, 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 yd.; appliqué pieces, remnants
  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt, 12”x18”: Peat Moss, Pea Soup, two White; Blue Snow, Shocking Pink, remnants
  • White jumbo rick rack, 5” lengths, two
  • Brown buttons, 1/2”, two
  • Quilt batting, 45”-wide, 1-1/3 yds.
  • Cotton embroidery floss: white, dark brown, pink, green, pale blue

Tools

  • 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
  • Tear-away stabilizer (optional, only if machine-stitching appliqués)

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, pencil, ruler or tape measure, straight pins, iron and pressing surface, sewing needle

Pattern - Lullaby Meadow Quilt

  • General
  • 1. Print out full-size patterns.
  • Lamb and Bird Blocks
  • 1. Cut out ground pieces, leaving approximately 1/4" around each shape. Following manufacturer's instructions, iron fusible webbing to wrong side of ground fabric. Let cool. Cut ground pieces directly on traced lines.
  • 2. Remove paper backing from ground pieces; fuse to bottom of each lamb and bird block.
  • 3. As indicated on pattern, trace lamb and bird appliqué pieces onto felt using disappearing ink pen; cut out. Cut lamb cheek and bird wing appliqué pieces from fused fabric using same method as in Step 1.
  • 4. Referring to photo and working from back to front, baste felt appliqués to blocks using fabric spray adhesive or basting spray. Reverse lamb and bird on second block. Fuse lamb cheek and bird wing appliqué pieces to blocks.
  • 5. Blanket stitch around all appliqué pieces as desired using photo as color guide for floss; stitch French knot for eyes.
  • 6. Attach button for lamb's nose using dark brown floss.
  • 7. Trace bird's legs, line under lamb's nose, and swirls on lamb's body using disappearing ink pen. With dark brown floss, backstitch lamb legs and nose line and use running stitch for swirls.
  • Patchwork Blocks
  • 1. Position nine patchwork squares in 3x3 block; repeat. (Note: Use two blocks each of nine prints for continuity.)
  • 2. Sew rick rack piece across each center block as shown.
  • 3. Sew squares together using 1/4" seam allowance to make two nine-patch blocks.
  • Bunny Panel
  • 1. Prepare inner ear, cheek, and flower center appliqué pieces from fused fabric using same method as ground piece. Trace bunny panel appliqué pieces onto felt using disappearing ink pen; cut out.
  • 2. Referring to photo and working from back to front, baste felt appliqués to blocks using fabric spray adhesive or basting spray. Fuse inner ear, cheek, and flower center appliqué pieces to block.
  • 3. Using photo as color guide for floss, stitch around all appliqué pieces as desired with blanket stitch and running stitch. Use running stitch for decorative stitches on leaves and stitch French knot for eyes.
  • 4. Trace mouth with disappearing ink pen, then backstitch using dark brown floss.
  • Tree Panels
  • 1. Trace tree panel appliqué pieces onto felt with disappearing ink pen. Prepare six circle appliqué pieces from fused fabric using same method as in ground piece; cut out.
  • 2. Referring to photo and working from back to front, baste felt appliqués to blocks using fabric spray adhesive or basting spray. Reverse tree for second block. Fuse circles to blocks as shown with three on each tree.
  • 3. Using photo as color guide for floss, stitch around all appliqué pieces as desired with blanket stitch and running stitch.
  • Assemble Quilt
  • 1. Using 1/4" seam allowance, piece quilt top together as shown with lamb block and patchwork block for first row, bunny and two tree panels with bunny panel in second row, and patchwork and lamb block for 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"-wide by width of fabric binding strips. With right sides together, sew binding strips with diagonal seams on short ends into 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-sew binding in place.
  • ATip
  • 1. Create durable patterns by first tracing shapes onto template plastic or cardboard. The sturdier the pattern, the easier it is to trace your design.