Fabric

Ladybug Love Quilt

By  Susan Cousineau  for  Sweet Chic Design

size: 32"x45"

  • Ladybug Love Quilt

Materials

  • Printed fabric panels: ladybug, 14”x14”, two; center, 11”x14”; flowers, 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, scraps
  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt scraps: White, Black, Shocking Pink
  • Quilt batting, 45”-wide, 1-1/3 yds.
  • Red buttons, 3/4", two
  • Rick rack: large white, 14" lengths, two; jumbo lime green, 7-1/4" lengths, two
  • Cotton embroidery floss: white, black, pink, red, lime green

Tools

  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and transparent grid-lined ruler
  • Embroidery needle
  • Disappearing ink fabric pen
  • Tear-away stabilizer (optional for machine-stitched appliqués)
  • Adhesives: lightweight paper-backed fusible webbing, fabric spray

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, pencil, ruler or tape measure, straight pins, iron and pressing surface, scrap cardboard or cardstock

Pattern - Ladybug Love Quilt

  • General
  • 1. Print out full-size patterns. Cut patterns from scrap cardboard or cardstock for ease in cutting from fabric.
  • Ladybug Blocks
  • 1. Cut out ground pieces, leaving 1/4" around each shape. Following manufacturer's instructions, iron fusible webbing to wrong side of ground fabric. Let cool. Cut out ground panels directly on traced lines. Remove paper backing from appliqué pieces; fuse ground pieces to bottom of each ladybug block. Stitch white rick rack across each ground piece, approximately 1-1/4" from bottom of block.
  • 2. Prepare ladybug head, body, cheeks, and dot appliqué pieces from fused fabric as in Step 1. Trace face, nose, and feet appliqué pieces onto felt using disappearing pen; cut out.
  • 3. Referring to Placement Diagram in patterns, fuse fabric appliqués and baste felt appliqués to blocks, working from back to front. Reverse ladybug on second block. (Note: Do not appliqué feet until legs are stitched.)
  • 4. Blanket stitch around appliqué pieces. French knot eyes. Stitch two straight stitches in "X" shape in center of each nose. Trace mouth, legs, and antennae with disappearing pen. Backstitch with black floss. Appliqué feet at bottom of stitched legs.
  • Patchwork Blocks
  • 1. Position nine patchwork squares in 3x3 block pattern on work surface; repeat. (Note: Use two blocks each of nine prints for continuity.) Machine-sew squares together with 1/4" seam allowance, creating two nine-patch blocks.
  • Center Panel
  • 1. Prepare ladybug head, upper body, cheeks, and dot appliqué pieces as in Step 1 of Ladybug Blocks. Trace face, nose, lower body, and wing appliqué pieces onto felt with disappearing pen; cut out. Referring to Placement Diagram, fuse fabric appliqués and base felt appliqués to block, working from back to front.
  • 2. Stitch around all appliqué pieces as desired using blanket and running stitches. French knots eyes. Stitch two straight stitches in "X" shape in center of nose. Trace mouth and antennae with disappearing pen; backstitch both with black floss. Trace spiral line below body with disappearing pen; stitch using black floss and running stitch.
  • Flower Panels
  • 1. Prepare leaf and inner flower appliqué pieces as in Step 1 of Ladybug Blocks. Trace outer flower and flower center onto felt with disappearing pen; cut out.
  • 2. Stitch green rick rack to bottom center of panel. Referring to Placement Diagram, fuse fabric appliqués and baste felt appliqués to block, working from back to front and covering top of rick rack stem with flower. Reverse leaves for second block.
  • 3. Stitch around all appliqué pieces as desired using blanket and running stitches. Attach red button onto center of each flower.
  • Assemble Quilt
  • 1. Using 1/4" seam allowance, piece quilt top together as shown using photo as guide.
  • 2. For borders, cut four 3" by width of fabric strips. With right sides together, machine-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 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. 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.
  • 6. 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 into place.