Monday, 9 April 2012

Applique flower and stems wall hanging quilt

I thought of trying applique the other day, not even knowing which direction I should go, I searched the web for basic application of applique.  Seeing how simple it was I started straight away.  I started tracing basic shapes like circles, hearts , triangles and squares on cardboard.  

Using anything I could find, like different size bottle caps (for circles) I started tracing them on cardboard and cutting them out.  
From there I played around mixing them up, using the sharp edges of the heats and circles I made flowers too.

Even putting some of these shapes together made pretty designs.

That was when I thought of making a small but simple flowers with stems wall hanging quilt using my applique templates.  Again not sure where I will end up I arranged them on a piece of fabric to see the sizes of the flowers and ended up cutting 4, 10" blocks.

I roughly cut a piece of colour printed fabric that I wanted to use for the flowers, stems and leaves and ironed a strip of applique paper to the back of the fabric.  I then traced the designs on the applique paper and cut them out.

I used 3 different colour print fabrics for the whole quilt.

Pulling the paper from the back of the applique, I ironed on the flower making sure I applied the heat long enough to make it stick to the fabric.

Before I started stitching the design to the fabric I pinned a piece of wash away stabilizer to the back, to secure it nicely and to make sure the fabric wont pucker up.

I used a zig zag stitch to secure the flowers and stems to my block.
As this was a test quilt, and I wanted to see what I can do, I tried different filler free motion quilting on each of the four blocks.  Again Leah's designs came in very handy and used Stippling, Wandering CloverPaisley and Echo-Arches.



Referring back to Leah's quilt along #7 I pieced the blocks together using binding strips, following her instructions was easy and I will definitely use this method again

I enjoyed playing around with this little wall hanging quilt, and found a spot in my sewing room to put it up.

Flowers and stems applique wall hanging quilt


Mishka said...

This mini quilt is gorgeous.

The Nifty Stitcher said...

Love your applique and your quilting is gorgeous!!!

Marelize Ries said...

Thanks :-)

Marelize Ries said...

Thank you, I'm still learning and have a long way to go...

Little House on the Hill said...

Wow your quilt is beautiful

Marelize Ries said...

Thank you, I am now working on a sampler quilt, this is mostly piecing, but will try and make some time for free motion quilting too...

embchicken said...

Love your quilts - you are so creative!

Marelize Ries said...

Thanks, at first I thought the idea was silly, but when I was done, it didn't look too bad.. :-)

FarahLin said...

That is so pretty!

Chumkie Mukherjee said...

I love your pretty wall quilt, Marelize!

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