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.

Stippling


Paisley
  
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

10 comments:

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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