Hello! This is Casey from Casey York Design. I'm an art historian and modern quilt designer, and I blog at The Studiolo . I'm tremendously excited to be working with Sizzix Quilting to create some fun tutorials and patterns using their die cutters.
This baby-sized quilt is a great project for early spring--at this point, I'm sure that everyone is wishing for some flowers soon! It was my very first experience using a die cutter, and I was really impressed with the ease and speed it introduced into the quilting process. I put together this quilt top in an afternoon (while my kids were home for a snow day, no less), and it made me a die cutting convert. I hope you enjoy making up this fun project as much as I did designing it!
- Flower Layers #14 (659139) Sizzix Bigz Die
- Sizzix Fabi Machine (or a Big Shot, BigKick, or Big Shot Pro)
- 1/4 yard each of (5) fabrics for appliqués (fat quarters or long quarters); the quilt shown uses shot cottons from the Oakshott Cotton Colourshott collection
- 1 1/4 yards solid white fabric for background
- 1 1/2 yards coordinating fabric for backing
- 1/2 yard coordinating fabric for binding (using 3" wide bias-cut strips)
- 43" X 48" batting
- 1 1/4 yards lightweight double-sided fusible web, such as Pellon 805 Wonder Under
- Coordinating thread, pins, iron and pressing surface, and other general sewing supplies
Prepare the background:
Cut and/or piece the white background fabric to measure 39" by 44."
Prepare the appliqués:
For this quilt, you will fuse the fusible web to the fabric before cutting out the appliqué shapes. For each appliqué fabric (in the model, dark pink, light pink, yellow, blue, and grey), cut one piece of fusible web measuring 8 1/2" by 15" (if you are using Pellon Wonder Under, the web will already be 15" wide, so cut five 8 1/2" long strips). Fuse one strip to each piece of fabric. Trim away the excess fabric so that the fusible completely covers the piece from which you will be cutting the appliqués.
For the large flower appliqués (dark pink, light pink, and yellow), you will need to cut (8) dark pink and yellow flowers and (7) light pink flowers. To do this without wasting fabric, fold the fabric in half cross-wise to form a 15" by 4 1/4" rectangle.
Lay this rectangle on top of the large flower side of the die and crank through the machine; you will have two appliqué flowers. Repeat three more times for a total of eight flower appliqués of that color. Repeat for the two other colors.
For the small flower appliqués, cut the fused fabric into 2 1/2" by 8 1/2" sections; one 15" length of fabric should yield (6) sections. Fold down one edge of each section about 2 1/2" and place on top of the small flower portion of the die.
Crank through the machine to cut two small flower appliqués. Position the remaining un-cut fabric on top of the small flower portion of the die and crank through the machine a second time to cut a third small flower appliqué. Repeat with each 2 1/2" by 8 1/2" section until you have (12) grey flowers and (12) blue flowers (if you cut all of the sections, you will have 18 flowers of each color).
Assemble the quilt top:
Mark guidelines on the quilt top by pressing vertical creases that measure 8 1/2" from the left side and 11 1/4" from the right side. These will be the outer boundaries of your appliqué placement.
Position the flower appliqués as shown in the Placement Diagram. Leave less space between the appliqués at the upper edge of the quilt and space them progressively farther apart as you move towards the lower edge.
Remove the paper backing from each appliqué and pin in place as you go.
Following the fusible web manufacturer's instructions, fuse the flower appliqués in place, remembering to remove the pins before you press.
Stitch around each appliqué by hand or using your machine. My favorite method is to zig-zag stitch around each appliqué using invisible thread, and then to hand embroider a chain stitch around each appliqué to finish the edges.
Finish the quilt:
Layer your quilt top, batting, and backing and baste together. Quilt as desired (I used meandering vertical lines of stitching to emphasize the falling quality of the flower appliqués).
Bind using your favorite method. There are numerous great tutorials for quilt binding available on-line and in published quilting books.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and don't forget to add a photo of your project to the Casey York Flickr group! You can find more of my quilts on my blog and my website, www.Casey-York.com. I hope you visit soon!
About our guest Casey York...
Casey York received her formal training in art history, but turned to design as a way of combining her interest in history with her passion for designing and teaching. She is an avid quilter, drawing her inspiration from masterpieces of the past as well as the contemporary world. She has released several appliqué patterns to date, and her work has appeared on the cover of Modern Quilts Unlimited (Summer 2013). Her quilt Onwards was one of two winners of the Modern Quilt Guild's Madrona Road Challenge in early 2013. Her first book, Modern Appliqué Illusions, will be released in November, 2014, by Stash Books (C & T Publishing). To learn more about Casey, please visit her website, www.casey-york.com, or her blog, http://studioloblog.wordpress.com.
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