|"Spring!" block featured in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol 10|
|Blossoms & Beyond|
I seem to have a thing for butterflies:
|Hexagarden Wall Hanging (PATTERN)|
Heat n Bond ULTRAHOLD fusible web
(best results are with this heavy-duty "no-sew" fusible product)
Regular Cotton fabric (batiks, solids, prints)
Remember, it's going to be double-sided, so double the fabric needed.
1) Line the ironing board with a sheet of parchment paper or mylar to protect the surface.
Allow to cool, then peel off paper backing.
4) CUT out shapes with sharp scissors... or die cutting machine. Love my AccuQuilt Go! Cutter!
This creates a soft, pliable, double-sided, non-raveling piece of fabric.
For added dimension, PRESS to heat shapes through with an iron, and roll or form as desired, HOLD in place for a few seconds until cool, and the pieces will keep their shape! I rolled the butterfly wings around my finger.
In the example below, the larger flower pieces were formed around a dime to give them shape and stand out from the quilt block. Then I formed the small flower centers around my fingertip, and just bent back the leaves a little on each side. If you want to change the shape, simply re-heat and re-shape. A-dorable!!
Stitch the dimensional elements into place by hand or by machine. All of the examples above were machine-stitched. To embroider through the dimensional applique' pieces, a larger needle is helpful, and if you are doing a lot of machine-stitching, you may need to occasionally clean off the needle with rubbing alcohol. I think it's worth the effort!