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5 easy steps to making a quilted spring banner

 

Last month in my post Adding dimension to applique pieces using fabric markers, we learned how to accent a floral applique with color.

During this week’s posts, I’ll show you how to use fusible web applique to create a fun quilted spring banner.

This is a great project to practice your coloring skills!

 

A large playful flower accented with Fabric Fun Markers is the focal point of our quilted spring banner
A large playful flower accented with Fabric Fun Markers is the focal point of our quilted spring banner

 

Step 1 –  Gather your materials

 

A selection of the supplies used to create your quilted spring banner
A selection of the supplies used to create your quilted spring banner

 

Fabric for applique, background backing and binding

I used fabrics from the collection Black and White with a Dash of Color by NORTHCOTT Studio
The vibrant happy colors are perfect for this project.

  • ⅞ yard royal blue for background and backing
  • ⅓ yard bright green for binding
  • 1 fat quarter each of orange, yellow, bright green and turquoise for applique

 

Black and White with a Dash of Color by NORTHCOTT Studio
Black and White with a Dash of Color by NORTHCOTT Studio

 

additional supplies

  • applique scissors
  • pencil to draw applique shapes
  • small canning jar lid or something similar to trace circle for center of flower
  • 4″ x 6″ oval shape to trace for petals (optional)
  • Computer and printer to create fonts
    OR
    2½” – 3″ letter stencil or stick on letters
  • a good quality iron
  • Sewing machine with applique foot and walking foot to construct and applique banner. Darning foot if you wish to add some free motion quilting.

Note: We’ll be using a variety of the sewing machine decorative stitches to stitch down our applique shapes.This technique will require a machine with a zigzag stitch or more.

 

A sewing machine with decorative stitches for machine applique
A sewing machine with decorative stitches for machine applique

 

We have our supplies and are ready to go!

Join me tomorrow as I show you Step 2, how to prepare and apply the applique pieces for our quilted spring banner. Then follow me all week as we finish the Welcome Spring quilted banner.

 

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Julie Plotniko is a quilting teacher, blogger and designer from Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Teaching for almost 40 years, recent credits include Quilt Canada 2016 and 2017, many quilt guilds and groups throughout Canada and CreativFestival Sewing and Craft Shows in Victoria, Abbotsford and Toronto. When not on the road Julie works and teaches at Snip & Stitch Sewing Center in Nanaimo, BC. Her favorite things include free motion quilting (standard bed and mid-arm machines), precision piecing, scrap quilting, machine embroidery, blogging, designing and of course teaching. Julie believes that to see a student go from tentative beginnings to having confidence in themselves and their abilities is one of the greatest rewards that life has to offer.

2 Comments

  1. Donna Simpson

    Looking forward to reading all of these posts. I love my garden flag and would love to learn how to make banners so I can change it out more often. This will be great!

    • That’s a great idea to use the banner as a garden flag Donna.
      I bet it looks wonderful!

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