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An original wall quilt from Banyan Batik leftovers


Yesterday I showed you how to prepare some flower, leaf and stem shapes made from Banyan Batik Visual Sound and Ketan scraps and fusible web. The small scale of the Ketan fabrics was especially suitable for the little circle flowers.

Now it’s time to start arranging the applique pieces on the background fabric which is really the leftover block from our QUILTsocial project on July 2nd and 3rd this week. The flower shapes can be combined in many different ways. Be creative!

I chose a vertical setting for my little quilt, but you could also arrange your flowers horizontally on the background. This is your own original creation, so the choice is yours!

Let’s start designing!

  • I like to work on a design wall and use straight pins to pin the shapes in place as I’m designing.
  • Start by placing the stems on the background first. You can see that I started with 5 stems at first, but I soon realized the design was going to be too crowded, so I ended up using just 3 stems.


Pin fusible-backed stems on background.
Pin fusible-backed stems on background.


  • Now add the leaves and flowers to make a pleasing arrangement. You can stack 2 or 3 flower circles together for more interest.
  • When you’re satisfied with the arrangement, carefully remove the background paper from the fusible web, 1 piece at a time, and then pin the shape back in place.
  • When all the shapes are ready, fuse the pieces to the background, following the manufacturer’s instructions for the fusible web product you are using.
  • Another alternative is to “audition” border pieces before fusing the shapes in place. That way you can have some of the flower or leaf shapes extending into the border.


Flowers, stems and leaves are fused to the background.
Flowers, stems and leaves are fused to the background.


After the outside edges are squared, you’re ready for the border!

Again I like to work on a design wall, pinning border pieces in place to audition the effect.

Here are a few borders I’ve tried using Northcott’s Banyan Batiks.

The narrow blue border is a Ketan fabric and the lime green one is from the Visual Sound  collection.

The wide lime green border is also from Visual Sound.


Auditioning border strips
Auditioning border strips



Another possible border combination
Another possible border combination


My other option is to leave the piece just as it is, and not have any borders at all. Decisions, decisions! I would love to see what your design looks like when it’s finished. I hope you’ll share some pictures on QUILTsocial.

Be sure to come back tomorrow and I’ll show you some other fusible applique options using this wonderful Banyan Batik fabric by Northcott.


This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Creativity with a leftover Banyan Batik block

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.


  1. LInda Williamson

    Love these Banyan Batik colors.

  2. NancyB from Many LA

    I like this project – really cute!

  3. Jeannie Zimmerman

    I love this idea for a scrap buster. Cool idea for place mats, too.

  4. Melody Lutz

    I think of my garden at midnight when I look at this!

  5. Carolyn Montgomery

    very cute and i love the colors.

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