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Fusible applique hearts complete a quick and easy wall hanging

by Jackie White

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you how to use handmade bias tape to embellish a Valentine’s Day wall hanging. We successfully made our tree from bias tape, complete with trunk and branches. Today we’re going to add the finishing touches to it – the hearts! I can’t believe how much I have fallen in love with this quilted tree now that it’s all done and hanging prominently in my dining area. I may have to make another one using Northcott’s fabulous Urban Elementz fabric line!

Quilted tree wall hanging with hearts leaves made with Northcott's Urban Elementz fabrics

Quilted heart tree made from Northcott’s Urban Elementz fabric collection

Adding the hearts

Using the Urban Elementz polka dot fabrics from the supplies list I gave you yesterday, we’re going to make different sized hearts to add to the tree. Some can even appear as though they have fallen off and can be laying at the base of the tree.

Let’s get started. First off, let’s make some heart templates. You can go online to find some coloring pages, or I just took paper, and made 3 different sizes, ranging from ¾” to 2” in height.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, press your HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Value Pack roll onto the wrong side of the different polka dot fabrics.

Trace the heart templates onto the different pieces of fabric and cut out.

Various fabric hearts from different print fabrics on table.

Cut heart shapes with fused back ready to be pressed onto the tree.

Remove the paper backing and have some fun arranging the heart shapes on your tree. Once you find a pleasing arrangement, press using a hot iron.

Fused hearts on a fabric tree made from bias tape on grey background.

Press fused hearts to tree and add a border.

Adding the border

From the black fabric with small colored dots, cut three 2” x WOF (width of fabric) strips. From these cut two strips 2” x 30″ and sew these to the two sides of the quilt. Cut two strips 2” x 23″ and sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press.


Before layering, use the UNIQUE SEWING Fast Fade Fabric Marker with Eraser Tip – Purple to mark where you’re going to quilt. As you can see I used a loop design to quilt over the entire quilt top.

Layer the quilt top, batting and backing.

Quilt and bind.

Marker swirls drawn on quilt top before quilting.

Mark a quilting design prior to layering to give you a pattern to follow.

Enjoy your quilted tree!  Be creative and make another one for a different season, with Easter eggs or fall leaves or whatever your imagination tells you!

Tomorrow we’re going to make one more cute project using Northcott’s Urban Elementz fabrics!

Close up of free motion quilting on quilted tree with bias tape branches and fabric hearts fused as leaves.

Close up of free motion quilting on the beautiful quilted tree

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: How to use handmade bias tape to embellish a Valentine’s Day wall hanging

Go to part 5: Sew a super cute Valentine’s Day Banner


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