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Fusing fabric to make a stained glass quilt block

by Jackie White

After making the first 2 zany blocks yesterday, the next 2 blocks (Blocks 3 and 4) will involve fused fabric to achieve the stained glass look! This is a different way of making quilt blocks from yesterday’s equally fun technique using Northcott’s Stonehenge Gradation Brights – Amethyst.

For Blocks 3 and 4, we’re not going to sew in the black fabric borders, which gives the stained glass look, but rather using fusing to apply it to the fabric. Here we go.

Sewing a stained glass quilt block using fusible fabric

Sewing a stained glass quilt block using fusible fabric

Cutting

Block 3

(Cut the same measurements for Block 4 and use the color of fabric in the parentheses.)

Cut 2½” square from the darkest shade (lightest shade).

Cut two 2” x 2½” and two 2” x 5½” from second darkest shade (white).

Cut two 2” x 5 ½” and two 2” x 8½” from white fabric (second darkest).

Cut two 2½” x 8½” and 2½” x 12½” from lightest fabric (darkest).

Cut 3” strip on longest side of black fabric. Apply fusing to the back of it and cut into lengthwise ½” strips.

Sewing

  • Following the log cabin format, start with the 2½” square and sew the 2” x 2½” strips to top and bottom. Press.
  • Sew the 2” x 5½” strips to the sides. Press.
  • Sew the next set of 2” x 5½” to top and bottom and the 2” x 8 ½” to the sides. Press.
  • Continue with last set. Press. Repeat for Block 4 except using the fabric selection in the parentheses.
Block ready to add fused black fabric

Block ready to add fused black fabric

Applying the fused black fabric

  • Placing a strip of black fabric over the first small seam, decide where you want to cut, either allowing a slight over hang or an exact match to the seam.
  • Cut two.
  • Press onto square following manufacturer’s instructions.
Place fused black fabric over seam, cut and press.

Place fused black fabric over seam, cut and press.

I did one block looking like the black was pieced in, and another more wonky block by allowing the fused black fabric to come out past the seam and then cut on an angle.

Stained glass quilt block with fused black fabric

Stained glass quilt block with fused black fabric

Stained glass quilt block with fused black fabric cut to give a whimsical look

Stained glass quilt block with fused black fabric cut to give a whimsical look

Now you have created two fast and easy stained glass quilt blocks using fused fabric. Join me tomorrow for the pattern for the last two blocks to create our modern stained glass quilted wall hanging.

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1:  Making 2 zany stained glass quilt blocks
Go to part 3:  2 stained glass quilt blocks with a twist

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8 comments

Pamela R April 8, 2016 - 12:07 am

Some interesting new twists! thanks.

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Dorothy Lawson April 7, 2016 - 4:25 pm

I love these brights.

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Allison CB April 6, 2016 - 5:46 pm

Very dramatic – I like the effect!! Would be cool with a metalllic fabric!

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Lori Micel April 6, 2016 - 3:51 pm

Love this idea…thanks for making a tutorial…can’t wait to read the rest of them…..

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Tina April 6, 2016 - 2:22 pm

Great way to easily add details

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Laura April 6, 2016 - 10:23 am

This is an easy block and very effective. I will now go back and look at the other blocks. Thanks for this great resource.

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Peggy April 5, 2016 - 11:12 am

Very cool technique!

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Michele T April 5, 2016 - 9:50 am

This is a very dramatic effect and so easy to do!! Thanks for sharing this idea!

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