Today, I’ll discuss how to prepare the strips for the background of the Spring Blossoms for Mom quilt I discussed yesterday as well as the applique fabric for the tulips with HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive. It’s so easy to applique with HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive and this technique will open your mind to thousands of applique possibilities.
Cutting the background
- Press all background fabric (gray as shown below).
- Lay out the background fabric in an order that pleases, keep in mind all 5 fabrics will be sewn into a strip set.
- Number each fabric 1-5.
- Cut 7 strips 2½” x Width of Fabric (WOF) of #1 fabric.
- Cut 7 strips each 2¼” x WOF of #2 and #3 fabrics.
- Cut 7 strips each 2″ x WOF of #4 and #5 fabrics.
- There should be a total of 35 strips WOF cut out – set these all aside.
- Prewash the fabric creations flannel backing and set it aside.
The picture below shows the strips cut for the Spring Blossoms for Mom background:
Note: I did change the order of my numbering as I changed my mind on layout.
TIP 1 Once satisfied with the layout, keep the strips in order so you can sew them from 1-5.
TIP 2 If you place the darkest fabric in the #3 position (center) you’ll get a woven effect for your background. You can choose the woven effect or make your background scrappy. It’s your artwork and your choice.
Cutting the tulip appliques
- Press the HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive pieces glue side down to the wrong side of the stem and tulip fabric. The iron should be pressing the paper side of the HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive. Press with a hot (cotton setting) iron, press only do not glide. A count of 10 seconds should work to adhere the HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive to the fabric. Let the fabric cool.
CAUTION: It’s a best practice to protect your iron and ironing surface with parchment paper or a silicone pressing sheet. This way there’s no glue residue on your iron or ironing surface.
- Cut out all of the stem and tulip applique pieces roughly once again as shown.
- Cut out stem and tulip pieces accurately using small scissors and leaving on the paper backing as shown. It’s spring in my studio!
The background fabric, backing fabric (flannel) and tulip appliques are now prepared. I welcome you to join me tomorrow as I explain how to sew the easiest quilt blocks you’ll ever make and adhere the appliques to the quilt top. Trust me, you’ll love how quickly this pretty little quilt comes together.
In the meantime, Happy Tuesday!