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Stained glass quilt made easy with HeatnBond

by Paul Leger

Today, with the help of HEATNBOND® Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets we’re going to make this quick and festive little project and there’ll be very little sewing to do!

A package of HeatnBond lite containing a sheet of stabilizer that is 17" X 1 yd.

HEATNBOND® Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I’ve decided to show you how to make a festive stained glass quilted wall hanging using products that will make this project super quick and fun to complete!

Today we’ll select and cut our fabrics, then get them ready to be combined in this project.

A quilted stained glass wall hanging featuring a green shamrock over a blue background, framed with square and rectangular pieces of complimentary green fabrics. Made with the help of HEATNBOND Iron-On Adhesive Sheets

This stained glass quilted wall hanging featuring a shamrock will be created over the next three days.



  • One fat quarter of a light blue (not too busy) fabric for the background
  • One 8½” square piece of green fabric for the shamrock
  • Two co-ordinating, but contrasting green fabrics, one strip 21” long and the other 31” long, each 2½” wide
  • A fat quarter of a solid black* fabric

*A lighter weight fabric will work best for this project. I enjoyed working with Northcott’s ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000 collection.

Click the picture to download this pattern

Click the picture to download this pattern

Three pieces of green fabrics that will be used to create the shamrock stained glass quilted wall hanging.

Choose fabrics that are co-ordinating but have contrast.

I like to use HEATNBOND® Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets for the stabilizer: very user-friendly!

Let’s get started!

From the 17” long side of the iron-on adhesive sheet, cut three strips, each just shy of 2½” wide. Next, cut one 8” square from the iron-on adhesive sheet.

A ruler is placed over the HEATNBOND® Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets showing where it will be cut, just shy of 2½”.

Cut your HEATNBOND® Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets strips just shy of 2½”.

Place the adhesive strips paper side up on the wrong side of the fabric strips – you will need to cut the third adhesive strip so that part can be ironed onto each of the two green strips of fabric. Make sure the adhesive strips are centered from edge to edge on the fabric and don’t overhang; you don’t want to press the adhesive to your ironing board cover!

Following the temperature setting guide recommended on the package, press the stabilizer strips to the wrong sides of the green fabric strips.

The HeatnBond adhesive strip is being fused to the wrong side of a strip of fabric with a hot iron.

Press the adhesive strips onto the wrong sides of the fabric strips.

Download and print the shamrock template. Using the template trace the design onto the paper side of the 8” square adhesive sheet. Press it onto the wrong side of the 8½” square of green fabric.

*You may have noticed that the image on the template appears reversed from the image of the completed project. Once you’ve pressed the stabilizer onto the fabric and cut out the design it will resemble the final project image.

Now it’s time for cutting fabric!

From the 21” long strip of green fabric cut eight 2½” x 2½” pieces and from the 31” long strip of green fabric cut eight 3¾” x 2½” pieces. Now cut the shamrock shape from the fused square of green fabric!

The green fabric pieces and the light blue background fabrics that will be used to make the shamrock stained glass wallhanging using HEATNBOND Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets.

All the fabrics needed to give the stained glass great color

Using a pencil, draw a 10″ square in the center of the light blue fat quarter that will be used for the background. Remove the adhesive paper backing from all of the pieces of fabric that you’ve cut. Place the shamrock in the center of the 10″ square drawn on the background fabric.

On the outer edge of the 10″ square place the 2½” squares and the 2½” x 3¾” pieces as shown in the photo below.

The cut pieces of fabric backed with HEATNBOND Lite Iron-on adhesive are placed on the background fabric using the drawn 10" square as a guide.

Center the shamrock shape inside the 10″ square and then frame it with the green fabrics.

Once all of the pieces have been placed, press, using a hot iron to fuse them to the background fabric.

Remember when using HEATNBOND® Lite Iron-On Adhesive as the stabilizer you’ll only need to press each piece for a couple of seconds.

All pieces of the green fabrics backed with HEATNBOND Iron-on adhesive have been placed and fused to the background fabric.

All pieces of the green fabrics have been placed and fused to the background fabric.

So far, so good!

Once all of the fabrics are fused to the background, we are ready to go on to our next step. The HEATNBOND® Lite Iron-On Adhesive Sheets made these first steps in our project so easy! Tomorrow we’ll work on making the black, fusible bias strip so we can give our project a realistic stained glass look.

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: 5 tips for making fusible bias tape with tools from Heirloom and HeatnBond



Wehaf February 17, 2017 - 9:17 am

This is a great technique; I would love to try it out on a smallish project like a doll quilt.

Carol McKinnon February 16, 2017 - 9:37 am

Just started quilting and so interested in learning all aspects. The stained glass wall quilt is beautiful and I hope to be able to do something like this eventually.

Angela Short February 15, 2017 - 6:18 pm

Love the stained glass shamrock! Thank you for all your info! Good luck everyone in the heatbond giveaway.


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