Today I’ll show you how to make this little quilt using some purple buttons for flowers. In this case, the buttons take the place of applique.
materials for a small quilt measuring 12″ x 16″
- 9″ x 16″ piece of purple fabric for top of quilt
- 4″ x 16″ piece of gray fabric for bottom of quilt
- binding: Enough fabric for 58″ of binding. I like to cut my binding strips 3″ wide for a ½” finished size binding.
- 8″ x 12″ piece of green for stems and leaves
- 14″ x 18″ piece of fabric for backing
Let’s get started!
- Following the directions on the package, fuse the HeatnBond Lite or Featherlite to the wrong side of the green fabric.
- You can draw stem and leave shapes on the fusible web or just cut them free-hand. My stems were about ¼” – ⅜” wide and 3″ – 5″ long.
- Arrange the stems and leaves as desired on the purple background. When you’re satisfied with the arrangement, remove the backing paper and fuse the shapes to the purple fabric.
- Make sure to follow the fusing directions on the package.
Sew the 4″ gray bottom strip to the stems/leaves piece.
You can place the buttons on the stems to get an idea of how they’ll look, but don’t sew them on yet.
- Layer backing, batting and top.
- Quilt as desired, using a walking or even-feed foot. I straight-stitched around the stems and leaves and then filled in the background with some curvy lines, following the design lines on the fabric.
Now comes the fun button part – using my purple bottle o’ buttons! I placed the buttons on the stems, making several different arrangements before choosing the final one. When I found a button design I liked, I took a picture of it to use for reference as I was sewing on the buttons.
Although I sewed the buttons on the last project earlier this week by machine, I found it easier to sew these buttons by hand.
After all the buttons are sewn on, sew on the binding using your favorite method. I like to have a ½” finished size binding cut from 3″ strips. You can read about my quilt binding method from a previous QUILTsocial post.
Come back tomorrow and see how to make another little button quilt using bottle o’ buttons blue buttons.
This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: How to mount a quilted piece on an artist canvas
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