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Using leftover Banyan Batiks to create an original wall hanging design

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use a pieced block made from Banyan Batik Visual Sound fabric as a background for some flower and leaf shapes made using fusible web and scraps of Banyan Batik fabrics. The small scale of the Ketan fabrics was just right for the leaves and little circle flowers.

 

Create an original design with a leftover pieced block and Banyan Batik scraps.
Create an original design with a leftover pieced block and Banyan Batik scraps.

 

If you’ve been making the projects from my last QUILTsocial post in May and the ones from this week, using Banyan Batiks, you’ll still have a few scraps left over. These are perfect for the flowers, stems and leaves for today’s small wall quilt. Just add 2 or 3 fat quarters for background, borders and binding and you’re ready to go!

 

Another small wall quilt from Banyan Batik fat quarters and scraps
Another small wall quilt from Banyan Batik fat quarters and scraps

 

Here’s how to get started.

fabrics

  • 1 fat quarter of Banyan Batik for the background. I used black Ketan #998.
  • 1 or 2 fat quarters for the border and 1 fat quarter for binding. I used a fat quarter of Ketan light gray #442 and dark gray #639. Follow the link to see all the Ketan colors. These fabrics are ideal blenders for all the other Banyan Batiks.
  • a variety of small scraps for the flowers and leaves

Download the PDF file containing the appliqué shapes that I used.

You can print these shapes on 8½” x 11″ sheets of HeatnBond EZ Print fusible web or trace them on the fusible web of your choice. I cut the stems free-hand from fabric that had fusible web on the back.

Just follow the instructions from yesterday’s QUILTsocial post for using fusible web.

 

Shapes ready to print or trace on fusible web
Shapes ready to print or trace on fusible web

 

  • Arrange the prepared flowers, stems and leaves on the black Banyan Batik fat quarter as desired. Again, you can use the instructions from yesterday’s post for placing the shapes on the background.

 

Shapes backed with fusible web arranged on a fat quarter background
Shapes backed with fusible web arranged on a fat quarter background

 

If you want some of the flowers and leaves to overlap on the border, sew the border strips on before fusing down the applique shapes. I cut my border strips from the light and dark grayBanyan Batik Ketan fat quarters, making them about 4″ wide, but they can be any size you like.

I like to work on a design wall when planning these little quilts so I can re-arrange pieces as required. You can see that I had a couple of versions of the border before deciding on the final one.

 

Auditioning border fabrics - version 1
Auditioning border fabrics – version 1

 

 

Auditioning border fabrics - version 2
Auditioning border fabrics – version 2

 

 

The final version - I think!
The final version – I think!

 

After the borders are sewn on, you’re ready to stitch down the applique shapes. They can be sewn on with a straight stitch or a decorative stitch. Because the Banyan Batiks don’t tend to fray on the edges, you don’t need to worry about covering them completely.

Another option is to layer the quilt top, batting and backing and then stitch the shapes down. In that way, you’re completing the quilting as well as stitching down the applique shapes.

I hope you’ve enjoyed using and learning more about Northcott Banyan Batiks this week. There are more fabrics being added to the collection all the time. Remember to click the Product Finder Button at the top of every fabric page on the Northcott website to find out which shops have your favorite Banyan Batiks!

 

Use the Product Finder button on the Northcott website to locate your favorite fabrics.
Use the Product Finder button on the Northcott website to locate your favorite fabrics.

 

 

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: An original wall quilt from Banyan Batik leftovers

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

10 Comments

  1. Calvin

    The red really stands out, very nice art decor

  2. Debb

    This is wonderful inspiration!

  3. Sheila Hlushak

    So adorable, I can’t wait to make one too.

  4. Judy

    Thank you for the pdf pattern and instructions! It is a sweet wall hanging. Love Northcott fabrics!

  5. MoeWest

    I like making small quilts like this for my wire quilt hanger. Batiks are a great choice for applique!

  6. Linda Cartwright

    I love to see scrappy quilts, These are beautiful.

  7. Beautiful wall hangings!

  8. Pamela Reim

    This is an adoraBLE PROJECT i WANT TO TRY

  9. Sandy Allen

    Thanks for all the inspiration! I love these flowers. They give me lots of ideas on how to use up my scraps.

  10. Linda Webster

    Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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