Yesterday I finished cutting all the applique pieces for the 18″ x 16″ Welcome banner using the Brother ScanNCut SDX225. Now it’s time to put it all together!
- 11″ x 20″ piece of fabric for sky
- 9″ x 20″ piece of fabric for water
- 2 strips 3″ x WOF (approx. 40″) for a ½” finished size for binding
- applique pieces cut on the Brother ScanNCut SDX225
- 20″ x 18″ for batting
- 20″ x 18″ backing
Let’s start sewing!
- Overlap the long sides of the sky and water fabric by about 1″, keeping right sides up.
- With your rotary cutter, make a gentle wavy cut along the length of the strips. Hold the strips in place, as needed, to make sure they stay overlapped. You want to be cutting through both layers of fabric all the time. Remove excess fabric from each strip.
- Sew the long wavy edges, right sides together, using a ¼” seam. If you leave the bottom strip flat on the machine bed and hold the other strip up slightly as you’re sewing, the edges will fit together quite well. Pinning isn’t necessary – in fact it seems to make it harder to sew the strips together. Sew slowly! Adjust the speed on your sewing machine if possible, so you aren’t tempted to sew too fast.
- Press the seam to one side.
- Carefully remove the paper backing from the fusible web and arrange the applique shapes as desired.
- Press the shapes onto the background following the instructions for the fusible web product you’re using.
Stitching the applique shapes
- Layer backing, batting and quilt top.
- Pin or baste in place.
- Attach a walking or even-feed foot to your machine. Use an open-toe foot so you can see the stitching better.
- Using monofilament or matching thread, stitch down the word Welcome! using a straight stitch close to the edge of the letters.
- Using a blanket stitch or similar decorative stitch and matching or contrasting thread, sew around each shape on the boat. I used the blanket stitch on my Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.
- Once the applique shapes are stitched down, you can add extra quilting lines in the sky and water.
- Trim the quilt so it measures 18″ x 16″.
- Cut both ends of the 2 binding strips on a 45° angle. Sew the 2 strips together to make one strip long enough to go all around the quilt.
- Sew on the binding using a scant ½” seam. This will give you a ½” finished size binding.
Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to use the Brother ScanNCut SDX225 to make a small greeting card using this same sailboat design.