Hello! This is Kim from Persimon Dreams. I’m so excited to be blogging at the them-o-web site for the first time today!
I’m going to share with you a quilt I made for a sweet little baby today. It’s using Pat Sloan’s newest fabric line for Moda, The Sweet Life. I’m mixing the batiks with the prints and the end result is wonderful!
I wanted to see what the difference was between Heat N Bond®EZ Featherlite and Heat N Bond® EZ Lite so I did a little experiment with this project! I was super excited to discover that these fusible sheets are offered in Pre-Cut Sheets that you can feed right in your printed!
So – I knew I was going to use a fun mix of The Sweet Life prints and I wanted to experiment with the two different fusible but I still need to find an inspiration for what I wanted to applique.
And then, as I was scrolling down facebook, inspiration struck. A friend of mine recently had a beautiful baby, Vivi.
photo by KaitlinSheran Photography
Vivi is a #VIB – Very Important Butterfly. She was born with Turner Syndrome. Turner Syndrome is chromosomal condition that describes girls and women with common features that are caused by a full or partial absence of the second sex chromosome. It occurs in approximately 1 out of 2,000 females born.
The butterfly symbol to raise awareness about this syndrome was my inspiration for this quilt – Butterflies for Vivi.
Project: Butterflies for Vivi
Cutting Instructions (the scrappier the better):
- 12 – 8.5” squares
- 12 – 7.5” squares
- 12 sheets of Heat N Bond® fusible – either lite or featherlite
- Print Butterfly templates
- 4 – 2.5” x 40” strips – all different fabrics
- 4 – 2.5” x 42” strips – all different fabrics
- 20 – 2.5” squares
I decided to applique butterflies onto 8.5” blocks. I sketched out my butterflies onto a piece of paper to be copied onto the pre-cut sheets of the Heat N Bond®.
I made three copies of each of the above two butterfly shapes onto Heat N Bond EZ Lite.
And I printed three copies of these two butterfly shapes onto Heat N Bond EZ Featherlite.
I followed the instructions on the back of the package and had zero problems printing my templates out.
Once your template is printed on the fusible, trim off the excess and place in a sealable plastic bag for future projects. (See Pat Sloan’s ‘Note to Self’)
Press the butterfly template to the wrong side of the 7.5” square and trim off the excess!
For this little baby quilt I made 12 butterfly blocks. If I were to just sew these together my quilt would be 24” x 32” which isn’t a bad size for a baby quilt but I wanted it to be a little bigger. I’m hoping this quilt gets laid out in the grass for lots of outdoor play this summer so it needs to have some room for Vivi to move around. How do I make it bigger? Sashing of course!
If you’ve followed along on my blog, Persimon Dreams, at all you know that I rarely ever just do a single strip sashing. I like to make fun and crazy sashings! I’m going to share with you a quick way to make a fun and scrappy sashing. We’re going to strip piece a sashing!
Take the four strips that are 40” long and sew them together the long way.
Sew the four strips together along the long side, pressing towards the darker fabric. You know have a piece of fabric that is 8.5” by 40”.
Square up your edge before cutting your strips.
Now, cut 2.5” x 8.5” strips out. You should get 15 pairs of patchwork sashing. Repeat this with your four 2.5” x 42” strips. That should get you 16 more pairs of patchwork sashing.
Lay out your strips around the butterfly blocks. Cut out 2.5” squares for the cornerstones.
And look! How fun does this look with that fabulous scrappy feel that really didn’t take all that much effort to create!
Layout the sashings and cornerstones and sew the top together. I pressed towards the butterfly blocks.
Once I had my top together I quilted it and bound it.
I used a blanket stitch around each of the butterflies. Their antennae are a bit small so I just free motion quilted in those to tack them down.
In the sashing, I set my machine to make a fun serpentine shaped fancy stitch and I “straight” stitched down the sides of the sashing and once through the middle.
So – what did I find the difference to be with the Lite vs. the Featherlite?
Heat N Bond EZ Lite – This has been a favorite fusible of mine for years and it still is. You can still feel it in the quilt but it’s not stiff and uncomfortable. It stays fused really nicely even if you’re moving your fabrics around a lot before you stitch it down in place.
Heat N Bond EZ Featherlite – This is wonderful stuff too! It’s much harder to feel a fusible under the applique in the final quilt. One thing I would do differently though is I would do my fancy stitching right away instead of waiting for the quilt sandwich. I found that it didn’t hold quite as well as the lite when I was piecing the rest of the quilt on. OR I might fuse my butterflies on once I had the main quilt top put together so I wasn’t ‘playing’ with the unstitched applique pieces as much. That being said, even though some bits of my butterflies weren’t quite fused down the stitching into place still went smoothly.
I would use both of these products again and I’m definitely a fan of the pre-cut sheets.
It was a foggy morning for the photo shoot but I love how bright and cheery the fabrics look when all mixed together like this! And the final dimensions of the quilt – 32” x 42” – perfect for baby Vivi!
Join us all this week and next as we share project using Pat Sloan’s amazing new The Sweet Life Fabric collection from Moda Fabrics!
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