Fly South Now!
Piecing these large leaves together before you appliqué them makes this a delightfully fun quilt to make.
• 3/ 8 yard each 10 prints and/or tonals* or 4 yards total assorted scraps • 1 yard rust tonal* • 61/4 yards cream solid* • Backing to size • Batting to size* • Thread • Water-soluble glue stick • Template material • Freezer paper • Basic sewing tools and supplies *Me+You fabric collection from Hoffman; Nature-Fil™ Bamboo Blend batting from Fairfield used to make sample. CUTTING Prepare templates for leaf and stem pieces as per instructions using patterns given. Transfer dots from the templates to the fabric pieces. Cut as per instructions. From 10 prints and/or tonals: • Cut 1 (41/2" by fabric width) strip each fabric. Subcut each strip into 16 (21/2" x 41/2") F rectangles. From rust tonal: • Cut 1 (41/2" by fabric width) strip. Subcut strip into 15 (21/2" x 41/2") F rectangles. • Cut 9 (21/4" by fabric width) binding strips. From cream solid: • Cut 4 (241/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 12 (101/2" x 241/2")
A rectangles and 108 (21/2") E squares. • Cut 2 (141/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 6 (101/2" x 141/2")
B rectangles and 30 (21/2") E squares. • Cut 3 (101/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 18 (41/2" x 101/2")
C strips and 52 (21/2") E squares. • Cut 6 (41/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 42 (41/2") D squares
and 16 (21/2") E squares. • Cut 9 (21/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 144 (21/2") E squares
(350 E squares total).
COMPLETING THE SASHING UNITS
1. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each E square. 2. Referring to Figure 1, place an E square right sides together on one end of an F rectangle; stitch on the marked line. Trim seam allowance to 1/4" and press E to the right side.
3. Repeat step 2 with a second E on the remaining end of the F rectangle to complete one E-F unit as shown in Figure 2. 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to complete a total of 175 E-F units. 5. Join two E-F units to make an X sashing unit as shown in Figure 3; press. Repeat to make a total of 22 X sashing units. 6. Join five E-F units to make a Y sashing unit as shown in Figure 4; press. Repeat to make a total of 13 Y sashing units. 7. Join three E-F units with a D square to make a Z sashing unit as shown in Figure 5; press. Repeat to make a total of 22 Z sashing units. COMPLETING THE APPLIQUÉD LEAF UNITS 1. To make one leaf motif, select three different prints and/or tonals.
2. Using the prepared templates, trace a leaf 1 shape onto the wrong side of one of the chosen fabrics; cut out. Reverse the leaf 2 template and cut one reverse leaf 2 from the same fabric as leaf 1. Repeat to cut a leaf 2 and reverse leaf 1 from a second fabric. Repeat to cut one leaf 3 and a stem piece from the third fabric. Note: Refer to Figure 6 to see the fabric and shape placements.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to cut 15 sets of pieces, keeping the pieces for each motif together.
4. Remove the seam allowance from marked dot to marked dot on the outerpoint edges of each of the leaf templates and on the angled and side edges of the stem template as shown in Figure 7.
5. Using the trimmed templates, trace 15 of each leaf shape and the stem shape onto the dull side of the freezer paper. Reverse leaves 1 and 2 and trace and cut 15 reverse shapes of each from freezer paper.
6. Select a set of fabric pieces and corresponding freezer-paper shapes for one leaf motif.
7. Iron the shiny side of the corresponding freezer-paper leaf shapes onto the wrong side of the fabric shapes with the seam-allowance ends exactly aligned and the pointed ends with seam allowance exposed as shown in Figure 8.
8. Snip into the seam allowance of the fabric pieces along the edges where the seam allowance stops on the freezerpaper piece as shown in Figure 9.
9. Press the exposed seam allowance of the pointed ends of each leaf shape over the freezer paper as shown in Figure 10. After pressing, remove the freezer paper. Note: The freezer paper allows you to create a crisp, smooth edge when turning the edges to the wrong side.
10. Select the prepared shapes for one leaf motif. Stitch leaf 1 to leaf 2 along one unturned edge as shown in Figure 11; secure stitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Press the seam open. 11. Repeat step 10 with the reverse 1 and 2 leaves. 12. Join the two stitched halves as shown in Figure 12; press seam open.
13. Set leaf 3 in at the bottom edge, stitching from the inside unturned point just to the turned edge on each side as shown in Figure 13 to complete one pieced leaf shape; press seams open.
14. Iron the freezer-paper stem shape onto the wrong side of the fabric stem shape and press seam allowance of the angled end and side edges onto the freezer paper as shown in Figure 14.
15. Arrange the completed leaf motif on the left end of an A rectangle referring to Figure 15, tucking the stem under the top edge; baste to hold in place.
16. Stitch in place close to the edges of each piece using a narrow zigzag stitch as shown in Figure 16 to complete one A unit.
17. Repeat steps 10–16 to complete a total of 12 A units.
18. Repeat steps 10–16 with three B rectangles and three leaf units to make three B units as shown in Figure 17. COMPLETING THE QUILT Refer to the Assembly Diagram as needed for positioning the A and B units and B rectangles with the X, Y and Z sashing units, C rectangles and D squares.
1. Complete six rows with two A units and one B unit or B rectangle in each row, and join with the Y and Z sashing units as indicated; press.
2. Complete seven sashing rows combining the X, Y and Z sashing units with C rectangles and D squares as indicated; press. Note: Each sashing row should measure 41/2" x 741/2". 3. Join the pieced rows to complete the quilt top; press.
4. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 94. 5. Quilt as desired. 6. Bind edges referring to Quilting Basics on page 94 to finish. QW