HOW TO MAKE… A PATCHWORK WALL HANGING
28 x 45.5cm (11 x 18") Cotton + Steel Basics Sprinkle in Peaches (Fabric 1) and Jelly Bracelet Neon (Fabric 2) 50cm (19¾") Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Steel (Fabric 3) 28 x 45.5cm (11 x 18") RJR Fabrics Cotton Supreme Solids in Black (Fabric 4) and Optical White (Fabric 5) 28 x 45.5cm (11 x 18") Art Gallery Fabrics Anna Elise Rhythmic Hatch in Vivid (Fabric 6) 25.5 x 38cm (101/ x 15") 8 fusible fleece White sewing thread 30.5cm (13¼") wooden dowel, 1cm ( 3 /8") thick 50cm (19¾") brown string Rotary cutter Appliqué glue Erasable fabric pen Those three little words: foundation paper piecing. It’s a trickier patchwork technique to master, but dipping your toe in with a small make like this banner will have you smitten. Clean lines, neat shapes and bewitching doe eyes? FPP, you’ve got it going on.
On the templates on page 98, the printed side will be the reverse side of the finished block. The dotted outside lines are the seam allowances, the solid black lines are the sew lines and the letters indicate the different sections. The numbers show the order of sewing.
Cut out templates A-H on page 98 along the dotted lines. Shorten the machine stitch length to 1.5 to make it easier to tear off the paper.
On the wrong side ( WS) side of template A, place a tiny dot of temporary glue in the middle of section A1 and place Fabric 4 on top, right side (RS) up. Ensure the section is covered plus at least 0.5cm ( ") extra all the way around. A good way to check this is to hold the template up to the light.
Turn the template back over and fold along the solid line between sections A1 and A2. Trim the edge of the fabric to 0.5cm ( ") beyond the folded paper, being careful not to cut the paper.
Unfold the template and place Fabric 2 against the edge of A1 with RS together. Make sure that when sewn, the fabric will cover the whole of section A2, then pin.
With the printed side of the template facing up, sew along the line between sections A1 and A2, starting and ending two or three stitches beyond the printed line. Press the fabric open.
Repeat Step 3 to trim the fabric 0.5cm ( ") beyond the line between sections A2 and A3. Add Fabric 2 for A3 following Steps 4-5. Continue piecing the rest of the template A sections in the same way, adding the fabric sections in
numerical order. Refer to the layout diagram on page 98 as a guide.
Piece template sections B, C, D, E, F, G and H as per Steps 2-6. Once all the sections are complete, trim to the outer dashed line around each section.
Align the template A and B sections along the straight raw edges and sew together. Press the seams open. Repeat to join the other sections together, adding them one by one in alphabetical order. Remove the paper templates, gently tearing along the seam lines. The block should now measure 21.5 x 24cm (8½ x 9½").
Cut a 9cm x 24cm (3½ x 9½") piece from Fabric 3. With RS together, sew this to the bottom of the block using a 0.5cm (¼") seam allowance. Repeat with the top of the block using a 4 x 24cm (1½ x 9½") piece of Fabric 3.
Measure and mark 15cm (6") up from the bottom on either side using a temporary fabric pen. Place a mark along the bottom in the centre (12cm (4¾") from either side). Using the ruler and rotary cutter, trim a straight line from each side mark to the centre mark. You should now have a banner shape.
Using the banner as a template, cut a piece of fusible fleece to the same size. Fuse the fleece to the back of the banner. Cut a piece of Fabric 3 in the same way for backing the finished banner.
For the hanging tabs, cut two 5 x 7.5cm (2 x 3") strips from Fabric 3. Fold each strip in half along the length with RS together and press. Unfold, press each raw edge into the middle to meet the first centre fold line, then press again. Fold in half along the length, press, then topstitch along each long edge to secure. Measure 4cm (1.5") in from either side along the top edge of the banner, fold the tabs in half, then tack along the raw edges.
Place the Fabric 3 backing piece on top the banner with RS together and sew around the outside, leaving a 7.5cm (3") gap at the top. Turn through to the RS, pushing out the corners, then fold the raw edges of the gap to the WS. Press, topstitch all the way around, then slide the dowel through the hanging loops. Add string to finish.
Joanne Hart Joanne lives in Birmingham with her husband, son and pet chihuahua. She started out wanting to be a dressmaker but fell in love with quilting. Foundation paper piecing is her favourite thing – she loves how an image can be transformed into fabric. www.craftsy.com/profile/unicornharts