For this stained glass quilt tutorial I have used a simple pansy template. Many stained glass quilt patterns have Christmas as a theme, so I decided to make something different, suitable for any time of year. I’ve used two pansy blocks with black Clover bias tape around the petals and then I’ve used 1.1/2″ strips of black fabric in the borders to continue the stained glass theme.
There are many ways of producing the stained glass effect, and this method is probably the most common. I try to find templates that have smooth curves as they are easier to use. This pansy template comes from EQ7. The pansy quilted wall hanging measures just over 17″ wide and about 30″ long.
Cutting requirements for the stained glass quilt tutorial
White fabric: two 12″ squares
Pansy fabrics: scraps in three different colours – I’ve used purple, blue and yellow/green
Black fabric: 1.1/2″ strips: three 12″ long, two 26.1/2″ long to border the pansy blocks. Two 16″ long and two 30.1/2″ long for the border. Two small circles for the middle of the pansies.
Coloured fabric for the border: 1.1/2″ strips: two 14″ long and two 28.1/2″ long
Backing and wadding: rectangles 17″ by 32″
Making the pansy stained glass quilt blocks
Print two copies of the pansy template which you can find by clicking here. You’ll need one of them left whole and one cut into petals. Number them, starting with number 1 in the bottom right petal and working clockwise with the numbering.
Place the first template (of the whole pansy) under one of the white squares and draw the shape onto the fabric. Repeat with the second white square. I have drawn these shapes on the right side of the fabric.
Use the individual petal templates to cut the shapes in fabric. Cut two of each template and make sure that you keep them all separate so that you can keep track of which number each shape is.
Begin placing the petals on each white square. The edges should just lay next to each other. Pin in place.
The Clover bias tape is adhesive on one side and can be fused on to the fabric using an iron. Begin laying the tape across the top of petal number one, easing it to follow the curves. Using the tip of your iron (and watch out for your fingers!) press the tape in place as you lay it.
Cut the tape at the end of the top of petal one, and begin again in the middle of the pansy to lay tape up one side and across the top of petal two. As you can see, the tape for petal two will cover the end of the tape for petal one, making the whole stained glass quilt neater. This is why we work methodically around the petals, finishing with the blue petal on the right side. For this petal the tape begins and ends at the middle, so the ends of the tape on the petals on either side of it are covered.
For the middle of the stained glass pansy I didn’t trust myself to make a neat circle using tape as it’s such a small shape, so instead I cut a small black circle in black fabric. After backing this with fusible interfacing I could press it in the middle of the pansy, covering all the ends of the tape from the petals.
Assembling the parts of the stained glass quilt tutorial
Sew the two pansy stained glass quilt blocks to each other using 12″ black fabric strips and sew a 26.1/2″ black strip to either side.
Use 1.1/2″ strips of coloured fabric for the first border – sew the two short strips to the top and bottom and the two longer strips to the sides. Finally for the last border use 1.1/2″ black strips again – two 16″ strips for the top and bottom and two 30.1/2″ strips for the sides.
Lay the wadding on the work surface and lay the backing fabric on top with right side up. Lay the stained glass patchwork on top with right side down. Pin. Using a 1/4″ seam, sew around three and a half sides of the stained glass patchwork to secure the three layers together. Leave one half of one of the short edges open so that you create a gap through which to turn everything right side out. When you have turned it all right side out, turn under a small hem across the gap and slipstitch in place. Press well on both sides.
Quilting the stained glass quilt wall hanging
For this stained glass quilt tutorial I have left sewing the black tape in place until the final stage when I was doing the quilting. I did this because I had hoped that the petals would stand out more if the tape was sewn down through the wadding and backing. In fact I wouldn’t say that this is really noticeable, so in it wouldn’t have made any difference if I had sewn the tape as soon as I had finished the blocks. Aah, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
The traditional way of securing the tape in stained glass quilt tutorials is to sew two lines of stitching, one on each side of the tape. I find that this is quite time consuming and my lines are never that accurate so I use a zigzag stitch instead. This means that I am still stitching on both sides of the tape so should still be securing the fabric on each side of the tape.
You’ll need to use a walking foot and black thread to do this stitching. You can see in the photo that some of the zigzag lines look darker than others. This is because I had to stitch along some lines twice in order to cover all the edges once to secure all the tape in place without having to keep stopping, moving the needle and starting again. When the pansies were secure I stitched in straight lines along each edge of the black fabric border strips.
After this I changed to white thread and stitched two lines of echo quilting around the pansies just to emphasis them better.
Here’s the video:
Last week I had the concrete base laid for my girl-shed where I’m planning to set up Minnie, my longarm quilting machine. You can see a photo of where the shed will go and then in a few weeks’ time I’ll be able to show you the shed itself. As you can see, I have quite a narrow garden.