Stained Glass Quilt Tutorial – Pansy

Stained glass quilt tutorial

Stained glass quilt tutorial

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″

Make two copies of the template

Make two copies of the template

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.

Cut the petals in fabric

Cut the petals in 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.

Place the petals on the pansy template

Place the petals on the pansy template

Begin placing the petals on each white square.  The edges should just lay next to each other.  Pin in place.

Begin placing the tape on petal one

Begin placing the tape on petal one

Fuse the tape to the fabric

Fuse the tape to the fabric

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.

Begin to tape petal two

Begin to tape petal two

Finish with the blue petal

Finish with the blue petal

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.

Sew the blocks together with black strips

Sew the blocks together with black strips

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.

Add the borders

Add the borders

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.

Layer the stained glass patchwork

Layer the stained glass patchwork

Leave a gap in the stitching

Leave a gap in the stitching

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

Quilting showing on the back

Quilting showing on the back

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.

Echo quilting around the pansy

Echo quilting around the pansy

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:

The base for my sewing shed

The base for my sewing shed

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.

 

Sunbonnet Sue Valentine Quilt


Sunbonnet Sue Valentine quilt

Sunbonnet Sue Valentine quilt

Sunbonnet Sue is a lovely addition to many quilts and I thought that she was just the lady for this Valentine quilt pattern.  Actually it’s probably more accurate to describe it as a Valentine quilted wall hanging given that it measures 30″ wide by 36″ high.  I have used two Sunbonnet Sues – I have no idea what the collective noun for them is but I think that a patchwork of Sunbonnet Sues has a definite ring to it!

I’ve used scraps for the squares at the bottom together with 1/2 yard of the pink fabric for the Sunbonnet Sues and the binding, and 20″ of the blue fabric for the sky.

Cutting requirements

One hundred and twenty 2.1/2″ squares from scrap, broadly split into dark, brown, green and blue sections.

Pink fabric:  one 6.1/2″ strip cut across the width of fabric, four 2.1/2″ strips for the binding

Sky blue fabric:  rectangle 20.1/2″ by 30.1/2″

Backing and wadding:  34″ by 40″ rectangle of each

Small amount of Bondaweb or other fusible interfacing.

Sunbonnet Sue templates

Making the wall hanging background

Make eight rows of fifteen squares

Make eight rows of fifteen squares

To begin with, sort your scrap 2.1/2″ squares into eight sets of fifteen squares.  Broadly I have used dark fabrics (blacks and purples) for the bottom two rows.  Above these are two rows of assorted brown squares, then two rows of assorted green squares.  These are intended to be the ground.  Above these are two rows of assorted blue squares which are the start of the sky.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

 

Add the sky to the wall hanging

Add the sky to the wall hanging

For the rest of the sky cut a rectangle 30.1/2″ wide by 20.1/2″ high and sew this to the rows of patchwork squares.

This is the background of the Valentine wall hanging – now you just need to applique the patchwork of Sunbonnet Sues and the circles to form a heart shape.

 

Sunbonnet Sue templates

Sunbonnet Sue templates

You may have your own Sunbonnet Sue templates to use, but I have put the very simple templates that I used here.  The bonnet and skirt are fairly obvious, the small shape on the left is her arm and the small shape on the right is her feet.  Normally you would cut these from different fabrics, but I felt that there were so many different fabrics already in use that she would stand out better if she was made from one fabric only.

Place with wrong sides together

Place with wrong sides together

Cut two rectangles of the pink fabric about 6.1/2″ by 10″.  Back both of them with bondaweb or some similar fusible interfacing.  Place the two rectangles with wrong sides together.  Pin the paper templates to the fabric, mark the outlines and cut them out.  The reason that I have used two rectangles like this is so that I will get two Sunbonnet Sues, one being the mirror image of the other.  That way you can place them facing towards each other – or more accurately towards the heart shape in the middle.

Place the skirt first

Place the skirt first

Place the skirt first.  I have placed mine on the fourth square in from each side, with the bottom of the skirt resting on the top of the green row of squares.  Now place the bonnet, arm and shoes in place and press or pin.  I have tried to angle the bonnet up slightly so that she appears to be looking up at the heart.

 

Mark a heart outline in the sky

Mark a heart outline in the sky

Using fabric marker, draw a heart in the middle of the blue sky rectangle.  This is a guide for when you place the pink circles there to give you a heart shape.  Cut small circles from all the leftover scraps of pink fabric.  I didn’t use a template for this, so that the circles would all be different sizes, giving them more of a random feel.

 

Fill the heart with circles

Fill the heart with circles

Complete the heart

Complete the heart

Place the circles within the heart shape.  It’s worth taking a step back at this stage to view your quilt from a distance – my heart looked fine when I was close up to it, but from a distance it has a distinctly irregular shape!

If you’ve used interfacing you can now press all the applique shapes in place.  Otherwise you will need to pin them – or a small dab of glue helps to hold them in place until you can sew them.

Finishing the Sunbonnet Sue Quilted Wall Hanging

Layer the Valentine quilt

Layer the Valentine quilt

Place the backing fabric right side down, then the wadding and then the patchwork top.  Pin.  For the quilting I stitched the circles down with small meander quilting and then echo quilted three or four times around the overall heart shape.  For the rest of the sky I used a larger meander quilting than I had used within the cirlces.

 

Black zigzag the Sunbonnet Sue edges

Black zigzag the Sunbonnet Sue edges

I was a bit afraid that the Sunbonnet Sues weren’t very well defined so I zigzagged around them using black thread to help the parts of the applique show up better.  For the rows of squares I just stitched in the ditch along every second column.

 

Trim the edges

Trim the edges

When you’re happy that everything is securely quilted, baste around the edge of the quilt, trim the edges and bind as for any quilt.

Here’s the video:

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