When I was testing out different types of reverse applique for a recent project I trotted out some slices of my Marmalade layer cake that hadn’t been used in Marmalade Circles. They were perfect for this sweet Valentine sampler.
The sampler measures 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ – a perfect Valentine for yourself or a quilty friend.
4, 10″ x 10″ squares of coordinating fabric
Sharpie Marker (for paper)
Short Pointy Sharp scissors
- Choose fabrics for letters and backgrounds. Cut 4, 5″x5″ squares of each
- Choose fabric for binding. Cut 5, 2″ x 10″ strips
- Use remaining 10″ x 10″ square for backing.
You are more than welcome to use a different method of applique. My templates would work for either fusible or traditional techniques. Go for it.
The following instructions tell you how I did what I did. I tried two methods, one done by hand, and one by machine. There are two samples of each method in this tiny quilt.
|Made using 4, slices of layer cake from Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille|
- Print letter templates.
- At the bottom of this post is a “Printer Friendly Version” button that looks like the picture above….only it will actually take you somewhere.
- Clicking on it will take you to a place where you can print it all out.
- There are 4 different letters.
- You will need to make one of each.
- Each template is drawn in 5″ square. When you print them, make sure that the square measures 5″.
- You need to be able to see the outlines of the letters/shape through the fabric. I found the lines printer by my printer to be insufficient to this task.
- To fix the problem I drew on them with a sharpie marker.
- WARNING – be careful of your writing surface, you don’t want to ruin your cutting mat with Sharpie bleed through.
- Using light box, or masking tape and a window, trace letters onto the right side of each 5″ x 5″ square that you intend to use as the background fabric.
Layer each charm square atop one letter fabric square.
- Layer them so that both right sides are up….like pages in a note pad.
- Using large basting stitches, sew 1/8″ from each edge.
- This will hold your pieces together while you are working with the fabric in the middle to reveal the letters.
- The smaller than normal “seam allowance” will ensure that the stitching doesn’t show when you put all of the blocks together.
- Applique letters onto blocks.
- For L and O
- Snip the top fabric about 1/4″ from the drawn line (starting with the center if you are working on something with a floating piece like center of O) Make your cut only about an inch or two long so that you are only cutting what you are working on at the moment. Clip curves, and corners to make flipping under the edge easier.
- Flip the edge under
- Pin in place as needed.
- Sew along the tracing line (now at the edge of the patch.) with a hidden stitch like you would use if you were binding your quilt or hemming something. Continued that process until the whole letter is revealed.
- For V and E
- Sew a scant 1/4″ to the outside of the tracing lines.
- Trim the fabric on the tracing lines
- Apply a thin coating of Fray Check to the exposed raw edges
- Secure edges as desired.
- Assemble the top.
- NOTE your blocks will be thicker than normal. That is to be expected. It is a result of the double layers used in reverse applique. As you sew your top together iron the seam allowances OPEN. This will spread out the bulk. I know it makes aligning the corners more difficult, but you will thank me when you go to quilt it.
- Sew the L block to the O block
- Sew the V block to the E block
- Sew two rows together to make top
- Layer, quilt, and bind as desired.
It was once common practice for children to make samplers of their needle work. It provided a record of stitches, helped them with their tecnique, and taught them various important lessons as they stitched out the words. (Imagine stitching out “I will not talk in class!” he, he, he. That sampler didn’t make it down to us. I wonder why.) This recipe yields one sweet lesson in LOVE, and two in reverse applique. It would be perfect to hang on a wall, in a quiet corner or your home or office. If you have a little girl in your life it might also be used to cover Barbie’s bed.
I’d love to see your finished project. Please add it to the Flickr group Tops to Treasures.