Appliqué is a form of ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck onto a large piece of fabric to form pictures or patterns. Our Westalee Design Accredited Instructor, Pam Varner artfully applies techniques from both appliqué and quilting to create a bright and colorful springtime scene on fabric using the Westalee Design Leonie Collection templates to make 3D shapes come to life. This form of TempLee Technique is a form of appliqué using templates to create sewn designs on fabric and then cutting them out.
What Pam has to say about this project
So I’ve had this idea in my head for a while, as I enjoy different methods of machine appliqué. I’ve been wanting to make shapes using templates; the 3D came to life when creating the prototype butterfly. The Westalee Design set of templates, Leonie’s Selection, brought it to fabric. I considered other mediums to form the 3D shapes, but eventually settled on Terial Magic. In the future, I hope to come up with something that can be washed without compromising the design. This project was SEW much fun to make as each step was a leap of faith that it would come out as I imagined. I’m looking forward to seeing others’ interpretations.
2 sided fusible (Steam a Seam, Wonder Under, Heat N Bond)
Glide (Light Grey) in the bobbin for all quilting.
WonderFil Metallic for the circular flower.
Quilter’s Select 80 wt for the background quilting.
Isacord 40 wt embroidery thread for everything else in various colors.
Backing and batting: 26” by 20”
Sky or background: 22” by 16”
Meadow: 22” by 5 ½”
Various fabric scraps for appliqué
Binding: 2 ½ strips cut WOF.
Prepare the appliqué pieces.
Cut fabric into two equal size pieces as large as your template to make it easier. Note: You will need to lower your foot for this step as you will be sewing and not quilting with your ruler foot. Place fabric right sides together and sew all the way around the template for the following pieces:
- Circle: Stitched using the Mini Artisan Curve 2” Circle (Cut an X in the middle for turning later)
- Butterfly: Stitched using the Butterfly 1 Template (Cut one vertical slit in the middle. This will be on the side that will be stitched down)
- Flower Petals: Stitched using the Spin-e-Fex 1 3.5” (Make 8 of these and cut off one end about 1/4″ from one of the points)
Trim outside the stitches a little less than ¼”.
Cut and turn right sides out.
Form the 3D pieces.
Follow the directions for using Terial Magic on the Butterfly and Flower petals.
For drying, I formed the butterfly around a ¼” dowel and secured the wings with clips. The petals were rolled around the dowel to get the curve effect. I secured them with binder clips, but pins would work for the butterfly and you might be able to tape the petals in place.
Note: Using parchment paper prevents the fabric from sticking to itself and the dowel.
Prepare fabric for the fusible appliqué.
Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply your fusible of choice (Steam a Seam, Wonder Under, Heat N Bond) to the following fabric shapes.
Meadow 22” by 5 ½”
Large Circular Flower: 8” square *
Spine-E-Fex Flower: 6” square *
*minimum size, cut a little larger to be safe.
Butterfly: 2 pieces 4 ½” by 3”
Prepare your quilt sandwich.
I did not baste mine but you may want to. Finish the background by quilting with any simple design, I used the scallop side on the Making Waves 1 Template to make vertical lines.
Lay the meadow fabric the length of the background piece lining up the bottoms. I marked a slope and didn’t quilt above it using the Making Waves 1 Template with a thread that matches the meadow. Tip: Being inconsistent here makes the quilting go faster and adds a more natural looking texture.
Cut about ⅛” away above the uppermost stitching line.
Find where you want the center of your flowers to be. Quilt stems from that point to the meadow in a darker green thread. Again, I used the Making Waves 1 Template.
I stitched this after doing the stems and meadow for placement purposes using the Butterfly 1 Template.
Circular Flower is quilted with the Mini Artisan Curves 06 Template using the 5”, 6½”, and 7” pinholes.
For the Spin-e-Fex flower I used 16 rotations to make all of the petals using the Spin-e-Fex 1 3.5” Template
First quilt a circle in the center using the Mini Artisan Curve 2” Circle with the .5” echo guide. Notice how the petals come off the circle, not the center of the design.
To make the 2 piece Butterfly place the behind piece first, quilt and trim before adding the front piece. I used the Making Waves 1 Template to add texture to the wings and for the antennae.
Attach the binding.
Waiting until later will be cumbersome.
The petals will be curled. I pinned them in place, then pinned the appliqué circle piece on top and attached them with a blanket stitch.
I used a simple decorative stitch to stitch down the butterfly while simultaneously making its body. I was concerned that using a template would flatten the butterfly. You want this stitch to be wide enough to cover the slit you made to turn it. A series of straight stitches would also work.
Finish the project by attaching the button to the center of the circular flower and enjoy your finished work! Be sure to send us a picture of your own version of the project on Facebook or Instagram!