Welcome quilt designer, author, and first-time contributor to McCall’s Quilting Marcia Harmening of Happy Stash Quilts! Marcia’s lap quilt, Blown Away, is patterned in the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the book giveaway at the bottom of the page!
A great big thank you to McCall’s Quilting for featuring my Blown Away quilt in their September/October 2016 issue!
If you have a collection of pre-cut 2 1/2″ strips of fabric in your sewing room staring at you and begging to be used, let those strips know their lucky day has arrived! Simply scoop them up and be blown away by a quick and easy method of machine appliqué.
I used a log (containing 26 strips 2 1/2″ in width) from the Chirpy Lola Collection by Ella Blue Fabric. This was enough fabric for the little whirligigs in the quilt, but I had to find my own binding. If you use a Jelly Roll or Bali Pop containing 40 strips you will have enough for the appliqué pieces and binding.
So here we go. Welcome to the wonderful world of Flip & Fuse appliqué! Although the Blown Away quilt pattern in the magazine includes step by step instructions for turned-edge applique, my Flip & Fuse technique is what I used to make the sample quilt. This technique is featured in my book Flip & Fuse Quilts by C&T Publishing.
How to Flip & Fuse:
1. Simply trace a Melon Shape (Applique Template in the magazine) onto the smooth, non-glue side of a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing. I like to use Pellon 911FF — it is strong enough to resist ripping, yet light enough to keep your appliqué pieces from feeling rigid.
2. Place the traced piece of fusible interfacing on a piece of fabric so the glue side of the interfacing is directly against the right side of the fabric. Sew along the drawn line.
4. Turn the unit right side out by pulling the fabric through the slit in the interfacing. Use a small Phillip’s head screwdriver or another blunt instrument to gently push out the points of each melon.
5. Finger press the edges of the melons when you are pleased with the shape. Now the right side of the fabric is on top and the glue side of the interfacing is on the bottom. Notice that all raw edges are turned under! Pretty nifty!
6. Use a hot iron to fuse the melon piece to the background as directed in the pattern. You can use a straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, or a blind hem stitch (my personal favorite) to sew the appliqué piece to the background fabric.
Note: I like to use clear .004 polyester thread to sew all of my pieces in place. However, you may also use cotton threads that match your fabrics. The pretty quilting on the sample was done by Laurie Vandergriff.
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Marcia is giving away a copy of her Flip & Fuse book to a lucky blog reader! Leave a comment below before midnight July 24, 2016 and you’ll be entered into the random drawing. The winning name will be drawn on July 25 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
We have our winner! Congratulations to Teri Clark of Enumclaw, Washington. Marcia will get your book out to you pronto!
If you’d like to make your own version of the Blown Away quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the September/October 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the Blown Away digital quilt pattern separately from our online shop.