Disclosure: As a sponsored blogger for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Jo-Ann has provided me with a booklet of spring trend inspiration and a gift card to purchase crafting supplies to develop the craft discussed in this post.
March is National Craft Month! To celebrate, the Jo-Ann folks sent me a spring trend inspiration booklet and asked me to develop a craft that incorporated one of these spring trends: radiant orchid, nautical, florals, and geometric. I opted for radiant orchid and geometric, making a quilt wall hanging. That’s my state capitol on the front – Boise Idaho! By the way, it’s BOY-SEE, not BOY-ZEE 🙂
To make your own 12.5″ wall hanging, gather some supplies: sixteen 5″ fabric squares, 16.5″ square of quilt batting, 20.5″ square of quilt backing fabric, 2.5″ wide quilt binding, 8.5″ x 11″ freezer paper sheet, white cotton fabric slightly larger than the freezer paper sheet, quilt basting spray, stabilizer, washable glue stick, ruler, marking pens, scissors, rotary cutter & mat, thread, and your sewing machine. You’ll also need a photo, an inkjet printer, and a way to convert the photo to a line drawing (I use a handy iPhone app called Camera 4 Line Art – it’s free).
First, pair up the 5″ fabric squares, placing the lighter one on top. Using a 1/2″ ruler, mark two diagonal lines from corner to corner, and sew on each of these lines. I used a size 12 Sharp sewing machine needle.
Then make four cuts: the first two in a cross manner, and the last two in the middle of the drawn diagonal lines.
You’ve just made eight HSTs (half-square triangles)! Do this for each of the square pairs.
Press the seams open and trim each HST to equal 2″ square. Trimming is a necessary step if you want your points to match up accurately later on.
To make the small block units, pin four HSTs together into two pairs, aligning the seams. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance and press seams open.
Pin the resulting two units together, aligning the points. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance and press seams open.
Do this for all of your HST units.
Continue pinning, stitching, and pressing to make four quarter units…
…and stitch those together to make the quilt top. Give it a good press.
Trim the quilt top to be square. A 12.5″ square ruler is really handy for this.
Now on to the white line drawing overlay. We want to print on the white cotton fabric, using an inkjet printer. A sheet of freezer paper is the key! Place the shiny side up on your ironing board, layer the white cotton fabric on top, and press with a hot dry iron. Pay particular attention to the corners. Then trim the fabric sides to be flush with the freezer paper.
Now for a picture. Be sure to use a copyright-free image. I opted for a picture I took of the Capitol building in Boise. I saved it to my iPhone camera roll, opened up the Camera 4 Line Art app, followed the directions, and POW! A super-cool line drawing that I printed onto the prepped white fabric.
Peel the freezer paper off the back side. Before we stitch it to our patchwork panel, it needs a little bit more oomph. Apply stabilizer to the back side, adding support during machine stitching and preventing the patchwork from showing through the white fabric. Pellon Stick-N-Tear works great for this – just follow the package directions to apply to the fabric. It’s basically peel and stick. Easy.
Position the overlay on top of the patchwork panel, wherever you think looks good. Use a washable glue stick to temporarily set it in place. I just used a few light strokes here and there. Then heat set with a hot dry iron. Stitch onto the patchwork panel, outlining the line drawing. No need for precision here – it really looks good no matter what.
Trim about 1/8″ from the stitching lines, then flip it over and trim off any overlapping white fabric.
Now to prep for quilting. Assemble the quilt sandwich layers (backing, batting, patchwork panel) and baste together. I used 505 quilt basting spray. Using a water-soluble marker, draw a line on the patchwork panel 1/4″ from the edges. Any quilting stitches outside this line will not be visible. Mark your quilting design, if desired. I opted to use some pins to help me determine my quilting design, then I marked the quilt top with a air-soluble marker.
Then have fun machine quilting! I switched to a walking foot on my sewing machine and a size 14 Quilting sewing machine needle. Also, I used the same thread throughout this project – Aurifil 50wt in a dark gray.
The last step is binding. I used this binding tutorial by Lori Holt.
Yessssss. I love it. I definitely felt some #craftmonthlove making this!
How about you? Are you feeling some #craftmonthlove? Treat yourself!