As promised, I’m back with the second part to my tutorial on my Thing 1 and Thing 2 Scrappy Block Quilt. In today’s part 2 tutorial, I’ll cover basic machine appliqué techniques to put together your Patch Appliqués of Thing 1 and Thing 2’s tummy patches and learning how to assemble your final blocks into the quilt top.
Let’s get right to it!
Thing 1 and Thing 2 Scrappy Block Quilt – Tutorial
Part 2 – Machine Appliqué and Quilt top assembly
Read all directions before you begin.
Take two of the four Center Blocks you made in part 1 of this tutorial, your black and white solid fabrics, and your fusible web and get ready to appliqué!
Step 1: Trace the appliqué patterns of Thing 1 and Thing 2 circle shapes onto the paper side of your fusible web. You will need to trace each piece separately onto the fusible web. (I’ve only traced one set of appliqué shapes in my examples I’m showing below. Make sure to trace both sets when you go do trace your shapes.)
Step 2: You should now have four appliqué pattern pieces drawn onto the fusible web. Rough cut around each about a quarter to a half an inch away from drawn line.
Step 3: Take your fusible web and put it fusible side (the rough/non-papery side) down onto the wrong side of your fabrics. Iron on top of the paper side, fusing the web to fabric. (Check the directions on your fusible web for iron heat settings. It important to know before fusing, as every fusible web is different.)
Step 4: Carefully cut out the appliqués on the drawn lines. Your pieces should now look like the image below.
Step 5: Remove paper from your appliqué piece, find the middle of your center block, and iron to fuse appliqués down to two of your Center Blocks. Make sure to iron the appliqué long enough to fuse all edges down to Center Block.
Step 6: To make sure appliqué is secured, I like to machine stitch it down. (Fusible appliqué will be fine if you don’t stitch it down, but runs the risk of fraying or coming up more easily after being washed/used. I highly recommend stitching the appliqués down for security.) For this quilt, I used a straight stitch and sewed about an eighth to a quarter inch inside the raw edges with thread that matched the fabric I was sewing on. The fun part about this stitching on these appliqués is that it’s Dr. Seuss…and his stuff is already kind of wonky! It made for an easy (though not very precise) but very cute addition to the appliqué!
If you’re going to secure the appliqués down with stitching, make sure to do it before you’ve sewn them into rows.
Assembling the quilt top:
Step 1: To assemble your quilt, take your 12 scrappy blocks and your 4 center blocks and layout in desire pattern with the 4 center blocks in the center of the quilt.
Step 2: Sew blocks into rows.
Step 3: Finally, take your four rows and sew together. Your quilt top should look like the image below.
Finish your quilt by layering your finished quilt top, batting and backing. Quilt layers together and bind. (Fabric requirements are for 2½” cut strips for binding.)
And there you have it folks! The complete tutorial for my Thing 1 and Thing 2 Scrappy Block quilt! If you missed Part 1, check it out here. If you have any questions about Part 1 or Part 2 of this tutorial, please feel free to send me a message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re just interested in grabbing the appliqué pattern, download it here.
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