2 pieces of cotton fabric about 14″ x 14″ for background and backing
1 piece of batting about about 14″ x 14″ (I use FusiBoo Fusible Batting for everything!! This is the best product on the market! Don’t be fooled by other brands of fusible. They are just not the same!! (editor comment: Lisa T doesn’t get anything from the company, she is just really opinionated !)
2 1/2″ strip of fabric for binding, about 60″ long (Cut 2 2 1/2″ WOF fabric strips and sew together to form one long piece. Iron it in half lengthwise and voilà – binding!)
- Press one piece of fabric in half top to bottom and side to side so you can find the middle of the fabric.
- Lay the background on a flat surface – right side down, top it with the batting and then top that with your background fabric – right side up. You’ve just constructed a little quilt. Isn’t it cute? If you are using FusiBoo, the best product on the market, just press the entire little quilt so that it becomes one non-slipping easy to machine quilt, piece. If you have another way you like to put all the layers together – go for it!
- Lay a 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ ruler on top of the background with the pressed center point in the middle of the ruler.
- Mark the outside edge on all four sides.
- Take the paper backing off the die cut shapes and arrange in a circular shape that pleases you with the adhesive side of the shape touching the background fabric. Yes, this is obvious and because of that, I will not say how many times we have done this with the adhesive up! Makes the iron very mad!
- Cut your block into it’s final 12 12″ x 12 1/2″ dimensions and bind.
There is no right or wrong here, folks, we are creating and having fun! Smile! Maybe you could hum a little bit. It will make your husband wonder what you are up to!! They confuse so easily! Really want to freak him out? Break into song!
Use as few or as many of the shapes as you like. When you are happy with where the pieces are, fuse the shapes to the background fabric with a hot iron. Machine applique the edges of the shapes to the background thru all layers. When you are done with the machine applique – you are done with the project! Extra points for speed.
When I made these little guys, I USED FUSIBOO and layered my quilt together, pressed the tar out of it and added the binding. Then I popped on the shapes and machine quilted thru all the layers - it’s called ‘quilt-la-que’. I call it the smart woman’s way of doing as little as possible to achieve a really nice project! ‘Done’ may be my favorite word!