Button-On Wall Quilt
Instructions and templates provided courtesy of guest Marinda Stewart.
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Still Life Inset
Materials and Tools:
buttons – 13, 1" oak leaves; 13, 1-1/8" flowers; 13, 3/4" leaves; 13, 5/8" leaves; 3, 7/8" buttons; 5, 7/8" decorative floral buttons; 1 bumble bee button; 1 dragonfly button
crib batting 45" x 60"
rotary cutter, mat, ruler, scissors, straight pins, pencil
water-soluble marking pen
sewing thread to match fabric
8 assorted colors 40 wt. rayon decorative thread
1 purchased or old lace hankie 11" square
2-1/2 yards grosgrain ribbon 1/4" wide
1/2 yard fusible web
fabric or jewel glue
hand sewing needle
button shank remover
- background - wall 14" x 25-1/2" piece
- table - 7" x 25-1/2" piece
- backing - 21" x 26" piece
- binding - 1/4 yard
- vase - 6-1/2" x 11" piece
- grapes - 2 same color prints each 6" x 2"
- leaves - 2 greens (1) 7" x 10" dark; (1) 6 1/2" x 5" medium
- china - 3 coordinating prints
- teacup - 3 1/2" x 4 1/2 " large print
- plates - 7" x 8 1/2" medium print
- details - 4 1/2" x 7" small print
- dimensional small flowers - 3 coordinating prints (1) 5" x 5" piece and (2) 5" x 10" pieces
- dimensional large flowers - flower center 4" x 10" piece; (3) coordinating prints in small color 8" x 8" each
1. Cut hankie on a skewed diagonal (figure A) with a 3-1/2-inch side and a 7-1/4-inch side. Sew onto 7" x 25-1/2" background table piece. Add decorative trim to hankie (figure B). Miter corners. Topstitch in place.
2. Sew background table to background wall right sides together along 25-1/2 " side.
3. Trace teacup, plates, and vase to fusible web (figure C). Fuse to fabrics (figure D) as detailed in cutting chart, following manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out pieces and arrange as shown in the diagram. Note: You'll need Adobe Reader to view the PDF pattern.
4. From batting cut a piece 21" x 26". Layer backing, batting, and top together. Baste to hold and quilt as desired. Applique will be done through all layers.
5. Using a contrast color rayon thread satin stitch around all pieces of china.
6. Using the contrast thread for the vase, applique the vase to the background. Add the decorative borders on the vase using a different complimentary color for each border and a pre-programmed interesting decorative stitch for each thread.
7. Draw stems on background using water-soluble pen. Stitch stems using leaf green rayon thread.
8. Using leaf pattern, trace leaves onto fusible web and fuse to fabrics and cut out. Referring to photo for placement, fuse leaves onto background. Applique in place with a satin stitch and green rayon thread.
9. Using a pre-programmed decorative leaf stitch, add several small leaves where shown using another shade of green rayon thread.
10. Prepare grapes for fusing using three grape pattern pieces. Fuse to background and applique with matching rayon thread. Add grape vine tendrils with water soluble pen and stitch in brown.
11. Quilt background as desired.
12. Place buttons as follows: five square buttons on vase; one bee on grape leaf; one dragonfly in branches; five, 1-1/2-inch flowers on one branch; eight, 1-1/2-inch on another branch; 13 oak leaves in one area; small and large leaves scattered among flower button branches. Buttons may be sewn on or, for speed and convenience, cut the shanks off and glue on with Gem-Tac.
13. To make two-inch dimensional yo-yo flower, draw a five-inch circle onto five-inch squares of fabric and cut out. Turn under 1/8-inch seam allowance. Use a running stitch and a threaded needle and stitch around entire circle. Pull thread tightly to center and knot thread. Divide the yo-yo into five equal parts and mark (figure E). Insert threaded needle at mark approximately 1/2 inch from center of the yo-yo. Pull thread over outer edge and insert needle from the back through the same place.
Pull tightly to gather edge. Take a second stitch and knot. Repeat at other four marks to make petals (figure F). Carry thread on back of the yo-yo from petal to petal. Sew or glue a 7/8-inch decorative floral button in the center. Make five total from three coordinating prints. Attach to background where indicated.
14. To make four-inch dimensional eight-petal flowers, from flower center fabric draw 3-1/2-inch circle onto fabric and cut out. Make there yo-yos as above without petal detail. Set aside. From petal fabric cut 12, four-inch squares (four from each fabric), then cut in half diagonally to make 24 triangles. To make one petal, fold a 1/4-inch seam to wrong side of fabric along long side of triangle (figure G).
Pleat folded corner A to center (figure I). Do the same for B anchor folds and pleats with tack stitch and trim off excess below stitch. Make a total of 24 petals, eight from each fabric. To assemble, glue eight petals to back of each yo-yo center. Randomly mixing all three fabrics in each flower. Make three total.
15. For binding cut eight, one-inch strips. From 1/4-inch grosgrain cut 24, 3-1/4-inch pieces. For one side of panel binding, lay strip of binding, right side up, fold ribbon into loops and pin to binding, matching loops to button placement on quilted Decorative Frame (figure K). Place another one-inch strip of binding on top, right sides together, sew a 1/4-inch seam to create a binding with ribbon loops. Sew one raw edge to one side of panel right sides together. On back of panel, turn under 1/4-inch seam and stitch in place. Repeat for each side of quilt, covering all raw edges at corners.
16. Button the completed panel onto quilted decorative frame made above. Change panels as desired.