Corona de Flores Quilt
From The Appliqué Book
By Casey York
This fun, free-form appliqué project modernizes the traditional technique of Broderie Perse. Both beginning and more advanced students will have fun learning the basics of raw-edge appliqué using fusible web while creating improvised appliqué arrangements using their favorite printed fabrics.
- Quilt top project is appropriate for both beginners and more experienced quilters
- Project teaches basic machine appliqué using fusible web
Four hours, if class includes making, fusing, and machine stitching the appliqué. It may also be split into two 2-hour class sessions:
- Session 1: apply fusible to appliqué fabric and cut out appliqués
- Session 2: arrange appliqués and fuse and stitch to background
Class Supply List:
- Required text: The Appliqué Book
- 3 ¼ yards white background fabric, or 1 ¾ yards if fabric is more than 90˝ wide**
- 1-2 yards large-scale floral print fabric (yardage will vary depending on print)*
- Lightweight double-sided fusible web: 3 yards per yard of appliqué fabric
- Scissors (students will be cutting fabric AND paper with these)
- Invisible nylon or polyester thread that works with the student's machine (recommended: Aurifil Monofilament Invisible nylon thread or Superior Clear MonoPoly)**
- White 50wt cotton thread for bobbin**
- Removable fabric marker and small ruler for marking appliqué placement**
- Sewing machine with a zigzag stitch**
- Basic sewing supplies**
*This is a great opportunity to sell large-scale prints that students might not know how to use in other techniques (e.g., piecing); advise students to buy enough print fabric to cut out about 60 motifs of various sizes. Remind students that they will be cutting out individual motifs, as the intricacy of various motifs might influence their choice of fabric.
**If the class is divided into two sessions, these supplies are only needed for Session 2.
Each student will need the following:
- Machine sewing area and outlet (if teaching two sessions, only required for Session 2)
- Open area for laying out appliqués (if teaching two sessions, only required for Session 2)
Classroom will need:
- Pressing station and dry iron for every three students to share
- Iron cleaner for the classroom in case of fusing accidents
Refer to pp. 122-126 for instructions for the Corona de Flores quilt. Refer to pp. 15-17 and 19-21 for basic information on techniques.
For a one-session class:
1. Discuss materials and process for fusible-web appliqué.
2. Discuss history and technique of Broderie Perse (see p. 123).
3. Fuse web to wrong side of appliqué fabrics.*
4. Cut out appliqués (see p. 125 for tips on cutting the appliqués).
5. Mark background fabric for appliqué placement.
6. Place appliqués within marked guidelines; pin in place.
7. Fuse appliqués to background fabric.
8. Begin stitching appliqués to background.**
*Students may be assigned to complete this task at home before class.
**Students will not finish this step in class but will get enough practice to feel confident stitching appliqués at home.
For a two-session class:
1. Discuss materials and process for fusible-web appliqué and history of Broderie Perse (p. 123).
2. Fuse web to wrong side of appliqué fabrics.
3. Cut out appliqués (see p. 125 for tips on cutting the appliqués).*
*Students may complete this step at home if they do not finish during class time.
1. Mark background fabric for appliqué placement.
2. Arrange appliqués within marked guidelines; pin in place.
3. Fuse appliqués to background fabric.
4. Stitch appliqués to background.**
**Students may not finish this step in class but will get enough practice to feel confident stitching appliqués at home.