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It’s the easiest, most fun way to make an applique quilt. You can do it!
The Bunches of Bears quilt pattern has thirteen different bears in it.
But you can never have enough bears! And it didn’t have a panda so I decided to make one more block – and make it free. 🙂
Trace or print the pattern onto the paper side of the fusible adhesive.
I use this printable fusible adhesive so I just printed out the page. No tracing!
The image has already been reversed, so just trace or print. If you’re tracing, be sure to trace the facial features too. You’ll need those for Step 4.
Remember when I told you to make sure you traced the facial features in Step 1? Now you’re going to use that. Hold the face up to a window so the light shines through it. You’ll be able to see the eye, and the adhesive will stabilize the fabric so you can trace on it without it crinkling up.
I traced just inside the patches and the nose, and directly on the mouth.
Here you can see all the tracing I did – without the light shining through.
If you’re doing Quilt As You Go (I did) then you can quilt your block before adding the applique. So easy!
Cut your background fabric and a piece of 100% cotton batting 11 inches square.
Layer the block with a piece of 100% cotton batting. Quilt any pattern you like!
If you’ll do the quilting later, simply skip this step.
Peel off the paper backing and arrange the pieces on a background block. Tuck the ears and the shoulders behind the head.
Remember - all the dotted lines indicate where pieces tuck behind other pieces.
Do NOT fuse down the black eyes yet.
Fuse the pieces in place.
Stitch around the grey eye backings using matching thread and just a simple straight stitch.
NOW position the black eyes and fuse in place.
Outline all the pieces with black thread and a simple straight stitch – or choose your favorite decorative stitch.
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If you’re making a one-block project, go ahead and finish it up!
If you’re making a bunch of panda blocks to join into a quilt - have fun!
What can you do with just one block pattern? Tons of things!
Check out this page I’ve been slowly building – 100 Things to Do with an Applique Pattern. 🙂
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