It’s tulip time! Hi, I’m Lisa Ruble from Love to Color My World and I’m happy to be here with a spring-themed tutorial today.
Here in Michigan, the weather is (slowly) warming up, the crocuses are blooming, and the tulip leaves are pushing through the ground. We’ll have blooms soon! I’ve made several pieced tulip quilts over the years, but this spring I decided I needed an applique version. Here it is!
Modern Tulips Wall Quilt with HeatnBond Fusible Fleece
For a color palette, I decided to do something a little different and create a gradated look on a black background to make my wall quilt more modern. I tried out some different color variations as digital designs – head over to my blog to see them! Let’s get started on making this project!
The finished quilt measures 12″ x 24″
1/2 yard black background fabric
7″ x 13″ piece each four different tulip colors (I used shades of pink)
1/4 yard binding fabric (to make a two-color flanged binding as I did, you’ll need 1/8 yard each of two different colors)
1/2 yard backing fabric
HeatnBond Fusible Fleece
HeatnBond Lite Sewable Iron-On Adhesive
From the black background:
(1) 14″ x 26″ rectangle
From binding fabric (for traditional binding):
(2) 2-1/2″ x WOF strips
From Fusible Fleece:
(1) 14″ x 26″ piece
From backing fabric:
(1) 15″ x 27″ rectangle
Download the templates here.
Step 1: Trace (2) of each tulip (all 3 sections) onto the paper side of the fusible web. Trace (2) of each leaf onto the paper side of the fusible web. Additionally, cut out (4) 1″ x 7″ rectangles from the fusible web (for stems).
Step 2: Cut out the shapes 1/4″ past the drawn lines and fuse (1) tulip (all 3 sections), (1) leaf and (1) 1″ x 7″ rectangle onto the backside of each of the red/pink fabrics. Fuse in place.
Step 3: Cut out each tulip (3 sections per tulip) and each leaf. Cut (1) 1/2″ x 7″ stem from each fusible rectangle.
Step 4: Layout the (3) sections of each tulip, leaf, and stem as shown. When you’re happy with the placement, fuse in place. Note that the tulip steps and leaves extend off the background fabric. When you fuse in place, stop short of the edge of the background. After pieces are fused in place, trim off the excess stems and leaves.
Here’s a quick video of that process:
Step 5: Fuse the Fusible Fleece to the back of the quilt top. Baste the backing to the opposite side of the fleece.
Step 6: Quilt the tulip quilt as desired. I used freehand wavy lines and a medium pink thread. Square up the quilt to measure 12-1/2” x 24-1/2”.
Step 7: Use the (2) 2-1/2” x WOF strips to bind the quilt. If you want to use a flange binding that will create a pink accent, head over to my blog for instructions.
That’s it! This wall quilt is quick and easy to make. I hope you enjoy hanging it up this spring season.