Scrappy Shamrocks Small Quilt featuring HeatnBond

Greetings friends! It’s Belinda Karls-Nace from Blue Ribbon Designs, here today with a brand new project tutorial featuring an assortment of my favorite Therm O Web products. Today, I am excited to share my “Scrappy Shamrocks” small quilt with you.

I’ll admit it, I have a problem…fabric scraps; I can’t bear to throw away the tiniest pieces of fabric.  I also have a love for seasonal and holiday projects, so to prepare for St. Patrick’s Day in March, I thought it would be fun to do a shamrock project this month. This is an easy project, perfect for using up small pieces of leftover fabric. This quilt can be as scrappy as you please or completely planned out – and the number of blocks can easily be adjusted to make it a size you prefer. It works well as a wall hanging or a table topper…or simply add/adjust the layout/number of blocks to create a table runner or larger quilt. These simple, step-by-step instructions will have you using up all sorts of scraps in no time…and with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner it’s a timely project for seasonal décor.

Let’s get creative! Simply gather the materials and supplies listed below, then download the pattern with PDF templates and foundation block layout.

*NOTE*: This tutorial requires basic quilting knowledge and foundation piecing knowledge. If you need additional assistance to piece your quilt, search/visit the Internet, or look at a basic quilting book to learn the fundamentals of quilting and traditional piecing.

What you need:

How to make a Scrappy Shamrocks Small Quilt (24” x 24”)

1. Download and print the Scrappy Shamrocks Small Quilt PDF.

Scrappy Shamrocks – A Project for the Therm O Web Blog

Print actual size – do NOT “fit to page” or “shrink to fit.”

Print pages 1, 2, and 3 (cover/quilt/block layout) on regular printer paper.

Print page 4 (shamrock appliqués) on HeatnBond Lite EZ-Print Iron-On Adhesive – you will need to print four total pages of shamrocks (for eight shamrock appliqués.

2. Create appliqué blocks.

1. Loosely cut out the shamrock appliqué template(s) printed on HeatnBond Lite EZ-Print Iron-On Adhesive and apply to the back of coordinating 6” squares of green fabrics following the package instructions.
    • Loosely cut out all shamrocks, leaving the paper in place.
    • Pre-heat iron to medium heat, no steam.
    • Place loosely cut apart shamrocks on the wrong side of fabrics (printed paper, smooth side, should be face up).
    • Place and hold the iron on the paper for 2-3 seconds. Repeat, overlapping slightly, until entire surface is bonded.
    • Allow it to cool.
2. Cut or trim the piece(s) on the solid lines printed on the paper to create the desired shape. Leave paper in place until ready to fuse in place.

3. Center and fuse one shamrock into place on each 6 ½” white fabric square following the package instructions.
  • Pre-heat iron to medium heat, no steam.
  • Peel off paper.
  • Center one fabric shamrock, adhesive side down on top of the 6 ½” fabric square.
  • Press and hold iron for 6 seconds on each section, overlapping slightly, until the pieces are bonded.
  • Repeat for all eight blocks.
4. Using your favorite appliqué stitch (machine or hand) and coordinating sewing thread, sew the pieces in place. I chose to use a machine blanket stitch. Repeat this step for all eight blocks. Set these completed blocks aside.
  • PRO TIP: If you are using lightweight cotton fabrics or are experiencing puckering or difficulty stitching down the appliqué shapes, cut and place a StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheet under your block for stabilization. This piece only needs to be slightly larger than the shamrock. After stitching down the applique, carefully tear away the stabilizer from the back of the block.

3. Create Nine-Patch Blocks.

1. Lay out, pin, and sew five green 2 ½” squares and four white 2 ½” squares in three rows of three alternating green and white for each row, as shown on page two of the PDF pattern. Press seams towards the green (dark) squares.
2. Make eight blocks.

4. Create the quilt top.

1. Lay out, pin, and sew the completed quilt blocks in four rows of four, alternating between appliqué blocks and nine-patch blocks. Press seams towards the appliqué blocks.

2. Lay out, pin, and sew the four rows together to complete the quilt top. Press seams towards the added rows.

3. Center and fuse the 25” x 25” piece of HeatnBond Fusible Fleece to the wrong side of the 24 ½” x 24 ½” quilt top, following the package instructions.
  • Pre-heat iron to a medium setting, no steam.
  • Place the rough side of the Fusible Fleece on the wrong side of the quilt top unit.
  • Cover with a lightweight, dry pressing cloth.
  • Press and hold iron with medium pressure for 10-15 seconds. Repeat by lifting iron to new area, slightly overlapping previous area until the entire surface is bonded.
  • Allow it to cool.
4. Apply the backing fabric to the back of the quilt top unit using SpraynBond Basting Adhesive Fabric Spray.
  • Shake well. (Ensure that your work surface and project are protected.)
  • Hold can upright, 12 inches from fusible fleece. Press nozzle and apply adhesive from the center outward.
  • Wait 30 seconds, then place the quilt back on the fusible fleece and smooth. Reposition as needed.
5. Quilt as desired.
6. Add binding.
  • If hanging, fold each 2” piece of twill tape/ribbon in half and baste into place on the top edge of the quilt before adding the binding. Match the raw edges of the twill tape/ribbon with the raw edge of the quilt. The binding will hold the tabs in place. After binding has been added, tack the tabs upward for hanging.

Your Scrappy Shamrocks small quilt is complete. Wasn’t that fun and easy?! Place on a hanger to display or use as a table topper.

Thank you for joining me today for my Therm O Web blog tutorial. I hope this post inspires you to create a Scrappy Shamrock quilt, using scrap fabrics and materials you have on hand. To see more of my projects and patterns, stop by my blog, website, and/or Instagram – I would love to visit with you and see what you create!

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