Hello everyone!  It’s artist & dreamer, Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams here to share with you the quilt I made for Therm O Web‘s Quilt Market Booth.  I’ve been admiring many broderie perse style quilts over the last few months and thought it was time to give it a go!  Enjoy!

Turtle Quilt

The Manderlay Fabric by Franny & Jane for Moda Fabrics were the perfect fabrics for a fun “Treading Turtle” broderie perse quilt project!


Turtle Quilt Materials

For the background of the quilt:

– (54) 2.5″ x 16″ rectangles  – makes nine 12″ scrappy trip along blocks

For the Turtle:

Minimum of (7) fat quarters with designs large enough to fussy cut
Fusible Interfacing – Medium Weight
Template for Legs, Arms, Head, and Tail

Quilt Back

1.25 yards

Binding: (choose 2.25″ binding OR 2.5″ binding)

for 2.25″ binding: 9-inches by WOF
for 2.5″ binding: 10-inches by WOF

40″ x 40″ Batting of your choice
SprayNBond Basting Adhesive
HeatnBond® Fusible Interfacing – Medium Weight

Turtle Quilt Directions:

2.5-inch strips of fabric

Quilt Background

The background of this quilt is created from nine 12-inch scrappy trip along blocks.  These are super fun, easy, and fast to do!  The tutorial from Quiltville was used to make the background.

possible layouts

It was fun to play with the different possible layouts for the trip along blocks.

Turtle Body

Once the background is all pieced it’s time to start working on the turtle body.

head feet legs tail templates

Turtle Template

Print out the template for the head, feet, and tail.  Trace one head, two front feet, two back feet, and one tail onto the t.  Press these to the wrong side of the fabric you chose for the head, feet and tail. Cut out on the lines once fused.

place body parts and shellsLayout the turtle parts onto the quilt so there is room to add in a shell.  Before the extremities are fused into place, take thin strips of fabrics with fusible on one side and create an outline for the turtle shell.  This does not have to be perfect as much of it will be covered with the broidery perse.  outline of turtle shellOnce everything looks like it’s in appropriate places, press into place.

Prepare the large scale shapes for broderie perse on the turtle shell.

Fuse HeatnBond® Fusible Interfacing – Medium Weight to the back of the fabric you want to fussy cut out of.

fused fabric

With sharp scissors, cut around objects that are identifiable in the fabric.

fussy cut

Cut out as many shapes and objects from each fabric as you can.  The more variety the better!

Lay out the quilt base on a flat service so the objects can be laid out before they are ironed in place.

cover the shell

With the objects you cut out, peel the fusible paper off the back and lay them out onto the turtle shell.  Group them together by color of the background fabric to create a shell-like pattern. Play with the shapes and fit them together the best you can.  If all the background fabric isn’t covered – don’t worry about it!  As long as the majority of it is, the effect will still be apparent.

start broidery perse

Continue to add shapes in groups of colors to fill the shell.


broidery perseThe outline of the shell from the beginning is still visible but helps to define the shell. The fabric for the head, legs, and tail blended into the background.  The solution – use a fabric marker to outline the edges and make the turtle “pop” from the background. close up

Once the shell is filled to your liking and everything is securely pressed in place it’s time to make the quilt sandwich.  The top over the batting and then finally the backing.  img_2523-001Use SprayNBond® Basting Adhesive to baste the quilt.


Wonderfil provided some of their amazing thread for the quilting portion of the project!  It was like quilting with butter – LOVE it!

wonderfil threadThe shell of the turtle was quilting in the green thread and the blues were used for the sea the turtle is swimming in.

quilting close up

Feel free to quilt however you desire but make sure to securely stitch down all the pieces that were fused onto the fabric so they are secure. The shell in this piece was done in a continuous swirl to the center.

quilting in sea

The sea was done with wavy “straight” lines.


Choose a fabric that you think will compliment your quilt nicely to bind it.  In this case reds were chosen.

Treading Turtle Quilt

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  Please remember that i’m sharing with you a method for making a new kind of quilt … yours will not look like mine nor should it!  Play with your own patterns, materials, and color combinations!  Don’t be afraid to have fun and let go!

more treading turtle

I just love taking a closer look at this piece to see all the fun things hidden in the shell!

2 Comments on Treading Turtle Quilt – Broderie Perse with Manderlay Fabric

  1. BunnyD
    November 25, 2016 at 9:40 am (6 years ago)

    Seriously!?! Wow! What a fabulous giveaway! I’m bouncing in my chair here at a chance to win such a great collection of goodies! (Trying to not drool over the beautiful foil and short out my computer). Thanks for the great giveaway!

  2. Denise Bryant
    November 25, 2016 at 10:14 pm (6 years ago)

    What an adorable quilt project, and an awesome giveaway to boot! Thanks for the opportunity to win an awesome prize package! Happy Black Friday to all!