How to make this appliquéd fall scene
The finished size of this appliqué is 18" x 18".
The easiest way to begin is to cut a square of about 19" x 19" for a base, then you place the other pieces on the base building up from the bottom. If you want the finished block to be one layer thinner, start with the base one of the 2 sky blues and you can leave that template out of the cutting. Just place one half of the sky on the base and your sky is complete. This will form the base for building your image up with the cut template pieces of fabric.
Print out the templates HERE first, there are 4 pages of templates total.
After printing out the 4 pages of templates (you will see a little bar which should measure 1" x 3" to make the finished 18" block) you will need to adjust them on a copy machine to be the size you wish. Label the RIGHT SIDE of each template with the name shown in the diagrams.
If you are only making one block, you can glue each template, right side UP, to freezer paper on the non-shiny side, then iron the freezer paper to the right side your fabric and cut out the piece. Or glue templates with RIGHT side DOWN to fusible web and iron that to the wrong side of the fabric and cut out the piece. Remember, when putting fusible web onto the fabric that the web goes on the reverse side of the fabric and the template pieces need to be placed so that you will not be making a reverse-mirror image of the pieces.
If you plan to make several duplicate blocks, glue the template piece to stiff cardboard or template plastic so you can trace around the pieces several times and label each. Or, make extra copies of the templates when you are at a copy machine.
You may want to freehand draw the little trees rather than trace them.
You do not need to put fusible web on the 19" x 19" square of fabric that forms the background of the block.
Assemble from the background up
First lay the two wedges of blue onto the base fabric under the left side of the sun and the lower right under the tree. (These are labeled "left sky" and "right sky" on the templates) Fuse to the base square.
Next lay the "grassy hills" starting from the back hills and adding the middle and front pieces so that the final size from top of sky to base of grass is 18" and your piece will be 18" x 18". You will have a little border left around the edges if you began with a 19" x 19" base fabric. Fuse the grass in place.
Now you can begin to add the rest of the images. Put the tree trunk and limbs in position and fuse.
Line up the sun pieces so that one slightly overlaps the other to form the sun and fuse. Start placing leaves on the tree, falling from the tree and on the grass. I used the leaves to cover the ends of the branches and where the branches join the trunk. If you use some larger leaves toward the front on the grass it will increase the illusion of depth in the image. Put a few trees on the distant hills.
If you plan to use this as a wall appliqué, layer with batting and backing and pin or baste and machine quilt to enhance the design. Trim the batting and backing so that you can turn the extra margin of the front as an edge. Or, add a bold binding, perhaps a stripe?
If you make this Fall Appliqué, I'd love to see a photo of it and post it in the GALLERY for projects here. You can email me a digital photo or scan or I can scan a photo. Email me for mailing instructions to send me a photo.
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This free appliqué pattern for a Fall Scene was designed and drawn using Electric
© 2002-2005 Susan C. Druding - to be used for personal or Guild use (with credit to SCD and this website)
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