to make this applique beach scene
Beginning of this article is here
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" of the blue you want to place in the areas shown in turquoise in the diagram here. This will form the base for building your image up with the cut template pieces of fabric.
Print out the templates HERE first.
After printing out the 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 waves and sun rays 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 umbrella. (These wedges are white in the diagram here and labeled "sky 1" and "sky 2" on the templates) Fuse to the base square.
Next lay the "sand" piece down so that the final size from top of sky to base of sand 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 sand in place.
Now you can begin to build up the images. Put the umbrella handle in position and fuse. Then the main part of the umbrella and fuse. Then add the 5 accent strips to the umbrella and fuse.
Line up the sun pieces so that one slightly overlaps the other to form the sun and fuse. Add the rays and fuse. Put in the little waves of water, the beach towel and then the sunglasses on top. Assemble the sand bucket and you are done!
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 Beach 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.
This free Summer Beach Appliqué Block was designed and drawn using Electric
© 2002 Susan C. Druding - to be used for personal or Guild use (with credit to SCD and this website)
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