to make this applique fall scene
Beginning of this article is here
The finished size of this applique 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 of the upper blue fabric in the sky and you can leave that template out of the cutting. Just place the left triangle 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 3 pages of templates total.
After printing out the 4 pages of templates (you will see a little bar labeled "E" which should measure 1" x 4" to make the finished 18" block on each template) 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, eyes, buttons, mouth and nose 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 (or use one of the blue fabrics as your 19 x 19" base fabric and add just one blue triangle). Fuse to the base square.
Next lay the 2 "grassy areas" starting from the top hills and the front piece 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. Put the snow on the branches and at the base of the tree. Put the snow on the hills. Build the snow man from the head down to the bottom. Add details to snowman. Hang the sun in the sky and its little rays. Put the trees on the hill.
If you plan to use this as a wall applique, 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 Winter Applique (or the other blocks in the series), 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 Fall Scene Applique Block was designed and drawn using Electric
© 2003 Susan C. Druding - to be used for personal or Guild use (with credit to SCD and this website)
Email: quilting -at- equilters.com
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