The Pixie Garden is Jeanne Rae Crafts' Block of the Month Quilt for 2013. We've featured a Block of the Month project every year since 1998, making this project our 16th! Come back monthly for each succeeding step.
The Pixie Garden Quilt features Pixie Posy and the inhabitants of her wee garden: Red Bird, Blue Bird, Inchworm, Butterfly 1, Butterfly 2, Snail, Bee, Dragonfly, Flowers 1 & 2, and Lady Bug on her Mushroom. This quilt was designed with machine appliqué in mind but is still suitable for hand appliqué. The twelve applique blocks will be introduced throughout the year.
Can't wait the whole year for this pattern? You're in luck! The Pixie Garden Quilt pattern is now available!
- Background for appliqué - 5/8 yd.
- Medium (for Block A) - 3/8 yd.
- Dark (for Block B) - 3/8 yd.
- Contrast (for Block B) - 1/4 yd.
- Border - 3/8 yd.
- Binding - 3/8 yd.
- Backing/batting - 1 3/8 yd.
- Scraps and/or 1/8 yard of a variety of colors for appliqué
|Block A Assembly for Red Bird, Bee, Flower 2, Snail, Lady Bug & Mushroom and Inchworm:
Pieces needed for each block:
- 1 Background 6½" x 6½"
- 2 Medium 2”x 6½"
- 2 Medium 2”x 9½"
Appliqué the block centered on the Background square. Stitch a 2”x 6½" rectangle to the sides of the block; press seams toward the rectangles. Stitch the two remaining 2”x 9½" rectangles to the block; press seams toward the rectangles. Make 6.
Block B Assembly for Flower 1, Dragonfly, Butterfly 1, Pixie Posy, Butterfly 2 and Bluebird:
Pieces needed for each block:
- 1 1 Background 6⅞" x 6⅞"
- 4 Dark 3⅛”x 3⅛”; cut in half diagonally to make 8 triangles.
- 4 Contrast 2¾”x 2¾”
Appliqué the block centered on the Background square. Stitch a triangle to one side of a Contrast square; stitch another triangle to the adjacent side. Make 4 of these corner units. Stitch a corner unit to opposite sides of the block; press seams toward the corners. Repeat with the remaining 2 corner unit; press seams towards the corners. Make 6.
- Cut backgrounds according to individual directions. As added insurance, you may want to cut the blocks a bit larger, then trim to size after appliques are sewn. Appliqué shapes in this project are reversed for tracing onto fusible web.
- With a pencil, trace appliqué shapes onto paper side of fusible web. Cut out the shapes, leaving about a ¼-inch margin around each piece.
- Place fusible web shapes paper side up (you don’t want to fuse these to your iron!) on the wrong side of each corresponding appliqué fabric and fuse in place according to manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to cool, cut out the shapes on the marked line and peel off paper backing.
- Place shapes right side up onto the background block. Fuse in place according to manufacturer’s instructions. Cover edges of each appliqué shape with hand or machine blanket stitch or machine zigzag or satin stitch. Or you may want to hand appliqué in the traditional manner of your choice. Tiny features and narrow lines can be machine stitched or hand embroidered with a stem stitch or back stitch.
From fabric for Border, cut four 2½" strips. Measure the length and width through the middle of the quilt. Cut 2 strips the length measurement; stitch to quilt sides. Press seams toward the border. Cut 2 strips the width measurement; stitch to quilt top and bottom. Press seams toward the border.
Cut batting and backing the same size as the top. Baste layers together. Quilt as desired. From binding fabric, cut four 2 1/2” wide strips; seam together in diagonal seams. Fold in half the entire length and press. Bind quilt, mitering corners.
|Pixie Garden Quilt
1. Blue Bird
2. Flower 2
3. Flower 1
5. Butterfly 1
|Pixie Garden Quilt|
7. Pixie Posy
11. Butterfly 2
12. Red Bird
- This project will be available for 2013.
- These patterns are for personal use only. Any other use requires express written permission by the designer.
- All designs ©2013 Jeanne R. Prue, all rights reserved.
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