Materials

  • 25cm (1⁄4yd) pink polka dot fabric
  • 25cm (1⁄4yd) pale pink polka dot fabric
  • 25cm (1⁄4yd) pale yellow pattern fabric
  • 25cm (1⁄4yd) yellow pattern fabric
  • 75cm (7⁄8yd) plain pink fabric
  • 18 x 18cm (7 x 7in) flesh fabric scrap for appliqué
  • 16 x 16cm (6 x 6in) white fabric scrap for appliqué
  • 16 x 28cm (6 x 11in) brown fabric scrap for appliqué
  • Assorted scraps of coloured fabric for cakes
  • 50cm (20in) square wadding
  • 50cm (20in) square Bondaweb
  • Nine pink heart buttons
  • One small red button
  • Eight medium black beads
  • Eight seed beads
  • Two small pieces of white and brown rickrack braid
  • Sewing threads
  • Six stranded embroidery thread in assorted colours 
  • Red fabric paint and small brush

Finished Size

47 x 47cm (181⁄2 x 181⁄2in)

Skill Level

Beginner

This is a really quick and fun little project for when you have a few hours or a few scraps to spare, and the results are just heavenly! A great travel project too; bond your shapes in place before you set off and the simple hand sewing will make the time fly by ...

Cutting Instructions

  1. From the pink polka dot fabric cut:
    • Two 2 x 20in strips for binding
    • Four 1 x 6 1⁄2in sashing strips
    • Four 1 x 7 1⁄2 sashing strips
  2. From the pale pink polka dot fabric cut:
    • Two 2 x 20 in strips for binding
    • Four 1 x 6 1⁄2in sashing strips
    • Four 1 x 7 1⁄2 sashing strips
  3. From the pale yellow pattern fabric cut:
    • Two 2 1⁄2 x 14 1⁄2in border strips
    • Two 6 1⁄2in squares for background blocks
  4. From the yellow pattern fabric cut:
    • Two 2 1⁄2 x 18 1⁄2in strips for the border
    • Two 6 1⁄2in squares for background blocks
  5. From the plain pink fabric carefully cut for the backing:
    • One 22in square for backing
    • One 7 x 16 1⁄2in hanging sleeve
Figure 1: Embroider a Halo
Figure 1: Embroider a Halo

Appliquéing the shapes

  1. Trace the angel appliqué and cake appliqué patterns onto the paper side of the Bondaweb. The pattern pieces have already been reversed. Cut out the shapes roughly outside of the drawn line.
  2. Using the picture and the quilt layout diagram in Figure 3 for guidance, press the appliqué shapes onto the wrong side of the appropriate coloured fabrics. Cut out all the shapes neatly on the drawn line.
  3. Remove the paper backing from the appliqué shapes and press onto the appropriate background squares as follows: body, head, wings and then hair, slightly overlapping the hair over the top of the head and tucking behind the ears, then the hands and lastly the cakes, in that order. There is no need to overlap the head, body and wings.
  4. Using two strands of embroidery thread, secure the shapes using a small running stitch for the angel hair and cakes. Use a blanket stitch for the wings. Backstitch the mouth, nose and halo using one strand of black thread. See Figures 1 and 2. Sew on beads for the eyes and apply a little red paint to the cheeks.
  5. Sew a small red button onto the cupcake and seed beads onto the fairy cake.
  6. Highlight the stripes on the cupcakes with backstitch, using two strands of thread. Stitch a small piece of rickrack braid to the angel cake and chocolate cake.
Figure 2: Embroider the face
Figure 2: Embroider the face

Assembling the Quilt

  1. With right sides facing, stitch a 1 x 6 1⁄2in pink polka dot sashing strip to either side of two background blocks. Next stitch a 1 x 7 1⁄2in pink polka dot sashing strip to the top and bottom of the blocks. Repeat with the pale pink polka dot sashing strips and remaining blocks.
  2. With right sides facing, join a light pink polka dot edged block to a pink edged block. Repeat with the remaining two blocks. With right sides facing, join the two rows to form a square, following the quilt layout diagram in Figure 3.
  3. Attach a pale yellow border strip to either side of the centre panel and trim. Attach the yellow border strip to the top and bottom of the centre panel and trim. If you wish, you can appliqué small pink hearts at the corners of the blocks instead of adding buttons later.
Figure 3: Quilt Layout Diagram
Figure 3: Quilt Layout Diagram

Quilting

  1. To make up the quilt, press the backing and quilt top. Lay the backing fabric right side down on a fl at surface. Place the wadding on top, then place the angel panel right side up on top of that.
  2. Pin or tack the layers together, working from the centre outwards. Stitch in the ditch around the blocks to stabilise the quilt.
  3. Using the picture as a guide, stitch the pink heart buttons to the corners of the angel blocks through all the layers of the quilt.

Finishing the Quilt

  1. Trim the wadding and backing to the same size as the front panel, ensuring.the quilt is square. With right sides together, pin the pink polka dot binding along the sides of the quilt top, placing the long raw edge of the binding along the raw edges of the quilt top.
  2. Stitch the binding in place, then trim the ends. Fold the binding back over the stitching line onto the back of the quilt. Turn under a 1⁄4in seam along the raw edge of the binding, press and slipstitch in place.
  3. With right sides together, pin the pale pink polka dot binding to the top and bottom of the quilt top, securing the ends of the side binding. Fold the binding back over the stitching line onto the back of the quilt and stitch as for the side binding.
  4. To make a hanging sleeve, take the fabric already cut and turn the short edges in 1⁄4in and stitch. Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch along the length.
  5. Turn right side out and press. Pin the sleeve to the back of the quilt just below the top edge. Slipstitch it into place, leaving a little fullness to pass a hanging rod through. Catch the backing fabric and wadding with your stitches, but try to avoid stitching through to the front of the quilt.
  6. Add a small label to the back of your quilt, with your name, date and how many cakes you ate during the making!

First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 1 Number 18 - January 2008