Country Scene


  • 40cm square (16in) of light coloured fabric for foundation
  • 40cm square (16in) of wadding
  • 40cm square (16in) of Bondaweb
  • 40cm square (16in) of paper for drawing the design (greaseproof is fine)
  • Fat quarter of black fabric for backing and binding
  • Scraps of coloured fabric for the trees and background, some larger pieces for the sky
  • Either 1⁄4in black iron-on bias tape or 50cm extra black material to make your own bias strips
  • Black sewing thread
  • Daisy or flower head pins

Finished Size

15in (38cm)

Skill Level


This country scene can be made in any choice of colours, depending on your favourite season. It can be made in bright, vibrant colours or soft pastel tints to reflect your mood and you can machine or hand finish the picture. You could even make four and change them as the seasons change. See Figure 1 for ideas for autumn and winter colour schemes.


Draw out the design on to paper, enlarge by 400% as required. Mark the numbers and indicate the colour on each piece. Pauline found a scribble of coloured pencils on each piece is the quickest. Note: This will later become templates for cutting your fabrics – do not cut up at this stage. The numbers will help you locate the position of each piece, and the colours will help when you are choosing fabrics.

  1. Use masking tape to anchor the paper design sheet onto the table. Tape the light fabric over the top; trace the design and numbers onto the light fabric. Alternatively, if you have a light box, use it to trace your design. If you are going to have any areas that will have light fabrics on them, take care with marking the numbers. If your pencil mark is too heavy, it will show through.
  2. Iron the Bondaweb on to the RS of the light coloured square and remove the paper backing sheet.
  3. Cut the paper design sheet along the lines – these are now templates for your fabrics.
  4. Place the paper template on the RS of your chosen fabric, pin in place and cut around the edge. There is no need to worry about the straight grain of the fabric, as it will be bonded onto a secure backing.
  5. Matching the numbers of your template and the design sheet, remove the template and pin the coloured fabric in place. Use the daisy pins if you have them. Cut and position all the pieces before starting to iron them into place.
  6. Using the tip of a dry iron anchor the pieces of fabric onto the background square. Remove the pins, and check that all the pieces are butted together, otherwise you will have gaps showing on your finished work. As the pieces are not fully glued to the background, you can gently ease them away from the background and re-position as necessary.
  7. Cover the picture with baking parchment, or the wrapper from the Bondaweb, and press well.
Figure 1:
Other colour schemes for this project
Figure 1: Other colour schemes for this project

Applying the bias strips and finishing

  1. Tear the paper strip from the back of the bias tape. Pauline recommends doing this standing at the ironing board. Use the iron tip to just hold the tape in place whilst you manoeuvre it around the lines. Start with those strips that obviously go under another and tuck the ends of the tape under the adjoining strips, so that they are not seen.
  2. Start with the outlines of sections 3 and 5, then do 2, 4, and 10, and either side of the tree trunk. Do the strip between 16/17, and then 13/19, 11/15, 13/18, and work upwards from the lower tree branches.
  3. Once all the strips are in place, cover with parchment paper or Bondaweb wrapper and press well.
  4. Cut a square of black backing fabric to match the size of the picture. Use masking tape to anchor the black backing fabric flat; place the wadding and then the picture on top. Pin through all three layers to anchor them together.
  5. For machine finishing: Set the machine to a medium zigzag stitch. With the machine and bobbin threaded with black thread, stitch carefully just on the bias tape to anchor it down, and quilt at the same time.

    For hand finishing: Use a blind hemming stitch to secure the tape in place. With black quilting thread or a colour to match each of the fabrics, quilt close to each side of the tape.

  6. Trim the square, and use the extra material from your fat quarter to bind your picture. Fit a hanging sleeve to the back, stand back and admire!
Enlarge template by 400% for full size

First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 11 Number 3 - March 2003