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Wendi has a new website in the works, and a new Craftsy class: Fusible Applique Made Easy. She created the Woodland Critters Quilt for the class, and shares a free Moose Fusible Appliqué pattern with you today! For the rest of these happy creatures of the woods sign up for 50% off the Fusible Applique Made Easy Craftsy class. Wendi is a talented sewing instructor and you’ll love all of these whimsical critters. (The ten and under set here stopped immediately in their tracks– with a smile– when they saw the cheery animals.)
Don’t miss it!: Wendi joined us for our Six Weeks of Love for Softies series with Six Professional Supplies to Take Softies from So-So to Spectacular. She also discussed kids and sewing in her Kids Can Sew! post and Sewing Machine Skill Drills for Kids tutorial. There are Monster Hand Warmers and the Monstrously Warm Rice Bag too!
I love to applique, and over the years I’ve developed the fastest, easiest, most fun method for applique, using a combination of fusible adhesive and Quilt As You Go. I teach that method in my Craftsy class Fusible Applique Made Easy, and in video tutorials in all my applique patterns.
For the Craftsy class I designed a Woodland Critters quilt, and I’ve had a lot of requests for a moose block, so that’s what I’m sharing here. The pattern is sized to make a 10 inch block, so you can just add it to the rest of the Woodland Critters quilt, but you can easily resize it to make a pillow, tote bag, add it to a T-shirt, or any other place that needs a smiling little moose.
Here’s how to make it!
1. Download the moose applique pattern pieces.
2. Trace the moose pattern onto the paper side of your favorite fusible adhesive. I’m head over heels in love with these printable fusible adhesive sheets because I can skip the tedious tracing and get right to the fun part– choosing fabric! The pattern pieces have already been reversed so just trace or print them as they are.
3. Roughly cut all the pieces out, leaving a little extra all the way around each piece.
4. Following the manufacturer’s instructions for time and steam, fuse the pieces to the back of the fabric.
5. Cut each piece out neatly. Cut directly on the solid lines. Leave a little extra seam allowance (roughly 1/4”) past all the dotted lines. Those bits will tuck behind other pieces for a nice, neat finish.
6. Trace the features onto the front side of the face pieces. If you hold it up to a window you’ll be able to easily see the features shining through. I like to trace a little inside the eyes and nostrils– just so I have a rough guide where to position those pieces– and trace right over the line for the mouth. I just use a fine-tip sharpie or a pencil, nothing fancy.
7. Peel off the paper backing and arrange the pieces as shown. Line the bottom of the shoulders up with the bottom edge of the block. Remember: the dotted lines show which pieces tuck behind other pieces.
(I quilted my background block to the batting before I started, so that’s what you see here. You can find more info about the “quilt as you go” (QAYG) method I use here.)
8. Following the manufacturer’s instructions for time and steam, fuse the pieces to the background fabric. Important note: For some brands the fuse time and steam settings for fusing fabric to fabric are different from the time and steam setting to fuse the paper to the fabric. Check your package.
9. Stitch around each piece as desired. I like to use a simple straight stitch with black thread. (I go over the mouth three times for an extra thick line.) It’s a great cartoony look that suits my designs, and it holds up very well through multiple washings. Some people prefer the look of a zigzag or blanket stitch. It’s all good!
10. Trim the block to size if it’s for a quilt, or proceed with whatever other awesome thing you’re making. Here you can see my block in the Woodland Critters quilt from my Craftsy class.
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