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ScanNCut Rotary Blade Quilt: part 5

We’re almost done! This is the final instalment of the ScanNCut Rotary Blade Quilt series. All that remains to be done is adding the 3D bits: flower petals and hedgehog spikes and ears.

You’ll be using the extra flower pieces and the hedgehog’s spikes and ears you cut in Part 1. They have DSF fused onto them, but they will not be fused to the quilt. The DSF reinforces the fabric of the freestanding pieces and keeps it from fraying.
3D brown fabric hedgehog on quilt background


This is very end step in the ScanNCut Rotary Blade Quilt. If you haven’t started your quilt yet, or you’ve skipped a few steps, then you need to go back and complete any that you’ve missed.

•    Part 1: Overview, how to, and making hedgehogs and flowers.
•    Part 2: Making Dresden Plates.
•    Part 3: Butterfly blocks for the border.
•    Part 4: sandwiching, binding and quilting.

How to:

Step 1: making the flower petals

First, watch the video. It’ll make everything easier.

Step 1a

Pick which flowers on the quilt you’re going to add petals to and choose the petals you want to add to each one. You will need four round flower pieces for each flower you want to decorate.

Tip: we mixed up the prints we used for each flower to keep it interesting.

Step 1b

Fold one of the flower pieces double with right sides facing, and finger press a crease across the piece. Fold again to mark the centre of the flower. Open the flower up again and draw a line on the crease you made first – about 2cm on either side of the second crease.

Step 1c

Place with right sides facing onto another flower piece. Secure with clips and place on a piece of paper.

Step 1d

Sew through both layers and the paper on the line. Tear the paper off.

Tip: wondering about the role of the paper? Because you already have the double-sided fusible fused to the wrong side of the fabric, it will not feed through your sewing machine easily. The paper shields the petals, so that they don’t grip on the machine when you sew.

Step 1e

Fold flower pieces double, facing away from the stitching, and then double again along the stitching to form a set of two triangle shaped petals (each triangle has four layers). Make another set like this. Position them onto the centre of a flower on your quilt and pin in place. Add another set, making sure the tips of the petals align.
yellow fabric flower petal pinned on to quilt

Step 1f

Sew diagonally over the folded corners in the centre in both directions to secure the petals in place. The stitching should be about 1 – 2 cm into each petal.

Step 1g

Repeat with all the flowers you chose. Finish with a button in the centre.

Tip: have a look in your button box – using different sizes and shades of orange, blue, pink, purple and yellow makes your quilt more interesting and puts those odd buttons to good use.
3D yellow fabric flower on quilt background

Step 2: adding the spikes and ears to the hedgehogs

Lay the hedgehog’s spikes in layers starting from the back and sew each row down with a straight stitch. The triangles are freestanding, they are only adhered to the base where it touches the body of the hedgehog.

Step 2a

Add the hedgehogs’ eyes using little black buttons.

Step 2b

Now add the hedgehogs’ ears.

Step 3

Add a hanging sleeve to your quilt, and you are done!

We can’t wait to see your quilts coming together. Why not share your quilting journey with us on Instagram and Facebook?
3D fabric flower and hedgehog on quilt background

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