Introducing The Moon Rise Quilted Wall Hanging, an easy to make project that incorporates English Paper Piecing, Applique & Traditional Piecing. It features hand stitched moons in various phases that are appliqued on a background fabric, then quilted and bound like a traditional quilt. I also added some iron on Moths using Bondaweb. This is a free tutorial that goes through the basic steps of making the project and I’ve included some downloadable templates.
- Skills Required – Basic Quilt Making, English Paper Piecing & Applique.
- Finished size; 7.5 x 22.5” approx.
- All seams are a ¼”
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This project features quilting cotton fabric from the Twirl collection designed by Sarah Watts for Ruby Star Society and the moths are from The Firefly Collection. I just love the metallic accents and the colours go so well together. You can shop the Twirl collection here and The Firefly Collection here.
|Background Fabric - 1/4 metre (long quarter)
|Twirl On Galaxy By Ruby Star Society
|Full Moon, Stripe & Binding - 1/4 metre (long quarter)
|Twirl On Berry By Ruby Star Society
|Half Moon & Stripe - Fat Eighth, Fat Quarter or Long Quarter
|Twirl On June By Ruby Star Society
|Crescent Moon, stripe & Backing - ¼ metre (long quarter)
|Twirl On Peony By Ruby Star Society
Optional Moth Motifs
|Glow Moth On Fire By Ruby Star Society
- General Quilting Tools
- Wadding ¼ metre (long quarter)
- Fabric Glue Pen
- Matching Sewing Thread
- A small amount of Bondaweb
- Hand Sewing Needle suitable for English Paper Piecing
- Wooden dowel & string (for hanging)
Download the templates and the print them without any scaling. There’s a 1 inch box on the first page which you can measure to make sure they’ve printed at the correct size. You can either print them straight onto card stock or transfer them onto it. Cut out each template including the background shapes. These templates are what we are going to use to form our moons, when you use them to cut out the fabric, you’ll need to trace a ¼ seam allowance around them.
Cut the following fabric. Making sure when you use the templates to add a quarter inch seam allowance using a marking pen.
- Fabric A – (1) 8 x 23”, (1) Half Moon Background & (1) Crescent Moon Background.
- Fabric B – (1) Full Moon, (1) 8 x 3.5” & the rest cut into three 2.5” strips to make binding.
- Fabric C - (1) Half Moon & (1) 8 x 3.5”
- Fabric D – (1) Crescent Moon, (1) 8 x 3.5” & use the rest for backing.
Take your templates and a glue pen. Place the template on the wrong side of the fabric. Put glue on the seam allowance and fold the fabric onto the template like you would when making shapes for English Paper Piecing. The curves can be quite fun, I’d recommend pressing down the fabric at intervals. Glue down the inner curves of the Half Moon and Crescent Moon first and then the outer curve.
Hand sew together the Half Moon to the Half moon Background and the Crescent Moon to the Crescent Moon background using a whip stitch. If you find it hard because of the curve you can place the pieces flat butted together as seen in the photo. Don’t trim anything.
Take your 8 x 23” piece of Fabric A, fold it in half down the length and with an iron press it so that you have a crease running down the length. You can then use this crease to line up your moons. Place your moons on the crease making sure they’re evenly spaced, Full Moon, Half Moon & then Crescent Moon. You can use a glue pen to secure them. Make sure any excess fabric is tucked under. Applique the moons to the fabric.
Take your 8 x 3.5” pieces of Fabric D, C & B. Machine sew them together as shown in the photo and then sew onto the bottom of the 8 x 23” piece of Fabric A (the one you’ve appliqued the moons to). Press Seams open.
Now we will remove the paper templates. Flip over the wall hanging, you’ll see the stitches you made when appliqueing the moons onto the fabric. Carefully cut out the fabric a ¼ inch inside of the stitching. Remove the papers. Give it a good press with an iron.
Using your Wall Hanging Front, wadding & backing make a quilt sandwich and quilt as desired. Make quilting binding and bind it. From the leftover binding you can make little loops for your wooden batton and hand sew them onto the back.
If you wish to add the motifs, take your Moth fabric and iron on the Bondaweb to the back sticky side down. Let the Bondaweb cool down and before removing the paper carefully cut out your Moths. Remove the paper backing and place the moths down on your wall hanging and then use your iron to fuse the moths onto it. I used three motifs but you can use more if you'd like!
Just add your wooden batton and string and enjoy! I hope you enjoyed making the Moon Rise Quilted Wall Hanging. If you post it on social media don't forget to tag @flosscandyshop so I can see it!