Sewing Project

Bluebell Wall Hanging

This delightful project by Lesley Brankin combines simple machine strip patchwork with applique to create a pretty wall hanging.

Simple machined strip patchwork techniques are used to construct this hanging. The appliquéd motifs are added once the quilt top has been pieced. The finished size is approx 11½ " x 4½" approx.

Materials Required

(Finished Size 11½ " x 4½" approx.)

* a variety of small amounts of cotton fabrics in spring shades

  • 6" x 14" spring green cotton fabric (for backing)
  • 5½" x 13" lightweight wadding
  • 10½" x 3" Stitch ‘n’ Tear or similar
  • soft pencil, toning sewing threads
  • pair of wire hangers (optional)


    Cut the following:
    * Pieces 1 & 2 – 3" x 4", pale yellow

  • Pieces 3 & 4 – ¾" x 3", pale green
  • Pieces 5 & 6 – 1" x 3", bluebell blue
  • Pieces 7 & 8 – 1" x 2", bright yellow
  • Pieces 9 & 10 – 1 " x 10½", green motif
  • Pieces 11 & 12 – 1¼" x 3, green motif


  • Piece 13 – 2" x 2", spring green
  • Pieces 14 & 15 – 1¼" x 1¼", bright yellow
  • Pieces 16 & 17 – 1¼" x 1¼", bluebell blue

    A ¼" seam allowance is included in all measurements supplied.

    Using the diagram as a guide, construct the quilt top using the numbered fabric pieces. Start from the centre and work outwards, pressing seams as you go. (Click here to view a larger PDF of the guide).

    applique the centre panels




    Instructions are given for a reverse machine appliqué technique although you may use any appliqué technique you wish.
    1. Baste the rectangle of Stitch ‘n’ Tear to the back of the central panel – this will be used to stabilise the machine appliqué.
    reduced size templates
    2. Click here to view a PDF of the templates and then using a soft pencil transfer the appliqué designs (in reverse) onto the Stitch ‘n’ Tear. 

    HANDY HINT: Place fabric against a window or use a light box to help position appliqué pieces accurately.

    3. Work each section of a motif in turn. Select scraps of blue, green and pale yellow fabric as appropriate and place right side up, in position on the front of the panel. Baste if necessary.

    4. Working from the back and using a short, straight machine stitch sew along the pencil guidelines to ‘capture’ the fabric and define the motif shape. Trim away excess fabric with sharp pointed scissors.

    5. Using a narrow satin stitch and toning thread outline the fabric motif, covering the machine stitching as you go. Work other motifs in the same way. Work flower stems in satin stitch. 


    1. Remove Stitch ‘n’ Tear.

    2. Place the panel (face down), wadding and backing together to create a sandwich. Pin and baste the layers.

    3. With a toning thread, quilt around each rectangle to add definition. Remove basting threads.

    4. Trim wadding to the same size as the front panel taking care not to cut the backing fabric.

    5. Trim backing to 1¼" larger than the front panel all round.

    6. Fold backing fabric over the front panel to create a neat roll hem. Slip stitch in place.

    7. Make two small fabric tubes and attach to the bottom and top of the quilt back. Slip hanging onto wire hanger.

    Disclaimer – Every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of these instructions, but no guarantee can be given with regard to the finished quilt as materials and procedures used to make the design will vary.

    All text, images and templates ©Lesley Brankin 2007

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