Until yesterday, I had no springtime decorations in my house at all. I have holiday quilts for the Fourth of July, Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, but nothing to celebrate Easter or the arrival of springtime.
I finally did something (small) about this hole in my holiday decorating scheme: I made this little 15″ x 15″ applique wall quilt. It’s not a whole house full of decorations, but it’s a start!
If you’d like to make a little quilt like this, here’s a brief cheat sheet.
Cracked Easter Egg Quilt
15″ x 15″
Time to make: about three hours
- 1 fat quarter or large scrap of egg fabric
- 15″ x 15″ piece of background fabric. I chose white, but you could use any color you like.
- 1/4″ yard of binding fabric, cut into two 2-1/2″ strips the width of the fabric for the binding.
- 17″x 17″ piece of thin batting/wadding
- 17″ x 17″ piece of backing fabric
- Large piece of scrap fabric to make a hanging sleeve.
- Brown, tan, or yellow yarn for the nest.
- Scrap of neutral-colored tulle
- Large egg template (or you can draw your egg freehand)
- Basting spray
- Double-sided fusible web
- Pencil or pen
Step by Step
- Draw a large egg shape on the paper side of a piece of fusible web. I used a template — this cardboard egg I found in the discount bin at Target:
- Use scissors or a rotary cutter to rough cut around the egg shape.
- Fuse the egg cutout to the back side of a piece of festive fabric. I picked the pink and orange polka dot fabric shown on the right side of this fat quarter assortment:
- After the fusible cools, cut out the egg along the drawn lines. You can leave the egg shape whole or cut it into two cracked pieces, the way I did.
- Remove the fusible paper from the back of the egg.
- Turn the fabric right side up. Arrange the egg shape(s) on your background fabric and use a hot iron to fuse it to the background fabric.
- Layer the background fabric on top of a layer of thin batting and a layer of backing fabric that are each slightly larger than quilt’s the top layer. I used basting spray to hold the layers together.
- (Optional) Stitch around the outside edges of the egg to secure it to the background.
- (Optional) Free-motion quilt the background sections around the egg. I used this chance to practice my long-neglected stippling. It might be hard to see the white-on-white stitching — that’s by design! From a distance, you see only the beautiful pebbly texture stippling gives the quilt, and not any mistakes I might have made while quilting.
- Spray a nest-sized section of the background with basting spray, then arrange some yarn or nest-colored fabric scraps into a nest shape.
- Lightly spray the yarn with basting spray.
- Cut out a piece of neutral-colored tulle that covers the whole nest area, then press down over the yarn. The tulle covering makes it possible to stitch down the nest without getting yarn tangled in your presser foot. Tulle looks like this:
- Use a color-coordinated thread to free motion stitch the nest to the background fabric.
- Rip gashes in the the tulle with a seam ripper or small scissors to make the nest look more realistic.
- Make a hanging sleeve so you can display the quilt on the wall.
- Bind the quilt, hang it up, and enjoy!