Forest Friends Quilt

whole quilt      rabbit sewn

This month I am super excited to introduce the Forest Friends Quilt! I had so much fun creating this pattern to share with you. Can you believe that all the animals are made using the GO! Owl die?

This Quilt is perfect for a cot or a wall hanging! The felt adds a beautiful textural element, which kids will love. All skill levels will enjoy making this quilt, even kids will enjoy helping you cut the shapes out on your AccuQuilt cutter!

Can you guess which AccuQuilt die is used to create the mushrooms... it is the GO! Small Houses by Reiko Kato die. I hope you enjoy making my Forest Friends Quilt, I had heaps of fun designing it for you!

Always Mandy :)

Forest Friends Quilt

Materials:

1x Felt Square in colours: Fabrics: AccuQuilt Dies
  • Red
  • Dark Red
  • Black
  • Light Pink
  • White
  • Dark Grey
  • Light Grey
  • Beige
  • Fawn
  • Light Brown
  • Brown
  • Dark Brown
  • Mustard
  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Emerald Green
  • Forest Green
  • 30cm Forest Green Cotton
  • 50cm Light Blue Cotton
  • 30cm Lime Green Chevron Cotton
  • 30cm Leaf Green Cotton
  • 50cm Bark/Wood Cotton
  • 2m White Tone on Tone
  • 50cm Orange Cotton
  • 50cm Brown Cotton
  • 50cm Heat & Bond

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Items Required:

  • 110cm Wadding
  • Co-ordinating threads
  • Black and White DMC Threads 
  • Tearaway
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Needle
  • Iron, Board & Silicone Ironing Mat
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat

AQ55333 OwlAQ55387 Small HousesAQ55007 Round Flower

 

 

 

 

 

Cutting Instructions for Animals

Iron Heat & Bond onto the back of the felt prior to cutting. Cut one layer of fused felt at a time.

Tip! Ensure you use a silicone ironing mat especially if you are using synthetic felt.

Download the Animal Cutting Instructions

Animal-Cutout

 

 

Cutting instructions for Mushrooms

Iron Heat & Bond onto the back of the felt prior to cutting. Cut one layer of fused felt at a time.

Tip! Ensure you use a silicone ironing mat especially if you are using synthetic felt.

Download the Mushroom Cutting Instructions

Cutting Instructions for Leaves

Iron Heat & Bond onto the back of the felt prior to cutting. Cut one layer of fused felt at a time.

Tip! Ensure you use a silicone ironing mat especially if you are using synthetic felt.

Download the Leaves Cutting Instructions

Instructions – Background, Tree & Branches

Tree & Branches

Print off the pattern pieces for the tree & branches and trace onto the paper side of the Heat & Bond. Iron the Heat & Bond onto the wrong side of the bark fabric and cut out the pattern pieces.

Download the Branch Pattern Pieces

Tip: I used the raw edge appliqué technique, however you could also satin stitch or blanket stitch around the shapes!

Background

Note: All blocks are Portrait

Block 1: OwlOwl Sewn

  • Lime green chevon fabric cut: 10” x 11 ½”
  • Branch pattern piece 1

Step 1: Remove paper backing from pattern piece 1 and position on the right hand side of the background block, 3” from the bottom. Iron into place.

Step 2: Using a 2mm straight stitch, raw edge appliqué around the branch with brown thread.

Step 3: Iron on the Owl and leaves as per the diagram and then raw edge appliqué around the felt shapes.

Step 4: Using white DMC thread, hand sew a French knot for each eye.

Block 2: Squirrel

  • Light blue fabric cut: 10” x 11 ½”Squirrel Sewn
  • Branch pattern piece 2

Step 1: Remove paper backing from pattern piece 2 and position on the right hand side of the background block, 3” from the bottom. Iron into place.

Step 2: Using a 2mm straight stitch, raw edge appliqué around the branch with brown thread.

Step 3: Iron on the Squirrel and leaves as per the diagram and then raw edge appliqué around the felt shapes.

Step 4: Using black DMC thread, hand sew a French knot for each eye.

Block 3: Mouse

  • Leaf green fabric cut: 10” x 11 ½”Mouse Sewn
  • Branch pattern piece 3

Step 1: Remove paper backing from pattern piece 3 and position in the centre of the block. Iron into place.

Step 2: Using a 2mm straight stitch, raw edge appliqué around the tree with brown thread.

Step 3: Iron on the Mouse as per the diagram and then raw edge appliqué around the felt shapes.

Step 4: Using black DMC thread, hand sew a French knot for each eye and long stitch the whiskers and mouth.

Block 4: Raccoon

  •  Light Blue Fabric cut: 10” x 11 ½”Racoon Sewn
  • Branch pattern piece 4

Step 1: Remove paper backing from pattern piece 2 and position on the right hand side of the background block, 3” from the bottom. Iron into place.

Step 2: Using a 2mm straight stitch, raw edge appliqué around the branch with brown thread.

Step 3: Iron on the Raccoon and leaves as per the diagram and then raw edge appliqué around the felt shapes.

Step 4: Using black DMC thread, hand sew a French knot for each eye.

Block 5: Fox

  •  Forest green fabric cut: 10” x 11 ½”fox sewn
  • Branch pattern piece 5

Step 1: Remove paper backing from pattern piece 5 and position in the centre of the background block, approximately 3” from the bottom. Iron into place.

Step 2: Using a 2mm straight stitch, raw edge appliqué around the branch with brown thread.

Step 3: Iron on the Fox as per the diagram and then raw edge appliqué around the felt shapes.

Step 4: Using white DMC thread, hand sew a French knot for each eye.

Block 6: Bear

  • Light blue fabric cut: 10” x 11 ½”bear sewn
  • Branch pattern piece 6

Step 1: Remove paper backing from pattern piece 6 and position in the centre of the block. Iron into place.

Step 2: Using a 2mm straight stitch, raw edge appliqué around the tree with brown thread.

Step 3: Iron on the Bear as per the diagram and then raw edge appliqué around the felt shapes.

Step 4: Using black DMC thread, hand sew a French knot for each eye.

Block 7: Deer

  • Leaf green fabric cut: 7 ½” x 9 ½”deer sewn
  • Forest green fabric cut: 4” x 9 ½”

Step 1: Match up the 9 ½” sides of the leaf green and forest green fabrics. Pin and sew with a ¼” seam allowance to join and create the background block.

Step 2: Iron on the Deer and mushroom as per the diagram and then raw edge appliqué around the felt shapes.

Step 3: Using black DMC thread, hand sew a French knot for each eye.

Block 8: Porcupine

  • Light blue fabric cut: 7 ½” x 9 ½”porcupine sewn
  • Forest green fabric cut: 4” x 9 ½
  • Branch pattern piece 7

Step 1: Match up the 9 ½” sides of the light blue and forest green fabrics. Pin and sew with a ¼” seam allowance to join and create the background block.

Step 2: Remove paper backing from pattern piece 7 and position on the right hand side of the background block, 2” from the top. Iron into place.

Step 3: Using a 2mm straight stitch, raw edge appliqué around the branch with brown thread.

Step 2: Iron on the Porcupine, leaves and mushroom as per the diagram and then raw edge appliqué around the felt shapes.

Step 3: Using black DMC thread, hand sew a French knot for each eye.

Block 9: Bunny

  • Leaf Green Fabric cut: 7 ½” x 9 ½”rabbit sewn
  • Forest Green Fabric cut: 4” x 9 ½”
  • Branch pattern piece 8

Step 1: Match up the 9 ½” sides of the leaf green and forest green fabrics. Pin and sew with a ¼” seam allowance to join and create the background block.

Step 2: Remove paper backing from pattern piece 8 and position in the top right hand corner of the background block. Iron into place.

Step 3: Using a 2mm straight stitch, raw edge appliqué around the branch with brown thread.

Step 4: Iron on the Bunny and mushroom as per the diagram and then raw edge appliqué around the felt shapes.

Step 5: Using black DMC thread, hand sew a French knot for each eye and long stitch the mouth. Using white DMC thread, long stitch the whiskers.

Instructions – Sashing, Borders & Binding

Cutting Preparation

Step 1: Trim back all blocks to 9 ½” x 11”

Step 2: Cut White Tone on Tone Sashing Fabric:

  • Cut 6: 2” x 11”
  • Cut 2: 2” x 30 ½”
  • Cut 2: 2” x 35”
  • Cut 2: 2” x 33.5”

Step 3: Brown Border Fabric:

  • Cut 2: 4” x 38”
  • Cut 2: 4” x 40 ½”

Step 4: Orange Binding Fabric:

  • Cut 5: 2 ½” Strips for Binding or use AQ55017 2 ½” Strip Cutter.

Sewing It Together!

Please note that all seam allowances are ¼”

Step 1: Sew the following into three rows and press seams towards the sashing.

  • Row 1: Owl Block – 2” x 11” Sashing – Squirrel Block – 2” x 11” Sashing – Mouse Block
  • Row 2: Raccoon Block – 2” x 11” Sashing – Fox Block – 2” x 11” Sashing – Bear Block
  • Row 3: Deer Block – 2” x 11” Sashing – Porcupine – 2” x 11” Sashing – Bunny Block

Step 2: Sew each row together in the following order and press seams towards the sashing:

  • Row 1 – 2” x 30 ½” Sashing
  • Row 2 – 2” x 30 ½” Sashing
  • Row 3 - 2” x 30 ½” Sashing

Step 3: Next step is to sew the outside sashing. Pin and sew the 2” x 35” sashing to the left and right side of your quilt top.

Step 4: Now attach the 2” x 33 ½” sashing strips to the top and bottom of your quilt top.

Step 5: Pin and sew the 4” x 38” borders onto the left and right side of your quilt top, followed by the 4” x 40 ½” borders to the top and bottom.

Binding and Quilting

Step 1: Lay wadding between the quilt top and backing fabric and then pin or baste together.

Step 2: Quilt as desired. I stitched in the ditch and also around the appliqués.

Step 3: Trim and straighten quilt and then attach the orange binding.

 

Congratulations on finishing your Forest Friends Quilt!

 

 

Downloadable Pattern

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