My neighbor Debbie gave me a photo of her dog Boo. I taped the photo to my window and traced it. Then I created an artistic quilt that brings out Boo's West Highland White terrier personality. It uses the raw edge fusible web technique.
• Fusible web raw edge technique
• Full size pattern
• Complete Instructions for a quilted or NO-SEW project
• Finished project measures 18x19 inches
Densely woven Fabric
Multi-color Red Background
Additional supplies needed:
1.25 yards of Lightweight Iron-on Fusible Webbing (or
Optional: use heavy weight Iron-on Fusible Webbing for a NO SEW project)
The following are necessary if you plan to quilt your West Highland White
Backing and Binding Fabric
Sharp new narrow sewing machine needles (sizes 80 and 90)
Quilting safety pins or temporary fabric adhesive spray
1. Read all instructions before beginning to familiarize yourself with the process.
2. Select and press all fabric (wrinkles must be removed prior to applying the fusible webbing).
3. Cut the background fabric exactly 18x19 inches (all pieces are fused to it).
4. Trace and number all pattern pieces onto the paper side of the fusible webbing along the outside edge of each solid line.
5. Iron the pattern pieces to the wrong side of the fabrics. Use the fusible webbing manufacturer’s instructions for heat setting and pressing times.
6. Cut along all solid lines (the dotted lines show where the fabric will be overlapped).
DO NOT FUSE ANY PATTERN PIECES TO THE BACKGROUND UNTIL ALL PIECES HAVE BEEN PLACED CORRECTLY.
7. Conveniently stack all pieces in number order.
8. Use the West Highland White Placement Guide to place all pieces in number order over the background fabric. Remove the paper backing before each piece is placed. Be careful to overlap correctly.
9. Adjust all pieces until your West Highland White has come to life.
This is always my most exciting moment to see my project take on a life of its own!
10. Follow the fusible webbing manufacturer’s instructions to permanently fuse all pieces in place.
If you are using the optional heavy-weight fusible webbing, your NO SEW project is ready for framing.
11. Use matching thread to topstitch all raw edges (I use 2.0 stitch length and size 80 needle).
Achieve a professional look by not back tacking, instead pull the threads to the back side and use a square knot to secure.
Quilt your West Highland White, using the following steps.
12. Cut the batting and backing fabric.
13. Pin all layers together (or use temporary fabric adhesive spray).
14. Change to a size 90 sharp needle and stitch length 2.5. Keep the Westie flat as you quilt (mostly stitch ‘in the ditch’) from the center outwards, changing to matching thread as you go. The color photo can be your guide for the quilt lines.
15. Use red thread to stitch around the Westie, then continue to quilt the background.
16. Attach the binding and a pocket for hanging with a rod.
Congratulations! You have finished your project. I hope you enjoyed creating him as much as I did