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Batik Leaf Wall Hanging

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Materials
  • 6” x 6” or 6”x 10” embroidery hoop or larger
  • 1 yard of vertically striped Batik: cut 3 2 ¼” x 36” vertical strips for binding then cut 6 7” squares
  • 3 5” squares of Batik for leaves
  • 1 3” x 18” strip of lime green Batik for hanging loops and connecters between
  • ¼ yard of Battilizer® or low loft batting cut into 3 7” squares
  • 3 5” square of Heat N Bond Lite
  • 1 Bamboo garden stake cut to 9” in length
  • 15” of jute trim
  • Spray Adhesive
  • No show or poly mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop for three hoopings
  • Applique iron
  • Optional: black bobbin
  • Optional: Invisible thread and bobbin with invisible thread

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL06.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL05.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL04.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL03.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL02.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL01.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL10.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL09.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL08.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/stockdesign/1/ABL07.aspx

  • Preface:
    Though these are quilt blocks in that you are making a quilt sandwich there is no background quilting in the designs. I did not want to disrupt the wavy stripes of the background batik. If you are going to make these blocks from other fabrics you may wish to add free motion, stippling or echo quilting to the backgrounds. You may use any of the 10 Raw Edge Leaf Blocks to make this wall hanging. The three used in the sample are ABL04, ABL05 and ABL06.


    Step 1:
    Cut the fabrics per the material’s list above. Fuse the 5” squares of Heat and Bond Lite® to the 3 applique fabric squares. Hoop no show stabilizer in your hoop and run color stop (CS) 1 in any color as a placement line.

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    Step 2:
    Spray adhesive on a Battilizer® square and position over the placement lines so that the Battilizer® exceeds the outlines by ½” on all sides.

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    Step 3:
    Spray adhesive on a batik square and align with the Battilizer® with the stripes running in a vertically; run CS 2 in water soluble thread to tack down the Battilizer® and the fabric.

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    Step 4:
    Switch to black thread in the top of the machine. Note: It is optional, but black outline stitching is always a little sharper if you put in a black bobbin at this point too. Run CS 3 as a placement line for the applique.

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    Step 5:
    Remove the paper from the Heat N Bond Lite® spray adhesive on the back of the applique and position over the placement line. Due to the angle of the leaves you will need to place this square on the diagonal in most case to cover the outlines. Run CS 4 to tack down the applique.

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    Step 6:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop, trim the raw edge applique approximately 1/8" from the tack down stitches. Fuse the applique with an applique iron.

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    Step 7:
    Run CS 5 (and in the case of ABLO8 CS 6) in black to complete the detail on the leaf.

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    Step 8:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop, lay the hoop face down; spray adhesive on a 7” batik square and position over the block on the back of the embroidery hoop.

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    Step 9:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run the last CS in water soluble thread to complete the block.

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    Step 10:
    Lay a see through ruler on the block so that the ¼” markings are on the water soluble thread lines and trim all edges to ¼”.

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    Step 11:
    Your finished block will look like this. Make two more blocks with the leaves of your choice.

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    Step 12:
    Fold the long edges of the lime green strip into the center of the strip and press.

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    Step 13:
    Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press again.

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    Step 14:
    Edge stitch down both sides of the strip with a matching thread. Sub cut the completed strip into 2 4” strips and 4 2” strips.

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    Step 15:
    Fold the two 4” strips in half and pin to the top edge of the block that you want on the top of your wall hanging ¾” from the side edges. Pin two 2” strips to the bottom of the block ¾” from the side edges. Baste all of these strips to the block within the 1/3” seam allowance.

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    Step 16:
    As the binding will change colors as it goes around the block I used invisible thread in both the top and bobbin of the machine. You may choose to use a regular thread if you prefer to do so. See our article “Binding Small Embroidery Projects” for instructions on apply the binding. As you stitch the binding to the block be sure that all of your hanging loops and connecting strips are towards the inside of the block.

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    Step 17:
    Press the hanging loops and the connecting strips out away from the block.

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    Step 18:
    Baste the connecting strips from the top block to the top of the back of the second block having the outer edges of the strips ¾” from the edges of the second block.

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    Step 19:
    Baste two connecting strips to the bottom of the second block having the outer edges of the strips ¾” from the edges.

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    Step 20:
    Apply the binding to the second block.

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    Step 21:
    Your wall hanging now looks like this from the back side.

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    Step 22:
    Baste the connecting strips from the second block to the top of the back of the third block having the outer edges of the strips ¾” from the edges of the third block. Bind the third block. In the sample I actually attached the block upside down on purpose as I liked the flow of the leaves with it in that position.

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    Step 23:
    Cut a 9” length of a bamboo garden stake and approximately 18” of jute trim to fashion a hanger for this exotic wall hanging. I simply wrapped a loop of the jute trim around each end of the bamboo and tied a simple knot.

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    Step 24:
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    Congratulations your Batik Leaf Wall Hanging is complete!

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams 


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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