My design is a combination of the two sketches (right top) in this photo that Sarah posted-
For fabrics I bought simple cotton solids in fat quarters. I also bought a wonderful product called "WonderUnder" that is a fusible adhesive useful for appliqué work.
I drew a design on freezer paper. Freezer paper is the only roll of paper I had to accommodate the lengthy dimensions of my banner. I have used freezer paper in the past for appliqué work. The waxy back sticks to fabric when lightly ironed so helps to transfer odd shaped patterns. (The appliqué quilt "Mrs. McGregor's Garden" that I made for my first grandchild was done with freezer paper patterns.) for this banner I was only using the paper for its length as a pattern.
On the left is the pattern; on the right are the elements of the design, transferred by tracing, onto the WonderUnder.
I then ironed the WonderUnder pieces onto the fabrics. The heat from the iron transfers the adhesive on the paper to the fabric. I cut out each piece and then peeled the paper off the pieces leaving the adhesive adhered to the fabric pieces.
You can see the adhesive on the fabric as the paper is peeled off.
After all the design elements were cut out with adhesive on them, I placed them on my backing fabric (yellow cotton) and ironed them onto the banner. Since the cotton fabric had some frayed edges and because I wanted the banner to last many years, I finished all the edges of the pieces with machine stitching, matching the thread colors with the fabrics.
To add stability to the banner, after all the stitching was done, I ironed a medium weight fusible interfacing onto the back of the whole banner before I stitched another piece of yellow cotton backing on it to finish the edges. I didn't take the time to add any decorative edges or bottom to the banner but I did make a stitched sleeve at the top for a hanging rod.
I finished my project late on Good Friday after our evening church service. Saturday Sarah Y. and I wend to church to clean and decorate for Easter and hang the banner.
(The banner is straight- it's the photo that's crooked!)
I hope before next year I will get one made for Lent.
***parting springtime photo***
We know that spring is here for real when this cherry tree downtown blooms!
Its glorious dress only lasts a few days (depending on the wind and weather) before it rains down a carpet of pink petals.