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Christmas ABC Quilt with Machine Embroidery

For this quilt we used the designs from the Christmas ABC Set.

The finished size of the quilt is 52" x 60". The finished size of each block is 8" x 8". The width of the finished border strips is 1 1/2", 1/2" and 4".

You will need three types of cotton fabric:
1 yard of white,
1 yard of red for the quilt blocks and 12" of the same fabric for binding,
about 2 yards of green
You will also need about 54" x 62" of batting and 54" x 62" of fabric for backing. All calculations are based on 42" wide fabric and 1/4" of seam allowance.

Cutting
White Fabric: You will need 2 strips measuring 1" x 44" and 2 strips measuring 1" x 51". You may need to sew several strips together to achieve these lengths.
On the rest of the white fabric draw a grid of 30 squares with 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" sides. DO NOT cut them out. Mark the center of each square and embroider the 26 letters. You'll have 4 white squares left. These, you can decorate however you like, for example you can embroider your wishes on them: e.g. "To my grandson Nick", "from grandma Ellen", "Merry Christmas", "I love you" and so on. Only after you finish the embroidery, you can cut each square out. Each square should be 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".
Green Fabric: You will need 60 rectangles measuring 2" x 5 1/2" for the blocks, two strips measuring 3" x 40", two strips measuring 3" x 51" and four strips measuring 4 1/4" x 52".
Red fabrics: You will need 60 rectangles measuring 2" x 8" for the blocks and a strip measuring 2" x 240" for the binding.

Making the Blocks: We have two types of blocks. The first type is greens on the left and right and reds on the top and bottom. The second type is greens on the top and bottom and reds on the left and right sides. To prevent any mistake, place the white squares in two piles in the following order:
the first pile - empty (or with some random decoration), B, D, F, H, J, empty, M, O, Q, S, T, V, X, Z;
the second pile - A, C, E, G, I, K, L, N, P, R, empty, U, W, Y, empty.
Start with the first pile and stitch the green 2" x 5 1/2" rectangles to the left and right of each square. Stitch the green rectangles to the top and bottom sides of the squares from the second pile. Press the seams to the green parts.
Stitch the red 2" x 8" red rectangles to the top and bottom in the first pile and to the left and right in the second pile. Press the seams to the red.

Assembling.
Stitch all the blocks together according to the layout bellow. Press all seams.

Add green sashes measuring 3" x 40" to the top and bottom of the quilt top and 3" x 51" to the left and right sides. Press the seams to the green sash.

Add white sashes measuring 1" x 51" to the left and right sides and 1" x 44" to the top and bottom sides. Press the seams to the green sash.

Add green borders measuring 4 1/4" x 52" to the left and to the right sides. Press the seams to the green. Add green borders measuring 4 1/4" x 52" to the top and bottom sides. Press the seams to the green.

On an even surface (table or floor) spread the backing fabric, cover it with batting and cover with the quilt's top. Baste or pin all three layers together. If you pin, use pins every 3".
Quilt in the ditch along all seams, starting from the center of the quilt.
Finish the raw edges with the red binding.
Add a sleeve to the back, through which you can slide a pole.

We hope that you liked the idea.

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