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Fairy Tales Redwork Quilt

For this wall quilt we used the designs from Fairy Tales Redwork Set II and Fairy Tales Redwork Set III, hence the name of the quilt. These are instructions for how to make the quilt.

The finished size of the quilt is 51" x 51".
We used two 100% cotton fabrics - one red and one white - with a small pattern for the top. You need about 1 yard of each. We also used 100% cotton batting, and rayon embroidery and cotton quilting threads.

You'll also need fabric for the binding (about 1/2 yard) and for the backing (52" x 52" or so).

Blocks

You will need two different fabrics to make this block.
Out of the white fabric, cut:
1. a rectangle measuring 6 1/2" x 8 1/2", which will be the central part of the block;
2. 6 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 6 1/2";
3. 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 6";
4. one strip measuring 1 1/2" x 12".

Out of the red fabric cut:
1. 4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 6 1/2";
2. 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 12";
3. one strip measuring 1 1/2" x 6".

Take two red and one white 12" long strips and stitch them together as shown. Then take two white and one red 6" strips and stitch them together as shown. Press the seams towards the red fabric. Then, cut the rectangles into 1 1/2" wide strips. The 12" rectangle should produce 8 strips, and the 6" rectangle should produce 4 strips.

Out of the strips you got, make 4 squares, as shown below:

For the final block assembly, you will need:

Assemble the quilt block in accordance with the diagram below:

For this quilt you'll need nine such blocks.

Sashing

Out of red fabric cut:
24 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 12 1/2"
Out of white fabric cut:
16 squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and
128 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
You will not use all 128 squares for the sashing, 32 of them are for the border.

Assembling the sashing

Position a 1 1/2" white square on one corner of a red 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip. Draw a diagonal and stitch on the line. Trim seam allowance to 1/4", unfold and press. Repeat for all the corners of the strips. Make 24 strips in this way.

Assembling the Top

Sew the blocks and sashing strips together as shown below. Press seams towards the sashing strips. Repeat to get three such rows.
Note: the first and the third rows are similar, all blocks have a vertical orientation of the central white part. In the second row, the second block is horisontally oriented. That is done to accommodate our embroidery designs.

Sew together three sashing strips and four 2 1/2" white squares as shown below. Press seams toward the sashing strips. Make four units.

Stitch all row together as shown on the digram.

Borders

Out of red fabric cut 16 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 4 1/2";
12 strips measuring 4 1/2" x 12 1/2"
4 squares measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
You will also need the 32 white squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" that you have left over from the sashing. If you did not cut them out before, do this now.

Position a 1 1/2" white square on one corner of a red 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip. Draw a diagonal and stitch on the line. Trim seam allowance to 1/4", unfold and press. Repeat for the second corner of the strip. Make 12 strips in this way. (See the diagram below.)

Stitch together three red 4 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips and four of the strips with the white corners that you just made. See the diagram below. Repeat to get a total of 4 such borders.

Attach the borders to the upper and bottom sides of the quilt top.

Now take the 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares and stitch them to each end of the two remaining borders. See diagram below:

Attach the borders to the left and right side of the quilt.

Embroidering

Stabilize each block with your favorite tear-away stabilizer and embroider the centers of the blocks with the designs from the Fairy Tales Redwork Set II and Fairy Tales Redwork Set III. Tear away the excess stabilizer.
Note I : The Puss in Boots illustration should be embroidered in the central block, all other illustrations can be situated as you wish.
Note II: We prefer to embroider on very thin (low loft) felted Dream Poly batting instead of stabilizer. Then, we cut away the batting as close to the embroidery as possible.

Finishing

Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted along the lines of the embroidery, made stippling around the embroidery and then stitched in the ditch on the blocks and sashing. We quilted the borders with straight lines which continue the lines of the stars.

For the backing we used the same red fabric as for the quilt top.

After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.
Finish the raw edges with the binding.

The quilt is ready. Enjoy!

Here are some more close-ups of the quilt:

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