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Girl in the Garden Small Quilt

This small quilt features designs of Dahlias from the Flower collection. It has a very rustic, homey style that is complemented nicely by the embroidery.

The finished size of the quilt is about 15" x 21 1/2".

For the project you will need about 1/2 yard of white fabric, scraps of red, pink, green, blue, brown and golden fabric. A piece of batting and backing.

For the mebroidery, you'll need rayon or polyester embroidery threads, iron-on cut-away stabilizer.
Use a size 12/80 embroidery needle.

Cutting:

Out of white fabric, cut

  • 33 squares measuring 2" x 2" ,
  • 6 squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and
  • 1 rectangle measuring 12 1/2" x 14"

  • Out of bright blue fabric, cut

  • 5 squares measuring 2" x 2" and
  • 1 square measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2";

  • Out of red fabric, cut

  • 4 squares measuring 2" x 2" and
  • 1 square measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2";

  • Out of pink fabric, cut

  • 5 squares measuring 2" x 2" and
  • 1 square measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2";

  • Out of brown fabric, cut

  • 1 square measuring 2" x 2" and
  • 1 square measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2";

  • Out of golden fabric, cut

  • 5 squares measuring 2" x 2" and
  • 1 square measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2";

  • Out of pale blue fabric, cut 3 strips measuring...
    Out of dark green fabric, cut 1 strip measuring ....

Assembly

We need to make half-triangle blocks first. Pair each colored 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square with a white 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square. Place them on top of each other face to face. Draw the diagonal. Stitch 1/4" away from the diagonal on each side. Cut along the diagonal and unfold in order to get half-triangle blocks.

You will have 4 red and white blocks, 2 blue and white, 2 pink and white (you will need only one), 2 gold and white, and 2 brown and white (you will need only 1).

Start assembling the left side of the quilt by rows, as shown below:

Sew the rows together.

Sew the white rectangle to the left part.

Sew the green strip to the lower edge and the pale blue strip to the upper edge.

Attach the left and right pale blue borders.

Embroidery

Mark the position of each flower on the top. You can use embroidery print-outs.

Stabilize with iron-on cut-away stabilizer and embroider the designs.

After the embroidery is finished, cut away the excess stabilizer around the embroidery.

We embroidered the Dahlias, though many other flowers from the ... section can do the job.

Quilting

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 and quilted in a free-motion style all over the working piece.

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!

Happy Stitching!

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