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Flower Hanging: Columbine

The design used for this small, cute flower hanging is the Columbine. The hanging is great for decorating, and makes an excellent gift.

The finished size of the quilt is about 13" x 15" .

We used 3 fabrics - pale lilac, bright lilac and bright summer green. Instead of stabilizer and batting, we used polyester craft felt.

Cutting:

Out of pale lilac fabric, cut a central rectangle measuring 7" x 9".
Out of bright lilac fabric, cut

  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 7" and
  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 10" (for the first border)
  • 4 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
  • 3 strips measuring 1" x 18" and
  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 1/2" (for the second border)
  • 2 strips measuring 2" x 36" (for the binding and hanging loops).
Out of green fabric, cut
  • 3 strips measuring 1" x 18" (for the second border),
  • 2 strips measuring 2" x 10 1/2" and
  • 2 strips measuring 2" x 15 1/2" ( for the third border).

Assembly of the top:

Sew the 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" lilac strips to the upper and lower edges of the central rectangle. Press the seams.

Sew the 1 1/2" x 9 1/2" lilac strips to the right and left edges of the central piece. Press the seams.

Sewing the second border:

Take the 1" x 18" strips. Sew 2 lilac and 1 green strip together, and 2 green and 1 lilac strip together.

Cut the strips into smaller 1 1/2" wide blocks. You need 12 blocks that have green on the outside, and 10 blocks that have lilac on the outside.

Sew together 3 green-lilac-green blocks and 2 lilac-green-lilac blocks to form a strip. Make 2 such strips.

Sew the strips to the upper and lower edges.

Sew the remaning green-lilac-green and lilac-green-lilac blocks into 2 long strips. Each strip will use 3 blocks of each type. To the lilac end of each strip, sew a 1" x 1 1/2" green strip.

Sew the 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" lilac squares to the ends of the strips.

Sew the strips to the left and right edges of the top.

Sew the green 2" x 10 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges of the top.

Sew the green 2" x 15 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the top.

Embroidery:

Spread the top on polyester felt. The felt piece should be 1" larger than the quilt top on all side. Make the embroidery of the Columbine.

Quilting and Finishing:

Now place the backing/lining on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with the working piece (the top and batting will be held together by the embroidery).

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins. We quilted around the embroidery and all over the quilt in a free-motion style. Remove the pins.

Small pieces, like this one, are very good for practicing your quilting skills.

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 binding.

Using the remainder of the binding, sew the hanging loops. For this, fold the raw edges of the 2" wide strip back 1/4" and press. Fold 1/4" again and press. Top-stitch the edges. Measure the strip and cut it into 4 equal parts, about 3"-4" each.

Fold the hanging loops in half widthwise and sew to the back of the quilt.

The wall hanging is finished! Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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