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Flower Hangings: Fuchsia

Small, simple quilts featuring just one design make a great decorative accent for your home. At the same time, they're quick and easy to make. We made several of these quilts. In this tutorial, we describe one that features the Fuchsia design in the cross-stitch technique.

The finished size of the quilt is about 13 1/2" x 15 1/2".

The most important thing in such a small quilt is to select your fabrics so that they match and enhance the colors of the embroidered flower. You do not need much fabric. We used a pink batik, green patterned fabric and pale yellow for the embroidery.

Embroidery:

Note: Your machine does not need any special software to embroider cross-stitch designs. For some reason, many people think that it does. Use regular cotton fabric and medium-weight cut-away or tear-away stabilizer.

Stabilize the fabric with your favorite cut-away or tear-away stabilizer and make an embroidery of the Fuchsia. Remove the stabilizer.

Trim the piece with embroidery to 8 1/2" x 10 1/2".

Making the top:

Out of pink fabric we cut 2 strips: one measuring 1 1/2" x 8 1/2", the other
1 1/2" x 11 1/2".

Sew the first strip to the bottom of the rectangle with embroidery. Stitch the second strip to the left side of the rectangle.

Out of green fabric, we cut borders. All the borders are of different widths.
For the upper border cut a strip measuring 2" x 9 1/2".
Sew the strip to the upper edge of the working piece.

For the lower border cut a strip measuring 3" x 9 1/2".
Sew the strip to the lower edge of the working piece.

For the left border cut a strip measuring 2" x 15 1/2".
Sew the strip to the left edge of the working piece.

For the right border cut a strip measuring 3" x 15 1/2".
Sew the strip to the left edge of the working piece.

Quilting and Finishing:

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

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

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. We chose pink - the same fabric which we used for the two strips on the top of the quilt.

To hang the quilt on a wall, you will need to sew either a sleeve or small loop hangers on the back of the quilt. We chose loops. For this, out of the green fabric, we cut 4 strips measuring 2" x 4".

Fold the long sides of the strips 1/4" back and press. Fold 1/4" again and press. Topstitch along the edges.

Fold the strips, wrong side inwards and make the short edges meet. Pin them together. Zig-zag both edges, so that you sew them together and at the same time finish the raw edges.

Sew the loops to the back of the quilt.

Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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