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Stained-Glass Girl with Lotus Quilted Wall Hanging

For this charming wall quilt, we used the design Indian Girl with Lotus.
The finished size of the wall hanging is about 17" x 20".


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For the embroidery, you will need embroidery threads, medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer, and cotton fabric. Instead of stabilizer you can use polyester craft felt.

For the wall hanging we used pre-cut 5" x 5" batik squares in the colors of the embroidery, 1 fat quarter of navy batik (used to frame the embroidery and for binding) and Fusible Bias Tape by Clover. You will also need batting and fabric for the backing.


Embroidery:

Hoop a light-colored piece of cotton fabric (white, creme, pale yellow, etc.) with either iron-on cut-away medium weight stabilizer or polyester felt. Make the embroidery of Indian Girl with Lotus.
When you are finished, cut away the fabric around the embroidery leaving 1/4" margins.


Sewing the Top:

For the top we used pre-cut 5"x5" batik squares, purchased as set at Wal Mart. You can also use any scraps of fabric you happen to have laying around. You need to select fabric to match the colors of the embroidery. Cut your fabrics into 14 squares measuring 5" x 5".


Stack the 14 squares. Position a ruler across the stack and cut through all 14 layers.

You will have 2 stakes with 14 parts in each.

Place the upper piece from the right stack to the bottom of the stack.
Take pieces from each stack and sew them together along the cut with 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat until you have all parts from both stacks sewn together. In total, you will have 14 2-colored rectangles.

Girl with Lotus Wall Hanging

Out of dark navy batik cut 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" and the width of the embroidery. Sew the strips to the upper and lower edges of the embroidery.

Girl with Lotus Wall Hanging

Measure the height of the central part - the height of the embroidery plus the 2 borders. Cut 2 navy strips measuring 1 1/2" wide and the same height as the central part.

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

Girl with Lotus Wall Hanging

Arrange the 2-color rectangles around the central part. Rotate the rectangles in different directions.

When you like the arrangement, sew 3 rectangle into a strip and sew the strip to the right edge of the central part. Repeat for the left edge.

Girl with Lotus Wall Hanging

Then sew 4 rectangles into a strip and sew the strip to the upper edge. Repeat for the lower edge.

Please note that the edges of the top are not even, we'll cut them after quilting.


Quilting and Finishing:

Spread the backing on your table, face down. Cover with the batting. Place your top over the batting. Pin all three layers together with 1" pins.

We quilted through the embroidery and all over the quilt in a free-motion style; through the embroidery quilt along the black lines of the design. You can use either black or invisible thread. Remove the pins while working.

When you are 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.

Take the Clover Fusible Bias Tape. With the help of the hot iron, fuse the tape along the seams of the colored pieces.

Finish the raw edges with the binding.

The quilt is ready. Enjoy!


Happy Stitching!

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