For this summer-themed wall quilt, we used the embroidery designs from the Tropical Bird Sets I and II.
The finished quilt measures about 35" x 35".
You will need cotton quilting fabrics (we prefer batiks) of the following colors:
Out of cream fabric, cut 9 rectangles measuring 6 1/2" x 8 1/2
Out of green fabric cut
Note: Seam allowance is 1/4". Please don't forget to press every seam after you have made it.
Sew the green 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles.
Sew the pastel squares into 24 strips, 4 squares in each strip. If you chose to use strips instead of squares, you can skip this step.
Sew the 4 pastel strips and 3 blocks together into a row. Make 3 rows like this.
Sew the remaining strips and green squares into sashing rows. Make 4 sashing rows.
Sew the sashing rows and the block rows together:
Sew the 3" x 32 1/2" green strips to the upper and lower edges of the quilt.
Sew the 3" x 38 1/2" green strips to the left and right edges of the quilt.
Stabilize each block with medium-weight cut-away stabilizer one by one and make embroidery in each block.
Please watch that the weight of the quilt is supported by the table when embroidering. If it hangs, its weight can move the carriage and displace the embroidery or even damage the embroidery machine.
Quilting and Finishing:
Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting stabilizer and spread your working piece over it.
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 while working.
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.