This unique and eye-catching quilt is pretty simple to sew. We used the design of Cutwork Lace Applique Hibiscus Panel for a commercial size hoop.
The finished size of the quilt is about 15" x 21".
Besides embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon) and water-soluble stabilizer, you will need
Please read the instructions on how to embroider the Cutwork Hibiscus design. Our base fabric is black, applique fabrics are bright green and bright red. Select embroidery threads to match your bright green fabric.
After the embroidery is finished, wash away the water-soluble stabilizer. Trim the working piece to 9 1/2" x 15 1/2".
Take the pale green piece 6 1/2" x 12 1/2", place it under the embroidery, face up, pin in place. On your sewing machine, using black threads, stitch two layers together along the outer edge of the embroidery.
Please note this is an art quilt. Feel free to play around with the instructions, depending on what you want to achieve and the amount of fabric you have on hand.
Out of black fabric, cut
Assembly of the Top:
Sew 5 green and 4 red squares into a strip, alternating the squares, start and finish with the green squares. Press the seams.
Sew the strip to the bottom edge of the central part.
Using 4 green, 3 red and 2 black squares, sew a strip with the following order: green-red-green-black-red-green-black-red-green. Press the seams.
Sew the strip to the upper edge of the central part.
Sew 8 green and 7 red squares into a strip, alternating the squares, start and finish with the green squares. When you are done, add a black square to each end on the strip. Press the seams.
Sew the strip to the right edge of the central part.
Using the remaining elements, sew them into a strip with the following order: green 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" strip - red - black - green - black - red - black - green - black - red - black - green - black. Press the seams.
Sew the strip to the left edge of the central part.
Sew the black 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges of the working piece.
Sew the black 2 1/2" x 22 1/2" to the left and right edges of the top.
Quilting and Finishing:
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 in a free motion style.
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.
Sew the green and red 2 1/2"-wide strips into a long strip for the binding.
Finish the raw edges.
Your quilt is ready.