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Winter Houses Wall Quilt

This fun wall quilt is a great celebration of the Winter holiday season. It's quick to piece together, even for a novice quilter, and we include templates to make this project even easier.

The finished size of the quilt is about 23" x 30".

The designs are from the One-Color Winter Houses Set.

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You will need:

  • embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon);
  • light-weight cut-away stabilizer, or, if you want a trapunto embroidery, polyester craft felt;
  • about 1 yard of light-colored cotton fabric for embroidery and quilt background,
  • fabric for the borders and binding;
  • scraps of cotton gold, red and green fabrics for star and tree blocks;
  • batting;
  • quilting threads to match the fabrics;
  • quilter's ruler and rotary cutter (or graphic pencil and sharp scissors).


Stabilize the light-colored fabric with light-weight cut-away stabilizer for embroidery or polyester craft felt. Upload the designs into the machine and embroider them one by one in dark red, dark green or both. Do 5 stitch-outs in red and 5 stitch-outs in green.

Trim 6 stitch-outs leaving 1/2" margins all around the embroidery.
Trim 2 stitch-outs leaving a 1 1/2" margin on the left and 1/2" margins on the top, bottom and right sides.
Trim the remaining 2 stitch-outs leaving a 1 1/2" margin on the right and 1/2" margins on the top, bottom and left sides.
Cut away the stabilizer or felt around the embroidery.

Sew the stitch-outs in 2 strips, 5 stitch-outs per strip. The stitch-outs with 1 1/2" left margins go on the left ends of the strips and the ones with 1 1/2" right margins go on the right ends of the strips.

Winter Houses Quilt

Star Block:

There are 6 star blocks in the center of the quilt. For the star block you will need, red scraps and the light-colored fabric of the background.

Out of red fabric, cut

  • 6 squares measuring 1 1/2" and
  • 12 squares measuring 2 7/8".
Out of light-colored fabric, cut
  • 24 squares measuring 1 1/2" and
  • 12 squares measuring 2 7/8".

Position the light-colored and red squares in pairs, face to face. Draw a diagonal. Stitch 1/4" on each side of the diagonal.
Cut along the diagonal. Unfold and press.
You'll have 24 half triangle squares for the star rays.

Winter Houses Quilt

Assemble the elements of the block as shown on the picture below. First sew in strips, then sew the strips together.

Winter Houses Quilt

Sew all blocks into a row:

Winter Houses Quilt

Tree Block:

To make a tree block, download the templates. To open and print the template, which is a PDF file, you will need Adobe Reader or a similar program. The program is free to download and install.

Template Download (PDF file)

Cut out the templates. Template A is for the tree. You need to cut 6 A pieces out of green scraps.

The templates B1 and B2 are for the background. You need to cut 6 of each from the background fabric.

For the lower part of the block, cut

  • 12 squares measuring 2" x 2" out of the background fabric and
  • 6 rectangles measuring 1" x 2" out of gold fabric.

Sew the A, B1 and B2 pieces together and press.

Winter Houses Quilt

Take the background fabric squares and gold rectanges and sew these pieces into strips. Press.

Winter Houses Quilt

Sew both parts of the block together.

Winter Houses Quilt

Sew the tree blocks into 2 strips, 3 blocks per strip.

Winter Houses Quilt

Assembly of the Top:

Sew the star strip between the two strips with the houses. Press the seams.

Winter Houses Quilt

Sew the tree strips to the left and right edges of the working piece. Press the seams.

Winter Houses Quilt

Now measure the piece. Our was 24 1/2" wide and 18 1/2" high.
The first red border will be:

  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 24 1/2" and
  • 2 strips measuring 1" x 20 1/2".

Sew the 1" x 24 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges, press.
Sew the 1" x 20 1/2" strips to the left and right edges, press.

Winter Houses Quilt

For the outer border, out of patterned fabric, cut

  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 25 1/2" and
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 24 1/2".

Sew the 2 1/2" x 25 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges and the 2 1/2" x 24 1/2" to the left and right edges.

Winter Houses Quilt

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 all over the quilt.

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.

Finish the raw edges with the binding.

Your quilt is done. Enjoy!

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