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Summer Meadow Wall Hanging

For this cheerful wall quilt, we used the embroidery designs Butterfly and Sunflower. The Butterfly is a cutwork design, which we embroidered without cutting. Sunflower is an applique design. We embroidered it without applique fabric, because our base fabric allowed for this. You can do the applique, if you think that looks better.

The finished size is about 26" x 28".

You will need
  • embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon), choose the color to your taste,
  • light- to medium-weight tear-away stabilizer,
  • a fat quarter of any pastel tint: yellow, pink, blue, green, etc.,
  • small amount of a brighter matching fabric, enough to cut 4 strips 1 1/4" wide and about 20" long,
  • about 1/2 yard of fabric with a flower print for borders and binding,
  • backing fabric,
  • batting,
  • quilting threads,
  • fabric pencils, inks, markers (optional).
Out of the pastel fabric for the middle, cut a piece measuring 17 1/2" x 19".

Out of brighter fabric for the first border, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/4" x 17 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/4" x 20 1/2" .
Out of the fabric for the second border, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 4" x 19 ",
  • 2 strips measuring 4" x 27 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.
Assembly of the Top:
Note: seam allowance is 1/4". Press every seam immediately after you make it.
Sew the 1 1/4" x 17 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges of the central part.
Summer Meadow Wall Hanging

Sew the 1 1/4" x 18 1/2" strips to the right and left edges of the central part.
Summer Meadow Wall Hanging
Sew the 4" x 19" borders to the upper and lower edges.
Sew the 4" x 27 1/2" borders to the left and right edges.
Summer Meadow Wall Hanging
Upload the file Butterfly into your machine and embroider it in the upper right corner of the central part as a regular one-color design without cutting out the cutwork areas. We used yellow thread for this embroidery.

Embroider the Sunflower design in the left lower corner. We made 2 stitch-outs, one for the small and one for the large hoop. We did not use applique fabric. You can make as many flowers as you like, and use applique fabric if you wish.
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 with a Sulky variegated thread in the colors of the borders. We quilted in a freemotion style, imitating leaves and grasses.
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.
Coloring is optional. As the butterfly design is one-color, we added green to the leaf on which the butterfly sits.
If you used a batik or marble background, you might not need to color it at all. As our fabric was solid pale yellow, we added some greens to represent folliage.

Use fabric inks, pencils or markers.

The wall quilt is done. Enjoy!
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