This small, simple wall hanging is quick and easy to put together. The finished size is about 16" x 20". It makes a great gift, or you can use it to spruce up any part of your home. The quilt feautres the design Christmas Gifts for the large (5" x 7") hoop.
You will need:
Out of 4 different green fabrics cut 4 strips measuring 3 1/2" x 12 1/2", 3 1/2" x 10 1/2", 3 1/2" x 8 1/2" and 3 1/2" x 6 1/2".
Out of the fabric for the background, cut
Making the Tree Branches
Note: seam allowance is 1/4", press each seam after you make it.
Take a green strip and 2 light-colored squares.
Position the strip on your working table, face up. Position one of the squares, face down on the left of the strip. Align the sides.
With a the graphic pencil, draw a diagonal to connect the upper right corner and the lower left corner.
Machine stitch along the diagonal.
Cut the excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.
Unfold the square and press.
Repeat for the other side of the strip.
Repeat for all 4 green strips.
Assembly of the Top:
Lay out the strips according to length.
Sew the 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" light-colored strips to the ends of the shortest strip.
Sew the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" light-colored strips to the ends of the 2nd shortest strip.
Sew the 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" light-colored squares to the ends of the third strip.
Now sew all the "tree" strips together.
Sew the light-colored 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip to the upper edge of the working piece.
Sew the "floor" strip to the lower edge of the working piece.
Attaching the Borders:
Sew the 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" borders to the left and right edges of the working piece.
Sew the 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" borders to the upper and lower edges of the working piece.
Print out the color card and select threads according to the color card.
Upload the file with Christmas Gifts into your embroidery machine.
Stabilize the place between the "floor" and the first "tree branch" with medium-to heavy-weight iron-on stabilizer. Hoop it, tighten the hoop.
Embroider the file. Please don't forget to cut out jump stitches after every color.
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 through the embroidery with invisible (polyamide) thread in a freemotion style. Then we quilted all over the quilt in a free-motion style, changing quilting threads.
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.
You can fursther embellish the tree with beads or crystals, stars or sequins.