This small quilt would make a great gift for Mother's Day or any other occasion in the Spring and Summer. It's easy to make and you can use scrap fabric, so it's great for busting through your stash of leftovers.
We the designs from the Butterfly Applique Set and the design Stencil Iris for the mega hoop. You can also use the Stencil Iris for the large hoop without making any changes to the quilt.
The finished size of this small quilt is about 12" x 14".
You will need :
Out of pale green fabric for the central part, cut a piece measuring 8 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Out of scraps of green fabric, cut
Out of dark blue fabirc, cut 6 squares measuring 1 3/4" x 1 3/4".
Sewing Half-Triangle Squares:
Position the green and dark blue 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" squares in pairs, face to face. You'll get 6 pairs.
With a pencil, draw a diagonal across the top square. Stitch 1/4" from the pencil line on both sides.
Cut along the line. Open the new squares. Press the seam towards the brown. Trim the ears. Repeat for all the pairs. You should get 12 two-color squares, measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Assembly of the Top:
Note: seam allowance is 1/4", press each seam after you make it.
Sew the half-triangle squares into a strip.
Sew the green 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" scrap squares into 3 strips. Two strips should have 8 squares, finished size 1 1/2" x 8 1/2". The third strip should have 12 squares, finished size 1 1/2" x 12 1/2".
Sew 2 strips of eight squares to the upper and lower edges of the central part.
Sew the strips of 12 squares to the left edge of the central part.
Sew the strip with half-triangles to the right edge of the central part.
Sew the 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" strips to the upper and lower edges of the working piece.
Sew the 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the working piece.
Upload the file of the Stencil Iris to your machine. Stabilize the central part with the iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Embroider the design.
Choose the smallest butterflies from the Butterfly Applique Set and embroider them above the Iris. We made the butterflies blue (applique fabric) and used the same dark blue thread with which we embroidered the flower of the iris.
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.