For this elegant wall quilt, we used shades of pink and peach, to create a dawn-like atmosphere. We selected designs from the Decorative Stork Set and Sakura Set. Any colors can be used when embroidering the designs from these sets, which makes them perfect for this project.
The finished size of the quilt is about 30" x 34".
You will need :
Out of the fabric for the central part, cut a piece measuring 20 1/2" x 15 1/2".
Out of the dark pink fabric for the blocks, cut
Note: Seam allowance is 1/4", press each seam after the made it.
Working with the 10 burgundy squares and 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" dark pink strips, sew the strips to the upper and lower edges of the squares.
Now sew the 1 1/4" x 4 1/2" strips to the left and right edges. Make 10 such blocks.
Assembly of the Top:
Sew the blocks into 2 strips, 5 blocks per strip.
Sew the 1 1/2" x 20 1/2" brown strips to the upper and lower edges of the central part.
Sew the first 5-block strip to the bottom of the central part.
Sew the brown 1 1/2" x 21 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the central part.
Sew the brown 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" to one of the short ends of the second 5-block strips.
Sew this strip to the right edge of the central part with the brown strip up.
Sew the remaining 1 1/2" x 21 1/2" brown strip to the right edge of the working piece.
Sew the remaining brown strip (1 1/2" x 27 1/2") to the lower edge of the working piece.
Now attach the cream borders: first the 4 1/2" x 27 1/2" to the upper and lower edges, and then the 4 1/2" x 30 1/2" to the left and right edges of the working piece.
If you have an embroidery program and a printer, open the designs from the Decorative Stork Set and Sakura Set and print them out. If you do not have a printer, you will have to cut out templates of the approximate size from a piece of paper. The exact sizes are listed on the design pages.
Organise the templates on the central part of the quilt. When you like the layout, upload the files into your machine and embroider the designs one by one.
For the sakura branches, we followed the colors recommended by the designer. For the birds, we selected colors based on the colors of the sakura embroidery.
Quilting and Finishing:
After the embroidery is done, place the backing on a flat surface (table), face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.
Pin all layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted in a free-motion style all over the quilt, choosing threads that match the colors of the fabrics.
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.