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Oriental Wall Quilt: Dawn

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 :

  • embroidery threads,
  • medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer,
  • a piece of light-pink quilt cotton fabric measuring not less than 15 1/2" x 20 1/2" for the central part,
  • about 1/2 yard of brown cotton fabric for sashing and binding,
  • 1 fat quarter of a dark pink fabric for the blocks,
  • a fat quarter of burgundy fabric for the blocks,
  • 1/2 yard of cream or pink cotton fabric for the borders,
  • batting
  • fabric for the backing,
  • #14 or #16 quilting needle
  • quilting threads in matching colors
  • rotary cutter, quilter's ruler and scissors,
  • Post-Its or scraps of paper and a pencil,
  • iron.

Cutting:

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

  • 20 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" and
  • 20 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Out of burgundy fabric for the blocks, cut 20 squares measuring 2 1/2".

Out of brown fabric, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 20 1/2",
  • 3 strips measauring 1 1/2" x 21 1/2",
  • 1 strip measuring 1 1/2" x 4 1/2",
  • 1 strip measuring 1 1/2" x 27 1/2",
For the binding, cut the rest of the brown fabric 2 1/2" wide and as long as the fabric permits.

Out of the cream fabric for the borders, cut
  • 2 strips measuring 4 1/2" x 27 1/2" and
  • 2 strips measuring 4 1/2" x 30 1/2".

Blocks:

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.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Now sew the 1 1/4" x 4 1/2" strips to the left and right edges. Make 10 such blocks.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Assembly of the Top:

Sew the blocks into 2 strips, 5 blocks per strip.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Sew the 1 1/2" x 20 1/2" brown strips to the upper and lower edges of the central part.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Sew the first 5-block strip to the bottom of the central part.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Sew the brown 1 1/2" x 21 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the central part.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Sew the brown 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" to one of the short ends of the second 5-block strips.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Sew this strip to the right edge of the central part with the brown strip up.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Sew the remaining 1 1/2" x 21 1/2" brown strip to the right edge of the working piece.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Sew the remaining brown strip (1 1/2" x 27 1/2") to the lower edge of the working piece.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

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.

Sunrise Oriental Quilt

Embroidery:

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.


Enjoy!


Decorative Stork Set and Sakura Set.

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