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Oriental Wall Hanging: Winter Landscape, Golden Temple in Kyoto

For this elegant wall hanging, we employed a non-traditional piecing technique using fusible web. This makes it much quicker and easier to put together than a conventional quilt. Give it a try!

We used the design Golden Temple in Kyoto by Kawase Hasui for the commercial size hoop (8" x 12").

The finished size of the quilt is about 16" x 20".




You will need :

  • embroidery threads, according to the color chart of the design,
  • medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer,
  • a piece of white quilt cotton fabric measuring not less than 18" x 22",
  • pieces of scrap fabric matching the colors of the design (we used different shades of blue, green and gray),
  • Stean-A-Seam2 double stitck fusible web, or similar product,
  • quilting needle #14 (or #16) and quilting threads of the matching colors,
  • rotary cutter, quilter's ruler and scissors,
  • Post-Its or scraps of paper and a pencil,
  • iron

Embroidery:

Stabilize the center of the white piece of fabric with medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Hoop it tightly.

Print out the color card, select threads by the color card, (not by the screen of your machine!)

Upload the embroidery file of the Golden Temple in Kyoto by Kawase Hasui into the machine and embroider it.

After the embroidery is done, press the stitch-out and the fabric around it.

Here are 2 stitch-outs of the design, the first one in Floriani, the second one in Madeira threads.

Making the Wall Hanging:

Out of your stash, select fabrics matching the colors of the embroidery.


Cut strips 1" -1 1/2" wide and of different lengths.

"Play" with the strips by arranging them around the stitch-out. When you are satisfied with the arrangement, cut the strips to desired length. Note that each next strip should be 1/2" longer than the previous one so that you can slightly overlap them when attaching.


Using the Post-Its, label each strip so you remember their order.

Following the Steam-A-Seam2 instructions, remove one side of the fusible web's protective paper and place the fabric strips on it to adhere them. Cut out each strip with the web under it.

Remove the paper from the other side of the web.

Position the stitch-out on a flat surface. Arrange the strips around the embroidery in the order you chose before, slightly overlapping the strips.

Here are the first few strips:


Heat the iron to the required temperature (read the Steam-A-Seam2 instructions) and press the strips to permanently adhere them to the fabric of the stitch-out.

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 layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. To quilt through all 5 layers, you'll need a #16 quilting needle. We quilted through the embroidery with invisible (polyamide) thread in a freemotion style. Then we quilted all the strip around the embroidery in a free motion stippling pattern that looks kind of like falling snow.


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!


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