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Art Deco Four Seasons Wall Quilt

For this elegant quilt, we used designs from the Art Deco Tree Set for standard large hoop (5" x 7").

The quilt consists of four similar blocks. You can use each block separately as a small seasonal wall hanging, or combine them into a large quilt as we did. The size of each block is 13 1/2" x 10 1/2".

The finished size of the quilt is about 21" x 27".



You will need :

  • embroidery thread, color is up to you,
  • light-weight cut- or tear-away stabilizer,
  • about 3/4 yard of light-colored fabric (cream, pale blue, pale yellow, etc.) for the background and binding,
  • 1 fat quarter each of ice-blue (for winter), pale green (for spring), bright green (for summer), light orange or camel (for fall),
  • batting
  • backing fabric,
  • #12 or #14 quilting needles,
  • quilting threads of matching colors,
  • rotary cutter,
  • quilter's ruler,
  • scissors,
  • small seasonal embellishments (we used flower-, leaf- and snowflake-shaped buttons) - optional,
  • iron

Cutting:

For one block, out of background fabric cut

  • a rectangle measuring 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" and
  • a strip 1 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric (about 38"-40).

Out of the colored fabric for the border, cut
  • 4 strips measuring 2" x 11 1/2" and
  • 2 strips 1 1/2" wide and the length of the fat quarter width (about 18").

Making the Block:

From a colored strip, cut a square measuring 1 1/2", and from the background fabric strip cut a square measuring 1 1/2". Set them aside.

Sew the background and colored strips together. Press seams to the darker fabric.

Art Deco Four Seasons Quilt

Using the ruler and rotary cutter, subcut the 2-colored strips into 16 small strips 1 1/2" wide.

Art Deco Four Seasons Quilt

Sew 3 small strips together. Sew 3 more small strips together.

Art Deco Four Seasons Quilt

Sew both strips to the short edges of the 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" central part.

Art Deco Four Seasons Quilt

Sew 5 small strips together. Sew 5 more small strips together.

Art Deco Four Seasons Quilt

Take the colored and background fabric squares that you set aside earlier. Stitch each one to the end of one of the new strips.

Art Deco Four Seasons Quilt

Sew the strips to the long edges of the block.

Art Deco Four Seasons Quilt

Sew two of the 2" x 11 1/2" strips to the left and right edges of the piece. Then sew the other two to the top and bottom edges.

Art Deco Four Seasons Quilt

Art Deco Four Seasons Quilt

Repeat these steps to make a total of 4 such blocks.

Embroidery:

Stabilize the center of the block with light-weight cut- or tear-away stabilizer. Hoop it tightly.

Select threads for each season. For winter we used 3 shades of blue, for spring - pistachio, lime green and blossom pink, for summer - 3 shades of green, for autumn - shades of auburn, sienna and dark yellow.

Upload the embroidery files from the Art Deco Tree Set into the machine and embroider them on your blocks.

After the embroidery is done, press the stitch-outs and the fabric around it. Remove the excess stabilizer.


Making the Wall Hanging.

Sew the blocks in pairs: winter and spring, summer and fall.
Then sew the rows together.

Alternatively, you can finish each block separately and used them as four small quilts.




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. We quilted around the embroidery and all over the light background with light-colored thread in a freemotion stippling pattern. Then, using thread of the matching color, we quilted in the ditch the squares of the first border, and the second borer in a freemotion style.

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.

If you like, sew on some embellishments.


Enjoy!


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