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 :
For one block, out of background fabric cut
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.
Using the ruler and rotary cutter, subcut the 2-colored strips into 16 small strips 1 1/2" wide.
Sew 3 small strips together. Sew 3 more small strips together.
Sew both strips to the short edges of the 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" central part.
Sew 5 small strips together. Sew 5 more small strips together.
Take the colored and background fabric squares that you set aside earlier. Stitch each one to the end of one of the new strips.
Sew the strips to the long edges of the block.
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.
Repeat these steps to make a total of 4 such blocks.
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.