For this colorful quilt featuring rainbow colors, we used designs from the Cute Unicorn Set for the large (5" x 7") hoop.
The finished size of the quilt is about 37" x 37".
You will need :
Central Part of the Quilt:
Out of white fabric, cut
5 squares measuring 8" x 8",
16 strips measuring 2" x 5",
2 strips measuring 2" x 8" and
1 strip measuring 2" x 16".
Out of red fabric, cut 1 strip measuring 2" x 8".
Out of orange fabric, cut 2 strips measuring 2" x 16"
Out of yellow fabric, cut 16 squares measuring 2" x 2".
Note: you can do the embroidery on the 8"x8" white squares before assembling the quilt, after you sew the central part, or after you sew the quilt top. We did the embroidery after making the central part.
Assembly of the Blocks:
Note: Seam allowance is 1/4", press each seam to the darker fabric as soon as you make it.
Sew together 2 white and one red 2" x 8" strips as shown below:
Cut them into 4 white-and-red strips 2" wide:
Sew together 2 orange and one white 2" x 16" strips as shown below:
Cut them into 8 orange-and-white strips 2" wide:
Sew the orange-and white strips to the upper and lower edges of the white-and-red strips to get 4 squares:
Sew the white 2" x 5" strips to the left and right edges of the squares:
Using the remaining white 2" x 5" strips and yellow 2" x 2" squares, sew 8 yellow-and-white strips:
Sew the yellow-and-white strips to the upper and lower edges of the blocks.
Assembly of the Central Part:
Using white 8" x 8" squares and the blocks you just made, sew 3 rows:
Rows 1 and 3: white square - block - white square
Row 2: block - white square - block.
Sew the rows together.
Please note that the machine shoud be positioned in the center of the table so the quilt lies on the table. If the quilt is unsupported, the fabric will pull the carriage of the machine and displace stitches.
Stabilize the center of the white blocks/squares with light-weight cut-away stabilizer. Hoop it tightly.
Select threads by the JPG color card included with the designs (not by the screen of your machine!). In this case, you can pick colors that best match your fabric
Upload the embroidery files from the Cute Unicorn Set into the machine and embroider them one by one.
After the embroidery is done, press the stitch-outs.
The first border consists of several blocks: 4 corner blocks, 4 central blocks and 8 side blocks.
Out of white fabric, cut:
8 strips measuring 2" x 5",
8 strips measuring 2" x 3 1/2" and
8 squares measuring 2" x 2".
Out of green, sky blue, blue and purple fabrics each, cut 4 squares measuring 2" x 2".
Sew green squares to four of the 2" x 5" white strips.
Sew purple squares to four more 2" x 5" white strips.
Sew sky blue squares between white 2" x 3 1/2" strips and white squares. Make 4 such strips.
Using the royal blue squares, make 4 more such strips.
Now sew the strips in the following order: green/white strip, sky blue/white strip, royal blue/white strip, white/purple strip. Make 4 corner blocks.
Central Border Block:
For the central block, out of white fabric, cut:
Sew 2" x 3 1/2" white strips to both sides of the sky blue squares, to get 4 strips.
Sew 3 white and 2 royal blue squares in the following order: white-blue-white-blue-white, to get 4 strips.
Sew 2 purple squares to the ends of a 2" x 5" white strip. Repeat to get 4 strips.
Sew all strips into 4 blocks in the following order: white 2" x 8" strip, sky blue/white strip, royal blue/white strip, purple/white strip.
Side Border Blocks:
For the side blocks out of white fabric, cut
Sew a green square to 2" x 6 1/2" white strip. Make 8 such strips.
Sew a white square, a sky blue square and a 2" x 5" white strip. Make 8 such strips.
Repeat with the purple squares to make 8 more strips.
Sew 2" x 3 1/2" white strips to each side of a royal blue square. Make 8 such strips.
Divide each set of strips into 2 groups.
Sew four right side blocks, with the colored squares towards the left.
Sew four left side blocks, with the colored squares towards the right.
Assembly of the Border:
Sew the left and right side border blocks to the central border blocks to get 4 border strips.
Sew the corner blocks to two of the above borders.
Assembly of the Top:
Sew the borders without corner blocks to the left and right edges of the central part.
Sew the borders with corner blocks to the upper and lower edges of the central part.
Out of white fabric, cut the second border:
Sew the first pair to the left and right edges of the quilt.
Sew the second pair to the upper and lower edges of the quilt.
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 with a free motion stippling pattern all over the quilt.
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.