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Summer Tree Wall Quilt
For this small quilt we used the design of a Summer Tree and one of the rectangular frames from the Celtic Frame Set.

The finished size of the quilt is about 19 1/2" x 17 1/2".


You will need :
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon, for the embroidery,
  • medium-weight cut-away stabilizer,
  • about 1/2 yard of light-colored fabric for the background (we used pale green),
  • 1 fat quarter each of 2 fabrics of contrasting colors, but matching the colors of the embroidery (we used light brown and dark green),
  • fabric for the backing,
  • batting,
  • iron,
  • quilting threads of matching colors,
  • #12 quilting and sewing needles.
Embroidery:
Upload both files- Summer Tree and the rectangular frame from the Celtic Frame Set - into the embroidery machine. Open them one by one on the screen of the machine. You will not need any additional editing - the tree file fits into the frame perfectly.
Stabilize the background fasbric with the cut-away stabilizer. Embroider the files - first the tree, then the frame.

Press the stitch-out and trim to 12 1/2" x 14 1/2".
Cutting:
Out of dark green fabric for the borders, cut 30 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2",
Cut the remaining fabric into 5 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric (18" if you use a fat quarter), for the binding

Out of light brown fabric, cut 30 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Out of background fabric, cut
  • 116 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and
  • 4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 18 1/2".
The Border Blocks:
Note: Seam allowance is 1/4", preass the seam immediately after you make it.
Set aside 4 light brown strips, 4 dark green strips and 12 background squares. They will be used for corner blocks.
Working with the other strips and squares:

Cover the right part of each of the strips with the squares.

For the green strips: Stitch on a diagonal fromthe upper left corner to the lower right corner.

For the brown strips: Stitch on a diagonal from the upper right corner to the lower left corner.

Trim with seam allowance 1/4".

Press the seams: for green strips towards green fabric, for brown strips towards the background fabric.
Cover the left part of the strips with squares.

For the green strips: Stitch on a diagonal from the upper left corner to the lower right corner.

For the brown strips: Stitch on a diagonal from the upper right corner to the lower left corner.
Trim with seam allowance 1/4". Press the seams: for green strips towards the green fabric, and for brown strips towards the background fabric.
Sew the green and brown pieces in pairs to get 26 blocks. Press the seam open.
Summer Tree Wall Quilt
Sew 2 borders with 7 blocks in them and 2 borders with 6 blocks in them.
Summer Tree Wall Quilt
Corner Blocks:
Take the 8 colored strips and 12 squares you set aside earlier.

Cover the right parts of the color strips with squares.

For the green strips: Stitch on a diagonal from the upper left corner to the lower right corner.

For the brown strips: Stitch on a diagonal from the upper right corner to the lower left corner.
Trim with seam allowance 1/4". Press the seams: for green strips, press towards the green fabric, for brown strips, press towards the background fabric.
Place both strips face to face, aligning the edges.
Measure 1 1/2" from the upper left corner along the long side, and make a mark with the graphic pencil.
Connect the dot and the lower left corner.
Stitch from the corner along the drawn line, stop stitching 1/4" from the dot.
Trim the corner, seam allowance 1/4"
Press the seam open.
Now sew in the background square. To sew this square, pin and sew from A to B. Repin and sew from A to C. Press the seams towards the colored fabrics.
Summer Tree Wall Quilt
Make 4 corner blocks.
Attaching the Borders:
Sew the 7-block borders to the upper and lower edges of the central part.
Summer Tree Wall Quilt
Sew the corner blocks to the 6-block borders. Then sew them to the left and right edges of the central part.
Summer Tree Wall Quilt
Sew 2 background strips (1 1/2" x 18 1/2") to the upper and lower edges of the working piece.
Summer Tree Wall Quilt
Sew the remaining 2 background strips to the left and right edges of the working piece.
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.
We quilted in a free-motion style all over the quilt.

Press with heavy steam. Square the quilt. Finish the raw edges with the binding.

Happy stitching! Have Fun!

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