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Winter Tree Art Quilt
This small, eye-catching wall quilt features the design Winter Tree for the commercial size hoop (8" x 12").
The finished size of the quilt is about 21" x 20".


You will need :
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon,
  • cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • about 1/2 yard of white fabric,
  • strips of ice blue and dark blue fabrics,
  • batting,
  • fabric for the backing,
  • quilter's ruler,
  • rotary cutter,
  • iron,
  • (optional) additional embellishments, such as hot-fix crystals or rhinestones.
Cutting
Out of white fabric, cut
  • a square measuring 13" x 13",
  • 4-5 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length the fabric permits,
  • 8 strips measuring 2" x 6 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 17" and
  • 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 21".
Out of ice blue fabric, cut 2 strips 2" wide and the length the fabric permits.
Out of dark blue fabric, cut 1 strip 1" wide and the length the fabric permits.
Borders:
Note: Seam allowance is 1/4", press every seam immediately after you make it.
Sew the 2 1/2" wide white strips and ice blue strip so that the blue strip is in the middle.
Cut the new strip into 2" wide pieces. You will need 16 such strips.


Sew the 2 1/2" white strips and dark blue strip so that the blue strip is in the middle.
Cut the new strip into 1" wide strips. You will need 32 such strips.

Stitch the strips with the dark blue center in pairs, offsetting the centers and matching the seams as shown on the diagram below. You'll have 16 pairs.
Winter Tree Quilt

Left and Right Borders:
For the left and right borders each, take 3 strips with an ice blue center and 4 strip pairs with the dark blue center. Sew them together, offsetting as shown.
Winter Tree Quilt
Sew the white 2" x 6 1/2" strips to each end of the working pieces.
Winter Tree Quilt
Trim the long edges leaving 1/4" seam allowance.
Trim the short edges, leaving 1/4" seam allowance.
Sew the borders for the left and right edges of the white square.
Winter Tree Quilt
Upper and Lower Borders:
For each of these borders, use 5 strips with an ice blue center and 4 pairs of strips with dark blue centers.
Sew them together offseting and matching seams as shown above, this time starting and finishing with the ice blue strips.
Add white strips on each short end.
Trim leaving 1/4" seam allowance.
Sew to the upper and lower edges of the white center.
Winter Tree Quilt
Sew the white 2 1/2" x 17" borders to the upper and lower edges, then the 2 1/2" x 21" borders to the left and right edges of the quilt.
Winter Tree Quilt
Embroidery
Stabilize the center with the cut-away stabilizer, upload the file of the Winter Tree into the machine and embroider it.


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 around the embroidery, then with straight lines all over the quilt.
Press with heavy steam. Square the quilt. Finish the raw edges with the binding.

Add some sparkle with hot fix crystals, rhinestones and/or decorative buttons.

Have Fun!
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