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Twelve Days of Christmas Wallhanging

This wallhanging uses a non-traditional quilt block that gives it a modern appearance.
It features the designs from the 12 Days of Christmas Redwork Set, and works as beautiful seasonal decoration or a welcome gift.

The finished size of the wallhanging is about 30" x 30".

You will need 5 fabrics: white for the blocks with embroidery, the pieced blocks and binding (about 3/4 yard), very dark green for the pieced blocks (about 1/4 yard), forest green for the pieced blocks (about 1/8 yard), light green for the pieced blocks (about 1/4 yard) and red for the pieced blocks (about 1/8 yard). You will also need backing and batting, each piece measuring about 32" x 32".

Please read the cutting instructions first, it's quite possible that you'll have enough red scraps that you won't have to buy fabric.

Cutting:

Out of white fabric, cut 12 squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2";
2 strips 2 3/4" wide and the length of the width of the fabric, subcut them into 26 squares measuring 2 3/8" x 2 3/8";
3 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.

Out of dark green fabric cut 13 squares measuring 4" x 4",
1 strip 2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric, subcut it into 13 squares measuring 2" x 2".

Out of forest green fabric, cut 2 strips 2 3/4" wide and the length of the width of the fabric, subcut them into 26 squares measuring 2 3/8" x 2 3/8".

Out of light green fabric, cut 4 strips 2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric, subcut into 26 strips measuring 2" x 5 1/2".

Out of red fabric, cut 26 squares measuring 2" x 2".

The Pieced Block

Making half-triangles

Place white and green 2 3/8" squares together face to face. You'll get 4 pairs. With a lead mechanical pencil, draw a diagonal on the lighter square. Stitch scant 1/4" from the pencil line on both sides.

Cut along the line. Open the new squares. Press the seam towards the green. Trim the ears. Repeat for all the pairs. You should get 52 two-color squares, measuring 2" x 2".

Stitch two half-triangles and one red square together to make a strip. You will need a total of 13 such strips:

Stitch the remaining half-triangles into13 pairs:

Stitch the 13 pairs to the left of the 13 dark green 4" x 4" squares:

Stitch the 13 strips with red squares to the top of the 13 units:

Stitch 13 light green strips to the right side of the units.

Stitch 13 dark green 2" x 2" squares to the remaining 13 light green strips:

Stitch the new 13 strips to the bottom of the units.

Assembly:

Stitch the pieced blocks and white blocks into rows. The odd rows (1,3,5) should begin and end with the pieced block.

The even rows (2 and 4) should begin and end with the white blocks.

Stitch the rows together:

Embroidery:

Stabilize the central part of the white blocks with iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Make the embroidery. Cut away the excess stabilizer. We used the designs for small (4" x 4") hoop from the 12 Days of Christmas Redwork Set.

You can also use polyester craft felt instead of the stabilizer. In this case we recommend to baste the quilt top to the felt in the ditch along the colored borders. After the embroidery is finished, rip the baste and cut away the excess felt around the embroidery.

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 three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted along the lines of the embroidery and made stippling all over the wall hanging.

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.

The wallhanging is ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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