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First Harvest Quilted Wall Hanging

This small wallhanging is a quick and simple project for Thanksgiving. It features the First Harvest design in the center and Redwork Fruit Set, used for quilting the sashing.
It makes a great accent or an excellent gift.

The finished size of the wallhanging is about 21" x 21".

We used 2 fabrics: white (about 1/2 yard) for the central part and border squares and green (about 1 yard) for the border squares, the second border and binding. You will also need backing and batting, each piece measuring about 22" x 22".

Note: "Thangles" templates are very handy for the project.

Cutting:

Out of white fabric, cut 1 square measuring 9 1/2" x 9 1/2",
3 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric, subcut the strip into 32 squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Out of green fabric cut 3 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric, subcut them into 32 squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2";
2 strips measuring 3 1/2" x 15 1/2",
2 strips measuring 3 1/2" x 21 1/2".
Also cut 3 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.

Sewing:

Place white and green 2 1/2" squares together face to face. You'll get 32 pairs. With a lead mechanical pencil, draw a diagonal on the lighter square. Stitch 1/4" from the pencil line on both sides.

Cut along the line. Open the new square. Press the seam towards the green. Trim the ears. Repeat for all the pairs. You should get 64 two-color squares, measuring 2" x 2".

To make border strips, join 6 green-and-white squares as shown on the diagram below. Make 4 new strips like this.

To make corner squares, join 4 green-and-white squares as shown on the diagram below. Make 4 new squares like this.

Assembly:

Stitch the two strips to the upper and lower edges of the central white square.

Stitch the two corner squares to the left and right ends of the remaining strips.

Stitch the strips to the left and right edges of the working piece.

Stitch the two strips measuring 3" x 15 1/2" to the left and right edges of the working piece.

Stitch the two strips measuring 3" x 21 1/2" to the upper and lower edges of the working piece.

Embroidery:

Stabilize the central part with iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Make the embroidery. Cut away the excess stabilizer.

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 central white square.

Then we hooped all three layers and embroidered the designs from the Redwork Fruit Set over the sashing. After that we made stippling 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.

The wallhanging is ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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