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Mucha Seasons Wallhanging

This art-nouveau styled quilt features the Seasons by Alphonse Mucha in the Redwork technique. It's great for fans of Fine Art, especially Art Nouveau, and its 4-season theme makes it suitable for any time of the year.

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The finished size of the quilt is about 18" x 36".
You will need 4 fabrics: light cream for the central parts of the blocks (1/2 yard), light beige (about 1 fat quater), light brown fabric (about 1/4 yard) and chocolate brown (about 1/2 yard). You will also need backing and batting, each piece measuring about 20" x 38".

Cutting:

Out of light cream fabric, cut 2 rectangles measuring 10 1/2" x 12 1/2".

Out of patterned light beige fabric cut 12 squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Out of light brown fabric, cut 8 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" and
4 strips 2 1/2" x 9 1/2".

Out of chocolate brown fabric, cut 2 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" ,
8 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 8 1/2",
4 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 5 1/2",
12 squares measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
and 4 squares measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".

Also cut 3 strips 2 1/2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.

Assembly

The wallhanging consists of 2 similar blocks.

On your working table, place the 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" chocolate brown strips face up. Place 4 light beige 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares face down on the left end of 4 of the strips. Place 4 light beige 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares face down on the right end of the remaining 4 strips. Align all sides.

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With a sharp graphic pencil draw a diagonal across each of the beige squares.

Stitch along the diagonal.

Cut 1/4" from the stitchline.

Open the corner. Press. You'll get 8 new strips.

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Repeat with the four 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" brown strips: 2 squares should be on the right end and 2 squares on the left end of the strips.

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Sew the strips in pairs as shown:

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Repeat this with the eight 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" light brown strips and 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" chocolate brown squares, and also with the 2 1/2" x 9 1/2" light brown strips and chocolate brown squares:

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Stitch the chocolate brown strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" to the upper edges of the light cream rectangles.

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Stitch the chocolate-brown-and-beige strips measuring 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" to the lower edges of the rectangles.

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Attach the chocolate-brown-and-beige strips measuring 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" to left and the right edges.

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Attach the light-brown-and-chocolate strips measuring 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" to the left and right edges.

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Attach the light-brown-and-chocolate strips measuring 2 1/2" x 18 1/2" to the bottom of the working pieces.

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Working with each of the blocks one-by-one, place the working piece on a table face up. Place one chocolate brown square measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" face down in the bottom left corner. Align all sides.

Mucha Seasons Wallhanging image 12

With a sharp graphic pencil draw a diagonal.

Stitch along the diagonal.

Mucha Seasons Wallhanging image 13

Cut 1/4" from the stitch line.

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Open the corner. Press.

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Repeat for the bottom right corner.

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Sew both blocks together along the chocolate brown strips.

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Embroidery:

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Stabilize the central part of each block 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.

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We embroidered the name of the painter on the chocolate brown part in the middle of the wallhanging.

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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 wallhanging.

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.

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The wallhanging is ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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