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George Washington Quilted Wallhanging

This quilt features the design General George Washington, and is perfect for the 4th of July, though it looks great all year round.

The finished size of the quilt is about 26" x 26".
For the quilt you will need 3 fabrics: white (about 1/2 yard), red (about 1/4 yard), and blue (about 3/4 yard). You will also need backing and batting, each piece measuring about 28" x 28".

Cutting:

Out of white fabric, cut 1 square measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2",
4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 11 1/4",
4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 10 1/4"
4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 9 1/4".

Cut one end of each strip at a 45 degree angle, as shown in the picture below:

Out of red fabric cut 4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 11 1/4",
4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 10 1/4",
4 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 9 1/4".

Cut one end of each strip at a 45 degree angle, as shown in the picture below:

Out of blue fabric, cut 1 square measuring 11 1/2" x 11 1/2", and subcut this square into 4 triangles along the diagonals as shown below.
Also out of blue fabric, cut: 2 strips measuring 3 1/2" x 20" and
2 strips measuring 3 1/2" x 26".
2 strips 2" wide and the length of the width of the fabric for the binding.

Assembly:

Using the 1 1/2" x 9 1/4" red strips, 1 1/2" x 10 1/4" white strips and 1 1/2" x 11 1/4" red strips, stitch four units as shown below:

Using 1 1/2" x 9 1/4" white strip, 1 1/2" x 10 1/4" red strip and 1 1/2" x 11 1/4" white strip, stitch four units as shown below:

Using the blue triangles, assemble four units as shown below:

Now attach the units to the central square. When attaching, first sew the seam between the square and the unit, then sew the seam between the units.

Attach the upper and lower borders, then the left and right borders.

Embroidery:

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.

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 mat.

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.

We further attached tassels to the quilt corners.

The quilt is ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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