Sweet Tweet Quilt Wall Hanging & Pillow

Materials

  • WALL HANGING:
  • Cotton prints: blue dot, 14”x14” squares, two (1/2 yd.); blue, white and pink plaid, 10-1/2”x14” (1/3 yd.)
  • Pale green dot (ground), 12”x15”; assorted coordinating prints, 5”x5” squares, 16
  • Scraps: pink gingham (cheeks); green stripe (wings); lavender print (hearts); pink floral print (two large flowers)
  • Border, 3/8 to 1/2 yd.
  • Binding, 3/8 to 1/2 yd.
  • Backing, 1-5/8 yd.
  • White chenille or cotton, two each: 9”x14”; 5”x5” squares
  • Wool felt: pale pink: 9”x10”, two; scraps: dark pink; yellow; white; pale green
  • Quilt batting, 45”-wide, 1-1/3 yd.
  • White jumbo rickrack, 14” lengths, three
  • Pink polka-dot ribbon, 3/8”-wide, 7” lengths, two
  • 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC): Blanc (White); Cornflower Blue (#157); Med. Pink (#776); Green Gray (#3053); Dark Lavender (#209)
  • Buttons, 1/2”: pale blue, three; pink, four
  • Pink ribbon rosebuds, 3/4”, two
  • PILLOW:
  • Cotton prints: blue dot, 14”x14” squares, two (1/2 yd.); pale green dot (ground), 6”x15”; scraps: pink gingham (check); green stripe (wing); lavender print (heart)
  • Wool felt: pale pink: 9”x10”; scraps: dark pink; yellow; white; pale green
  • Pillow form, 14”x14” or fiberfill stuffing
  • White jumbo rickrack, 14” length
  • 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC): Blanc (White); Cornflower Blue (#157); Med. Pink (#776); Green Gray (#3053); Dark Lavender (#209)
  • Buttons, 1/2”: pale blue; pink

Tools

  • WALL HANGING:
  • HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive (Therm O Web)
  • Quilter’s basting spray
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Needles: sewing; embroidery
  • Iron and pressing board
  • PILLOW:
  • HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive (Therm O Web)
  • Quilter’s basting spray
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Needles: sewing; embroidery
  • Iron and pressing board

Directions

Notes - Wall Hanging

  • 1. Use two strands of embroidery floss for all stitches.
  • 2. The dotted lines on the patterns indicate overlap of fabric pieces. Use these lines as a guide when basting fabric motifs.
  • 3. To save time, machine stitch felt and fabric appliqués using a zigzag or decorative stitch instead of hand embroidery.

Prepare the blocks

  • 1. Two bird blocks: a. Cut two 14”x14” squares from blue dot print. b. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply iron-on adhesive, paper side up, onto wrong side of green ground fabric. Trace ground pattern twice; cut out. Peel off paper backing then iron ground pieces onto bottom of 14”x14” squares. c. Cut two 14” lengths from rickrack. Baste, then stitch rickrack trim along each ground piece. d. Use white floss to blanket stitch along top of ground pieces. e. Trace and cut: two birds from pale pink felt; two tails from dark pink felt; two small flowers from white felt; six leaves from pale green felt; two beaks and circular flower centers from yellow felt. (Note: Remember to cut one bird in reverse so they are facing opposite directions.) f. Follow same instructions as ground pieces to prepare to wings, cheeks and heart appliqués from iron-on adhesive, using green stripe, pink gingham and lavender print fabrics. (Note: Remember to trace one of the wings and hearts in reverse.) Iron two pink cheeks and green stripe wings onto birds. g. Use photo or pattern as placement guide to place bird and heart pieces onto background squares in desired position with beak slightly overlapping heart. Quick Tip: Use disappearing marking pen to mark placement of pieces with tiny reference points. h. Iron heart appliqués, then baste felt bird and flower pieces. i. Embroider as follows.

Birds

  • 1. Blanket stitch around birds with blue, around cheeks with lavender and around wings and beaks with green. Add a white running stitch around tail.

Flowers

  • 1. Blanket stitch around flowers with pink and around circular centers with green. Straight stitch around leaves with white, then add three running stitches along the center.

Hearts

  • 1. Blanket stitch around heart with pink. j. Sew a blue button for each eye and pink button to each circular flower center.

Bee block

  • 1. a. Cut a 10-1/2”x14” rectangle from blue, white and pink plaid. b. Cut a 14” length from rickrack. Baste, then stitch rickrack trim vertically, approximately 2-1/2” from left side. c. Trace and cut bee from white felt, wings from yellow felt and two strips from pink felt. d. Baste bee so it slightly overlaps rickrack trim. e. Blanket stitch around bee with pink floss. Add a green running stitch around wings and a blue running stitch around strips. Add two blue French knots for eyes. f. Sew blue button to bee for nose.

Two chenille flower blocks

  • 1. a. Cut two 9”x14” pieces from white chenille. b. Cut two 7” lengths from pink dot ribbon for flower stems. Baste each length from bottom center onto chenille blocks. Secure using a white running stitch or machine sew if preferred. c. Follow same instructions as ground pieces to prepare two large flower appliqués from iron-on adhesive using pink floral print. Iron two flowers to chenille blocks, overlapping tops of ribbon stems. d. Trace and cut two small flowers from white felt, two circular flower centers from yellow felt and four leaves from pale green felt. e. Baste white felt flowers onto center of larger pink print flowers. Baste leaves and circular flower centers, making sure position of leaves are reversed. f. Blanket stitch around pink print flowers with blue, around white felt flowers with pink and around circular centers with green. Straight stitch around leaves with white, then add three running stitches along center. g. Sew pink button to center of each flower.

Two patchwork blocks

  • 1. a. Cut 16 5”x5” squares from assorted prints. (Note: Designer used same combination of eight assorted prints from two blocks.) b. Cut two 5”x5” squares from white chenille. c. Trace and cut one heart and one reverse from pink felt. d. Baste hearts at a slight angle onto center of chenille squares. e. Blanket stitch around hearts with blue floss. f. Sew pink ribbon rosebud to top center of each heart. g. Lay squares out for each block as desired, with chenille heart square in center. Sew patchwork squares together, using a 1/4” seam allowance.

Piece the quilt top

  • 1. a. Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew quilt top together as shown in photo.

Add the border

  • 1. a. Cut four 3” strips along width of fabric. Sew side borders first using a 1/4” seam allowance. Press and trim. Sew borders to top and bottom. Press and trim.

Assemble

  • 1. a. Cut the backing fabric and batting slightly larger than the finished size of your quilt top. Baste the batting in between the top and bottom layers of the quilt with the wrong sides of the quilt top and backing facing. Smooth out any wrinkles on fabric and batting. b. Pin three layers together then stitchin-the-ditch along the seams (or quilt as desired). c. Trim the batting and backing fabric even with edges of quilt top.

Add the binding

  • 1. (Note: Add a hanging sleeve if desired before binding quilt.) a. Cut five 2-1/2”-wide binding strips along the width of the fabric. Sew strips together with diagonal seams. Trim seams to 1/4” and press open. Press binding strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. b. With raw edges of binding and quilt top even, stitch using a 3/8” seam allowance. If desired, leaves anywhere from 2” to 12” free, depending upon preferred binding technique. c. To miter binding at corners, stop stitching 3/8” from corner of quilt. Fold the binding strip up, away from the quilt then fold it down even with the raw edge of quilt. Begin stitching at fold, stitching through all layers. Continue sewing around quilt, repeating same process for each corner. d. Bring folded edge of binding strip to back of quilt and hand sew binding in place.

Pillow

  • 1. Cut two 14” squares from blue dot fabric.
  • 2. Refer to Bird Block instructions from quilt to make a bird block.
  • 3. Pin two pillow pieces right sides together. Sew around edges of pillow using 1/4” seam allowance, leaving an opening at bottom for turning.
  • 4. Clip corners and turn right side out through opening. Press.
  • 5. Insert pillow form or stuff firmly. Slipstitch opening closed. Quick Tip: If using pillow form, add small amounts of fiberfill to fill out and add firmness to corners.
by Susan Cousineau for Sweet Chic Design
Sweet Tweet Quilt Wall Hanging & Pillow
Sweet Tweet Quilt Wall Hanging & Pillow