Pattern - Quilted Maple Tree Hanging
- 1. Pattern is divided into sections; each section is numbered with Roman numerals. Numbers in each patch refer to piecing order; letters refer to fabrics. Throughout pattern, A=sky, B=trunk, C=ground, D=tree. Dark solid lines indicate major sections, dotted lines indicate subsections, and fine solid lines indicate individual patches. Paper piece within subsections using your favorite method or method explained below.
- Quited Hanging
- 1. Print out full-size pattern. Tape freezer paper, with dull side up, over printed pattern. (Note: Pattern is printed in reverse.) Transfer all lines and letter/number combinations onto freezer paper with ruler and marker. See Photos 1-4.
- 2. Choose section to start with and cut section away from main pattern with rotary cutter. (Note: It is very important to use ruler and rotary cutter to cut pattern. Cut lines will be piecing lines and must be accurate.) Cut section apart on dotted lines. (Note: Cutting sections and subsections will help in remembering piecing order. Cut apart one section at a time to keep pieces from being misplaced.) See Photos 5 and 6.
- 3. Find lowest number (#1) in subsection. Without steam, iron subsection to wrong side of appropriate fabric so patch is completely covered, leaving at least 1/4" for seam allowance. Find next lowest number (#2). Place index card on line between patches and fold #2 down over card, creasing freezer paper. Remove card. Take #2 fabric and position right side up under #1 fabric so right sides are together. Be sure there is enough fabric to cover patch #2 with some extra for seam allowances. Machine-sew along fold line between two patches, right next to paper but not through it. (Note: Keep patches that are on outside edges on straight grain.) See Photos 7 and 8.
- 4. Trim seam allowance to 1/4". (Note: For very small pieces, 1/8" may be used.) Fold paper back to original position and fold second fabric back on seam line. Press toward second fabric; adhere to freezer paper. Position section on cutting mat with ruler on top with 1/4" line on edge of paper pattern. Cut 1/4" seam allowance all around section. See Photos 9 and 10.
- 5. Position subsection, with paper side up, over master pattern. Continue in this manner until entire subsection is completed. When all subsections are completed, machine-sew together by lining up edges of paper. (Note: When seams have dual points, be sure points extend 1/4" beyond other piece so both pieces come together exactly at 1/4" seam line. See Photo 11.) Machine-sew seam along edge of paper. Check accuracy by making sure edges of paper on adjacent pieces line up. Press seam. (Note: Do not remove paper until entire piece has been sewn.) See Photos 12 and 13.
- 6. After all sections are sewn, machine-sew entire quilt top together, beginning with sections 1 and 2, and adding other sections in order. Carefully remove paper; press. Square up to 15-1/2"x19-1/2". See Photos 14 and 15.
- 7. For borders, cut two 19-1/2"x1" strips for sides and two 16-1/2"x1" strips for top and bottom. Machine-sew to quilt, beginning with sides and finishing with top and bottom. (Note: Do not cut narrow inner border until outer border is finished.)
- 8. Cut forty 2-1/2" squares from print fabrics for border. Seam together into four strips of 10 squares. Machine-sew strips to sides, top, and bottom. Press toward inner border. See Photos 16 and 17. Layer top, batting, and backing together. Quilt as desired.
- 9. For hanging sleeve, cut 8"x18" piece from backing fabric. Turn ends under; sew. Fold sleeve, with wrong sides together, along length; press. Pin raw edge of sleeve to quilt top. Attach binding. Hem bottom edge of sleeve to quilt, leaving slack for dowel to pass through.
- 10. Cut three 2-1/2"x width of binding fabric strips. Seam together at 45° angle. Press in half with wrong sides together. Machine-sew to quilt, matching raw edges, catching hanging sleeve in top seam. Miter corners.
- 1. To save time, cut solid outer strips from 3/8 yd. of fabric instead of stitching the patchwork border.