Winter Wonderland Holiday Quilt
- Moda Winter Wonderland Brushed Cotton fabrics (available in a kit from Homespun Hearth
- Optional: Twin size pkg.batting
- Optional: Quilt adhesive spray
- Sewing machine and matching threads
- Iron and pressing board
- Rotary cutting tool
- 1. Cut (49) 7"x42" strips from fabrics. From each strip, cut six 7" squares for a total of 294 blocks, which are enough to make 144 blocks, back and front. (Note: If adding batting between layers, a twin size package is needed. Cut batting into 144 5-3/4" squares. Sandwich and center batting between each block square.)
- 2. Use temporary adhesive to baste layers together.
- 3. To sew block layers together, use free motion quilting. On machine, drop feed dogs, install darning foot, and loosen pressure foot. Starting at one corner, meander through block, then finish out at opposite corner (Fig. 1). Repeat for remaining blocks. (Note: There are three extra blocks since only 144 are needed to complete quilt. Use extra block to practice free-motion quilting.) If you prefer regular stitching, no adjustments to machine are needed. Make an "X" in the square, sewing layers together diagonally from each corner (Fig. 2).
- 4. To assemble quilt, lay block out in 12 rows of 12 blocks each in desired arrangement. With back sides together and using 1/2" seam allowance, sew blocks together in (12) 12-block strips. With back sides together, sew 12 strips together, then around entire quilt, 1/2" from edge. (Note: All seams are visible on quilt top.) (Note: If doubling quilt size, make (17) 17-block rows.)
- 5. Along entire quilt top, clip seams 3/8" apart, to 1/8" from sewn seam. (Note: Do not clip through a seam. If seam is cut, re-sew to reinforce.) At each corner, clip all four sections. Clip outer edge of quilt. Clipping is what makes a "chenille" seam.
- 6. Wash quilt in regular cycle. (Note: Washing may agitate threads out of clippings, so do not be alarmed if there are loose threads in machine at end of cycle.) Dry quilt in medium heat for 10- 15 minutes. Remove and "fluff " seams with a stiff brush and scrub along seam lines. Finish drying quilt.