This miniature quilt is small in size, but big and beautiful in impact. Select nine fat quarters to make it happen, and give it to someone needing a touch of cheer.
Before sandwiching the top for quilting, a monogram may be machine-embroidered in the center of the wreath, if desired. In the sample quilt, a detailed original-design quilt motif is quilted in the center instead of a monogram.
Skill Level: Intermediate Quilt Size: 16" x 16"
• 1 fat quarter cream solid
• 1 fat quarter green polka dot
• 1 fat quarter floral/green stripe
• 1 fat quarter each cream, green and salmon florals
• 1 fat quarter each floral/salmon stripe
• 1 fat quarter light green print
• 1 fat quarter salmon tonal
• Batting 21" x 21"
• Backing 21" x 21"
• Neutral-color all-purpose thread
• Tan silk thread
• 1/2 yard fusible web
• 3⁄8" bias bar
• 10" x 10" square of paper
• Water-erasable marker or pencil
• Black marker
• 22" of 1/4"-wide fusible web
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
1. Cut enough 13⁄8"-wide bias strips from floral/salmon stripe and join to make 22" length for stem.
2. Cut one 101/2" x 101/2" A square cream solid.
3. Cut one 11/2" x 21" strip green polka dot; subcut the strip into two 101/2" B strips.
4. Cut two 11/2" x 121/2" C strips green polka dot.
5. Cut four 21/4" x 21" strips green polka dot for binding.
6. Cut two 21/2" x 161/2" E strips along the length of the floral/green stripe.
7. Cut two 21/2" x 121/2" D strips across the remaining width of the floral/ green stripe.
8. Trace appliqué shapes onto the paper side of the fusible web referring to the full-size motif for number to cut, leaving 1/2" between pieces.
9. Cut out shapes, leaving a margin around each shape; fuse shapes to the wrong side of fabrics as directed on each piece for color. Cut out shapes on traced lines; remove paper backing.
Completing the Appliqué
1. To make the stem, fold the 13⁄8"-wide length of bias along the length with wrong sides together; stitch a 1/4" seam allowance along raw edge to make a tube as shown in Figure 1.
2. Insert the 3⁄8" bias bar inside the stitched tube with seam centered on one side as shown in Figure 2; press seam open. Remove bias bar.
3. Iron the 1/4"-wide fusible web onto the wrong side of the stem strip; remove paper backing.
4. Fold the A square vertically and horizontally, and crease to mark centers. Repeat with the 10" square of paper.
5. Prepare a pattern for the full-size appliqué. Using a black marker, trace the pattern onto the 10" square of paper; matching the centers as shown in Figure 3. 6. Center the drawing under the A square, matching center mark with creases on A as shown in Figure 4; trace the design onto A using a water-erasable marker or pencil. 7. Center the prepared bias stem on the traced circle with the ends positioned to meet under one of the flower shapes; fuse in place. Note: To reduce bulk, you may cut the bias in pieces to fit just under the flower pieces on each side before fusing as shown in Figure 5.
8. Using the tan silk thread and a very close and narrow blanket stitch, stitch the edges of the stem piece/ pieces in place along each side.
9. Center, layer and fuse large and medium flowers and flower centers using the marked outline as guides for positioning.
10. Arrange and fuse leaf pieces using the marked outline as a guide for positioning.
11. Sew around each fused shape as in step 8 to complete the appliquéd center.
Completing the Top
1. Sew a B strip to the top and bottom, and C strips to opposite sides of the appliquéd center; press seams toward B and C strips.
2. Sew D strips to the top and bottom, and E strips to opposite sides of the appliquéd center to complete the quilt top; press seams toward D and E strips.
Finishing the Quilt
1. Transfer the quilting design given to the center of the appliquéd A square.
2. Prepare the finished top for quilting, quilt and bind referring to Quilting Basics on page 124.