Birds in the For­est

Com­bine piec­ing, ap­pliqué and fabric fold­ing to cre­ate a warm and com­fort­able flan­nel quilt.

Quilters World - Autumn Colors - - Contents - DE­SIGN BY BEV GETSCHEL

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• Mea­sure­ments based on

42" us­able fabric width.

• 10 (1/2-yard) pieces dark flan­nels

or 5 yards to­tal dark flan­nel scraps • 10 (1/2-yard) pieces light flan­nel back­grounds or 5 yards to­tal light flan­nel scraps

• 3/4 yard di­ag­o­nal plaid flan­nel

• 3/4 yard dark print flan­nel

• Back­ing to size

• Bat­ting to size

• Thread

• Ba­sic sew­ing tools and sup­plies

CUT­TING

For each set of pieces in steps 1–3, cut all light pieces from the same light flan­nel and all dark pieces from the same dark flan­nel ex­cept I, which should be cut from a dif­fer­ent dark flan­nel.

From 1/2-yard pieces dark flan­nel:

• Cut 5 (61/2" x 91/2") B to­tal.

See Spe­cial Cut­ting In­struc­tions. From 1/2-yard pieces light flan­nel:

• Cut 20 (31/2" x 151/2") J to­tal

• Cut 4 (115/8") squares to­tal.

Cut each square in half on

1 di­ag­o­nal to make 8 K tri­an­gles. Cut 4 (51/4") squares to­tal,

Cut each square in half on

1 di­ag­o­nal to make 8 L tri­an­gles. Cut 2 (61/2" x 91/2") B to­tal.

See Spe­cial Cut­ting In­struc­tions.

From di­ag­o­nal plaid flan­nel:

• Cut 6 (31/2" x 42") C/D strips.

From dark print flan­nel:

• Cut 9 (21/2" by fabric width) bind­ing

strips. • •

SPE­CIAL CUT­TING IN­STRUC­TIONS

1. Cut the dark and light flan­nels into 18 sets as fol­lows for Tall Tree blocks: 8 (31/2") F squares light, 2 (31/2" x 31/4") H pieces light,

4 (31/2" x 61/2") E rec­tan­gles dark and 1 (1" x 31/2") I piece dark. 2. Cut the dark and light flan­nels into 10 sets as fol­lows for Short Tree blocks: 1 (31/2" x 61/2") G rec­tan­gle light, 6 (31/2") F squares light,

2 (31/2" x 31/4") H pieces light,

3 (31/2" x 61/2") E rec­tan­gles dark and 1 (1" x 31/2") I piece dark.

3. Pre­pare tem­plates for ap­pliqué shapes us­ing pat­terns given; cut as di­rected on each piece, adding a

1/4" seam al­lowance all around when cut­ting for hand ap­pliqué.

4. Cut the re­main­ing fab­rics into 44 light and 242 dark 31/2" A squares.

COM­PLET­ING THE TREE BLOCKS

1. Se­lect one set of pieces for one Tall Tree block.

2. Fold each E rec­tan­gle in half, wrong sides to­gether, to make a

31/4" x 31/2" rec­tan­gle.

3. Pin the folded E piece to the right side of an F square with the fold

1/4" down from the top edge of F as shown in Fig­ure 1; place a sec­ond F square right sides to­gether with the lay­ered F-E unit, align­ing top of sec­ond F square with first F square. Stitch on the right-hand edge, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1. 4. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 2, open the stitched F-E-F unit and press the folded E flat with bot­tom edges aligned with F and seam open on the back side to com­plete one tree unit. 5. Re­peat steps 2–4 to com­plete four tree units.

6. Sew an I piece be­tween two H pieces to make a trunk unit as shown in Fig­ure 3; press seams to­ward H. 7. Join the four tree units with the trunk unit to com­plete one Tall Tree block re­fer­ring to the block draw­ing; press seams in one di­rec­tion.

8. Re­peat steps 1–7 to com­plete 18 Tall Tree blocks; set aside four blocks to use in the Cor­ner blocks. 9. Re­peat steps 1–7 to com­plete 10 Short Tree blocks, mak­ing only three tree units for each block and adding a G rec­tan­gle at the top re­fer­ring to the block draw­ing.

COM­PLET­ING THE COR­NER BLOCKS

1. Se­lect one of the four Tall Tree blocks pre­vi­ously set aside. Sew K to op­po­site long sides and L to the top and bot­tom of the block to com­plete one Cor­ner block re­fer­ring to the block draw­ing; press seams to­ward K and L. Re­peat to make four Cor­ner blocks. Note: There should be more than 1/4” seam al­lowance be­yond the cor­ners of the Tall Tree blocks.

COM­PLET­ING THE NINE-PATCH BLOCKS

1. Se­lect nine dif­fer­ent A squares.

2. Join three A squares to make a row; press seams in one di­rec­tion. Re­peat to make three rows.

3. Join the rows to com­plete one Nine-patch block; press seams in one di­rec­tion.

4. Re­peat steps 1–3 to com­plete 17 Nine-patch blocks.

COM­PLET­ING THE SET­TING BLOCKS

1. Join three A squares; press seams in one di­rec­tion.

2. Sew the A unit to one long side of a B rec­tan­gle to com­plete one Set­ting block; press seam to­ward B.

3. Re­peat steps 1 and 2 to com­plete seven Set­ting blocks.

4. Ar­range one bird mo­tif on the B rec­tan­gle of each block re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4 for po­si­tion­ing.

5. Turn un­der the 1/4" seam al­lowance as you hand-stitch pieces in place to com­plete the ap­pliqué.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

1. Join the Set­ting and Nine-patch blocks in six rows with four blocks in each row, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4 for po­si­tion­ing; press seams in ad­join­ing rows in op­po­site di­rec­tions. 2. Join C/D strips with right sides to­gether on short ends to make one long strip; press seams open. Sub­cut strip into two 64" C strips and two 46" D strips.

3. Cen­ter and sew a C strip to op­po­site long sides and D strips to the top and bot­tom of the pieced strip, mi­ter­ing cor­ners as shown in Fig­ure 5; trim mitered seam to 1/4" and press seams open. 4. Join three Short Tree blocks and four Tall Tree blocks with six J strips re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 6 to make a side strip; press seams to­ward J strips. Re­peat to make two side strips.

5. Sew a side strip to op­po­site sides of the pieced cen­ter; press seams to­ward C strips.

6. Join two Short Tree blocks with three Tall Tree blocks, four J strips and two Cor­ner blocks to make a top strip, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 6; press seams to­ward J strips and Cor­ner blocks. Re­peat to make the bot­tom strip. 7. Sew the top strip to the top and the bot­tom strip to the bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter re­fer­ring to the Place­ment Di­a­gram for po­si­tion­ing of strips; press seams to­ward

D strips.

8. Join 30 A squares to make a side strip; re­peat to make two side strips. Press seams in one di­rec­tion. Re­peat with 26 A squares to make one each top and bot­tom strip. 9. Sew the side strips and top and bot­tom strips to the sides and top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter to com­plete the pieced top; press seams to­ward the pieced strips

10. Cre­ate a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Basics on page 110.

11. Quilt as de­sired. Trim edges even.

12. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Basics on page 110 to fin­ish.

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