Mag­no­lias for Christ­mas

This sim­ple wall hang­ing is all about the fab­ric choices. Pick a gor­geous col­lec­tion and watch it come to­gether.

Quilter's World - - Season -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 6" square red tonal* • 5 co­or­di­nat­ing hol­i­day print and tonal fat quar­ters for fab­rics 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9* • 1 fat quar­ter green tonal* • 3/ 8 yard each 3 black co­or­di­nat­ing

hol­i­day prints for fab­rics 1, 5 and 6* • 3/ 8 yard red/cream print for fab­ric 4* • 1/2 yard black solid • 5/ 8 yard cream tonal* • Back­ing to size • Bat­ting to size* • Bat­ting scraps for mag­no­lia pieces • Thread • Tem­plate ma­te­rial • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

*Mag­no­lia Me­tallics fab­ric col­lec­tion from Moda; Heir­loom Cot­ton bat­ting from Hobbs used to make sam­ple.

CUT­TING

Pre­pare tem­plates for the small leaf, large leaf/petal and cir­cle pieces us­ing pat­terns given. Cut pieces as per pat­terns and as­sem­ble as per in­struc­tions.

From co­or­di­nat­ing fat quar­ters:

Re­fer to Fig­ure 1 for fab­ric po­si­tion­ing by num­ber. • Cut 3 (41/2" x 20") strips fab­ric 2. Sub­cut strips into 9 (41/2") fab­ric 2 squares. • Cut 3 (41/2" x 20") strips fab­ric 3. Sub­cut strips into 11 (41/2") fab­ric

3 squares. • Cut 3 (41/2" x 20") strips fab­ric 7. Sub­cut strips into 10 (41/2") fab­ric

7 squares. • Cut 1 (41/2" x 20") strip fab­ric 8. Sub­cut strip into 4 (41/2") fab­ric

8 squares. • Cut 2 (41/2" x 20") strips fab­ric 9. Sub­cut strips into 7 (41/2") fab­ric

9 squares.

From black co­or­di­nat­ing hol­i­day prints:

• Cut 2 (41/2" by fab­ric width) strips each fab­rics 1, 5 and 6. Sub­cut fab­ric 1 strips into 14 (41/2") fab­ric 1 squares. Sub­cut fab­ric 5 strips into 15 (41/2") fab­ric 5 squares. Sub­cut fab­ric 6 strips into 13 (41/2") fab­ric 6 squares.

From red/cream print:

• Cut 2 (41/2" by fab­ric width) strips fab­ric 4. Sub­cut strips into 13 (41/2") fab­ric 4 squares.

From black solid:

• Cut 5 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

1. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1, ar­range the num­bered fab­ric squares in 12 rows of eight squares each, plac­ing samenum­bered fab­rics in di­ag­o­nal rows.

2. Join the squares in rows as ar­ranged; press. Join the rows to com­plete the pieced top; press.

3. Cre­ate a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94. 4. Quilt as de­sired. 5. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94 to fin­ish.

MAK­ING THE MAG­NO­LIA FLOWER

1. Layer two large cream tonal petals right sides to­gether with a large bat­ting petal on top. Stitch around curved pointed edges, leav­ing the straight end open as shown in Fig­ure 2.

2. Trim bat­ting close to seam. Turn the stitched unit right side out and press edges flat.

3. Re­peat steps 1 and 2 to make a to­tal of five each large and small cream tonal petals and three large green tonal leaves.

4. Fold the red tonal cir­cle in half and in half again with right side out to make a quar­ter-cir­cle as shown in Fig­ure 3; press.

5. Fold each of the three cream tonal cir­cles in half right side out and insert a half-cir­cle of bat­ting into each re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4.

6. Us­ing a run­ning stitch and knot­ted thread, gather the curved side on one half-cir­cle unit as shown in Fig­ure 5; do not cut the thread.

7. Insert the raw edges of the folded red quar­ter-cir­cle onto the gath­ered edge of the gath­ered half-cir­cle as shown in Fig­ure 6. Tack the gath­ered edge of the cream unit to­gether with the raw edges of the red quar­ter-cir­cle and then pull one cream edge over the other cream edge to en­close the red quar­ter-cir­cle to com­plete the cen­ter unit us­ing the same thread used to gather the half-cir­cle unit again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 6.

8. Re­peat step 6 with the re­main­ing cream half-cir­cle units, fold­ing them around the cen­ter unit and tack­ing edges to­gether to com­plete the flower cen­ter as shown in Fig­ure 7.

9. Us­ing a run­ning stitch with knot­ted thread, gather the open edge of one small petal onto the thread; re­peat with all small petals with­out cut­ting the thread to make a small-petal cir­cle as shown in Fig­ure 8.

10. Sew the flower cen­ter to the cen­ter of the small-petal cir­cle, spac­ing the petals evenly around the flower cen­ter.

11. Re­peat steps 9 and 10 to com­plete and at­tach the large petals to the back of the small-petal cir­cle to com­plete the mag­no­lia flower.

12. Pin the com­pleted flower on the right side of the com­pleted quilt as de­sired. Tuck the pre­pared leaf pieces un­der the mag­no­lia flower as de­sired and pin to hold in place.

13. Hand-stitch the edges of each large petal in place around the edges. Tack the tip of each leaf in place to se­cure to fin­ish.

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