Welcome to Our Nest

Ap­pliqué a wall hang­ing in a day.

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CUT­TING

Pre­pare pieces for ap­pliqué as per pat­tern and in­struc­tions, and re­fer­ring to Raw-Edge Fusible Ap­pliqué on page 14.

From light blue print:

• Cut 1 (13" x 20)" strip. Sub­cut strip into 1 (13") A square.

From medium blue tonal:

• Cut 2 (11/2" x 20") strips.

Sub­cut strips into 2 (11/2" x 121/2") B strips. • Cut 2 (5" x 20") strips.

Sub­cut strips into 2 (5" x 16") C strips. From turquoise tonal: • Cut 2 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips.

COM­PLET­ING THE BIRD BLOCK

1. Fold A in half hor­i­zon­tally and ver­ti­cally and crease to mark the cen­ters. Cen­ter the pre­pared bird pieces on A in numer­i­cal or­der us­ing full-size pat­tern mo­tif with cen­ter mark as a guide for po­si­tion­ing. When sat­is­fied with place­ment, fuse in place re­fer­ring to the fusible web man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. 2. Po­si­tion and fuse the nest piece along the bot­tom edge of the fused bird pieces. 3. Ma­chine-stitch around the fused shapes us­ing your fa­vorite ma­chine stitch. 4. Draw eight 2" x 3" rec­tan­gles on the pa­per side of the fusible web, leav­ing 1/2" be­tween pieces. Cut out pieces leav­ing a 1/4" mar­gin all around each piece. Fuse pieces to the wrong side of brown tonal scraps; cut out on drawn lines. 5. Cut each rec­tan­gle into eight 1/2" x 11/2" seg­ments as shown in Fig­ure 1 to make a to­tal of 64 pieces. Re­move pa­per back­ing from all pieces.

6. Ar­range pieces ran­domly to cover the nest piece; fuse in place. Stitch a straight line through the cen­ter of the top-layer pieces to se­cure as shown in Fig­ure 2. Note: You may choose not to fuse the top layer pieces, leav­ing the edges loose. The stitch­ing will hold them in place.

7. Trim the ap­pliquéd A square to 121/2" x 121/2", cen­ter­ing the mo­tif to com­plete the Bird Block.

COM­PLET­ING THE WALL HANG­ING

1. Fold each C strip in half ver­ti­cally and hor­i­zon­tally to find the cen­ter; fin­ger­press creases.

2. Trans­fer mes­sage pat­tern onto trac­ing pa­per with a dark marker, adding cen­ter marks.

3. Trans­fer the mes­sage pat­terns to the C strips, us­ing a wa­ter-sol­u­ble marker and cen­ter­ing the words on the strips as shown in Fig­ure 3.

4. Us­ing three strands of blue em­broi­dery floss and an out­line, stem or split stitch, hand-stitch along the marked lines to com­plete the mes­sage.

5. Trim the C strips to 31/2" x 141/2", keep­ing the mes­sages cen­tered.

6. Sew B strips to op­po­site sides of A; press. Sew the “Welcome” C strip to the top and the “To Our Nest” C strip to the bot­tom of A to com­plete the wall hang­ing top.

7. Cre­ate a quilt sandwich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94. 8. Quilt as de­sired. 9. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94.

10. Sew but­tons to bird shapes for eyes as marked on pat­tern for po­si­tion­ing. QW

Fig­ure 3

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