LIT­TLE TOWN

Count down the days un­til Christ­mas with a sweet ap­pliqué ad­vent cal­en­dar

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - DESIGNER PROFILE - BY MICHELLE ROBERTS

YOU WILL NEED

■ Stripe pocket fab­ric: ½yd

■ Print fab­rics: five (5) fat quar­ters

■ Back­ground fab­ric: 2yds

■ Light­weight in­ter­fac­ing: ½yd

■ Bat­ting: 20in x 40in

■ Bind­ing fab­ric: ¼yd

■ Fusible web: ½yd

■ Rib­bon: 6in length

■ One (1) copy each of the Large Pocket, Small Pocket and Num­bers tem­plates

FIN­ISHED SIZE

■ 18in x 37in

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ RST = right sides to­gether.

■ Michelle used Güter­mann Sulky Var­ie­gated Thread in 4030 and 4048.

■ Tem­plates in­clude seam al­lowances, where nec­es­sary.

■ For tem­plates see page 92.

■ Fab­rics sup­plied by Han­tex (han­tex.com)

■ Threads, bat­ting and in­ter­fac­ing sup­plied by Güter­mann (guter­mann.com)

FAB­RICS USED

■ Print fab­rics are Bowtied, Sea­son Waltz, Twin­kle Stars, Tree Farm Lit, Star­bright Fog and Win­ter­berry Mist from the Lit­tle Town col­lec­tion by Amy Sini­baldi for Art Gallery Fab­rics.

■ Back­ground fab­ric is Soft Sand from the Denim col­lec­tion, also by Art Gallery Fab­rics.

CUT­TING OUT

1 From the stripe pocket fab­ric cut:

■ Twenty four (24) pieces us­ing the Large Pocket tem­plate.

2 From the var­i­ous print fab­rics cut:

■ Twenty four (24) 5¼in x 2½in strips.

3 From the back­ground fab­ric cut:

■ Two (2) 18in x 37in pan­els for the front and back. Save the re­main­ing back­ground fab­ric to pre­pare the num­bers.

4 From the bind­ing fab­ric cut:

■ Four (4) 2¼in x WOF strips.

5 From the in­ter­fac­ing cut:

■ Twenty four (24) pieces us­ing the Small Pocket tem­plate.

PICK A SOLID, NEU­TRAL BACK­GROUND FAB­RIC TO LET YOUR PAT­TERNED POCK­ETS POP!

MAK­ING THE POCK­ETS

6 Cen­tre a Small Pocket in­ter­fac­ing piece on the wrong side of one of your Large Pocket pieces. Fuse in place, fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions (Fig A).

7 Place one print 5¼in x 2½in strip RST at the top of the pocket piece, 1in down from the top. Sew in place, us­ing a ¼in seam al­lowance. Press the print strip up­wards and top­stitch in place.

8 Fold the bot­tom edges of the pock­ets up­wards by ¼in and press. Re­peat, fold­ing over by an­other ¼in to con­ceal the raw edges. Re­peat this on the sides and pin in place (Fig B).

9 Press the print strip to the wrong side by 1in. Sew across the top, just above your top­stitch­ing. Top­stitch around the side and bot­tom edges, be­ing care­ful to catch the folds. (Fig C).

10 Re­peat steps 6–9 to con­struct each of the pock­ets.

11 Trace the num­bers 1–25 onto the pa­per side of the fusible web. Cut out roughly and fuse to the wrong side of your fab­ric, fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. Neatly cut out each num­ber along the traced lines, us­ing a small, sharp pair of scis­sors.

12 Peel the back­ing off your num­bers and fuse in place on each of the pock­ets. Re­duce the stitch length on your ma­chine to ap­prox. 1.4 and sew the num­bers in place.

AS­SEM­BLING THE AD­VENT CAL­EN­DAR

13 Make a quilt sand­wich by plac­ing the back­ing panel right side down, the bat­ting on top, then the ad­vent cal­en­dar front panel cen­trally and right side up. Baste the lay­ers to­gether us­ing your pre­ferred method.

14 Ar­range your pock­ets into po­si­tion on the front and pin in place. Sew each pocket in place, sewing over your top­stitch­ing lines to se­cure. Back­stitch a few stitches at the top on each side of the pocket (Fig D).

15 Sew the bind­ing strips to­gether end-to-end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Press the seams open and trim away the dog ears. Fold in half length­ways, wrong sides to­gether, and press.

16 Sew the bind­ing to the right side of the ad­vent cal­en­dar, creat­ing a neat mitre at each corner. Fold the bind­ing over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

17 Fold the rib­bon in half to form a loop. Stitch to the back panel, cen­trally and near the top, to cre­ate a hanger (Fig E). Now fill your ad­vent cal­en­dar with treats!

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