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Love Patchwork & Quilting - - CONTENTS - BY KRISTINA BRINKER­HOFF

Use FPP to sew a Christ­mas wreath cush­ion for your favourite chair

Use Foun­da­tion Pa­per Piec­ing tech­niques to cre­ate a scrap-friendly Christ­mas wreath cush­ion for your favourite chair

CHOOSE A VA­RI­ETY OF LOW VOL­UME FAB­RICS TO BUILD A BACK­DROP FOR THE WREATH

NOTES

Q Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less

oth­er­wise noted.

Q Press seams open, un­less

oth­er­wise in­structed.

Q WST = wrong sides to­gether.

Q WOF = width of fab­ric.

Q FPP = Foun­da­tion Pa­per Piec­ing.

Q Foun­da­tion Pa­per Piec­ing tem­plates in­clude seam al­lowance around the outer edge only.

Q For FPP, shorten your stitch length to 1.5. Q For tem­plates, see p89.

Q Press all fab­rics be­fore cut­ting.

FAB­RICS USED

Q Red bow fab­ric is Red Kisses from

Ri­ley Blake De­signs.

Q Bind­ing fab­ric is Red Stripes from the Seven­berry Petite Ba­sics col­lec­tion by Robert Kauf­man.

Q Back­ing fab­ric is Green and White Ging­ham from the Vin­tage Hol­i­day col­lec­tion by Bon­nie and Camille for Moda.

CUT­TING OUT

1

From the low vol­ume prints cut: Q Two (2) 5in x 12½in strips.

Q Two (2) 5in x 22in strips.

Q Four (4) pieces us­ing Tem­plate A. Q Four (4) pieces us­ing Tem­plate D.

2

From the back­ing fab­ric cut:

Q Two (2) 18in x 12in rec­tan­gles. 3

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut: Q Two (2) 2½in x WOF strips.

FOUN­DA­TION PA­PER PIEC­ING

4

Us­ing the tem­plate as a guide, cut the fab­ric pieces for Sec­tions B and C of the FPP tem­plate, mak­ing sure the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the sec­tion they will cover, all the way around.

5

Foun­da­tion Pa­per Piece Sec­tion B as fol­lows. Place the fab­ric piece for Sec­tion 1B right side up on the un­printed side of the tem­plate against the rel­e­vant sec­tion. En­sure that the fab­ric cov­ers the whole sec­tion, plus at least ¼in all around. Pin in place.

6

Place the Sec­tion 2B fab­ric piece right side down on top of the Sec­tion 1B piece, match­ing up raw edges on the side where Sec­tions 1 and 2 will be joined, and mak­ing sure that when folded back along the seam line, Sec­tion 2 will be cov­ered by the fab­ric plus at least ¼in all around. Pin in place.

7

Turn the tem­plate over to the printed side and stitch along the marked line be­tween Sec­tions 1 and 2, back­stitch­ing at the be­gin­ning and end of the seam. Fold the tem­plate away from the seam and trim to ¼in. Fold the tem­plate back, turn the work to the fab­ric side, flip Sec­tion 2 open and then press.

8

Con­tinue work­ing in this way to piece the re­main­ing sec­tions on the FPP tem­plate, in nu­mer­i­cal or­der. Trim along the dot­ted seam al­lowance line.

9

Re­peat steps 4–8 to piece each of Tem­plates B and C, Sec­tions 1–9. Re­move the pa­per tem­plates from the backs, tear­ing along the seam lines.

PIEC­ING THE BLOCKS

10

Take one each of tem­plate pieces

A, B, C and D (Fig A). Fold each piece in half to mark the cen­tre point. Place the Tem­plate B piece on top of the Tem­plate A piece, match­ing the creases and ends, and pin in place. Ease along the curve and pin to­gether along these points (Fig B).

11

Sew the pieces to­gether along the curved edge, re­mov­ing the pins as you go. Press seams to­wards the Tem­plate A piece (Fig C).

12

Re­peat steps 10–11 to join the Tem­plate C piece to the curved unit. Press the seam open. Then join the Tem­plate D piece to the unit and press seams to­wards the Tem­plate D piece. Trim to 6½in square.

13

Re­peat steps 10–12 to make four com­plete curve blocks. Sew the units in pairs to cre­ate a top and bot­tom half. Press seams open. Sew the two halves to­gether to com­plete the wreath. Trim to 12½in square.

RAW EDGE AP­PLIQUÉ

14

Trace the Bow tem­plate onto the pa­per side of the fusi­ble web. Fuse to the re­verse of your red fab­ric, fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. Cut out the pieces along the marked lines.

15

Fuse the bow to the front of the wreath, re­fer­ring to the fin­ished photo as a guide. Stitch around the outer edge of each piece, us­ing a co­or­di­nat­ing thread.

ADDING THE BOR­DERS

16

Sew the two back­ground 5in x 12½in strips to ei­ther side of the wreath block. Press seams to­wards the bor­der strips. Sew the two back­ground 5in x 22in strips to the top and bot­tom of the wreath block. Press the seams to­wards the back­ground strips and trim any ex­cess bor­der that ex­tends be­yond the edges of the block.

QUILT­ING THE CUSH­ION COVER

17

Make a quilt sand­wich by plac­ing the lin­ing fab­ric right side down, the bat­ting on top, then place the cush­ion front cen­trally and right side up. Baste the lay­ers to­gether us­ing your pre­ferred method. Quilt as de­sired. Kristina quilted straight lines, ap­prox­i­mately ½in apart. Trim off the ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing fab­ric and square up the cush­ion front to 18in square.

FIN­ISH­ING

18

Take the two 18in x 12in back­ing pieces. On each piece, press one of the 18in sides over ¼in to­ward the wrong side, then ¼in again so the raw edge is con­cealed. Top stitch to se­cure the folded hem in place.

19

Place the quilted cush­ion front face down on the work sur­face. Place the en­ve­lope back pieces right sides up on top of the quilted cush­ion, align­ing the raw edges of the two en­ve­lope back pieces with the outer edges of the quilted piece, and over­lap­ping the top stitched edges in the mid­dle. Se­cure the en­ve­lope back pieces in place with pins. Sew the two over­lapped en­ve­lope backs to the quilted cush­ion piece 1/8in away from the edge.

20

Join the bind­ing strips to­gether end-to-end us­ing a di­ag­o­nal seam. Press the seam open, fold the bind­ing strips in half length­wise, WST, and press.

21

Sew the bind­ing strip onto the front of the cush­ion cover, cre­at­ing a neat mitre in each cor­ner. Fold the bind­ing over to the back of the cush­ion cover and hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

Kristina Brinker­hoff Since fall­ing in love with quilt­ing in her teens, Kristina en­joys writ­ing pat­terns and freemo­tion quilt­ing cen­ter­streetquilts.com cen­ter­streetquilts

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