You will need Calico/ linen cotton background fabric – 18in square Scraps of teal fabric – four (4) pieces approx. 2½in square Scraps of batting – two (2) pieces approx. 2½in square Lightweight iron- on interfacing – 18in square Red quilting embroidery cotton/ regular embroidery thread 5mm High-tack sticky tape (used for lampshade making) 18mm wide red bias binding 12in hoop with screw closure 4in hoop with screw closure Hanging ribbon – 12in length Three (3) small red pom-poms Templates – see Templates section Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Q Finished size 12in diameter Q Creating the design 1 Transfer the two (2) halves of the design onto the middle of the calico/ linen fabric using a lightbox or by taping a photocopy of the design onto a window pane and tracing with a sharp pencil. Water- soluble pens also work for this job. Transfer the outer and inner circles with a removable marker as these lines might show later. 2 Iron the lightweight interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric. This will help stabilise the fabric and hide any threads that might show from the front. 3 Stitch the design with a small backstitch (about the size of half a grain of rice), using quilting embroidery cotton, or two (2) strands of embroidery thread. 4 BEHIND THE QUILT Once the designs have been stitched, give it a good press from both sides. LIKE THE DOWN OF A THISTLE “I love the poem by Clement Clarke Moore, so I was delighted when TQ asked me to design something relating to the title of it. I had the idea immediately and as I specialise in Redwork and love the effect of framing with hoops – especially the double hoops that look like a garland – it was done in a flash. I can’t wait to decorate my home with it this Christmas.” – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Preparing the hoop 5 Take the smaller hoop and unscrew the two parts. Wrap the bias- binding around the hoop that has no screw. Overlap the binding as you wrap, covering the wood completely. Tuck in the end neatly. Mandy Shaw 14 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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