darl ing dala l PROJECT 23 at each end of a 2½in x 5¼in print piece with Template C. Join the side pieces to the print piece. Make fourteen (14). To create the horse’s legs, first prepare the two (2) 2in x 3in red pieces trimming with a diagonal cut, offsetting the diagonal by ¾in from the bottom right corner this time, again giving you two (2) mirror-image pieces ( Discard the smaller portion. 20 To make the top branch tier, prepare two (2) 3½in x 3in background pieces following step 11. Mark the placement line at each end of a 2½in x 5¼in print piece with Template D. Join the side pieces to the print piece. Make fourteen (14). Fig 9). Fig 10 Fig 11 21 To assemble the large trees, choose a mixed set of lower, lower middle, upper middle and top branches and join, pressing as directed, then add a section of trunk to the bottom ( Your block should measure 5¼in x 10½in. Make fourteen (14) large tree blocks. 24 Prepare the 2½in x 5in background piece by marking placement lines with the Dala template ( Place the red side pieces, right sides together, on the placement lines and join with a ¼in seam – just as you did for the tree branches – and trim ( Fig 10). Fig 7). Fig 11). 25 To create the horse’s head, snowball the top right- hand corner of the 2in x 4in red piece with the 2in background square, as shown in Then snowball the top left- hand corner with a 1½in background square. 27 Fig 12. To assemble the horse block, join the legs to the body, pressing away from the legs, then join a 2in x 4½in background piece to the side, pressing away from the front leg ( Fig 14). Fig 13 28 Fig 12 Next, join the ear section to the head, pressing away from the ear, then join a 2½in x 3in background piece to the side, pressing away from the head. Then join both sections together, pressing towards the head. Make 14 Fig 7 26 To create the horse’s ear, snowball the bottom left- hand corner of a 1in x 3in background piece with the 1in red square, taking care with the placement as shown in Then join a 1in x 1½in background piece to the other side of the red triangle, pressing away from the ear. Piecing the Dala horse 22 To create the body, mark a diagonal line on the back of the 1in background square and pin, right sides together, on the top righthand corner of the 2½in x 5in red piece. Stitch on the line, flip ‘open’ and press, trimming away the back layers ¼in away from the seam, to ‘snowball’ the corner ( Fig 13. Fig 8). Fig 8 Fig 9 Fig 14 Fig 15 Make 2 21 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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