Win­ter Whis­pers

Create a win­ter won­der­land for your home with this easy ap­pliqué project that can grace your bed or sofa through­out the sea­son.

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Here’s a fusible ap­pliqué project.

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 5/ 8 yard white print • 11/ 8 yards gray dot • 1 yard gray/white print • 17/ 8 yards white dot • 21/ 3 yards blue print • Back­ing to size • Bat­ting to size • Thread • Tem­plate ma­te­rial • 13/4 yards fusible web • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

CUT­TING

Pre­pare a tem­plate for the tree shape us­ing pat­tern given. Pre­pare pieces for fusible ap­pliqué re­fer­ring to Raw-Edge Fusible Ap­pliqué on page 14. From white print: • Cut 8 (2" by fab­ric width) G/H strips. From gray dot: • Cut 8 (11/2" by fab­ric width) E/F strips. • Cut 7 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips. From white dot: • Cut 5 (101/2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 25 (61/2" x 101/2")

A rec­tan­gles and 30 (21/2") B squares. • Cut 2 (21/2" by fab­ric width) B strips. From blue print: • Cut 5 (41/2" by fab­ric width) C strips. Sub­cut 1 strip into 12 (21/2" x 41/2") C rec­tan­gles. Set aside 4 re­main­ing strips for strip sets. • Cut 2 (61/2" by fab­ric width) D strips. Sub­cut strips into 24 (21/2" x 61/2") D rec­tan­gles. • Cut 8 (5" by fab­ric width) I/J strips.

COM­PLET­ING THE BLOCKS

1. To com­plete one Tree block, se­lect one pre­pared tree piece and one A rec­tan­gle. 2. Ar­range and fuse the tree shape on A re­fer­ring to the block draw­ing and Place­ment Diagram for po­si­tion­ing. 3. Stitch around tree shape us­ing match­ing thread and a nar­row ma­chine but­ton­hole stitch. 4. Re­peat steps 1–3 to com­plete a to­tal of 25 Tree blocks, plac­ing the trees in ran­dom po­si­tions as de­sired.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

Re­fer to the Place­ment Diagram for con­struc­tion steps. 1. Sew a B strip be­tween two C strips with right sides to­gether along length to make a B-C strip set; press. Re­peat to make a sec­ond B-C strip set. 2. Sub­cut the B-C strip sets into 30 (21/2" x 101/2") B-C units as shown in Fig­ure 1.

Tree 6" x 10" Fin­ished Block Make 25

3. Join five Tree blocks with six B-C units to make a block row as shown in Fig­ure 2; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of five block rows.

Block Row Make 5 Fig­ure 2

4. Join four D rec­tan­gles with five B squares and add a C rec­tan­gle to each end to make a sash­ing row as shown in Fig­ure 3; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of six sash­ing rows.

Sash­ing Row Make 6

“I en­joyed the chal­lenge of work­ing with fab­rics out­side of my nor­mal ‘brights and bolds.’ The tran­quil­ity of the win­ter whites and grays gives a peace­ful­ness to this quilt that I find very calm­ing and invit­ing.” —Karen Du­Mont

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