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The Christmas Surprise

Finished Size: 21 ½” x 17”

Materials

  • Fat quarter or 22” x 18” fabric cut for sky
  • Fat eighth or 9” x 22” fabric cut for snowy ground and clouds
  • (2) Fat eighth for trees
  • Scraps brown for tree trunks
  • Scrap for sled
  • At least 8” x 8” for sunbonnet
  • Scrap black for hands and boot
  • Scrap white for skirt and hat trim (consider something fuzzy)
  • Heavy thread or ribbon for sled rope
  • ½ yd for border
  • ¼ yd for binding


Assembly

  • Cut back ground sky fabric 22” w x 17 ½ ” h.
  • Draw pattern pieces onto paper side of fusible web.
    ***Remember pattern has been reversed for you. Place pattern under fusible web and trace onto paper side.
  • Roughly cut drawn pattern pieces apart, choose the fabrics for your pieces.
  • Iron fusible to the wrong sides of fabric.
    ***Note – Match ground snow fabric pieces up at arrows and fuse to one continuous piece of fabric.

 

Create Your Background

  • Use layout page for reference
    Place snowy ground fabric over the bottom of sky fabric and fuse.
    Arrange clouds over sky and fuse.
  • Add your trees
    Add your trees to your background base, lining up your tree trunks with the top edge of your snowy ground.
    Overlap trees slightly to give depth, when pleased with the arrangement fuse into place.
  • Sunbonnet and sled
    Arrange sled, tree, and Sunbonnet Sue. Before fusing into place, lay thread under tree and over hand and fuse.
    When pleased with arrangement, press the entire piece to insure everything is fused together completely.

 

Finishing

  • You will need to layer your top with batting and backing. For traditional layering cut batting and backing 2 to 3 inches larger than your quilt top.
  • Top stitch inside raw edges of fused pieces, add additional quilting as desired.

 

Here is a little personal tip: I use pieces of fusible to iron my top to the batting. If you are going to do decorative quilting I do this before placing the back on the quilt. I don’t have to worry about threads or mess on the back. I cover it with the backing fabric later and do a little more quilting. Yes, I fuse the back on also.

This keeps the pieces from moving while quilting, also giving a lot of body to the quilt allowing it to lay perfectly flat, one of my favorite tips for wall hangings.

Square up your quilt and add binding and sleeve. Hang and admire.

Sew Happy,
Karen

Finished Project:

Apr 21, 2018