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Welcome Wallhanging

Description

What a great way to welcome guests! Techniques used in this project include raw edge appliqué, free motion quilting, and use of built-in stitches, as well as attaching a button by machine. Finished size is approximately 9½” x 17½”.

Materials Needed

  • "Fred the Frog" embroidery design
  • Fat quarter pieces of:
    - Blue (for sky)
    - Green (for water)
  • ½ yard of coordinating fabric for back and binding
  • 3” square scrap of yellow (for sun)
  • 2½” square scrap of green (for bush)
  • 3” x 5” scrap of green (for lily pad)
  • 3” x 5” scrap of paper-backed fusible web
  • 12” x 20” piece low loft cotton batting
  • Cut-away stabilizer to fit small hoop and large hoop
  • Blank smart media card
  • Chromium needles size 14
  • Quarter-inch foot
  • Button sewing foot
  • 3 decorative buttons
  • Beads and other trims as desired
  • Spray adhesive
  • All-purpose sewing thread in a color to match the backing fabric
  • Robison-Anton® polyester embroidery threads:
    - Green #9150
    - Green #5529
    - Green #5623
    - Yellow #5564
    - Black #5596
    - Dark tan #5777
    - White #5597

Instructions

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  1. Cut a piece of the blue fabric (for sky) 10" x 12". Draw a curved line across one short edge (horizon/shoreline).
  2. Cut a piece of green fabric (for water) 10" x 8".
  3. Trace the lily pad shape onto the paper-backed fusible web.
  4. Iron it to the wrong side of the 3" x 5" green lily pad fabric. Cut out.
  5. Repeat for sun with yellow scrap.
  6. Place the lily pad on the green water fabric, and the sun up near the top of the sky fabric, then fuse in place.

Sewing Procedure:

  1. Set up machine for standard sewing.
  2. Thread needle with green rayon thread closely matching the lily pad fabric.
  3. From the Pink Stitch Folders, select Folder #1, second row, stitch #1, and select smallest size.
  4. Stitch around the lily pad, having the forward stitches on the background, and the "bite" of the stitch into the lily pad.
  5. Repeat with the sun on the sky fabric, using yellow thread.
  6. Place the water fabric on a flat surface, and lay the sky fabric on top.
  7. Baste the pieces together to secure while stitching.

Decorative Stitching:

  1. From the Pink Stitch Folders, select Folder #2, second row, first stitch.
  2. Stitch several rows at different levels across the area where the fabrics join.
  3. The stitches listed below are suggested for additional "vegetation", to be stitched randomly across the "water line":
    · Pink Folder #2, second row, fourth stitch
    · Pink Folder #3, third row, fourth stitch
    · Pink Folder #4, first row, fourth stitch
    · Pink Folder #4, second row, second stitch
  4. If desired, additional "vegetation" can be created by using a tight satin-stitch, starting wide and tapered down to no width. The same technique is used to create the limbs for the bush.
  5. From the 2½" square of green fabric, cut an irregular shape for the bush.

At the Computer:

  1. Download the Frog design and open it in PSW 2.00a.
  2. Insert the blank smart media card into the Converter Box.
  3. From the horizontal toolbar, click on File: Write to Converter.
  4. From the vertical toolbar, select A (the lettering icon) to create script: WELCOME to my pad
  5. From the lower horizontal toolbar, click on Brush font.
  6. Right click, then left click on Build Stitches.
  7. From the vertical toolbar, click on the select arrow at the upper left.
  8. From the horizontal toolbar, click on the icon to the right of the "pushpin" icon, to select the entire design.
  9. From the horizontal toolbar, click on Modify: Dimensions.
  10. In the drop down box, highlight the number beside the Y, and type in 7.0 to re-size the script.
  11. Left click on OK.
  12. From the horizontal toolbar, click on File: Write to Converter.
  13. Remove the smart media card from the Converter Box, and insert in slot on machine.

Embroidery:

  1. Attach embroidery foot and embroidery unit to machine.
  2. Turn machine on.
  3. Open the Frog design.
  4. Using the small hoop, hoop the "water" portion of the fabric along with one piece of stabilizer.
  5. Attach hoop.
  6. Thread machine with the first green thread, and stage the second green in the Thread Exchanger™.
  7. Stitch the frog, following the color order given in the supply list. (Do not use the brown or the white, as they are intended for the decorative stitching only).
  8. When embroidery is complete, remove hoop and un-hoop fabric.
  9. Using the large hoop, hoop the "sky" portion of the fabric with one piece of stabilizer, across the width of the fabric. The bulk of the fabric should be on the right - opposite the bracket.
  10. Open the script design from the card.
  11. Attach the hoop to the machine, and embroider the script.
  12. When complete, remove the hoop and un-hoop the fabric.
  13. Turn the machine off. Remove the embroidery unit (leave the embroidery foot in place).
  14. Lower the feed dogs.

Construction:

  1. Cut a piece of the backing fabric and the batting to the size of the top.
  2. Place the backing piece wrong side up, then spray lightly with the adhesive and smooth the batting onto it.
  3. Spray the batting lightly with the adhesive and smooth the top onto the batting.
  4. Thread the machine with white embroidery thread, and use all-purpose thread to match back in bobbin.
  5. Free-motion stitch cloud shapes on the sky portion of the quilt.
  6. Thread the machine with embroidery thread to match the water fabric.
  7. Free-motion stitch "movement" lines on the water portion of the quilt.
  8. Thread machine with dark green and free-motion stitch "veins" in the lily pad.
  9. Free-motion stitch near the edges of the "bush" fabric, and if desired, stitch in details (Note: no fusible is used on this piece).
  10. After stitching, use an old toothbrush to fray the raw edges of the bush.
  11. When complete, trim all layers the size of the front, taking care to square up corners.
  12. Remove the embroidery foot and attach the Quarter-inch foot.
  13. Raise the feed dogs.

Finishing:

  1. Cut 2 pieces of backing fabric - each 2½" x 45".
  2. Thread the machine with all-purpose sewing thread to match backing, and stitch the two strips together, using a diagonal seam.
  3. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with the long raw edges aligned and press lightly.
  4. Cut three pieces of the backing fabric - each 2" x 10".
  5. Tabs:
    a. With right sides together, fold one of the 2" x 10" tab strips in half, bringing short ends together.
    b. Mark a line vertically down the center of the folded tab. Mark another line about 1" above the folded edge.
    c. Place a mark from the center to the upper line on each side, creating a "V."

    d. Using a ¼” seam, stitch down one long side, along the “V” lines and then up the other side, leaving the top open.
    e. Trim seams and corners. Turn right side out and press.
    f. two tab strips Repeat with the remaining.
  6. On the back side, pin the three tabs to the top, aligning raw edges and having them evenly spaced.
  7. Place the long binding strip on the back side of the quilt, aligning all raw edges.
  8. Stitch the binding to the quilt, using a ¼” seam allowance.
  9. When complete, roll the binding the front side and pin in place, making sure the tabs are pulled up.
  10. Hand stitch, or use a decorative machine stitch, to attach the binding to the front.
  11. Wrap each tab to the front and pin in place.
  12. Attach the Button-sewing foot to the machine.
  13. Lower feed dogs.
  14. From the Green Stitch Folders, select #1, first row, third stitch, width set to accommodate holes in the buttons.
  15. Center one button on each tab, near the point and stitch in place.

(Note: If using shank buttons, eliminate Steps 12, 13, and 14)

Compatible Machines

  • 7422 | ADVANCE™ Quilting Combo
  • XL-6000 QUANTUM®