"There's a Moose on the Loose" Mantel/Shelf Quilt


Bring the wildlife indoors this winter by decorating the fireplace with this mantel quilt. No fireplace? Then warm up a shelf with this small quilt.

Materials Needed

(Supply list for a 32” wide mantel quilt)
  • Cream fabric for Moose blocks 10” x 45”
  • Fusible tricot-mesh stabilizer 9” x 36”1½ yards Winter-themed fabric
  • Rust fabric fat quarter for triangles that frame Moose block
  • Green fabric for 2” x 36” strip
  • "Mighty Moose" embroidery design
  • One yard low-loft cotton batting
  • 1 spool cotton quilting thread
  • Monofilament thread
  • Robison-Anton® bobbin fill
  • Robison-Anton® polyester embroidery thread (40 weight):
    - Golden Tan #5870
    - Beige #2224
    - Taupe #5598
    - Ice Ballet #9028
    - Espresso #5637
    - Bear Brown #79070
    - (Twister Tweed Rayon)



  • Measure length and depth of mantel adding ½” to each measurement
  • Divide length by 6½” to get an idea of how many blocks and triangles to create
  • Keep in mind that an odd number of Moose blocks will look the best

Set up:

  • Fuse tricot mesh stabilizer to cream fabric
  • Cut cream fabric into three 10” blocks
  • Set machine up for embroidery and load Moose design.


  1. Hoop one of the 10” cream squares, centering in the hoop.
  2. Sew out design in the following order:
    - Golden Tan #5870
    - Beige #2224
    - Taupe #5598
    - Ice Ballet #9028
    - Espresso #5637
    - Bear Brown #79070
    - (Twister Tweed Rayon)
    - Espresso #5637
    - Beige #2224
    - Espresso #5637
    - Taupe #5598
  3. Find the exact center of the Moose design. Note: For easy reference refer to the Print Design option in the embroidery software to locate exact center of design more easily.
  4. Center a 6½” square diamond on each Moose design. Trace square, watching to keep at least a ½” seam allowance around all edges of the Moose.
  5. Cut each block on drawn line.
  6. Cut two 7” fabric squares out of rust fabric. Cut each of these blocks in half on the diagonal to create 4 triangles.
  7. Make a ¼” mark on the wrong side of each corner on each Moose block and each triangle. See Diagram 1.

  1. Set machine for a straight stitch with a length of 1.8 to 2.0. Stitch the right side of each triangle to the right side of each Moose square. Start and stop exactly on the ¼” markings.
  2. Cut one 2” strip of green cotton fabric the length of the Moose and triangle strip created.
  3. Seam strip with a ¼” seam across.
  4. Cut the remaining winter theme fabric the length of the pieced fabric and the width needed for particular mantel or shelf.
  5. Seam the winter theme fabric to pieced fabric.
  6. Press all seam allowances towards the back of the quilt.
  7. Lay pressed quilt-top right side up on remaining winter theme fabric for quilt back.
  8. Pin and cut out the backing.
  9. Cut the batting the same way.
  10. To reinforce the backing, stay stitch and clip each “V” area marked in Diagram 2.

  1. Lay right sides of quilt top and back facing each other. Then position the batting underneath the two fabric layers. Pin all layers together to prepare for stitching.
  2. Seam precisely at a ¼” around the quilt. Leave approximately 12” open on the back of quilt for turning later.
  3. Press as many seams open as possible to aide when turning and pressing quilt.
  4. Trim away batting in the seam allowance as closely as possible.
  5. Turn the quilt to the right side and press.
  6. Machine quilt using monofilament thread in the needle and regular cotton thread in the bobbin. Stitch in the ditch around each block and in the seams where fabric strips have been joined.
  7. Channel-quilt in 2” to 3” increments the width of remaining back area of the quilt.
  8. Select Mock Hand Quilting stitch from stitch menu on machine. Continue with thread set up as in Step 22. Run several rows in rust triangle area to recreate the look of hand quilting.
  9. 26. Seam opening in back of quilt.

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Compatible Machines

  • XL-6000 QUANTUM®
  • CE-100 | FUTURA™
  • XL-150 | Quantum®
  • XL-100 | Quantum®
  • CE-200 | FUTURA™
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