Quilted Celebrations

 

Baby Safari Wallhanging

Celtic Knot Pillow

 

Baby Safari Wallhanging

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From Quilted Celebrations: 18 Designs to Capture Life’s Milestones with Needle & Thread

By Amanda Murphy

 

Class Description:

This is a fun half-day class that teaches basic fusible appliqué techniques.  This whimsical project can be mounted on a canvas frame or finished as a wallhanging. It coordinates with the Welcome to the World quilt (both front and back) from Quilted Celebrations.

 

Class Length:

3-4 hours

 

Class Supply List:

•      Required text: Quilted Celebrations
•       Animal fabric: 1 fat quarter
•       Animal details: scraps
•       Background fabric: 1 square 17˝ x 17˝
•       Binding fabric: ¼ yard
•       Appliqué and piecing thread (I prefer 28 wt. Aurifil thread for appliqué and 50 wt. Aurifil for piecing, but you can use 50 wt. for both)
•       Temporary spray adhesive
•       Tear-away stabilizer: enough to cover a 17˝ x 17˝ square
•       Water-soluble or temporary fabric pens or other marking tools

Supplies for canvas-mounted finishing:

•       1 square 12˝ x 12˝ batting
•       1 artist canvas mounted on a 12˝ x 12˝ frame
•       Staple gun and staples

Supplies for quilted wallhanging finishing:

•       1 square 18˝ x 18˝ batting
•       1 square 18˝ x 18˝ backing fabric
•       ¼ yard binding fabric

 

Classroom Preparation:

Each student will need table space and access to an outlet for their sewing machine. One light table for every 3-4 students is recommended.

 

Class Agenda:

1.   Have each student choose their favorite animal design.
2.   Follow the instructions of pages 24-25 of Quilted Celebrations to complete the wallhangings.

 

Canvas mounting:

This can be done as part of the class or at home.

1.   Follow the instructions on page 25 of Quilted Celebrations to mount the appliquéd block onto canvas.

 

Quilted wallhanging finishing:

This can be done as part of the class or at home.

1.   Layer appliquéd block on top of batting and background and quilt as desired.
2.   Crop as desired.
3.   From binding fabric, cut 2 strips 2 ¼˝ x WOF. Join. Fold binding strips in half lengthwise and press. Sew binding to the outer edge of the wallhanging. Wrap around to back and hand stitch to secure.

 

Celtic Knot Pillow

From Quilted Celebrations: 18 Designs to Capture Life’s Milestones with Needle & Thread

 

Class Description:

This is a fun full-day class that teaches basic piecing techniques. The modern design is suitable for all ages and tastes. This pillow coordinates with the Celtic Knot quilt (both front and back) in Quilted Celebrations.  This project can also be made into a wallhanging.

 

Class Length:

6 hours. Students cut and begin piecing the pillow top in the morning. They complete the piecing and quilt the pillow top in the afternoon. They can assemble the pillow at home or assembly can be incorporated as part of the class.

 

Class Supply List:

  •       Required text: Quilted Celebrations
  •        Block fabric: 4 fat eighths (18˝ x 11˝ rectangles)
  •        Background fabric: ½ yard
  •        Batting: 1 square 22˝ x 22˝
  •        Muslin: 1 square 22˝ x 22˝
  •        Binding fabric:  ¼ yard
  •        Pillow back fabric: ¾ yard
  •        20˝ square pillow form
  •        Fusible interfacing: 2 (1 7/8˝ x 22˝) rectangles
  •        3 coordinating buttons
  •        Sewing machine
  •        Piecing thread
  •        ¼˝ piecing foot
  •        Free-motion and/or walking foot, plus a buttonhole foot for pillow assembly
  •        Rotary cutter, mat, and rulers
  •        Scissors
  •        Pins

 

Classroom Preparation:

Each student will need table space and access to an outlet for their sewing machine. Pressing stations should be set up for piecing.

 

Class Agenda:

Instructions for the Celtic Knot quilt block can be found on page 37 of Quilted Celebrations.

  1. 1.   Cut a fabric A square from one of the fat eighths, one set of the fabric B rectangles from another of the fat eighths, one set of fabric C rectangles from another of the fat eighths, and one set of fabric D rectangles from the final fat eighth.
  2. 2.   From the background fabric, cut 1 strip 1 ½˝ x WOF, 2 strips 2 ½˝ x WOF, and 2 strips 3 ¾˝ x WOF.  Subcut the 1 ½˝ strip into 1 rectangle 1 ½˝ x 18˝ and 1 rectangle 1 ½˝ x 10 ½˝.  Subcut the 2 ½˝ strips into 4 rectangles 2 ½˝ x 12˝.  Subcut the 4˝ strips into 2 rectangles 3 ¾˝ x 15 ½˝ and 2 rectangles 3 ¾˝ x 22˝.
  3. 3.   Make a Celtic Knot block, as directed on page 38 in Quilted Celebrations.
  4. 4.   Join a background rectangle 3 ¾˝ x 15 ½˝ to the sides of the block. Join a background rectangle 3 ¾˝ x 22˝to the top and bottom of the block. 
  5. 5.   Layer pillow top and batting on top of the muslin and quilt as desired. (I think a rectangular leader works wonderfully with this design.)
  6. 6.   Trim quilted pillow top to a square 20 ½˝ x 20 ½˝.

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Pillow assembly:

This can be done as part of the class or at home.

  1. 1.   Cut binding fabric into 3 strips 2 ¼˝ x WOF.
  2. 2.   Cut pillow back fabric into 1 rectangle 12˝ x 22˝ and 1 rectangle 18˝ x 22˝. Turn under one long edge of each of the pillow back rectangles 1/2˝ and press. Turn under again 2˝ and press. Slip a strip of interfacing into the fold and fuse. Turn the pillow back pieces wrong side up and topstitch 1/8˝ from the first fold to secure. 
  3. 3.   Sew 1 buttonhole in the center of the folded edge of the larger pillow back rectangle. Add two more, each one 4 ½˝ from the center buttonhole. Open up buttonholes.
  4. 4.   Baste top and bottom units together as shown on the Pillow Back Diagram, so that the edge of the top unit just overlaps the topstitching on the bottom unit. Mark button placement on bottom panel.
  5. 5.   Place quilted pillow top on backing, wrong sides together, and baste 1/8˝ from pillow top edge. Trim excess pillow back fabric.
  6. 6.   Fold binding strip in half lengthwise and press. Sew binding to the outer edge of the pillow front. Wrap around to pillow back and hand stitch to secure. Remove basting from back panel and sew on buttons.

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