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Love to Sew Wall Hanging

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Materials
  • 8” x 8” or 8” x 12” embroidery hoop
  • ½ yard mottled off white background 100% cotton fabric
  • ¾ yd 100% cotton print fabric for quilt back
  • ¾ yd 100% cotton fabric for sashing and binding
  • ½ yd of black print cotton for borders
  • 3 9” x 3.5” scraps of cotton prints for three pieced blocks
  • 8” x 8” mottled black for machine applique
  • 2 ½” x 4” scrap of green cotton for pincushion applique
  • 8” x 4” scrap of tan fabric for thimble, thread and sign appliques
  • 5” x 5” scrap of red cotton fabric for pincushion appliques
  • 1 ¼ yards of Battilizer®
  • 3 yards of poly mesh stabilizer
  • ½ yd Heat N Bond Lite
  • 22” Three Heart Fabric Holder from Ackfeld Manufacturing available online
  • Magic Sizing
  • Water soluble thread
  • Embroidery thread re the color charts
  • If using Coconut Cream to do the quilting in your blocks have 3 or 4 embroidery bobbins in the same color for the quilting on the backs of your blocks
  • Spray Adhesive
  • ¼” sewing machine foot

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    High quality fabrics and exact ¼” seams make this wall hanging a work of art. There are PDF files to cut the appliques by hand and SVG and FCM files for cutting the designs with an electronic cutter. The appliques need to be precut due to the E stitch borders, so no tack down stitches are programmed around the applique pieces. The quilt blocks require an 8”x 8” or and 8” x 12” embroidery hoop; a 4”x 4” embroidery hoop is used for the corner blocks.


    Step 1:
    For the embroidery file LTS01, the Love to Sew sewing machine you will need to cut:
    a. 1 9” x 9” square of background fabric
    b. 1 9” x 9” square of back fabric
    c. 1 8”x 8” square of mottled black
    d. 1 8”x 8” square of Heat N Bond Lite®
    e. 1 9”x 9” square of Battilizer®
    f. 1 sq or rectangle of poly mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop

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    Step 2:
    Whether cutting by hand or machine prepare the black mottled applique fabric by pressing 4 times with Magic Sizing and applying the Heat N Bond Lite® to the back of the fabric. The ironing multiple times with the Magic Sizing reduces fraying of the fabric. The appliques in the sample were cut using the FCM files and the Scan N Cut 2. Though settings on all machines may differ the sample was cut with a blade depth of 4, Speed 4 and Pressure 4. The prepared fabric was placed on the cutting mat with the paper removed from the Heat N Bond Lite® removed with the fabric side up. Cut the applique out.

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    Step 3:
    A cream colored bobbin thread was used though out the applique and sewing of the blocks to avoid having to change the bobbin each time the quilting stitches were sewn.

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    Step 4:
    Hoop poly mesh stabilizer in your embroidery hoop, run color stop (CS) 1 in a neutral thread to outline the block.

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    Step 5:
    Spray adhesive on the backside of your background fabric; place over the outlines so that ½” of fabric exceeds the outlines on all sides; run CS 2 in water soluble thread to tack down the fabric.

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    Step 6:
    In the sample water soluble thread was also used to stitch the placement stitches as here in CS 3; it is a little harder to see than stitching the placement (outline) lines in a thread that matches the background fabric; but as we never want these stitches to show I believe it is a good choice.

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    Step 7:
    With an applique iron press the applique into place; run CS 4 in Emerald Black to border the sewing machine.

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    Step 8:
    Follow the color chart though CS 12 in which the Candy Apple Heart is stitched.

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    Step 9:
    Remove the hoop from the machine - do not unhoop; turn the hoop over’ spray a 9” x 9” square of Battilizer® over the back of the hoop aligning it with the block front that you can see through the stabilizer; spray with adhesive the quilt back fabric and place over the Battilizer® right side up.

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    Step 10:
    Return the hoop to the machine run CS 13 in water soluble thread to tack the batting and back fabric to the block; run CS 14 in coconut cream to run the quilting stitches.

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    Step 11:
    With a see through ruler’s ¼” mark placed on the water soluble thread outline trim all 4 sides to ¼”; set this block aside for now.

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    Step 12:
    LTS02, the pincushion block, requires you cut a few more pieces for it. Cut:
    a. 9” square background piece of fabric
    b. 9” square quilt back fabric
    c. 9” square of Battilizer®
    d. 5” square red applique fabric
    e. 2 ½” x 4” rectangle of green fabric
    f. 5” x 4” rectangle of tan fabric
    g. 9” x 2 ¾” strip of a print fabric to be sewn under the buttons on the block
    h. Poly mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop

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    Step 13:
    Prepare all applique pieces as in Step 2. Note: The Scan N Cut now reads SVG files, but when there are multiple applique pieces in one file the Scan N Cut will not let you move the individual pieces around to get them on top of the appropriate fabrics, so be sure to download the FCM file if using a Scan N Cut. You can then move the individual pieces over the appropriate fabrics at the machine level. Cut the appliques.

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    Step 14:
    Run CS 1 as an outline in neutral thread; place the background fabric as in Step 5.

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    Step 15:
    Run CS 2 in neutral thread as a placement line for the fabric strip on the bottom of the block.

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    Step 16:
    Place the print fabric strip right side down over your background fabric so that the edge of the strip is aligned with the placement line; Run CS 3 as a seam to sew the two fabrics together.

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    Step 17:
    Trim the excess background fabric from the bottom of the hoop.

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    Step 18:
    Spray a little adhesive spray on the stabilizer and finger press the print fabric into place; run CS 4 in water soluble thread to tack down the block fabrics.

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    Step 19:
    Run CS 5 as a placement line for the pincushion; use water soluble thread or a thread that matches the block fabric; position the applique and iron into place.

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    Step 20:
    Follow the color chart to place the other 4 appliques in the same manner and to sew the buttons on the print panel through CS 20.

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    Step 21:
    After CS 20 runs remove the hoop from the machine - do not unhoop - turn the hoop over; spray the Battilizer® and the block back fabric over the back of the block.

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    Step 22:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run CS 21 in water soluble thread and CS 22 in Coconut Cream to complete the block. Trim all edges of the block to ¼” as in Step 11 and set aside for now.

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    Step 23:
    For the third block, LTS03, you will need to cut:
    a. 9” square of background fabric
    b. 9” square of back fabric
    c. 9” square of Battilizer®
    d. 9” x 3.5” of print fabric
    e. 3” x 3” scrap of tan fabric with Heat N Bond Lite applied for the sign applique
    f. Poly mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop


    Step 24:
    Following Steps 14 through 19 above to stitch the printed side panel to this block and to stitch the placement line for the applique using CS 1 through 5.

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    Step 25:
    Run CS 6 through 14 following the color chart to complete the embroidery; place the Battilizer and quilt back fabric as before; run CS 15 in water soluble thread to tack the fabrics together and CS 16 in Coconut Cream to complete the block.

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    Step 26:
    The fourth quilt block, LTS04, does not have any appliques but does have a pieced panel at the top of the block; cut:
    a. 9” square of the background, Battilizer®, and back fabrics
    b. Cut a 9” by 3 ½” rectangle of print for the top panel

    Run CS 1 through 4 following the color chart to stitch on the top panel and tack down the fabrics as in Steps 14 through 19 above, this time the panel is applied at the top of the block; follow the color chart through CS 7 to embroider the block; apply the Battilizer® and back fabric; run CS 8 in water soluble thread to tack the block together; run CS 9 in Coconut Cream to quilt the block


    Step 27:
    The four corner blocks can be made in your 4” embroidery hoop. Cut 4 5” Squares of background fabric, Battilizer®, and back fabric; cut 4 pieces of poly mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop.

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    Step 28:
    Assemble the blocks using CS 1 as a placement line for the background fabric; tack down with water soluble thread in CS 2; follow the color chart for CS 3 through 6 to stitch the buttons; remove the hoop from the machine and apply the Battilizer® and back fabrics as before; return the hoop to the machine and use CS 7 in water soluble thread to tack the blocks together; run CS 8 in Coconut Cream to quilt the blocks; trim all sides of the blocks to ¼”.

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    Step 29:
    To cut the sashing for the blocks cut 4 2” strips of contrast fabric for the front of the blocks and 4 1” strips of fabric for the back of the blocks; you may use the same fabrics for the front and back of the blocks or different fabrics for the front and the back as shown here.

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    Step 30:
    The back 1” sashing strips are easier to handle if you press them a couple of times with Magic Sizing. You can do this before or after they are cut. Fold the front 2” sashing strips in half lengthwise and press with Magic Sizing.

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    Step 31:
    Set your sewing machine up for sewing on the sashing by placing a thread to match the quilting on the back of your quilt in the bobbin; thread to match the sashing in the top of the machine; attach a ¼” presser foot; select a straight stitch and adjust the length to at least 3mm.

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    Step 32:
    Place a folded 2” top sashing strip raw edges even with the side of a quilted block; at the same time place a 1” back sashing strip to the back of the block, right sides together, and clip or pin to hold in place. Stitch down the side with an accurate ¼” seam.

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    Step 33:
    Press the back sashing strip to the right of the block.

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    Step 34:
    Clip or pin the right side of the back sashing strip to the back of the second block; make sure the tops and bottoms of the quilted blocks are aligned; stitch the back sashing to the second block with an accurate 1/4” seam.

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    Step 35:
    Open up the two blocks, the seams just sewn should just butt up to each other and not be overlapping. Press these seams to flatten them between the two blocks.

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    Step 36:
    Press the top sashing over the exposed seam allowances and edge stitch into place. Join the two top blocks together with the same process.

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    Step 37:
    Clip or pin the top sashing to the bottom of the top row of two joined blocks in the same manner, i.e., place the raw edges of the top sashing along the bottom row and place the right side of the back sashing strip to the right side of block back and stitch with a ¼” seam.

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    Step 38:
    Stitch the back sashing to the second row of blocks; press the butted seam allowances; fold over the top sashing and edge stitch to complete the sashing.

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    Step 39:
    Cut 4 border strips 3.5” wide the width of the fabric and 4 border strips 3.5” wide from the Battilizer®; cut the fabric strips in half so that you have 8 border strips of fabric; layer the fabric strips with the Battilizer® so you have a quilt sandwich of fabric on the bottom, batting in the middle and fabric on top.

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    Step 40:
    Trim the fabric strips to the size of the batting strips and baste down the side edges with a ¼” seam allowance with water soluble thread in the top of the machine. If you want to do some machine quilting on the border strips do it at this time.

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    Step 41:
    Attach the side borders to the quilt blocks with sashing in the same manner as you joined the blocks together.

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    Step 42:
    Trim the excess border strips from the top and bottom of the quilt.

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    Step 43:
    Cut the two remaining border strips to 16” in length; attach a corner block with font and back sashing strips as you did to join the blocks; make sure the red button will be on the top of the border strips.

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    Step 44:
    Stitch the sashing to the bottom of the top border and then stitch it to the top of the quilt; attach the sashing to the bottom of the quilt and then stitch it to the bottom border.

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    Step 45:
    Apply binding using the method of your choice.


    Step 46:
    If using a hanging rack such as the one shown apply a handing sleeve to the back of your quilt, there are many youtube videos on making a hanging sleeve for your quilt; the one in the sample was made with a 3.5” width of fabric and is stitched on by hand.

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    Step 47:
    Insert the hanging rod and your Love to Sew Wall Hanging is complete!

    For the love of embroidery..
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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    Tammy B Apr 28, 2018
    I made two of these. They turned out amazing. I will have to admit that the detailed embellishment stitching on the sewing machine square did not stitch out as nice as I had hoped. I kept thinking it was something with my fabric or thread choice or my machine but was none of those. It was the pattern. Once the project was completed it was so beautiful that it was less noticeable.
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