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ITH Alphabet Soup Quilt

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Materials
  • 5” x 7” hoop
  • 52 6” squares of assorted cotton quilting fabrics in bright prints and solids. Preferably two squares from each fabric; one for the front of the block and the second for the back of the block.
  • 8 6” squares of one color for the fronts and backs of the 4 corner blocks
  • 26 5” squares of solid and print cottons for appliqued letters
  • 26 5” squares of Heat N Bond Lite®
  • 1 ¼ yards of bright yellow quilting fabric for sashing and borders
  • 30 6” squares of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • Poly mesh stabilizer for 30 hoopings
  • Invisible Thread
  • Water Soluble Thread
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Magic Sizing or Spray Starch

  • Designs used in this project
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  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    This project is a real stash buster as a 12” x 6” piece of fabric will make the front and back of a block. A 5” scrap of fabric will make the letter applique. Small and tiny prints, stripes and polka dots work well for these blocks. In the sample the front and back or each block are made from the same fabric just to make it easy to mix up the prints on the back of the quilt. You can use different color prints for the back of the blocks if you wish.

    The blocks are appliqued and quilted ITH; joined together at the sewing machine; and then the sashing is sewn on with invisible thread. If desired you may join the blocks with the sashing with the method used in the Little Fox Baby Quilt. If you use the optional method cut the sashing strips appropriate widths for doing so.


    Step 1:
    Cut a 6” square front and back for 26 blocks from a variety of fabrics. Cut 8 6” squares from a single color of fabric to be the front and backs of the 4 corner blocks. Cut 26 5” squares of fabric for the letter appliques. Lay your fabrics out as you cut them to see that you get a pleasing mix of fabric colors and prints. Also cut 30 6” square of Battilizer® or low loft batting and 26 5” squares of Heat N Bond Lite®.

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    Step 2:
    Press the applique square with Magic Sizing and apply the Heat N Bond Lite to the back side of the fabric. Hoop poly mesh stabilizer in your 5” x 7” embroidery hoop. Take the hoop, a 6” square of Battilizer®, 2 6” squares of fabric and the prepared applique fabric to the machine.

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    Step 3:
    The color threads you will use in these blocks will depend upon the colors of your fabrics. The first color stop (CS) is a placement line and can be any color.

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    Step 4:
    Spray adhesive on the wrong side of the top fabric; position over the placement line so that the fabric exceeds the placement line by ½” in all directions; tack down the fabric with CS 2 in water soluble thread.

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    Step 5:
    Run CS 3 in the same color thread that you will use for the border of the letter as a placement line for the applique fabric.

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    Step 6:
    Remove the Heat N Bond Lite® paper from the back of the applique fabric. Spritz the applique fabric with a little adhesive and position over the placement line. Tack down the applique with CS 3.

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    Step 7:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop. Trim the applique right up next to the tack down line; for the letters with holes inside the letters a sharp seam ripper may be useful to help you lift and slit the applique fabric so you will be able to cutout the inner hole.

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    Step 8:
    Press the trimmed applique with an applique iron and then return to the hoop to the machine.

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    Step 9:
    Run CS 4 to stitch the border on the applique.

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    Step 10:
    Remove the hoop from the machine – do not unhoop – turn the hoop face down, spray adhesive on the Battilizer® and position over the block on the back of the hoop; spray adhesive on the block back fabric and align over the Battilizer®.

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    Step 11:
    Return the hoop to the machine and with CS 5 and water soluble thread tack down all the layers of the quilt block.

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    Step 12:
    Change the thread to Super White (1001), or the color you desire for the quilting, and run the final color stop to quilt the block.

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    Step 13:
    All the other letters of the alphabet will run in the same steps as listed above except the “I” which has two placement lines to stitch down the applique so that you can trim the base of the “I” before the dot is tacked down.

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    Step 14:
    The four corner blocks are stitched in a simplified sequence. You will need a front and back 6” square of fabric and a square of Battilizer®.


    Step 15:
    Run CS 1 as a placement line.

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    Step 16:
    Spray adhesive on the top fabric and position over the placement line. At the same time remove the hoop from the machine – do not unhoop – spray and align the Battilizer® and the back fabric on the back side of the hoop. Return the hoop to the machine and with CS 2 and water soluble thread tack down the quilt sandwich. Change to Super White (1001) to quilt the block with the final CS. Make a total of 4 corner blocks.

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    Step 17:
    Trim all blocks to ¼” seam allowances from the water soluble thread tack down stitches.

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    Step 18:
    Choose a wide zigzag stitch on your sewing machine to stitch the blocks together. A walking foot is suggested. Use any neutral color thread in the bobbin and top of your machine. 

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    Step 19:
    Butt the sides of the corner block with the A block without gaps or overlaps and zigzag the two together.

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    Step 20:
    Continue adding blocks in the row zigzagging the blocks together.


    Step 21:
    Join all blocks into 6 rows as shown.

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    Step 22:
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    Trim all the rows of blocks so that the top and bottom edges are even.


    Step 23:
    Join the rows of blocks by butting the rows together aligning the blocks and stitching together with the wide zigzag stitch.

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    Step 24:
    Cut 9 1 ¼” strips; 9 1 ½” strips for sashing and 3 2 ¼” of binding from the yellow fabric.

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    Step 25:
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    Fold the long edges of both sides of each strip into the center and press. Keep the two sizes of strips separated as the narrow strips will be used on the back of the quilt and the wider strips will be used on the front of the quilt.


    Step 26:
    Load invisible thread in the top and bobbin of your machine. YLI invisible thread is recommended.  

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    Step 27:
    I usually use a Serpentine Stitch, a curvy stitch, to stitch down the sashing, but this time I chose this stitch that looks like the lacing down the center of a football. This stitch worked out well.

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    Step 28:
    On the back of the quilt center a narrow sashing strip right side up over the seam allowance between the rows of blocks. Stitch down both sides of the sashing the full width of the quilt.

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    Step 29:
    Repeat Step 28 to cover all horizontal seams on the quilt back.

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    Step 30:
    Turn the quilt face side up. Stitch the wider sashing strips down over the horizontal seams allowances in the same manner.

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    Step 31:
    Turn to the back of the quilt again. Stitch the narrow sashing over the vertical seam allowances in the same manner.

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    Step 32:
    Turn to the front of the quilt; stitch the wider sashing strips over the vertical seam allowances.

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    Step 33:
    Trim all sashing while squaring up the quilt top.

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    Step 34:
    Bind using your desired method. Congratulations your Alphabet Soup Quilt 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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