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The Hand Mini Quilt

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Materials
  • 7” x 12” embroidery hoop or larger
  • 12 X 14 Ackfeld Manufacturing Table Stand
  • Ackfeld Manufacturing Bat Header
  • 1/3 yard of Kaufman Fresh Hues Ombre Texture Gradation Dawn or other Ombre fabric
  • ¼ yard of White Kona Cloth®
  • 3/4 yard of Black Kona Cloth®
  • Fat Quarter or ¼ yard of Charcoal Grey Kona Cloth®
  • ½ yard of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • No Show Stabilizer 6 pieces to fit your hoop
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Magic Sizing
  • Water Soluble Thread - Superior “Vanish” recommended
  • Frixion® heat removable pen
  • Jean a mig

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    In order to achieve the perspective on the window and the narrow sashings of varying widths the quilt blocks are joined in different manner than what I usually use. The water soluble thread is used for the final tack down of each block. It shows up nicely on the black fabric to assist in joining the blocks together and is easily removed if necessary.
    All appliques are completed using the stitch and trim technique.
    All of the blocks are quadrilaterals, i.e., none are actually squares or rectangles, but do fit together to form the rectangular quilt.
    The sample pictures are shown using an 8” x 8” hoop.


    Step 1:
    The Ombre fabric proved to be perfect to getting the sunset background. The fabric actually transitions from a deep red to a pale yellow. For this project pick out an18” section to use for the blocks. I choose from a deep orange to yellow. Cut an 18” long and 12” wide section. Sub cut that into six 6” blocks.

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    Step 2:
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    In addition to the 6 blocks of the ombre fabric cut:
    a. 4 6”squares from the white Kona Cloth®
    b. 3 1 ½” strips, 1 2” strip and 2 3” strips of and 1 5” x 6” square of black Kona Cloth®
    c. For block THAND2 cut 2 2” squares of grey Kona Cloth®
    d. For block THAND3 cut a 3” x 2” and a 1 ½” piece of grey Kona Cloth®
    e. For block THAND4 cut a 5” x 5 ½” piece of grey Kona Cloth®
    f. For block THAND6 cut a 3 ½” x 2 ½” rectangle of grey Kona Cloth®
    g. Cut 6 7” x 8” of Battilizer® or low loft batting
    h. Cut 6 no-show stabilizer pieces to fit your hoop


    Step 3:
    Press all of the applique fabrics with Magic Sizing to help prevent fraying.

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    Step 4:
    For the first block, THAND1, tautly hoop the stabilizer and run the first color stop (CS) as a placement line, white or black thread is fine.  

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    Step 5:
    Spray adhesive on a rectangle of Battilizer® and position over the placement so that the Battilizer® exceeds the outline by ½” on all sides. Run CS 2 to tack down the Battilizer®.

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    Step 6:
    Trim the Battilizer® right up next to the tack down lines.

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    Step 7:
    Run CS 3 as an outline for the 1st moon applique.

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    Step 8:
    Spray adhesive on a white square of fabric, position over the placement line and run CS 4 to tack it down. Trim all edges of the applique right up to the tack down stitches.

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    Step 9:
    Run CS 5 as a placement line for the sky. Spray adhesive on the darkest orange of your two sky squares and position over the placement lines. Run CS 6 to tack down the sky. Before you trim the sky applique read the next step.

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    Step 10:
    In order to retain the gradation through the blocks we want the fabric positioned on the 2nd block to be much like the 1st block. Place the second darkest orange block and align it over the top of the bock just tacked down. Mark the second block at the level of the top tack down stitches. When you run the second block you will align those marks with the placement lines for the sky of the second block. You will do the same thing with the middle orange color for blocks 3 and 4 and the gold sky appliques for blocks 5 and 6.

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    Step 11:
    Trim the sky fabric right up next to the tack down lines. Follow the color chart to complete the details on the inside of the block.

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    Step 12:
    Add the black borders around each block with the next 8 color changes. As each border and sashing strip is different in length and width work from the black strips cut in Step 2 trimming as necessary. Change your embroidery thread to black for these color stops. The first CS will be a placement line for the strip.  

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    Step 13:
    On the inside of the block lay a 1 ½” strip aligning the side of the strip with the side of the appliqued edge and having the top and bottom of the strip extend at least ½” above the top and bottom of the appliqued area. Run the next CS to seam the fabric to the block.

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    Step 14:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, spray a little adhesive on the strip and stabilizer along the side of the strip and flip the strip over and adhere it to the stabilizer.

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    Step 15:
    For the top of THAND1 use a 2” strip or wider at the top of the block using the same techniques as outlined in Steps 12 through 14.

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    Step 16:
    Continue adding strips around the block to cover all four sides.

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    Step 17:
    The final color stop for each block tacks down the strips to the outside edges of the block. Do use water soluble thread and these stitches will show up against the black fabric and will be used as guides to join the blocks together. If any of these stitches show after joining the block they can then be removed with a wet cloth.

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    Step 18:
    Follow the above general applique instructions for THAND2. The suggested black strip widths for this block are noted on this picture.

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    Step 19:
    Follow the above general applique instructions for THAND3. The suggested black strip widths for this block are noted on this picture.

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    Step 20:
    Follow the above general applique instructions for THAND4. The suggested black strip widths for this block are noted on this picture.

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    Step 21:
    For the last two blocks THAND5 and THAND6 do not trim the bottom edge of the black applique. It will become the bottom border for these blocks. Use the three strips of black along the top and sides as indicated in this picture.

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    Step 22:
    For the last two blocks THAND5 and THAND6 do not trim the bottom edge of the black applique. It will become the bottom border for these blocks. Use the three strips of black along the top and sides as indicated in this picture for THAND5.

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    Step 23:
    Lay a see through ruler’s ¼” mark along the water soluble tack down lines of the blocks and trim all edges to ¼”.

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    Step 24:
    This is how your blocks should look laid out.

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    Step 25:
    25. These tools come by different names, Jean- A-Ma-Jig, Clearance Plate, Multi tool and other names. The white on the left is two layers of folded batting and fabric stitched together. As we have thickness in our seams the use of one of these tools simplifies joining the blocks together.

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    Step 26:
    Place the top two block right sides together. Place a straight pin horizontally through the top corner stitch of the top and bottom block to align the corners then place a vertical pin to maintain the alignment.

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    Step 27:
    Use black sewing thread in your sewing machine top and bobbin. A size 12 needle and a 3mm stitch length are recommended. Place the clearance tool of your choice under the presser foot to raise the presser foot. Start stitching down the water soluble tack down line to join the blocks together. Stop stitching about every inch and raise the top block to see that the water soluble stitching lines of both blocks are aligned. Join the two middle blocks and the two bottom blocks in the same manner.

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    Step 28:
    Press the seams flat and then open. Press the seams from both the front and back of the blocks to get them to lie as flat as possible.

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    Step 29:
    Stitch the rows on the blocks together using the same techniques.

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    Step 30:
    Square up the joined blocks as necessary. Cut a rectangle of black fabric the same size as the quilted blocks. Place and clip or pin the back fabric to the quilted blocks. Stitch with a 1/3” seam allowance around the block leaving about 4” open at the bottom for turning.


    Step 31:
    Turn the mini quilt right side out through the opening using a point turner to poke out the corners. Turn in and pin the opening closed. Press the mini quilt. Slip stitch the opening closed.

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    Step 32:
    Top stitch ¼” from the edges all the way around the mini quilt.

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    Step 33:
    If any of the water soluble thread shows around the blocks rub it with a bit of hot water on a cloth and it will disappear.

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    Step 34:
    Attach a hanging sleeve ½” from the top edge of the mini quilt. If you are not familiar with making one see out article Attaching a Hanging Sleeve to a Mini Quilt . The sleeve for this quilt was cut 3” wide by the width of the quilt.

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    Step 35:
    Congratulations your “The Hand” mini quilt is complete and will be sure to delight someone special in your life!

    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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