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Vintage Summer Truck Wall Hanging

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Materials
  • 6” x 6” or larger embroidery hoop
  • 6 1/2” Ackfeld Wire fabric holder
  • ½ yard Lt Blue mottled quilting cotton for block backgrounds and back
  • ¼” yard Striped quilting cotton for sashing and binding
  • 5 ½” x 6” or larger scraps of quilting cotton for truck appliques, cyan, yellow, and hot pink
  • 6” squares of assorted fabrics for appliques prints in cyan, hot pink, green, white, cream, and red pin dot
  • 3 7” squares of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • 2.5 ounce stable cut away stabilizer for 3 hoopings
  • 1/4 yard of Heat N Bond Lite®
  • Water soluble thread
  • Invisible thread
  • Spray adhesive
  • Magic Sizing® or spray starch
  • Applique iron

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    There are a number of color changes in these designs, but don’t let that intimidate you. The three color stops (placement line, tack down and border) that are used for each applique can be stitched in the same color so that automatically eliminates about half of the color changes listed.


    Step 1:
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    For VCT02 cut:
    a. 2 7” x 7” fabric squares of fabric, one for the background and one for the back of
    the quilt block
    b. 1 5 ½” X 6” rectangle of the Cyan truck fabric and Heat N Bond Lite®
    c. 1 2 ½”x 2” rectangle of watermelon green print fabric for the left watermelon and
    Heat N Bond Lite®
    d. 1 2” square of a watermelon print fabric for the right watermelon and Heat N
    Bond® Lite
    e. 1 2” square of red pin dot for the middle watermelon and Heat N Bond Lite®
    f. 1 7” x 7” square of Battilizer® or low loft batting
    g. Cut away stabilizer to fit the size embroidery hoop you are using.

    Press each applique piece several times with Magic Sizing® or spray starch, this helps prevent fraying. Following the manufacturer’s instructions fuse Heat N Bond Lite® to the back of each applique piece.


    Step 2:
    Tautly hoop the stabilizer and run the 1st color stop (CS) in a neutral thread as a placement line for the fabric.  

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    Step 3:
    Spray adhesive on the wrong side of the 7” quilt background fabric and position over the placement line so that the fabric exceeds the placement line by ½” on all sides. Run CS 2 in water soluble thread to tack down the fabric.

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    Step 4:
    Change your top thread to the thread that matches your truck applique fabric. Run CS 3 as a placement line for the top of the truck. 

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    Step 5:
    Peel the paper from the applique fabric, spray the back with adhesive and position over the placement line. Run CS 4 to tack down the applique. 

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    Step 6:
    Trim the applique fabric right up to the tack down lines and press the applique.

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    Step 7:
    Run CS 5 to border the applique and to do the detail work on the sides of the truck.

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    Step 8:
    Run CS 6 as a placement line for the left watermelon. 

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    Step 9:
    Remove the paper backing from the 2 ½” x 2” watermelon fabric, spray with adhesive and position over the outlines, tack down with CS 7. Trim and press the applique. 

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    Step 10:
    Use CS 8-11 to applique the other two watermelons into place as in Step 7 & 8. Trim and press each applique as it is completed. Run CS 12, 13 and 14 in Bell pepper, Christmas Red and Bell Pepper to border the watermelons.

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    Step 11:
    Run CS 15 in black to embroider the tires. Run CS 16 in daisy as a placement line for the back of the truck.

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    Step 12:
    Apply the truck applique in the same way as above using CS 17 to tack down the applique. Change to smoke thread CS 19 will embroider the bumper and license plate before CS 20 in Cyan will border the truck bed.

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    Step 13:
    Follow the color chart to embroider the detail on the truck. Stop before the last two CSs are sewn.

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    Step 14:
    Remove the hoop from the machine – do not unhoop- place the hoop face down on a flat surface. Spray adhesive on the Battilizer® and position over the block on the back of the hoop. Spray adhesive on the wrong side of the back fabric, place it over the Battilizer®.

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    Step 15:
    Change the top thread to water soluble thread and run the next CS to tack down the back fabrics. Run the last color stop in white or the color of your choice to quilt the block.

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    Step 16:
    Note that the water-soluble thread outline stitched in Step 12 maybe slightly outside the original water-soluble thread outline stitched in CS 2 due to the pull that the embroidery has had on the fabric. Use the outside stitched water-soluble thread as the guide to trim the block. Lay the ¼ lines of a see-through ruler along the water-soluble stitching and trim all edges of the block to ¼”. Please excuse the different colored truck in this picture. I forgot to take this picture when I trimmed the cyan truck.

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    Step 17:
    For VSTK01 cut:
    a. 2 7” x 7” fabric squares of fabric, one for the background and one for the back of the quilt block
    b. 5 ½” x 6” rectangle of the yellow truck fabric and Heat N Bond Lite®
    c. 2 ½” x 2” rectangle of the cyan print fabric for the left-hand surfboard and Heat N Bond Lite®
    d. 2 ½” x 2” rectangle of hot pink print for the right-hand surfboard and Heat N Bond Lite®
    e. 2 ½”x 2” rectangle of cream for the 1st beach ball and Heat N Bond Lite®
    f. 2 ½” x 2” rectangle of green for the 2nd beach ball and Heat N Bond Lite®
    g. 1 7” x 7” square of Battilizer® or low loft batting
    h. Cut away stabilizer to fit the size embroidery hoop you are using.

    Follow the color chart to apply the appliques as you did in the first truck. Complete the truck block stopping before the last two CSs to apply the batting and back fabrics as in the first truck.


    Step 18:
    For VCT03 cut:
    a. 2 7” x 7” fabric squares of fabric, one for the background and one for the back of the quilt block
    b. 1 5 ½” X 6” rectangle of the pink truck fabric and Heat N Bond Lite®
    c. 1 2 ½” square of cyan print for the surfboard and Heat N Bond Lite®
    d. 1 2 ½” x 2” rectangle of white or cream for the beach ball and Heat N Bond Lite®
    e. 1 2 ½” x 2 rectangle of green fabric for the sand pail and Heat N Bond Lite®
    f. 1 7” x 7” square of Battilizer® or low loft batting
    g. Cut away stabilizer to fit the size embroidery hoop you are using.

    Follow the color chart to apply the appliques as you did in the first truck. Complete the truck block stopping before the last two CSs to apply the batting and back fabrics as in the first truck. 


    Step 19:
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    From the sashing and binding fabric cut 2 2 ¼” strips for binding, 1 1 ½” strip for the front sashing and 1 1 ¼” for the back sashing. Spray Magic Sizing® on the sashing strips, fold the long edges into meet at the center of the strips and press. For the binding fabric fold in half lengthwise and press.
     


    Step 20:
    Set your sewing machine zigzag stitch to a width of 4 to 5 mm and fairly spaced out. The stitch is set in this photo to be space 6mm apart. You can use invisible thread or regular sewing thread in the top and bobbin for the next step.

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    Step 21:
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    Align the bottom block and middle block and butt the two edges together. Zigzag over the two blocks without overlapping the blocks. Do the same to join the first block above the middle block.


    Step 22:
    Switch to invisible thread in the top and bobbin and select a serpentine stitch for the next step in making your wall hanging. You can use a straight stitch or any other stitch, I choose the serpentine stitch as it melds in well with the stippling of the blocks.

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    Step 23:
    On the back of the wall hanging center the narrow sashing strips right side up over the zig-zagged seams having the sashing extend about ½” over the sides of the blocks. Stitch down both sides of the sashing with the serpentine stitch. 

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    Step 24:
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    Turn the blocks to the right side and repeat this procedure with the wider sashing strip over the two seams on the front of the wall hanging.


    Step 25:
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    Trim the excess sashing from each side of the wall hanging and squaring up the wall hanging if necessary. 


    Step 26:
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    Bind as desired with the two 2 ¼” strips cut in Step 16. You can use the steps in our article Binding Small Embroidery Projects if you do not have a preferred method.


    Step 27:
    Add a small hanging sleeve to the back of the quilt to slip it onto a 6 ½” fabric holder with a rod. A strip of fabric 6” x 3” was used to create this hanging sleeve. If necessary see our article on Attaching a Hanging Sleeve to a Mini Quilt.

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    Step 28:
    Congratulations your Vintage Summer Truck 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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