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ITH Christmas Doors Wall Hanging with Crystals

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  • 1 ½ yards of white Kona cloth
  • 1/3rd yard red Kona cloth
  • 1 ½ yards of Battilizer or other brand of a combination of low-loft batting and stabilizer.
  • Or use one layer of poly mesh backing (next to the fabric) and a layer of low-loft batting.
  • Water soluble thread (WS)
  • Invisible thread
  • Red and white embroidery thread
  • Regular white sewing thread
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot fix crystals in assorted colors
  • Hot fix crystal applicator
  • Sewing machine
  • 12” x 7” embroidery hoop or larger
  • Long see-through ruler
  • Tube turner

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Finished size: 12” x 22.5” without loops. All three quilted rectangles are stitched in the same manner and then joined, sashed and the binding is applied with your sewing machine. Go crazy with Hot Fix Crystals to further embellish your wall hanging!

    Step 1:
    Cut a 22” deep strip of white Kona cloth all the way across the width of the fabric.

    Step 2:
    Cut 3 14” x 10” rectangles from the remaining white Kona cloth.

    Step 3:
    Turn your Battilizer length wise and place the right hand edge over the bottom embroidery hoop.

    Step 4:
    Place the 22” deep strip of Kona cloth over the Battilizer, letting the balance of the fabric and stabilizer extend from the left side of your work. Working with long strips of fabric and Battilizer like this will save your fabric and backing.

    Step 5:
    Load the design into the machine.

    Step 6:
    Load WS thread in the top of your machine.

    Step 7:
    Stitch the first color sequence which will be the outline of the block.

    Step 8:
    Load red thread in the top of the machine.

    Step 9:
    Stitch the second color sequence.

    Step 10:
    Remove the hoop from the machine do not un-hoop the fabric.

    Step 11:
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    Spray a 14” x 10” quilt back piece with spray adhesive and a place on the backside of the embroidery, making sure the fabric exceeds the tack down line by at least 1” on all sides. Smooth in place.

    Step 12:
    Return the hoop to the machine and load WS thread in the top of the machine. When you go to thread the needle, when the thread change is on the right side of the hoop, you may get a machine message which says “ The carriage of the embroidery machine will move.” The machine is just going to move to the center of the design to perform the needle threading and then it will move back to the starting position for the stitching. So just say “OK” if you get this message.

    Step 13:
    Stitch the tack down line for the quilt backing.

    Step 14:
    Load white embroidery thread into the top of your machine. Don’t forget to do this as the next step is the quilting. If you forget to change the thread and wash the wall hanging someday, all of your quilting will wash away.

    Step 15:
    Anytime the back is in place in In the Hoop quilting, you want to bring the bobbin thread to the top of the work for any subsequent stitching. This is done to keep the back of your quilt nice and neat. To bring the bobbin thread to the top of your work; feed your thread through the presser foot;  press the needle down button twice while holding on to the top thread tail.  Pull the bobbin thread out to the same length tail as the top thread tail. Holding on to both, stitch a few stitches and stop the machine. Trim the thread tails close to the stitching.

    Step 16:
    Complete the quilt stitching.

    Step 17:
    Un-hoop the design.

    Step 18:
    Align the clear ruler with the ½” mark along the left side of the backing tack down line and trim that edge to ½”

    Step 19:
    Hoop the strip of Battilizer and fabric again close to the right edge of the fabric for the next block.

    Step 20:
    Repeat steps 6 through 19 for the second and third blocks.

    Step 21:
    Each block is trimmed differently depending on its placement in the wall hanging. Using the clear ruler aligned along the WS tack down line trim the blocks as follows:
    •    Trim the left hand block to ½” on the top, bottom and left hand side. Trim the right hand side to ¼”.
    •    Trim the middle block to ½” on the top and bottom, trim to ¼” on the right and left hand sides.
    •    Trim the right hand block to ½” on the top bottom and right hand sides. Trim the left hand side to ¼ “.

    Step 22:
    Take your three trimmed blocks to the sewing machine. Butt the edges of the first two blocks together, do not overlap, and stitch together with a wide zigzag stitch using regular sewing thread. Join the third block to the wall hanging in the same manner.

    Step 23:
    From the red Kona cloth cut 1 1” strip, 1 ¼” strip and three 2.5” strips.

    Step 24:
    For the 1” strip and 1 ¼” strips fold the long edges to meet in the center and press.

    Step 25:
    On the back of the wall hanging, using the narrower of the red sashing strips, place one edge of the strip over the zigzag joining of two blocks. Extend the strip just over the WS back tack down line.

    Step 26:
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    Load Invisible thread in the top and bobbin of your sewing machine. Select a Serpentine stitch.

    Step 27:
    Stitch down both sides of the sashing strip ending just beyond the WS tack down line at the far end of the block. Repeat for the second joining zigzag for the last block.

    Step 28:
    On the front of the wall hanging apply the 1 ¼” sashing strips in the same manner.

    Step 29:
    Fold a 2 ½” strip of red Kona cloth and with a ¼” seam, seam across the top and down the side of the strip.

    Step 30:
    Using a tube turner, turn the strips right side out; cut off the sewn end; press with the seam to one side. Cut 3 7” lengths from the tube.

    Step 31:
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    Fold the three 7” lengths in half to form the loops. Pin one in the center of the wall hanging. Pin the two outer edge loops 1” towards the inside of the wall hanging from the WS tack down lines.

    Step 32:
    Apply binding to the edges of the wall hanging using your favorite method or see our free article on “Binding an In the Hoop Quilt Project.”

    Step 33:
    Apply assorted colors of Hot Fix Crystals where you want them with a Hot Fix Applicator.

    Step 34:
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    Suggested crystal placement CDQB01

    Step 35:
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    Suggested crystal placement CDQB02

    Step 36:
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    Suggested crystal placement CDQB03

    Step 37:
    These Christmas Door Quilt Blocks are so easy to do – Make a couple of more! Any combination of designs PW01-CDQB01 through PW01-CDQB10 can be used.

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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

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    Julie L Jul 04, 2015
    I would love to try this project but I don't have that large of a hoop. Can this be done on a small version? I realize I could lose some detail but the largest hoop I have is 5x7. Do you think it would look to crowded?
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