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Fall Migration - part one

Using the fabrics that I painted the other week (links at the bottom of the post), I started to put together a small and simple hand-stitched quilt.  In this particular case, I pieced and stitched the fabrics directly to the batting layer of the quilt.

In previous quilts, I've almost always used a layer of plain fabric as well as the batting.  You can do it either way you choose if you decide to make one like this.  Here are the instructions for the first part of the quilt.  The rest will be along next week! 

Materials and Tools

Freezer paper or other pattern paper
Decorative fabrics (LINK to Leaf Fabrics)
Backing fabric
Thin cotton batting
Lightweight fusible interfacing
Nymo O beading thread
Embroidery floss (Fuchsia, orange, green, yellow, peach)
Size 8/0 seed beads (Red rainbow, hot pink, yellow, green, orange)
Bugle beads (Red rainbow)
4mm red glass rounds
Rough cut dark red rectangles
Focal cabochon
Pieced ear stud base and nut

Black marking pens
White fabric marking pencil
Scissors, large and small
Needles, beading and embroidery
Transparent ruler and cutting board

1. Paint and decorate fabrics.

2. Sketch and create a paper pattern, including margins where needed.

3. Trace the pattern onto the sticky side of the interfacing (this will create a fabric piece the same orientation as the pattern). Trace onto the non-sticky side to reverse the pattern.

4. Cut out the interfacing and iron the interfacing pieces to the wrong side of the fabrics.

5. Cut out the pieces precisely on the lines, including margins where needed.

6. Pin and blanket stitch pieces to background. (in this case the background was the batting)

The rest next week!

All posts on this project:

Leaf fabrics - part one

Leaf fabrics - part two

Quilt instructions - part one

Quilt instructions - part two

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Your hand stitches are so perfect. How do you keep them so precise? Is there a trick?

The quilt is very pretty.
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Eileen, but they're really not perfect. The stitch sizes are fairly even, but if you saw it close up you'd see that there are plenty of imperfections :-) Getting them even and lined up...just lots of years of practice!