Free Christmas Quilt Pattern Part 4 ~ by Terry White

On The Fourth Day Of Havel’s Holiday Project,
My True Love Is The 8″ Sewing/Quilting Scissors

How to Start Making the Christmas Presents

1. Choose fabric scraps that you love and feel will aid in livening up the design.

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I chose four green prints. Green is a great contrasting color and it will show up very well against the orange background.

2. Apply fusible web to the back of the fabric scraps.

Then, take the paper off of the fusible. This leaves it as just the fabric with the iron-on web.

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Free hand cutting the boxes will create a feeling of whimsical appeal to the design since they won’t be perfectly square with straight lines.

 

3. Use Havel’s 8″ Sewing/Quilting Scissors and free hand cut the present boxes.

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4. Fuse into place.

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5. Cut sections of 1/2″ red rick rack and glue in place as the package ribbons.

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6. Glue a flower sequin to the top of each present.

Next: On The Fifth Day Of Havel’s Holiday Project,
My True Love Is The 6 1/2″ Teflon Coated Serrated Scissors

 

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Free Christmas Quilt Pattern Part 3 ~ by Terry White

On The Third Day Of Havel’s Holiday Project, My True Love Is The 5 1/2″ Curved Scissors

Now, if you have been following along with the previous parts of this project you can start
making the Christmas Tree Appliques!

Free Christmas Quilt Pattern

1. Trace tree and tree trunk shapes onto fusible web. Follow the manufacturer’s directions when fusing fabrics to make the appliqués.

Free Christmas Quilt Pattern 2

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2. Cut into the fabric with Havel’s 5 1/2″ Curve Tip scissors  to cut out the shapes effortlessly.

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3. Next, use a small buttonhole stitch to appliqué the shapes onto the background.

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Here is a test sample that was created to ensure the thread and stitch were right.

Using a test sample can help determine where the fabric should be positioned under the needle so that the buttonhole stitch is right on the edge of the appliqué. This will also help keep the appliqué lined up with the inside right toe of the presser foot.

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The curved tip scissors are also great for cutting threads on the surface of my quilt top. The curve prevents cutting into the fabric.

Next: On The Fourth Day Of Havel’s Holiday Project,
My True Love Is The. . .

 

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Free Christmas Quilt Pattern Part 2 ~ by Terry White

On The Second Day Of Havel’s Holiday Project,
My True Love Is The 5 1/4″ Ultimate Embroidery Scissors

Decorative Stitching

Decorative Stitches 1

1. Choose yellow, orange and pink threads in cotton and rayon for decorative stitches.

2. Use the decorative stitches on your sewing machine to join the patches and to stitch them to the interfacing. The interfacing is a good stabilizer for machine embroidery. The brand doesn’t matter, the weight matters.

3. Lower the top tension on your machine so that the decorative stitches are fuller and are raised up on the surface of the fabric. I like to use two threads through the eye of the needle (a rayon and a cotton) to add thickness to the stitch and to create a more interesting colorful stitch. Use a 90/14 machine embroidery needle. Thread your machine as if you are using a twin needle, but thread both threads through the eye of the needle. Your sewing machine manual will tell you how to thread your machine for a twin needle.

TIP: I like to make samples of my stitches before I work on my project, this way I can test the threads and stitches and adjust the tension on my machine.

4. Use Havel’s bent embroidery scissors to cut the small threads. The bent form is easy to use and avoids cutting your fabric.

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5. Stitch over the raw edges of adjoining fabrics. Cover every edge with stitching.

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6. Press when finished.

Next: On The Third Day Of Havel’s Holiday Project,
My True Love Is The. . .

 

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Free Christmas Quilt Pattern Part 1 ~ by Terry White

This project is in 12 parts. We will post 2 per week and by the end you will have created a beautiful quilt project which is perfect for the holidays!

On The First Step Of Havel’s Holiday Project,
My True Love Is The Jumbo Rotary Cutter

Prepare Background:

1. Trace a 13″ square onto the two pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing.
Set one aside.

2. Place one right side up (fusible side) onto your ironing surface.

3. Enlarge the grid to a 13″ square and use it as a guide to measure and
cut your pieces. Use it also as a placement guide for your pieces.

Free Quilt Pattern-The Happy Christmas Tree Album Cover (Image 3)
Free Quilt Pattern-The Happy Christmas Tree Album Cover (Pattern Grid)

4. Use Havel’s Jumbo Rotary Cutter to cut out rectangles and squares for the
background of our design. I used warm orange fabric scraps.

Free Quilt Pattern-The Happy Christmas Tree Album Cover (Image 4)

5. Lay each piece onto the fusible interfacing. The pieces should be placed
side by side with no overlap.

Free Quilt Pattern-The Happy Christmas Tree Album Cover (Image 5)

6. Cover the 13” square with your patches. Press with a hot iron.

Next : On The Second Step Of Havel’s Holiday Project. . .

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Fun Craft To Make: Turkey Love – Applique Design

By Terry White TerryWhite

 

 

 

1 Turkey Love

Here is a little Thanksgiving Day design that makes up very quickly. This design panel is 14 ½ inch square and meant to cover a small pillow. However, this design will work for stitchers, quilters, scrapbookers and crafters. I have included a small image of this little guy for use as place cards for the Thanksgiving table.

 

Supplies Needed:

Fabric scraps for the turkey parts and border. Look at photo for inspiration and pattern for size requirements.

14 ½ inch square is needed for the backing fabric.

14 ½ inch square of medium weight fusible interfacing should be fused to the back of your backing fabric to stabilize before fusing or stitching.

½ yard of Fusible web

Threads to match your fabrics

Use size 90/14 sewing machine needle

Archival quality black pen to draw details on turkey

Applique Scissors
2 Fabric Choices

I received this little bundle of fabric scraps from my friend, Pam. I thought it would be a good idea to pull my turkey feathers from this group. This design could also be made with felt (like the Pumpkin Centerpiece pattern).
3 Traditional

Here are my final choices for the body and feathers. The fabrics for the turkey are shown here are on a traditional fabric as a background choice.
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Here are four more choices for the background for the turkey. The top left photo shows a fabric that may be “too close for comfort” and the turkey won’t show up well. A solution for that would be to make a shadow appliqué piece (explained in the directions for “Blue Cat”). The top right photo shows a soft blue print…this actually looks like our fall sky. I think it is a pretty choice. The bottom left photo uses a vintage fabric and gives an antique look to the design. The bottom right photo is a crazy choice and it would add a lot of fun to the design. Each choice puts the turkey in a different kind of environment which changes the tone of the project.
8 My Choice

This is my final choice for the background fabric. The green is a strong color contrast to the feathers and there is a bit of whimsy in the print.
9 Trace

Trace each design piece onto the fusible web. (Follow the manufacturer’s directions.)

Number each piece.
10 Reverse

Keep in mind that the design is reversed and that when you place each piece onto your background fabric, you will be reversing the design. You might want to copy the bird in reverse to help with placement of each appliqué piece. (This can keep confusion to a minimum.)
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Fuse each shape to the fabric. When I cut out shapes, I use two pair of scissors…. Havel’s 5 ½ inch curved and 8 inch straight… this helps to cut out perfect curves and straight edges.
13 Reverse Stitch

When tracing the turkey body, trace the details on the fusible web. Fuse to the fabric and using brown thread in the bobbin, stitch with a long straight stitch to outline the details. I stitch over each line four times using Star 30 weight cotton thread. I use an open toe appliqué foot and center the center line of the foot on the drawn line. Here, I stitch slowly. Then, cut out the shape and pull off the paper back and position in the middle of your fabric.

 

Start with the turkey body and, as you cut out each feather, place it around the body. Use the pattern as your guide. Fuse the shapes down when you have placed all the feathers. Next, cut and fuse the small details of the beak, wattle, head feathers and feet.
14 Detail Stitches

Here is a close up of the turkey body showing details stitched and body stitched to background.
15 Fused Turkey

Here is the turkey fused and ready for stitching.
16 Thread Choice

Here are threads to match my fabrics. I often use variegated threads to appliqué. The changing colors give a softer outline to the printed fabrics.
17 Cool Stitch

This is the cool stitch I use to stitch along the edge of the appliqués. I use the open toe appliqué foot and stitch along the space between the appliqué shapes. It looks like each side is stitched with a buttonhole stitch (saves a lot of time).
18 Detail Stitching

Here is a detail of the finished stitching. I like the way the stitch shoots out from the feather into the background fabric.
19 Draw Details

I used a permanent black pen to draw the eyes and detail the head feathers on the bird. I pressed it with a hot iron afterward.
20 Pull Paper

The decorative border fabric matches the turkey’s wattle and feet. Iron a piece of fusible web to the back of your border fabric. Tear away the paper.
21 Wave Cutter

I used the wave cutter cutting blade and cut the edge of the fused fabric. (You can see how to use the wave cutter on my demo video for Havel’s on this site) For my second cut, I lined up my ruler with the inner dip of the scallop and measured ½ inch. This will make a border strip that is ½ inch wide in the center, with the scallop edge on both sides. I think the scallop border design echoes the feather shapes and the circle print in the background fabric.
22 Border

I used my ruler to measure 1 ½ inches in from each side. I placed the scallop edge of the border piece next to the ruler. Take the ruler away and fuse the border piece. Do this for each of the four sides of the panel.

 

Now, you can make this panel into a pillow!

 

23 Turkey Design Turkey Love Pattern

 

24 Little Turkey Love

Little Turkey Love Pattern

This little turkey makes a great place holder card for the Thanksgiving Table. A person’s name can be written on his tummy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Terry

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