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A New Year, A New Quilt January 1, 2013

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As we start the new year, I’m starting a new quilt- Twas the Night Before Christmas by Kaaren Johnston of The Painted Quilt.  I do hope you’ll join me in this year long venture.

Although this is a small wall hanging (27 x 33) I’ve decided to stretch out the process.  If you are playing along, you are welcome to work at your own pace.  I’ll be doing one block a month with the final top assembly in November.

For January, I’ve picked the Gingerbread Men.  The finished block measures 5 1/2″ tall by 4 1/2″ wide.  It should work up quickly.

Here’s how I prepped my block for quilting:

Step 1 – find the center of the image.  I drew a line vertically through the center of the image and then horizontally, about 1/4″ higher than the center.  I did this because the image is about 3 1/4″ square, but the finished piece is not.

01-crosshairs

Per the instructions, I cut my fabric 2″ bigger than the finished size.  To determine where to trace the image, I folded the fabric into quarters and finger pressed it.

02-fingerpress

Now it’s time to trace the design onto the fabric.  Once way is to tape the design onto a window and then tape the fabric over the paper.

03-window

Back when I had a tube style computer monitor, I would open up a word processing document so I had a white screen then tape the design and fabric to the monitor. I now have a light box I purchased from Hobby Lobby, so I used it.

04-lightbox

Trace your design onto the fabric using your preferred marking tool.  I have a ceramic pencil that I use.

05-traced

An optional step is to back your fabric with a lightweight fabric to help prevent your threads on the back from showing through to the front.  I have a bolt of light weight muslin that I use for this purpose.  I cut a piece the same size as the fabric I traced the design on.

06-lining

Then I basted them together.  Since this is a small piece (7 1/2 x 6 1/2″) I just did a simple running stitch around the edges.  For larger pieces I may use my machine and stitch through the center of the fabric.

07-baste

The last step before you can proceed with stitching is to pick your floss colors.  I’ve decided to use two strands of DMC floss in various colors — primarily because that’s what I have handy.  Kaaren used Aurifil 12 weight Bright Redwork # 2260 thread.

08-thread

The block is prepped and ready to stitch.

gingerbread

After I started stitching, I decided that instead of using the black thread for the gingerbread faces and buttons, I would use the brown that I used to outline the cookie.  It’s all back stitch except for the knots for eyes and buttons.

I do hope you decide to join me in this venture.

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Comments

1. farmquilter - January 1, 2013

Adorable! This will make a great quilt!!

2. Beckie - January 1, 2013

That is really cute. I kind of like your way of doing things.
Beckie


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