Hey everyone so glad you stopped by! Today we are doing a little sewing. When sewing little things it is always smart to start a bit bigger (larger piece of fabric) and sew things smaller, rather than trying to sew itsby bitsy pieces of fabric together which can be extremely frustrating.
Also....when making miniatures and decorating little rooms, little quilts on the wall make a great wall coverings instead of pictures. This little quilt can be used as a wall hanging or on a bed.
*The quilt on the wall matches and coordinates with the miniature sewing room items that I used. Little glass jars filled with red, green, blue buttons. Little fabrics cut and folded so they are about 1" wide. Several different but coordinated fabrics that tie everything together color wise.
I also used little glass jars filled with matching ribbons, rick rack and trims.
Find a color scheme for a little room and then coordinate with accessories. (Be sure to see my previous post here @ https://www.ribbonwoodcottage.com/post/172412491500/miniature-sewing-room-basics-sew-cherry
There are so many wonderful ideas for decorating a sewing room there!
Back to our cute little Cherry Button Quilt
Basic Supply List
Fabric used is by Lori Holt - Sew Cherry 2
I purchased Fat Quarters of Sew Cherry 2 off of Etsy.
1/4 yard blue coordinating fabric
1/4 yard red and white gingham check
1/2 yard - White cotton fabric
Tiny red buttons
Embroidery floss - sage green
Small wooden embroidery hoop 3" or 4"
white thread and needle
red sewing thread.
measuring tape or ruler
No batting is used in this quilt. Batting makes little quilts often look like hot pads, so this quilt does not use it. However if batting is desired it can be used.
I'm adding my pattern to save, download and keep. Then use a printer to print out. But it can easily be replicated if that is not possible. Draw an upside down V approximately 1/2" tall, and two little circles that are attached to the legs of the V. Then I drew tiny leaves at the bottom point of the V.
Click on this picture and right click to save to computer. Save it as miniature Cherry Button Quilt pattern. When it is opened it can be printed out and use as a basic guideline for the embroidery design on the little blocks.
Cut 2 strips - blue fabric 1 1/2" x 44"(not all will be used)
Cut red and white gingham fabric 1 1/2" x 44"
Cut white fabric into six squares 6" x 6" (fabric will need to be larger than the embroidery hoop that is used.)
Onto each square center the design and trace the Cherry stems, leaves, and cherries.
Center design into hoop and tighten metal mechanism to hold fabric taut inside of the hoop.
Thread needle with red thread. Knot the end of the thread. Sew the tiny red button in the place where the little cherry has been drawn onto fabric.
Stitch 6 or 7 stitches and then pull the needle to the back side and knot the thread. Next thread the embroidery needle with 1 strand of sage green embroidery thread. Embroidery thread is made up of 6 strands per thread. Pull 1 strand away from the other strands. Measure about a 18" long thread and cut. Thread the needle and knot the two ends together.
Trim. Sew all the little buttons in place on all the squares.
To stitch the green stems of the cherries, an embroidery stitch called backstitching will be used. It is very simple to stitch and creates a good outline stitch.
With the threaded needle come through the fabric on the line of the stem. Come up at A, go back down at B and out again at C. This stitch goes back one stitch, and then goes forward. Stitch along the line until the stitches cover the line area. Once the stitching is done, bring the needle to the back of fabric and knot the thread. Trim threads.
Once all the embroidery stitching is completed, press the squares to remove wrinkles.
Trim the pieces down to 2" x 2", eyeballing the stitchery to make sure it is centered when cutting around it.
Use a 1/4" sewing seam allowance. Take 1 1/2" wide strips of coordinating fabric and sew along the sides of the blocks. Trim and cut apart.
Take the same fabric strips and sew to the right sides. Press the blocks open and trim apart and trim threads.
Sew strips around two full blocks like photo shows below. The other four should have strips sewn to both sides and only the bottom. Attach and sew the full block to the top of the block with three sides. Attach another three sided block to the bottom of the bottom block. Once sewn there will be three cherry blocks attached from top to bottom.
This creates one whole section of the quilt. Complete a second section exactly like this one.
Press the sections flat and trim threads.
Match the seams together, pin and sew the two sides to each other.
Take a 1 1/2" red and white gingham strip. Pin the right side of the red and white strip to the outer edge of the quilt on one side. Sew the two pieces together. Remove pins and trim threads. Press open.
Take the strip and pin to the other side of the quilt. Sew to the quilt.
Remove pins and trim threads and press open.
Take the remaining strip and sew to the top of the quilt, repeating the process and then the bottom of the quilt. Press the quilt flat. Trim fabric, corners, and sides so that quilt is even on all sides.
Before cutting the quilt back, take the white fabric that will be sewn for the quilt back. Place the quilt top face down onto white cotton fabric. Pin them together and then trim around the quilt, cutting the white fabric to the exact size of the quilt top. Sew around the edges using 1/4" seam allowance. Leaving a 4" section open, for turning the little quilt right sides out, sew around the perimeter of the quilt using 1/4" seam allowance.
Trim threads, remove pins and turn quilt inside out. Work on corners with a straight pin or tool, to form a nice pointed corner. Fold in the opening and pin closed. Sew and topstitch around the quilt, close to the edge. Remove pins and trim threads.
Press the quilt flat again.
The little quilt can be hand quilted if desired.
The quilt is now completed!
Be sure to see the previous post - Miniature Sewing Room Basics Part 1
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Well that is it for now. Glad you stopped by for a visit!!!