We love Janet Clare’s quick appliqué version of a vintage house needlework sampler that she once saw. You can customise your own design by adding the alphabet and other little motifs!
- Background fabric 23in x 12in (58.5cm x 30.5cm)
- Scraps of brown and grey fabric for cottage appliqué
- Scraps of green and brown for trees and shrubs, pale grey for birds appliqué
- Wadding (batting) 23in x 12in (58.5cm x 30.5cm)
- Fusible web for appliqué
- Pale beige quilting thread
- Deep grey polyester sewing thread
- Removable fabric marking pen
- Wooden frame 19in x 8in (48.5cm x 20.5cm)
- Staple gun and staples
Finished size: 19in x 8in (48.5cm x 20.5cm)
Here’s how to make the Woodland Cottage Hanging…
1. Press all your fabrics. Cut the appliqué background fabric and wadding (batting) to the correct size.
2. Use the templates and your appliqué fabrics to prepare the appliqués for the cottage, trees, shrubs and birds. First arrange the cottage in the centre of the fabric and then add the other motifs. Remember to leave a minimum of 2in (5cm) clear all around the appliqué to allow for the fabric to be folded and stapled to the frame later. Press carefully to fuse the appliqués into place.
3. Mark a wavy design of your choice onto the background fabric with a removable fabric pen or pencil. The design should be drawn behind the cottage and trees, and will add texture and interest when quilted later.
4. Place the wadding (batting) behind the appliqué background fabric. Set your machine to free-motion quilting (put the feed dogs down and add your special darning foot) and working with the deep grey or brown thread quilt the cottage, outlining the shape and adding windows and other details as you go. Do the same for the trees, shrubs and birds. Pull threads to the reverse of the fabric and tie off securely.
5. With small, even running stitches hand-quilt the feather wave using pale beige quilting thread. Remove any remaining pen lines.
6. To make the wooden frame, cut your wood to size and then nail or staple the pieces securely in place at the corners. Ensure that the edges are flush and smooth and that they form right angles. The frame will not be seen, so don’t worry too much!
7. The finished stitching is mounted over the frame, with the edges tucked over to the back and stapled in place.
This project has been excerpted from Home Quilt Home.