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Sedona Landscape Pattern

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Directions - continued from page 2

All seams are 1/4"

4. Create Inner Borders

inner bordersThe inner border is created from a strip of fabric that has been folded lengthwise, and the fold is toward the landscape piece. The folded edge can be lifted from the finished piece. It is stitched on the raw edges only. This creates a nice effect.

Cut two 8.5" x 1" strips. Cut two 6.5" x 1" strips. 

Fold each border strip lengthwise, right side out. Press. Working on the right side of the background piece, pin short side borders to side edges of background piece, aligning raw edges. Stitch close to edge (approx. 1/8" from edge). Repeat with top and bottom strips.

5. Create Outer Borders

Cut two 6.5" x 2.5" strips. Cut two 12.5" x 2.5" strips.

side bordersPin the two side borders to the landscape block, right sides together. Stitch 1/4" from edges. Press. Repeat with top and bottom borders.  

Square up your finished landscape block. The finished block should measure 10.5" x 12.5". The exact size is not important as long as all edges are straight and borders are of equal size.

6. Add Free Motion Embroidery

Add plant detail and tree branches by hand embroidery, fabric paint or marker or free motion machine embroidery. 

free motion embroideryFree motion machine embroidery is actually very easy. It requires a darning setting on the sewing machine, and a darning foot. The feed dogs are lowered. Follow instructions for your machine. My machine has a setting for the presser foot that keeps the foot elevated (slightly off fabric). This allows "free motion" of the fabric. The needle simply goes up and down as usual, but the fabric is not fed by the feed dogs. You move the fabric around as the stitching occurs.

stabilizer for free motion embroideryUsing a washable fabric marker, lightly draw in the branches and small grasses etc. that you wish to embroider. Place stabilizer under your piece, in the area that will be embroidered. DO NOT OMIT THE STABILIZER. Stabilizer is very necessary because it adds the correct body and thickness to the fabric being embroidered. 

PRACTICE on a scrap of fabric until you feel comfortable. It really is very easy!

More lessons on free motion embroidery

7. Add Hanging Sleeve / Assemble & Bind

Hanging Sleeve
Cut a strip measuring 10" x 3" from your backing fabric. Press under the two short ends. Fold strip lengthwise, right side out. Press. Unfold. Lay the strip on the right side of your backing piece (backing piece should measure the same as your landscape piece), aligning upper raw edges. Pin in place. Stitch along fold line and from fold line up to raw edge on each end. Re-fold strip. Press. Stitch upper raw edges together close to the edge. 

stitch along fold lineThe photo on the right shows the unfolded sleeve being stitched along the fold line. To hang your finished piece, run a wood or metal dowel through the hanging sleeve and place the dowel ends in wall hooks.

For more information on creating a hanging sleeve, go to: Hanging Sleeve Tutorial

Assemble & Bind
For information on assembling and binding, go to: Assemble And Bind Quilt.

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