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Free Christmas Sewing Project Idea:

How to Make a Christmas Pinwheel Holly Quilted Table Topper

 
You will Need:
scraps of red and green homespun fabrics and Christmas cotton fabric
1/2 yard of cream cotton fabric
fusible heatbond (optional)
quilt batting (warm & natural is our favorite)
basic sewing supplies
 
Oh by gosh by golly! It's mistletoe and holly! Appliqué and patchwork techniques come together to make this gorgeous holiday quilt. The forest green and cranberry red pinwheels and holly berries are framed perfectly against a cream background. This quilt will look lovely hanging on your wall, set on your table, or draped across your armchair during Christmastide
 

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Use a 1/4" seam allowance or the pressure foot as your guide to make this project.

Preparing the fabric for the pinwheels:

Cut 10" squares from five different Christmas print fabrics.

Cut five 10" squares from cream fabric.

Cut the cream squares in half diagonally.
Move the ruler to the opposite points and cut them again diagonally to get four pieces. Set aside the pile of cream pieces.

Do the same to each Christmas color square. Set them aside in their own pile.

Make the Pinwheels:

Place one Christmas fabric piece and one cream fabric and place pretty sides together.

 

Pin in place at the long angle.

Stitch down the seam using the pressure foot as your guide.

Do this to all four and press the seams together towards the darker fabric as shown.
Clip off the "dog ears" as shown.
Line up the four pieces the way they should go to form a pinwheel when sewn as shown in photo.
Place the top right piece over the top left piece and pin.

Place the bottom right piece over the bottom left piece and pin the seam.

Stitch both in place at seam.

This is what the two rows will look like.
Now place the top row over the bottom row and pin in place matching the center seam.

Stitch the seam.

Press seams to one side. There, you're first pinwheel is done.

Do this to all colors so that you have five pinwheels.

Make the quilt:

Cut four 8.5" squares of cream fabric.

Place the pinwheels and squares of cream fabric the way you want your quilt top to look.

First form three rows and then sew the three rows together to form a quilt top.

To form a row take the top right square and place it pretty sides together on the top middle square which will be a plain cream square.

Pin in place and sew down the seam.

Open up the two pieces of fabric you just sewed to lie flat on a surface. Now take the top left pinwheel square and place it on the top middle cream square and pin the side.

Stitch.

This is what the first row will look like.

(The camera was turned to take this photograph.)

Do this until you have three rows of three squares sewn together.
Now sew the rows together. First take the bottom row and pin it to the middle row pretty sides together. Pin matching the seams.

Stitch.

Last pin the top row to the middle row, once again matching seams and stitch in place.

Using the directions found on the heat bond material, press and cut out the berries and holly and press onto the quilt top where desired.
Cut out a piece of quilt batting and a piece of fabric for the back of your quilt using your quilt top as a pattern guide.

Layer the fabrics as follows flat on a table:

The back of the quilt pretty side down. Then the quilt batting. Last the quilt top pretty side facing up.

At this point you may "quilt" the quilt sewing through all three layers any way you would like. I sewed around the green holly and around each pinwheel using a stitch-in-the-ditch method, however you may stitch wherever you'd like.

Using quilt binding, sandwich the quilt into the quilt binding and stitch around the outer edge of your quilt. Stitch on the quilt binding closest to the inner part of the quilt to catch all layers when sewing.
Your splendid pinwheel holly and berry quilt mat is ready to spruce up your holiday decorating!
 
Happy Stitchin'
Judi
 

 
 

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