This week we're back with the 9th Make of Christmas and it's the turn of the lovely Maureen Reeves who has made this beautiful Christmas Card Wall Hanging - the perfect way to display your beautiful Christmas cards without cluttering up the mantlepiece! Over to Maureen....
Christmas Card Wall Hanging (with 24 pockets)
List of materials:
1 metre for the back panel, backing and inside of pockets. As this is going to be used vertically take care you don’t choose fabric with a directional pattern.
Pockets, 24 flying geese finished size 6 x 3 inches.
- ½ metre in total in at least two Christmas fabrics for centre triangles.
- ½ metre for side triangles. (If making Flying Geese with traditional method you will need 60cm)
Binding ¼ metre. (If using “no waste” method a scrappy binding can be made from unused centre triangle fabric.)
Wadding 52” x 15”
Christmas embellishments for decoration.
Cut a 9¾” square from the side triangle fabric and put aside for the bottom triangle.
Method for pockets make 24 flying geese.
Either using “no waste” method: see you tube for “flying geese no waste method”
- Cut 6 x 7¼” squares from Christmas fabrics for centre triangles
- 24 x 4” squares for side triangles
my tip is to use a scant quarter inch and by cutting the side squares slightly larger at 4” there will be a little extra to trim back to an accurate 6½ by 3½”.
Or for traditional method see you tube “joyofquilting Flying geese patchwork block”
- Cut 24 x 6½ by 3½ inch rectangles from Christmas fabrics for centre triangles
- 48 x 3½” squares for side triangles
When complete the geese should measure 6½ by 3½”.
Make the pockets
- Join geese units together in pairs alternating the fabrics.
- Cut a 12½ inch strip from the metre of fabric and cut this into 12 rectangles 12½ by 3½ for the inside if pockets.
- Place right sides together with the flying geese units and stitch along the top edge with a quarter inch seam making sure you don’t lose your points.
- Turn to the right side and press the seam. Top stitch along the top edge, this could be an opportunity to use a decorative thread. Back Panel Applique
- Cut a strip 12 ½ inches by 42 for the back panel from the metre of fabric.
- The pockets will be added from the bottom leaving a space at the top approximately five inches deep for you to applique your choice of Christmas images. You can leave off a number of pockets if you wish to have a larger image. A piece of iron on vilene or similar can be added to the reverse of the area you are going to use for applique to add stability.
- When you have completed the applique make a quilt sandwich with the remainder of the metre of fabric as the backing sheet and the wadding and baste together either with spray glue baste or hand stitching.
- Quilt the applique area.
Attach the pockets
- With a walking foot using stitch and flip quilt as you go method to attach the pockets. Starting at the bottom, line up the bottom raw edge of a pocket unit with the bottom raw edge of the back pane. Do not stitch this edge but pin in place as a guide for placement of the second pocket.
- Take the second pocket and lay this right sides down onto the first with the top of the second pocket a quarter inch up from the bottom raw edge of the first making sure the centres of each unit are in line.
- With a quarter inch seam allowanced, stitch the second pocket in place and flip up and pin the sides to the back panel to hold in place.
With pocket number three place it right sides down onto pocket 2 with the top of pocket 3 lined up with the bottom of pocket 2. This should give you a quarter inch seam allowance to attach pocket 3 but some slight adjustment may be needed so you don’t catch the top of pocket 2. Using this method attach all the pockets.
Stitch down the centre of the pockets using a decorative thread if desired.
- Take the 9¾” square of flying geese, side triangle fabric and cut on the diagonal for the front and back of the bottom triangle.
- Place this right sides to right sides, front and back of the wadding ensuring that the apex of the triangles line up with the centre of the pockets. Using the stitch and flip method sew in place.
Finish the wall hanging
Make a hanging sleeve from excess fabric and pin to top edge.
- With an ⅛ inch seam allowance baste around the quilt to secure the pockets and hanging sleeve.
- Trim away excess wadding and backing sheet.
- Make a binding using three 2½ strips or make a scrappy binding with excess fabric.
Finally finish by adding any beads buttons or other embellishments.