anniversary gifts for couples “Joy” Holiday Card Holder Part 2—Quilting and Finishing Touches decorative pillow shams

This is part 2?of the JOY Holiday Card Holder, a lovely quilted wall hanging that is the perfect decoration to collect holiday?cards. Please see part one here.

Download the Embroidery?Files: JOY Cardholder Quilting Designs

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In this part of the project, you will use the following embroidery files:

Where ### is the extension of the file format for your embroidery machine.

Step 1: Making the Quilting Templates Templates help position?the hoop, so that the quilting goes around the designs in the correct area.?Hoop a good quality stabilizer like OESD Tear Away.?Take a ball point pen, and trace around the inside of the hoop.?Draw lines indicating where the vertical and horizontal centers of the hoop are located.

Step 2 Place the hoop into the machine.?Load the JTemp.### file.?Start the machine.?The machine will stitch out the letter J.?Remove the template from the hoop.?Trim the stabilizer on the “inside of the hoop” line you drew in the previous step.?Take a ruler, and connect the horizontal and vertical markings. This is your finished template to help you hoop the project to perfectly place the quilting around the letters.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make the?O templateanniversary gifts for couples, and the Y template.

Step 3 Prepare the runner for quilting by layering the back fabric (wrong side facing up), the batting, and then the JOY quilt top (right side facing up).?Spray baste the layers with temporary basting spray.?Lay the J template over the letter J.?Pin in place. TIP: Backing and batting must be larger than the quilt top, so that there is material to hoop. If the backing fabric is too small, baste additional fabric to either side, so that the fabric will be?held by the hoop.

Step 4 Lay the top hoop around the template.?Then, place it into the bottom portion of the hoop.?Remove the template. See the next step if hooping is difficult for you.

Step 5 TIP: I have two great tips that make hooping a breeze.

Then, when I lay the top hoop around the template, it won’t shift around.?The putty removes easily.? WD40 will remove any tape residue.

Step 6 Place the hoop in the machine.?Load the JQuilt.### file.?Bring up the bobbin.?Start the machine.?The machine will quilt around the J.?Repeat Steps 3-6 for the O and the Y?blocks. TIP: The “;O”;?quilting will start with the inside of the letter. ?The needle should start 1/4″; above the bottom center. Even with the template, you may have to use positioning to ensure that the stitching starts in the right place.

Step 7:?Making the Cross Hatch Template Inside?the pocket is some?cross hatch quilting that you won’t see unless you look inside the pocket.?Hoop the stabilizer, and use a pen to mark the inside of the hoop and the horizontal and vertical center of the stitching field. Write “;Top”; at the top.?Load CrosTemp.### file into your machine.?The machine will stitch a rectangle. Note: I’m showing the modern sample in steps 8 and 9.

Step 8:?Using the Cross Hatch Template Lay the template so the top of the rectangle is just slightly below the seam.?Place the hoop around the template.?Place the bottom portion of the hoop in place.?Put the hoop in the machine, and remove the template.

Step 9:?Quilting the Cross Hatch Design Load the CrosDesign.### file into your machine.?Start the machine.?The machine will stitch a basting rectangle, and then stop.?When machine stops, remove the top portion of the basting stitches.?Start the machine again, the machine stitch half of the cross hatch design.?Start the machine again for the second half.

Step 10 When you have finished the cross hatch quilting, trim away the excess batting and backing fabric.?Your hanging should be about 8.5″; x 36.5″; when trimmed. Sometimes, quilting and embroidery shrinks the fabric dimensions, so your project should be close to the above number, but it might not be exact.

Step 11:?Adding the Pocket Trim 1/2″; off the bottom of the pocket and the backing fabric.?Place the pocket over the cross hatched block.? Pin in place, and stitch with a scant 1/4″; seam.

Note: The sides of the pocket may be a tad bit larger than the cross hatched area. Quilting often pulls the fabric inward making it smaller. You may need to trim a bit of the edges of the pocket too.

Step 12:?Binding Attach the three 2.5″; x width of fabric strips together.?Press the binding in half lengthwise, so the right side of the fabric is showing.?Attach to the front of the wall hanging with 1/4″; seam around?the raw edges of the wall hanging. Bring the folded edge to the back, and hand stitch to hold in place.?Hand sew a ring for hanging on the back side.

Now…; Enjoy!

Today’s gift?is the download of the?JOY Holiday Card Holder Quilting Designs for all?awesome WeAllSew fans.


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