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Chimney Charmers

Festive foundation-pieced trees adorn a pair of stockings. Make several in seasonal colors to decorate your mantel.

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Prepare Foundations

Use a pencil to trace each foundation pattern A through D once onto lightweight tracing paper or other foundation of your choice, tracing all lines and numbers. Cut out on outer dashed lines to make foundation papers.

 

 

Foundation-Piece Units

To foundation-piece, stitch fabric pieces to a foundation paper with the paper piece on top, right (marked) side up. Pieced units will be mirror images of foundation papers.

 

1.    Trim green print 5×7" rectangle so it is 1⁄4" bigger on all sides than area 1 of Pattern A foundation paper. Pin trimmed green print piece to foundation paper area 1 with wrong side of fabric facing wrong (unmarked) side of foundation paper (Diagram 1).

2.    Position a red print 5×8" rectangle atop the green print piece, right sides together, so a long edge extends 1⁄4" into area 2 (Diagram 2). To check placement, pin on first stitching line (the line between areas 1 and 2) and flip red print piece open. It should completely cover area 2 and extend into the adjoining areas at least 1⁄4". If it doesn’t, reposition and recheck until it is placed correctly.

3.    With fabric layers on the bottom and foundation paper on top, sew on first stitching line through all layers.

4.    Finger-press red print piece open. Trim it even with edges of foundation paper (Diagram 3).

5.    Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add a second red print 5×8" rectangle to area 3 (Diagram 4). Finger-press red print piece open, then trim even with edges of foundation paper to complete Unit A (Diagram 5). To help stabilize the stocking, leave foundation paper in place until entire stocking front is complete.

6.    Referring to Diagram 6, use two solid white 2-3⁄4×5-1⁄2" strips and one green print 3×3-1⁄2" rectangle to foundation-piece Unit B.

7.    Referring to Diagram 7, use two solid white 2-3⁄4×5-1⁄2" strips and one green print 4×41⁄2" rectangle to foundation-piece Unit C.

8.    Referring to Diagram 8, use two solid white 2-3⁄4×5-1⁄2" strips and one green print 3" square to foundation-piece Unit D.

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