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Holiday Time Ornaments

It’s never too soon to get a jump on the holidays--for yourself or for those on your gift list. This year, consider a quartet of easy ornaments that combine embroidery and embellishing. Stitch up the season! Fabrics are from the Splash and the Moving and Shaking collections by Blank Quilting.

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Basic Cutting


For patterns A and B, make templates by tracing patterns onto template plastic with a permanent marker and cutting out on drawn lines. Use a pencil or water-soluble marker to trace around templates on wrong sides of fabrics indicated in cutting instructions, then cut out on drawn lines.

To use fusible web when preparing cotton appliqués, complete the following steps.

1. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions, leaving 1⁄2" between tracings. Cut out fusible-web shapes roughly 1⁄4" outside traced lines.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto wrong sides of fabrics indicated in cutting instructions; let cool. Cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines; peel off paper backings.

To use freezer paper when preparing felted wool appliqués, complete the following steps.

1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace patterns the number of times indicated in cutting instructions, leaving 1⁄2" between tracings. Cut out freezer-paper shapes roughly 1⁄4" outside drawn lines.

2. Using a hot dry iron, press freezer-paper shapes, shiny side down, onto designated wools. Let cool. Cut out wool shapes on drawn lines. Peel off freezer paper and discard.

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