Assemble and Appliqué Quilt Center
1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of red bird print 5-1/2" square. Align marked square with upper left-hand corner of light green print foundation rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of marked line). Sew on drawn line. Trim excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle to make quilt center. The quilt center still should be 28-1/2x15-3/4" including seam allowances.
2. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, arrange appliqué pieces on quilt center. Fuse in place.
3. Using contrasting threads, machine-blanket-stitch around each piece.
4. Referring to photo, use brown embroidery thread to stem-stitch a stem for each pear and leaf appliqué. To stem-stitch, pull needle up at A (Stem Stitch Diagram). Insert needle back into fabric at B, about 1/4" away from A. Holding floss out of the way, bring needle back up at C and pull floss through so it lies flat against fabric. Distances between points A, B, and C should be equal. Pull gently and with equal tautness after each stitch.
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