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North, south, east or west, working with wool for appliqué is best-for some quilters. Why? It's easy to handle, doesn't fray, and is quite forgiving. Give it a try on this charming wool wall hanging.

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Appliqué Blocks


1. Referring to Block A on the Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out appropriate pieces for block A on a tan wool 10x13" appliqué foundation. Baste all pieces in place.

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

2. Using one strand of black embroidery floss and working from bottom layer to top, whipstitch each piece to its foundation to make appliquéd block A.

3. Referring to Block B on Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out appropriate pieces for block B on a second tan wool 10x13" appliqué foundation. Baste all pieces in place. Whipstitch each piece in place with one strand of black floss. Use three strands of white floss to make cross-stitches on rooster body to make appliquéd block B.

4. Referring to Block C on Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out appropriate pieces for block C on a third tan wool 10x13" appliqué foundation. Baste all pieces in place. Whipstitch each piece in place with one strand of black floss to make appliquéd block C.

5. Referring to Block D on Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out appropriate pieces for block D on remaining tan wool 10x13" appliqué foundation. Baste all pieces in place. Whipstitch each piece in place with one strand of black floss. Use three strands of white floss to make cross-stitches on rooster body to make appliquéd block D.

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