JOY Wall Hanging

Categories: Decor, Quilts, Accessory, Holiday

What you need to make this project

Materials
12.5” x 40” fusible interfacing
Batting, at least 15” x 36”
(54) 2 ½” squares background fabric (a variety of low volume neutrals)
(9) 2” squares background fabric (a variety of low volume neutrals)
(26) 2 ½” squares assorted red and green fabric
½ yard backing fabric
¼ yard binding fabric
Supplies
Rotary Cutter and Mat
Sewing Machine
Thread, seam ripper, mechanical pencil

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Instructions

Step One

First draw a square grid on the fusible interfacing. We’ll use the grid to place our squares of fabric. Use a ruler and mechanical pencil or disappearing pen to mark a grid on the glue side of the fusible interfacing. Mark lines 2 ½” apart both the length and width of the fusible interfacing.

Step Two

Lay out your background 2 ½” squares and red and green 2 ½” squares on top of the drawn grid, referring to the quilt top for placement. The glue side of the interfacing is up. The fabric is right side up. Keep the squares as straight as possible on the drawn lines.

Step Three

Make the “rounded” corners of the letters (bottom of J, corners of O, left side and bottom Y.) Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of a 2” background fabric. Place the 2” square right sides together with a red/green square in one corner. Stitch on the drawn line. Press seam and trim the bottom layers to a quarter inch seam allowance. Orient the corner piece as show in diagram.

Step Four

Fuse the fabric to the fusible interfacing.

(Tip: if possible, lay out the fusible interfacing, glue side up, on your pressing surface. If the entire piece doesn’t fit, place half the squares, fuse, then place the second half and fuse.)

Step Five

Fold the quilt top so that the first two long rows of squares are right sides together. Sew a seam a ¼” away from the fold, along the full length. Fold again so that the next two long rows are right sides together. Sew a seam a ¼” away from the fold, along the full length. Continue until all long rows are sewn together (4 long seams total.)

Use a small, sharp scissor or snip and make small snips into the seam allowance where the short rows of squares intersect at 2 ½” intervals. Snip just to the stitching line. Be careful not to cut through the stitching line.

Press the seams in opposite directions, alternating every other row. (Possible now that you’ve snipped them free!)

Sew the short rows together, just as you did with the long rows, by folding the fabric and stitching 1/4” away from the fold.

Press the quilt top.

Layer with batting and background fabric.

Quilt as desired. I used a simple cross hatch on my wall hanging.

Cut three lengths of binding fabric, 2 ¼” wide. Join on the diagonal. Fold wrong sides together to make French fold binding. Attach the bindng in your preferred manor.

Hang and enJOY!