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Attic Windows Wall Hanging

 

Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.


Embroidered birds, butterflies, and flowers are so pretty through the "window panes" of this wall hanging!

Combine your favorite embroidery designs and fabrics to make a unique wall hanging with the classic attic windows effect. 

For a coordinating pillow, see the Attic Windows Pillow project. Stitch both for a fabulous matched set, and a handsome addition to any home's decor. 

Read on for project instructions to create a stunning attic windows wall hanging!


Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.


Supplies Needed:


**28" (expandable to 48") curtain rod

**
1/3 yard cotton fabric (for embroidered blocks -- I used flannel)

**3/4 yard print quilter's cotton (for borders and back)

**Two fat quarters quilter's cotton (two different colors and/or prints: one dark colored, one light colored)

**1/4 yard quilter's cotton (for hangers)

Supplies Continued: 

**25" wide by 25" high piece of cotton batting

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

**Straight edge

**Nylon monofilament thread


**Needle and thread for some hand sewing

 



Special Project Notes:

In this project, I used the large size of the Flying Scarlet Tanager, the small sizes of the Flying Bluejay, the Flying Bluebird, the Goblin Blanket Flower with Long Stem, the Magnolia with Long Stem, and the Rhododendron with Long Stem, as well as Victorian Flutterby 1 - Solo, Victorian Flutterby 5 - Solo, and Victorian Flutterby 6 - Solo.

So many designs look beautiful through the "windows" of this wall hanging, including Birds on Flowering Branches, flowers from the Beauty in Bloom designs, and of course, glorious butterflies! Mix and match favorites for a one-of-a-kind addition to home decor.


Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.


Begin by preparing the fabric for the embroidered blocks. Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, draw a 5" wide by 5" high square on the cotton fabric (I used flannel). 

Then, c
reate a paper template of the design by printing it at full size using embroidery software. (See the instructions for more information about making and using templates.)

Place the template within the shape how you want it. Leave at least 1/4" of space between the outer edges of the design and the outer edges of the fabric. Using an air-erase pen or other marking tool, poke a hole in the center of the template and mark the fabric. Also, mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 


Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.

 



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.

 

To get ready to embroider the design, spray a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth the fabric on top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric. Attach the hoop to the machine, load the design, move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric, and embroider the design.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

When the design has finished, carefully trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Then, cut out the shape. Repeat this process for a total of nine blocks.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 


To prepare the mitered borders (the "window sill" borders to the left of the embroidered blocks), cut two pieces of quilter's cotton to 7" wide by 2" high (one of each print and/or color). Lay the embroidered block flat with the right side facing up.

Align the bottom border piece (lighter colored piece) on top of the embroidered block, right sides together, with the bottom edge of the border aligned with the bottom edge of the block and the right edge of the border aligned with the right edge of the block.
 


Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the bottom edge only. Start at the right edge and end 1/4" from the left edge. Fold the border piece to the right side and press the seam with an iron.
 



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Next, align the side border piece (darker colored piece) on top of the embroidered block, right sides together, with the left edge of the side border aligned with the left edge of the block and the top edge of the side border aligned with the top edge of the block. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the left edge only. Start at the right edge and end 1/4" from the bottom edge. Fold the border piece to the right side and press the seam.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Cut a 1/8" diagonal slit (through both layers of fabric) at the bottom left corner where the fabric borders meet.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Align the borders and the slits together with the right sides together. Fold the block in half, right sides together, and finger press it flat. Pin in place and using a straight edge, draw a line across the border fabric out from the fold of the block. Sew a seam along this line and then trim the excess fabric leaving about 1/4". Unfold the fabric, and press the seam.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Repeat this process for each embroidered block. Now, that all the blocks are complete, it is time to assemble the wall hanging! Arrange the blocks how you want them.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Next, for the inner border pieces, cut six pieces of the print quilter's cotton to 6 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high. Align the pieces with the top three blocks, right sides together, with the bottom edges of the inner border pieces aligned with the bottom edges of the blocks. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the bottom edges only. Press the back seams open.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 


Align the top edges of the middle row blocks with the bottom edges of the assembled top block/inner borders pieces, right sides together. Pin in place, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge, and press. 

Next, align the bottom edges of the inner border pieces with the bottom edges of the middle blocks, right sides together, pin in place, sew a 1/4" seam along the bottom edges, and press the seams.

Align the top edges of the bottom row blocks with the bottom edges of the assembled pieces, right sides together, pin in place, sew a 1/4" seam along the bottom edges, and press.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 


To prepare the remaining inner border pieces, cut two pieces of the print cotton to 1 1/2" wide by 20" high. Align one of the pieces on top of the assembled left column, right sides together, with the left edge of the border aligned with the right edge of the column. Pin in place, sew a 1/4" seam along the right edge, and press. 

Repeat this process for the middle column. Then, align the assembled left column on top of the middle column, right sides together, with the right side of the left column aligned with the left side of the middle column.  Align the seams, pin in place, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge, and press.

Next, align the assembled columns (left and middle columns) over the right column, right sides together, with the right edge of the assembled columns aligned with the left edge of the right column. Align the seams, pin in place, sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge, and press.
 



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

For the outer side borders, cut two pieces of fabric to 3 1/4" wide by 20" high.  Align the borders on top of the assembled blocks/inner border piece, right sides together, with the sides of the borders aligned with the left and right sides of the blocks. Pin in place and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges. Press the seams.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Then, to prepare the outer top and bottom borders, cut two pieces of fabric to 25" wide by 3 1/4" high. Align the borders with the top and bottom edges of the blocks/inner border piece, right sides together, sew a 1/4" along the pinned edges, and press.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

To make the hangers, cut three pieces of cotton fabric to 9" wide by 9" high. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along the outer raw edge (long edge). 



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Turn the fabric right side out and press the seam and the fold. Fold the fabric again aligning the raw ends together, pin in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along the raw ends.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Lay the front panel on top of the cotton batting, right side facing up, and cut out the shape. Then, to prepare the back fabric piece, cut a piece of cotton fabric to 25" wide by 25" high.  Align the back piece on top of the front panel, right side together. 



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 


Next, add the hangers along the top edge of the fabric in between the front and back fabric layers with the raw ends of the hangers extending 1/4" past the top edge of the fabric.  Position one hanger in the center and the other two hangers 3/4" from the outer side edges. Pin the hangers in place then pin all the layers in place (front, back, and batting).  Sew a 1/2" seam along the top, bottom, and side edges of the wall hanging leaving about 5" open along the bottom edge.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Turn the fabric right side out in between the front and back layers (the batting will end up in between the front and back).  Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and press. Hand-sew the opening closed with needle and thread.



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

Quilt through all the layers as desired. I quilted along all the existing seams using nylon monofilament thread in the needle and matching thread in the bobbin (I matched the color of the back fabric for the bobbin). And your wall hanging is complete!



Free project instructions to make a quilted attic windows wall hanging.
 

An attic windows wall hanging is a magnificent embroidery showcase, and a gorgeous decoration in any room!

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Products used in this Project:

Flying Scarlet Tanager $3.49 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.93" x 2.99" | 2.99" x 2.27"

Flying Bluejay $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

6.05" x 4.86" | 3.86" x 3.09"

Flying Bluebird $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

5.70" x 3.97" | 3.86" x 2.68"

Victorian Flutterby 1 - Solo $3.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.87" x 3.66"

Victorian Flutterby 5 - Solo $3.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.89" x 3.84"

Victorian Flutterby 6 - Solo $4.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.58" x 3.86"