Quilt this easy wall hanging to brighten your home at the holidays.
- Tracing paper and pencil
- 44-inch-wide 100% cotton or cotton-blend fabrics—1/2 yard each of beige solid for background and dark green print for backing, tree and outer border; 1/8 yard
or scraps each of red print for inner
border and sled; dark gold print for sack; light gold print for star; burgundy print for robe; white solid for beard, mustache and lantern; flesh solid for face; and black solid for lantern
- Scrap of off-white fleece for trim on robe
- Scrap of beige suede or beige solid cotton fabric for hands
- 14-in. x 16-in. piece of muslin
- 14-in. x 16-in. piece of lightweight quilt batting
- Black all-purpose thread and thread to match fabrics
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Quilter's marking pen or pencil
- Quilter's ruler
- Black six-strand embroidery floss
- Material 12
- Download and print the patterns and applique key for the Vintage St. Nicholas Mini Quilt; trace patterns onto tracing paper with pencil. With grain lines matching, pin patterns to right sides of fabrics as indicated on patterns. Cut out each shape.
- From beige solid, cut a 14-in. x 12-in. piece for appliqued background.
- Place muslin piece on a flat surface. Center batting on top of muslin and beige solid background piece right side up on top of batting. Pin corners and edges as needed to hold.
- Referring to photo as a guide, pin shapes to right side of beige background piece, overlapping the shapes as shown on patterns and leaving at least 1/2 in. around edges of background.
- Use quilter’s marking pen or pencil to draw runners under sled and to add inside design lines on robe freehand.
- Using matching thread and narrow satin stitch, applique exposed edges of shapes to background in following order: Face, robe, mustache, beard, robe trim pieces, white lantern piece, black lantern pieces, star, tree, sack and sled.
- Using matching thread, satin-stitch over inside design lines of the robe, catching straight edge of left mitten in the stitching.
- Using black thread and a narrow satin stitch, stitch runners below sled.
- With design centered, trim appliqued background to an accurate 13-in.-wide x 11-in.-high piece.
- From red print, cut two 3/4- in. x 11-in. strips and two 3/4- in. x 13-1/2-in. strips for inner border.
- From dark green print, cut a 15-in.- x 13-in. piece for backing. Also cut two 1-in. x 11-1/2-in. strips and two 1-in. x 14-1/2-in. strips for outer border.
Borders: Do all stitching with right sides of fabrics together, edges even, matching thread and an accurate 1/4-in. seam allowance.
- Sew an 11-in. red print border strip to opposite sides of the appliqued background. Open and press.
- In the same way, sew a 13-1/2-in. red print border strip to the top and bottom of appliqued background.
- Sew an 11-1/2-in. dark green print border strip to opposite sides of inner border. Open and press.
- In the same way, sew a 14-1/2-in. green print border strip to top and bottom of inner border.
- Thread embroidery needle with unseparated black floss. Insert needle into front of sled and then into left mitten and back again through the front of the sled to create a loop of floss. Knot floss on back. In the same way, attach a loop of floss between the top of lantern and other hand.
- Separate six-strand embroidery floss; thread needle with three strands. Attach a length of floss to each side of sack as shown. Tie ends together in sack’s center; trim ends as desired.
- Use yellow marker to add a small flame to lantern.
- With right sides facing, center the green print backing piece on top of the appliqued background piece. Pin as needed to hold; sew around outside edges of outer border with a 1/4-in. seam, leaving an opening for turning along one straight edge. Clip corners diagonally.
- Turn right side out through opening; turn raw edges of opening in. With matching thread, hand-sew opening closed.
- Hand-sew a curtain ring to the back of each upper corner of the quilted wall hanging.
Finished Size: Quilted wall hanging measures 14-in. wide x 12 in. high.
Vintage St. Nicholas Mini Quilt craft originally sent in by Marjorie Carano, West Orange, New Jersey.
Photography by Taste of Home; originally published in Taste of Home Christmas 2009.