Here are the instructions to make your own Gather Quilted Wallhanging!
Size: 20” x 39”
- 2/3 yard white cotton
- 1 Moda Scrap Bag or scraps sewn together that are 2 ½” wide. You can also use 2 mini charm packs.
- 1 yard backing and binding fabric
- 1 fat quarter for letters
- Piece of Heat and Bond Iron-on adhesive 12” x 15”
- 1 – white center panel 13 ½” x 32”
- 2 – white sashing strips 2 ½’” x 39”
- 2 – white sashing strips 2 ½” x 20”
- 3- 2 ½” backing fabric strips for binding
- “Gather” letters – trace according to directions below
Appliqueing the Letters
Iron Heat and Bond onto the back of the fat quarter used for lettering. Cut out letter templates. TIP: Print letters on cardstock paper and cut them out so you can trace around the letters.
On the side with Heat and Bond paper backing reverse the “gather” letters so the right side of the letters are face down. Trace using a pencil on the paper backing and cut the letters.
Arrange letters on the center white panel and iron according to Heat and Bond directions. Applique using your favorite method. Our favorite method is to use a small zig zag stitch to stitch around the letters.
There are a couple of ways to create your patchwork border. You are welcome to choose your favorite. You will need to make 2 patchwork strips that measures 2 ½” wide x 36” long and 2 strips that measure 2 ½” x 13”.
Method 1: Moda Scrap Bag. We used a Moda Scrap bag with strips of various widths measuring the length of a 44” fabric bolt and sewed the strips together to create a panel. We then trimmed 3 strips 2 ½” wide along the edges. This gave our patchwork square a bit uneven look (we liked that!). We did line up a perfect 2 ½” square in each corner and had to adjust our seams a bit on other pieces in the strip to get our corner squares to line up.
Moda scrap bags are available from local quilt retailers as well as online retailers. You can also use any scraps you have on hand that will work, too.
Method 2: 2 – Mini Charm Packs. You will need more than 1 pack and having 2 packs will give you enough variety to choose from. You will likely need to adjust the size and seams to get your corner squares to fit perfectly. Adjust as needed.
Sashing and Finishing
Add the white border strips to the outside of your quilt. Press seams and quilt and bind using your favorite methods.