Beautiful Birds Attic Windows

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Beautiful Birds Attic Windows

Attic Windows always look beautiful and are so mesmerizing the way it looks like you are actually looking out a window.
FINISHED SIZE 34" x 33.5"
First up it's time to trim those gorgeous panel pieces.
Each Panel piece needs to be trimmed to 4.75" x 6"
From the Light and Medium fabrics you will cut 3 - 2" x Width Of Fabric (WOF) strips and then sub-cut into 12- 8" pieces
You will place the Medium fabric along the left side of the panel piece, aligning the top edge and having a 'tail' hanging lower than the panel piece.
Stitch in place, stopping 1/4" from the end (marked by the pin)
Pin the medium coloured one out of the way so that we can do the same with the light fabric. Match up the right edge and leave the 'tail' overhang on the left side. 
Stop 1/4" away from the end (of the Panel piece) shown with a pin.
It should look like the picture above now. And have 2 'tails' on the bottom left corner.
  
Fold the rectangle right sides together as shown above. Next, line up the 45 degree line on your ruler along the outside edge and draw a line from the panel piece to the outside edge.
 
Once you've drawn this line, sew directly on the line. Trim the excess 1/4" away from the seam line.
Press the mitered seam open and trim off the little 'ears' poking out.
That's 1 done! so it's time to repeat the process for the remaining 11 panel pieces.
Once all your Panel Pieces have the mitered border on them it's time to lay them back out in their 3 rows of 4.
From the Dark fabric, cut
* 2  strips 1.25" x WOF and sub-cut 9 - 7.5" pieces ~ VERTICAL SASHING
* 2 strips 1.75" x WOF ~ HORIZONTAL SASHING
* 2 strips 1.75" x WOF ~ LEFT AND RIGHT SASHING
* 2 strips 2" x WOF ~ TOP AND BOTTOM SASHING
* 4 strips 2.5" x WOF ~ BINDING
* 1 strip 4" x WOF ~ HANGING SLEEVE
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Add the VERTICAL SASHING STRIPS in between the blocks vertically. Press towards the dark sashing fabric.
Because we all may sew a 1/4" seam a little differently and when there are alot of seams, that are a little different, it can make a BIG difference to the total measurement.
 On the plan below this horizontal sashing SHOULD need to be 25.75" but for me I like to add the sashing and border pieces the same way that we add borders onto a quilt top, by measuring through the middle and cutting as many as needed, all the same size.
 
So rather than cut the 25.75", I laid the 2 HORIZONTAL SASHING strips across the middle of my middle row and trimmed them this measurement.
Whenever the measurement in the plan below has a ** next to the measurement, I always use this method to ensure that the pieces fit MY quilt.
Add these 2 HORIZONTAL SASHING strips either side of the middle row. Then attach the top and bottom rows. Press towards the dark fabric.
 
Next measure and cut your LEFT AND RIGHT SASHING STRIPS. Sew to the left and right. Pressing towards the dark.
Then repeat for the TOP AND BOTTOM SASHING STRIPS.
If you've purchased a kit from us to do this project you will have 2 pieces of bird fabric. From each of them cut 2 - 3.5" strips. 
You will have 2 strips with the birds running down the fabric - LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES
and 2 strips with the birds running across the fabric - TOP AND BOTTOM 
Measure and attach the LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES first. Pressing towards the bird fabric, then repeat for the TOP AND BOTTOM pieces.
Your beautiful birds Attic Window wall hanging is now complete and ready to be quilted.
This is a good size if you're wanting to have a go at quilting but wanted a smaller project to start on.
You will need a piece of iron on wadding and a piece of backing  1m x 1m
Lay your backing on the bench right side down. 
Put your wadding on top and then your wall hanging on top of that, right side up.
Press really well from the front and back of the project making sure there are no bumps or wrinkles.
You might like to stitch in the ditch of stitch either side of the ditch throughout. Make sure you secure your threads at the start and finish either with the lock stitch on your machine or by tying a knot.
Once you've finished you can add a hanging sleeve to the back side. Press the short ends in 1" and then fold lengthways, wrong sides together. Align the sleeve along the back of your project with the raw edges of the sleeve with the raw edge of the wall hanging. Baste in place before adding your binding. Slip stitch the bottom folded edge of the hanging sleeve to the backing.
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PLAN / LAYOUT

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