Rosh Hashanah Wall Hanging
Follow my tutorial, on how to make a decorative wall hanging. I chose mine to celebrate the Jewish New Year. These beautiful fabrics are all available from Craft Cotton, and also available to purchase in Fat Quarter packs at Hobbycraft
Please read through all the instructions before starting your project.
Finished size: 22 1⁄4” x 22 1⁄4”
“The research behind why I chose the items on my quilt...Bread is dipped into honey instead of salt, expressing our wish for a sweet year. This is done on Rosh Hashanah, Furthering the sweet theme, it is traditional to begin the meal on the first night with slices of apple dipped in honey. Before eating the apple, we make the ha’eitz blessing and then say, “May it be Your will to renew for us a good and sweet year.”
• FQ essential trend pack - Lime • FQ essential trend pack - Red • FQ busy bee fabric • 20” square of white fabric (02 white) • 22 1⁄4” x 22 1⁄4” heritage premium wadding • 6” square piece of brown fabric • 20” square of stabilizer (I used Vliesline H250) • 7” x 40” Bondaweb (I used Vliesline prepack bondaweb) • Gutermann threads Green col 1174 and brown col 851
Haberdashery items • Iron-away marker pen • Quilters ruler, rotary cutter/scissors • Iron • Cutting mat • Basic sewing supplies • Rosh Hashanah Templates • 12” diameter circle • 505 basting spray or pins
Making the Quilt
Using the two template sheets, trace all pieces onto Bondaweb – note the numbers on the sheet, for how many of each you will need – all drawings have been reversed, ready for applique.
Cut each shape out roughly, and fuse to your chosen fabrics, I kept groups of petals together, when fusing to fabric to avoid cutting and then possibly loosing the tiny pieces. Once fused, cut out accurately. Roughly fussy cut 15 (2 for the back of quilt) busy bees from the fabric, and fuse to Bondaweb, cut out accurately. Here’s what you will have so far, let the fun begin...
Take the large square of white and fuse to the H250 Stabilizer. Using a fabric pencil, draw a 12” diameter circle, and arrange your applique, once happy with the placement, peel off the backing paper and fuse to the white fabric. Drop feed dogs on your machine, and add details (shown on template sheet) using a heat erasable marker first, then begin sewing over the applique using free motion quilting, this could also be done by hand - see photo for placement and details
Add the writing to the honey pot, veins on the leaves, trails for the bees. I added detail to the centre of the flower to show off the star shape too – see photos below
I used a leaf decorative stitch from my machine to sew around the 12” circle, if you don’t have this stitch, a zig zag or simple running stitch would work just as well, I avoided sewing through the honey pot and honey stick. Trim the white block to measure 19” x 19”
Trace the ‘Rosh Hashanah’ writing from the template, using a fabric erasable pen (holding this up to the light, can help this process) Stitch over the tracing twice using FMQ – this could also be hand sewn
Using the light green fabric from the FQ pack cut:
Two strips 2” x 19” Two strips 2” x 22”
With RST, using 1⁄4” seam allowance, sew the two shorter lengths to the top and bottom of the quilt, press seam flat. Add the remaining two strips to each side.
Cut 3” wide strips from the dark green fabric, until you have a length equal to 96”, join these strips on the diagonal (like bias binding – this is done by laying two end pieces RST to create a corner, sew along the diagonal join, and trim excess)
With RST using 1⁄4” seam allowance, add to the light green boarder, trim away excess. Press green fabric on a fold, leaving 3/8” visible on the front – see photos of front and reverse
Making the back of the quilt.
From the red and green FQ bundles, cut 2 reds and 2 green 10” squares, join RST using 1⁄4” seam allowance, press seams open.
Fuse the two remaining bees to the back of the quilt, and sew in place, and details.
Baste the front of the quilt to the wadding, and then position the backing to the
centre of the reverse of the wadding – see photo Press 1⁄4” of the dark green raw edge over, and pin in place
Hand sew the dark green fabric in place, using the same method as bias binding.
Take note of how the corners should sit.
To quilt, simple line up your machine 1⁄2” away from the outer edge of the previous circle, and sew through all layers, using a decorative stitch, I stopped when I reached the honey pot and honey stick, and re started to avoid sewing through the applique.
Your quilt is complete...
This ‘Jewish New Year’ quilt and tutorial has been designed and created by me - creativeblonde.
Stockist for the fabrics and wadding found in this tutorial www.craftcotton.com 0161 832 9431
Stockist for Gutermann threads firstname.lastname@example.org 01453 883581
Stockist for Vlieseline stabilizer and Vlieseline Bondaweb www.ladysewandsew.co.uk 01628 890 532
Made by Michelle Roberts for The Craft Cotton Company 2018