Today I am so happy to share with you a beautiful new collection and quilt that my daughter Emma and I made together. Emma’s Amazing Alphabet.
The Emma’s Amazing Alphabet collection contains all 26 letters of the alphabet, perfectly sized for the 5×7″ (180x130cm). Each letter includes an image to match the letter, allowing children to visually see the alphabet, and what each letter stands for.
My Beautiful Emma helped me to make this quilt – she stitched out all of the letters by herself, and chose the colours. If you can ignore the mess in the background of the image below, you will see that just like her mother, she is compulsive about lining up her threads ready for stitching in order.
Below are the instructions for our quilt.
Emma’s Amazing Alphabet Quilt Instructions
It’s never too early to teach your young one the abc’s. I have been so happy this Christmas to find out that one of my beautiful nieces is expecting her first child. Immediately I wanted to make a keepsake for the baby. This quilt is perfect because it can be used as either a wall quilt, floor quilt, or on the baby’s bed. Choose bright colours to engage the child’s imagination.
- Approximately 1.5m white homespun. Cut into 28 blocks 11” square.
- Embroiders felt 1.5m cut into 28 blocks 10” square.
- TearClean© tear away stabiliser
- Bobbin thread
- Embroidery threads in bright colours
- Emma’s Amazing Alphabet Collection by Julie Hall Designs
- Sewing thread
- Bobbin with sewing thread
- ¼” foot for your sewing machine
- 1m bright fabric for the border and binding
- 2m fabric for the backing
- 2m pellon/wadding
- Safety pins for pinning quilt together
- Load the Emma’s Amazing Alphabet Collection onto your embroidery machine, and select the first design (a).
- Take a piece of TearClean© tear away stabiliser and lay on your work bench. Place the Embroiders felt on top, then the white homespun on top of that. To finish the “sandwich” place an extra piece of TearClean© tear away stabiliser on top of the homespun, and hoop all 4 layers together. Using the Embroiders Felt gives the stitches something to form over, and the extra piece of TearClean© will ensure that the homespun does not move or retract in the hoop.
- Embroider the block following the colour guide included with your designs. Ensure that you trim any jump stitches between each colour change; this will help keep your embroidery looking fantastic, and help with not having a huge mess of threads to trim at the end.
- Remove the embroidery from the hoop, and trim the last of any threads.
- Once the embroidery is removed from the hoop, remove the TearClean© from the top layer of the embroidery.
- Repeat steps 2-5 for each of the 26 alphabet letters.
- Press all of your blocks, and trim to 9” square.
- Create your signature block by cutting a rectangle of fabric 11×19”
- Embroider the included saying, and personalise with your own name and date (using the fonts included with your machine)
- Press the signature block, and then trim to 9×17.5”
- Using the template below, begin stitching your blocks together, using a ¼” sewing foot.
- Once the quilt is together, take the border fabric, and cut 4½” strips to go around the quilt. I required 6.
- Join the strips to form one long strip, and begin to stitching the border fabric to the sides of the quilt. Press
- Stitch the border fabric to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press.
- Make a quilt sandwich using the backing, pellon/wadding, and quilt top.
- Use safety pins to hold all 3 layers together.
- Quilt as per your preference. I have used a stipping technique and white thread to blend in.
- Cut your binding strips into 2.5” strips, and bind your quilt using your favourite method. I like to fold the strips in half, stitch to the front of the quilt, and then hand stitch around the back of the quilt.
Your quilt is now ready to gift to your favourite young person.