Quilt Block-9 'Moose'

1 - These are the paper pattern (left), the freezer paper background pattern (right), and the freezer paper kids and moose patterns (bottom).
2 - These are the fabric pieces used to make the block: The Northern Lights print sky, the trees - grass and water print field, the snow ground, the brown fleece (for the moose), the black leather-look (for the hooves), the light tan and the stabilizer piece for the antlers, the green print designs (for the girl's kuspuk), the brown and green print (for the boy's kuspuk), the tan fleece (for the ruffs and cuffs), the light-weight black leather-look (for the mittens and shoes), the solid green (for the boy's pants).
3 - On the freezer paper patterns, I marked where the pieces fit one against the other and then cut them all apart. Carefully cut the sleeves, cuffs, and mittens from the center of the kuspuk pattern. Cut the 2 antler pieces and the four hooves pieces from the moose piece. The 2 lines remaining on the girl's kuspuk are to be embroidered.
4 - Before you do any of the other ironing, press the stabilizer piece to the back of the tan antler fabric piece. Then press the freezer paper patterns onto the front of their fabric pieces leaving enough room for at least 1/4" seam allowance all the way around every piece (at least 1/2" between pieces).

4A - With right sides together, match up the bias edges (with the marks) and precise corners of the top section background pieces. Pin so paper edges meet exactly.

(This photo does not have the complete raw edge it should like 5 below. I forgot to take the photo before I did the sewing, so I put the pins back in and took this photo.)

4B - Sew (I prefer using a serger) just scantly outside the paper edges and press towards the top section.
5 - With right sides together, match up the edges (with the marks) and precise corners of the snow and background sections. Pin so paper edges meet exactly.
6 - Sew just scantly outside the paper edges and press towards the top section. Mark the outer edges (around the freezer paper) of the completed background block.
7 - Place the completed background section over the paper pattern and trace the outlines onto the background section. (I prefer to pin them together, hold them against a window, and trace the pattern onto the background from there)

8 - At this point, you can use whatever method you prefer to applique the remaining pieces onto the background section. For example: satin stitch, blanket stitch, or old-fashioned turn and blind stitch.

I prefer to stabilize the edges (by doing a small 1/8" machine stitch around the outside edge of each piece to be appliqued) and do a classic blind stitch by hand, using the line of machine stitching (instead of the turned fabric edge) to anchor the pieces in place.

The fabric pieces on the left-hand side are shown front side up and the ones on the right-hand side are shown back side up to show the stitching around the outside of each piece.

9 - Cut out the pieces leaving AT LEAST 1/4" seam allowance. Clip the curves and inside corners the same as you would with any applique - BEING CAREFULL NOT TO CLIP THROUGH THE MACHINE STITCHING. This stitching will help control the small threads that result from clipping, making raveling less likely.

9A - For the moose, stabilize the edges (by doing a small 1/8" machine stitch around the outside edge of each piece to be appliqued). Then continue to do a machine stitch over ALL the defining lines within the antlers and moose (as shown in the right-hand side).

Cut out the pieces leaving AT LEAST a scant 1/4" seam allowance. Clip the curves and inside corners the same as you would with any applique.

10 - Embroider the two lines on the girl's kuspuk in a ziz-zag stitch, with whatever method you prefer.

11 - Stitch the Sleeves into the sleeve-holes on both kuspuks, leaving the wrist edge raw and unturned.

 

12 - Stitch the shoes for both kids onto the background, leaving the top edge raw and unturned.

Stitch the pants for the boy over his shoe, leaving the top edge raw and unturned.

Stitch the mittens for both kids onto the background.

13 - Stitch the kuspuk for both kids onto the background over the pants (boy) and shoe (girl) leaving the face area raw and unturned.

Tear away the freezer paper from the embroidery.

 

13A - Stitch the ruffs and cuffs for both kids onto the background.

14 - Using your needle tip to turn the tiny edges, stitch down the antlers. Then stitch down each of the hooves, leaving the top edges raw.

14A -Stitch the brown fleece down with a classic blind stitch by hand, using the outside line of machine stitching (instead of the turned fabric edge) to anchor the pieces in place.

Embroidery the eye, nose and mouth.

The block is now completed.

 
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