Sew this DIY Tractor and Barn Quilted Wall Hanging craft as fun, farm-flavored decor for your home.
- Tracing paper
- 45-inch-wide 100% cotton fabrics—2 yards of green print, 3/4 yard each of white and green solid, 1/4 yard each of red print and yellow solid (see editor's note) and 1/3 yard of black solid
- All-purpose thread to match each fabric
- 40-inch square of quilt batting
- 1 yard of paper-backed fusible web
- Dressmaker's transfer paper
- Water-soluble marking pen
- Quilter's ruler
- Rotary cutter and mat or scissors
- Safety pins (optional)
- Green Pigma Micron fine-line permanent marker (optional)
- Standard sewing supplies
- Download and print quilt patterns, stitch illustration and figures.
- Pre-wash quilt fabrics without fabric softeners, washing each color separately. If water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press all fabrics.
CUTTING QUILT PIECES:
- Either use a water-soluble marking pen and ruler to mark the quilt fabrics before cutting them with a scissors or use rotary cutting tools to cut the pieces as follows:
- From white, cut five 11-1/2-inch squares for background of quilt applique blocks.
- From green print, cut one 44-inch square for backing and four 11-1/2-inch squares for applique blocks. The excess backing fabric will be turned to the front to bind the edges.
- From green solid, cut twelve 2-1/2- x 11-1/2-inch strips for borders.
- From yellow, cut four 2-1/2-inch squares.
CUTTING APPLIQUE PIECES:
- Following web manufacturer’s instructions, bond a 7-1/2- x 30-inch piece of fusible web to the back of red print fabric, a 9- x 18-inch piece to the back of remaining green solid, an 8-1/2- x 9-inch piece to the back of remaining yellow solid and a 1- x 5-inch piece to the back of black solid. Let cool.
- Trace each individual piece from tractor pattern onto tracing paper and cut out. Trace barn pattern onto folded tracing paper. Turn pattern over and trace barn door onto opposite side of fold. Cut out and unfold for a complete pattern.
- With compass, draw a 6-3/4-inch circle, a 4-1/2-inch circle, a 1-3/4-inch circle and 1-1/4-inch circle on tracing paper. Cut out for wheel and hubcap patterns.
- Cut fused quilt fabrics as directed on patterns. From fused yellow, cut five 1-3/4-inch and five 1-1/4-inch circles for hubcaps.
- From unfused black, cut five 6-3/4-inch and five 4-1/2-inch circles for wheels.
Sewing the Barn:
- Transfer barn doors onto front of each barn with dressmaker’s transfer paper. Before removing paper backing, machine-embroider transferred lines with white thread and a narrow satin zigzag stitch. Remove paper backing.
- Referring to photo for position, place one barn on front of each 11-1/2-inch green print square and fuse in place, following web manufacturer’s instructions.
- Machine-applique around each barn with red thread and a medium satin zigzag stitch.
Sewing the Tractor:
- Remove paper backing from yellow tractor logo pieces only and fuse one to front of each tractor as shown on pattern.
- Before removing paper backing from tractor, machine-embroider the words “John Deere” across each logo piece or write the words with a green marker. Machine-applique around each tractor logo with yellow thread and a medium satin zigzag stitch.
- Remove paper backing from tractor and muffler. Position one each onto a white square as shown in photo, remembering that three tractors should face to the right and two to the left. Fuse in place as before.
- Referring to tractor pattern, use a quilter’s marker to add the steering wheel and column. With black thread and a narrow satin zigzag stitch, embroider each column before adding the steering wheels.
- Use medium satin zigzag setting to applique all but bottom edge of each muffler.
- Machine-applique around each tractor with green thread in the same way.
Sewing the Wheels:
- Thread a hand-sewing needle with two strands of black thread. Sew a running stitch around one 6-3/4-inch circle as shown in Fig. 1a, stitching close to the edge and leaving long thread ends. See stitch illustration.
- Pull ends taut to gather fabric, creating a pouch. Tie ends together and clip close to knot. Flatten piece so opening is centered on top as shown in Fig. 1b. Center a 1-3/4-inch yellow circle right side up on top and fuse in place. Repeat with remaining 6-3/4-inch circles. Make the small wheels with the 4-1/2-inch black circles and 1-1/4-inch yellow circles in the same way.
- Referring to photo for position, pin one large and one small wheel to each tractor. With yellow thread, satin-stitch around each hubcap, attaching wheels to blocks at the same time.
- Do all piecing with right sides together, green thread and an accurate 1/4-inch seam allowance. Press seams toward the darker fabric whenever possible.
- Lay out the blocks, borders and yellow squares as shown in photo. Sew together in horizontal rows, then sew the rows together to complete the top. Press top.
- Place backing fabric wrong side up on a flat surface and smooth out wrinkles. Center batting over backing and smooth out. Center quilt top over batting, right side up, again smoothing out all wrinkles.
- Baste through all layers, stitching from center to corners, then horizontally and vertically every 4 inches until the entire top is held together. If preferred, use safety pins to pin-baste the layers together instead, avoiding the seams.
- With green thread in needle and bobbin, set machine on a medium-long straight stitch and outline each tractor and barn, stitching close to the appliqued edge. Stitch-in-the-ditch of every seam. Remove basting or pins.
- Fold backing to the front, covering excess batting. Turn under raw edges 1/2 inch and pin to quilt top, covering raw edges and mitering the corners. Machine-stitch around quilt. Hand-stitch miters.
FINISHED SIZE: DIY Tractor and Barn Quilted Wall Hanging sewing craft is about 40 inches square.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This quilt features a machine-embroidered farmer design in the center of each 2-1/2 inch yellow square. You can leave the squares plain or cut them from a novelty print.
DIY Tractor and Barn Quilted Wall Hanging sewing craft originally sent in by Valerie Gass of Murphysboro, Illinois.