This quilted birdhouse window valance can be adapted to a table runner or mantel decoration too.
- Patterns (download below)
- Tracing paper and pencil
- 44-inch-wide 100% cotton or cotton-blend fabrics—1/2 yard each of white-on-white print for piecing and navy blue solid for backing
- 1/8 yard each of four different light blue prints and four different dark blue prints for piecing
- One 1-1/4-inch-wide x 6-1/4-inch-long strip of medium blue pin-dot for piecing
- 1/3 yard of dark green and white print for bias strips and appliques and scraps or 1/8 yard each of dark blue check, dark blue print, dark red pin-dot, dark red solid, brown pin-dot and black pin-dot for appliques
- Thread—matching all-purpose thread for piecing and appliques and clear monofilament thread for quilting
- 1/2 yard of 45-inch-wide lightweight fleece
- Paper-backed fusible web—1-1/2 yards of 1/4-inch-wide strips for appliqued vines and 1/4 yard for other appliques
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Quilter’s marking pen or pencil
- Quilter’s ruler
- Rotary cutter and mat (optional)
- Disappearing ink marker
- Standard sewing supplies
- 3/4-inch valance rod
- Download and print pattern.
- Pre-wash fabrics, washing each color separately. If water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press all fabrics.
- Do all piecing with accurate 1/4-in. seams and right sides of fabrics together unless otherwise directed. Press seams toward newest piece added unless directions state otherwise.
- Cut fabrics using rotary cutter and quilter’s ruler or mark fabrics using ruler and marker of choice and cut with scissors. Cut all fabric strips crosswise from selvage to selvage.
- From medium blue pin-dot strip, cut five 1-1/4-in. squares for center squares of log cabin blocks.
- From light blue and dark blue prints, cut two 1-1/4-in. x 44-in. strips each.
- From white-on-white print, cut two 3-1/4-in. x 7-1/4-in. rectangles (A), two 3-in. x 10-in. rectangles (B), one 10-in. square and one 12-in. square.
- Fold 10-in. and 12-in. squares in half diagonally and press. Cut along the diagonal lines to create two small triangles (C) and two large triangles (D). Set aside one small triangle (C) for another use.
LOG CABIN BLOCKS (make five):
- Referring to Fig. 1 for placement, sew a light blue print strip (1) to top edge of a 1-1/4-in. medium blue pin-dot square. Trim ends of added strip even with opposite edges of square. Open and press.
- Sew a matching light blue print strip (2) to right edge of pieced center square (see Fig. 1). Trim newest strip even with opposite edges of pieced center.
- Open and press.
- Repeat to add a dark blue print strip (3) as shown in Fig. 1, trimming and pressing as before. Working clockwise, repeat with a matching dark blue print strip (4).
- Continue in this way, alternating two matching light strips and two matching dark strips and adding strips 5 through 16 to make a 7-1/4-in.-square block.
ASSEMBLING THE VALANCE:
- Referring to Fig. 2, lay out the pieced log cabin blocks right side up with light corners toward the top on a flat work surface. Then add white-on-white pieces as shown in Fig. 2.
- Referring to Unit 1 in Fig. 2 for placement and with raw edges matching, sew white-on-white print piece A to the upper left corner of log cabin block 2. In same way, sew white-on-white piece B to upper right corner. Then add log cabin block 1 to lower left corner and log cabin block 3 to lower right corner to complete Unit 1.
- Referring to Unit 2 in Fig. 2 for placement, sew the remaining white-on-white piece A to upper right edge of log cabin block 4. In same way, sew a white-on-white piece B to upper left corner and log cabin block 5 to lower right corner. Then sew a short side of white-on-white triangle C to piece B to complete Unit 2.
- Referring to Fig. 2, sew Unit 1 to Unit 2 with upper corners of B and C matching. Sew the long edge of a white-on-white triangle D centered along upper left and right edges.
- Trim the valance so it measures 12 in. from the top of the valance to the dark blue corner of the end log cabin blocks. Then trim equal amounts off both ends so the blocks are centered and valance measures 33-1/2 in. across.
- Trace patterns on next page onto tracing paper as directed on patterns. Cut out and open folded patterns for complete patterns.
- Trace around patterns onto paper side of fusible web, leaving a 1/2-inch margin around each. Cut shapes apart.
- Following manufacturer’s directions and with grain lines matching, fuse shapes onto wrong side of fabrics as directed on patterns. Cut out each on traced lines.
- Remove paper backing and fuse large birdhouse centered onto right side of valance with top of birdhouse about 2-1/2 in. from top of valance. Add roof, slightly overlapping top edge of birdhouse, and fuse in place. Fuse hole to center of birdhouse.
- From dark green print fabric, cut two 3/8-in.-wide bias strips each in the following lengths: 15-1/2 in., 7 in., 5 in., 4 in. and 2-1/2 in. Cut ends at an angle.
With disappearing ink marker, draw vines onto valance, using photo as a guide.
- Cut short pieces of 1/4-in.-wide paper-backed fusible web and fuse pieces spaced along lines drawn on valance. When cool, peel off paper backing.
Starting under birdhouse and working to the right, press a 15-1/2-in. bias strip right side up onto fusible web on valance. In same way, fuse remaining 15-1/2-in. bias strip to the left side. Then add remaining bias strips as planned.
- Remove paper backing from remaining applique pieces. Referring to photo for placement, place hearts, ivy leaves and little birdhouses on the valance and fuse in place.
- Pin tear-away stabilizer to wrong side of valance. With matching thread and a narrow satin stitch, machine-applique around pieces. Remove stabilizer. Pull all loose threads to back and secure.
- Cut 2-1/4-in. x 33-1/2-in. piece of navy blue solid and set aside.
Place fleece on a flat surface. Lay remaining piece of navy blue fabric right side up on top of fleece for backing. Then lay pieced valance wrong side up on top of backing. Smooth out wrinkles and pin layers together.
- With navy thread, start on one side and machine-sew all layers together, stitching 1/4 in. from edges of pieced valance, reinforcing points with extra stitches and leaving an opening for turning. Trim excess fleece and backing, leaving a 1/4-in. seam allowance.
- Clip across outside corners and into inside corners. Turn valance right side out. Turn raw edges of opening in and hand-sew opening closed. Press as needed. Hand-baste layers together.
- Using monofilament thread in the needle and navy thread in the bobbin, stitch-in-the-ditch of all seams on log cabin blocks and around outer edges of all appliques.
- Meander- or stipple-quilt the white-on-white print fabric areas. To meander- or stipple-quilt, start in one corner and move the valance around in a random way as you slowly sew. If you prefer, you can draw wavy, meandering lines on the white areas with disappearing marker and sew along those lines.
- Press under 1/4 in. on long edges of 2-1/4-in. x 33-1/2-in. navy blue solid strip. Fold under 1/4 in. twice on short ends and stitch close to first fold to hem.
- Pin strip centered along back of valance 1/4 in. from top edge, with wrong side facing valance.
- Hand-sew the top and bottom folds of the strip to the valance.
- Slide the valance on the rod.