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Mini Quilt Garland to Embroider & Hang on Display

No Peeking Mini Quilt Garland

garland on mantel

Create a mini quilt garland to embroidery and display on a Christmas tree or holiday garland, hanging above the stockings on the mantel. The featured No Peeking design is from the Sulky Santa Sayings machine embroidery collection, and it includes an appliqué gift tag. Use a fun sparkly fabric, solid or fabric with minimal print for the appliqué in the hoop to not compete with the thread work.


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Load the design into the machine. Install a size 75/11 Embroidery Needle. Thread the needle with the first thread color for the design, and load the bobbin with Sulky Bobbin Thread that matches or coordinates with the background fabric.

Hoop the background fabric with a layer of Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer Stabilizer.

Embroider the design, clipping jump threads with each thread change. If working with an appliqué design, as shown, follow the steps to add the appliqué fabric before the tacking stitch sequence. Use appliqué scissors to carefully trim away the fabric just beyond the stitching line before the final satin stitch outline.

applique fabric being trimmed

TIP: The featured gift tag appliqué has a hole. You may choose to leave the fabric intact within the hole stitching or carefully cut away the appliqué fabric ONLY inside the hole stitching. If the latter, use a fine-tipped curved squeezers to avoid nicking the background fabric beneath the appliqué.

design appliqué fabric trimmed

When embroidery is complete, remove the fabric from the hoop. Press lightly to remove any hoop marks beyond the design.


Use ¼” seam allowance unless otherwise stated.

Trim the embroidered fabric to 7 ¾” W x 7” H (or 1 ½” beyond the design perimeter along all edges). Set aside the leftover fabric to use for the loops.

From the border fabric, cut four 2” x 9” strips.

mini quilt with borders sewn

Stitch one strip to the embroidered fabric upper edge with right sides together. Press the seam toward the darker fabric. Repeat to stitch another strip to the embroidered fabric lower edge.

stitching upper borders to mini quilt

Trim the strips even with the embroidered fabric.

Cut the cornerstone fabric into four 2” x 2 ¼” rectangles.

Cut the remaining fabric strips to 2” x 7”. Place a cornerstone to each short end of the remaining rectangles, matching the 2” edges. Pin, and then stitch with right sides together. Press open the seams.

stitching cornerstones

Stitch each resulting rectangle to the embroidered rectangle side edges, making sure to match the cornerstone seamline with the upper- and lower-edge rectangle seamlines. Press the seams away from the center.

stitching side borders to mini quilt


From the remaining background fabric, cut one 1 ½” x 10” strip. (If you don’t have enough length, cut two 1 ½” x 5” strips.) Fold the strip(s) in half lengthwise; press. Stitch the long edge and one short end. Turn the strip(s) right side out, using a blunt knitting needle or turning tool. Trim away the stitched end. If working with one strip, cut it into two equal strip lengths.  Fold each strip in half widthwise and pin the raw ends together. Set aside the finished loops.


Place the backing square wrong side up on a flat work surface. Spray the wrong side with KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive. Place the batting square over the batting; smooth to adhere.

Spray the back of the embroidered rectangle with more KK 2000. Center it over the batting; smooth to adhere.

spray basting the mini quilt

Set the machine up for the quilting method of your choice. Choose free-motion, and lower the feed dogs. Or choose to quilt in the ditch of each border seam, and add echo quilting around the embroidery design.

Mark the quilting lines on the mini quilt right side, if desired, using a removable fabric marker.

marking quilt lines

Use the same thread you used for the piecing, or choose a color from the embroidery design for the quilting.

quilting the mini quilt garland

Once quilting is complete, trim the backing and batting even with the mini quilt top.

trimming edges even

Remove the fabric marker following the manufacturer’s instructions, if applicable.


Place each loop raw ends 3 ¼” from the upper-edge corners; pin or clip in place.

pinning loops in place

Baste the loop ends to the quilt upper edge using a 1/8” seam allowance, making sure the loops are facing the quilt center.

baste loop to mini quilt upper edge

To add the binding, first fold the binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; press. Bind the mini quilt using the method of your choice, aligning the binding raw edges with the mini-quilt raw edges and mitering the corners as you reach them. Make sure to keep the hanging loops between the binding and mini quilt and secure the loop ends with the binding stitching.

binding added to mini quilt

When the binding is complete, audition the button placements along the mini quilt back. Wrap the loops around to the mini quilt back. Place each button at each loop location, and then hand sew the buttons to secure.

sewing on a button

Place the garland on a flat work surface and find the center. Center the mini quilt along the garland center, and then wrap the loops around the garland and secure with the buttons.

loops around buttons

Hang the garland on the lower portions of the tree or on the mantel above your stockings hung with care.

finished garland mini quilt


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