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Free Southwestern Pattern

“A Touch of Santa Fe”

Let this free southwestern pattern take your next quilting project to new heights.

It's a wonderful way to make your own Kokopelli or Santa Fe style quilt.

Here we will go over the directions on how to make this applique pattern soar to life with your fabric.

Free Southwestern Pattern

This is what our Southwestern Bird quilting pattern looks like when finished.  Click here to get the PDF version for free:

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Adjust the size if you need to with your own Computer's software.  

Most people prefer to use Microsoft Word or Paint.

Before moving on to the basic steps to use this design, we thought it proper to explain an optional step.  Read it and see if this is something you want to try for your project.


After you have the pattern printed out, choose your fabrics.  Decide what fabrics will be the pattern and what will be the background.

Then trace the design on to some fusible.  We prefer Heat n Bond because it’s high quality and extremely affordable.  

If this is the brand you choose, use ultra-hold for non-washable wall hangings and lite-hold for anything that will see the washer. 

The lite-hold is the only one that can be stitched down.  We don’t want to gum up your needles or cause a fun project to be the one to make you scream at the top of your lungs. Don’t want to scare the neighbors. ;) 

Next, cut out your design around the line of your drawn pattern.

Place the design on the back of the desired fabric.  Make sure the adhesive side is against the wrong side of the material.  It could get mess if the adhesive side touches the iron.   Ewe.

Then, with a medium hot iron, press the fusible and count to 3.  Sounds like 1 fly, 2 fly, 3 birdie.  

Does that sound like weird?  Or is it just me?

Now that the fusible is on the fabric, cut fabric along the lines.  This particular step is helpful in creating a look with less fraying or whiskers on the edges.

After that is accomplished, arrange the applique in the ideal position on the background fabric.  

Got the perfect fit?

Wonderful.  Iron press the piece into place to the count of 5.  Sounds like 1 fly-by, 2… You get the idea.

Once that is finished it’s time to stitch it down with a satin stitch if you planned to do so.  This is done with a tight zigzag stitch.  

We recommend using silk blended thread for the excellent effect it will give this Santa Fe quilting applique.

Isn’t that a lot easier than some other ways you’ve heard or tried?

Wrap Up

This free Southwestern pattern for quilting can be fun, easy, and add a special tribute of the North American cultures. 

We hop you enjoy.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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