Set shades of peach against soft neutrals for a dazzling daybreak mini quilt design
Collette Howie shows you how to set shades of peach against soft neutral to make a dazzling daybreak mini quilt using Foundation Paper Piecing
WHY NOT WHIP UP A FEW EXTRA BLOCKS AND COMBINE THEM INTO A MATCHING CUSHION?
■ Seam allowances are ¼in, unless otherwise noted.
■ Shorten your stitch length to
1.5 for Foundation Paper Piecing.
■ FPP = Foundation Paper Piecing.
■ WOF = width of fabric.
■ Templates include seam allowance around the outer edges only. For templates, see p83.
Solid fabrics are Peach and Mango from the Essex Linen collection and Flax from the Yarn Dyed Essex Linen collection, both by Robert Kaufman.
From the peach fabric cut:
■ Eight (8) 4¼in x 7in rectangles for Section 2.
■ Eight (8) 2in x 4in rectangles for Section 4.
■ Two (2) 2½in x WOF strips for binding.
From the mango fabric cut eight (8)
2½in x 4½in rectangles for Section 5.
From the neutral fabric cut eight (8)
3¼in x 5in rectangles for Section 1 and eight (8) 4½in x 6in rectangles for Section 3.
PIECING THE BLOCKS
Take one FPP Template A and one Section 1 fabric piece. Place the fabric right side up on the unprinted side of the template against Section 1A. Ensure that the fabric covers the whole section, plus at least ¼in all round. Pin in place, making sure not to pin along the seam line between Sections 1A and 2A.
Take a Section 2 fabric piece and place it right side own on top of the Section 1 fabric piece, matching up the raw edges on the side where Sections 1A and 2A will be joined and making sure that when folded back along the seam line, Section 2A will be covered by the fabric plus at least ¼in all round. Pin in place.
Turn the template over to the printed side and stitch along the marked line between Sections 1A and 2A, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Fold the template away from the seam and trim to ¼in. Fold the template back, turn the work to the fabric side, flip Section 2A open and then press.
Repeat steps 4–6 to piece FPP Sections
1A–5A on the template in numerical
order to complete one Block A. Repeat to piece a total of four of Block A. Trim each block on along the dotted seam allowance line on the template.
Repeat steps 4–7 with FPP Template B to piece a total of four of Block B.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP
Take the A and B blocks and arrange them as shown (Layout diagram).
Join the A and B blocks into columns, then join the pairs to complete the quilt top, taking care to match points as you sew the blocks together. Remove the templates.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
Press the quilt top and backing well. Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down, the batting on top, then the quilt top centrally and right side up. Baste the layers together using your preferred method.
Quilt as desired. Collette used neutral thread to quilt straight lines that echo the sunburst design.
Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt. 14
Join the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open and trim away the dog ears, then fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
Sew the binding to the front of the quilt, folding a mitre at each corner.
16 Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and stitch it in place to finish.
Accentuate the design with your quilting