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Go bold with high-im­pact prints pieced into graphic shapes set on a polka dot back­ground

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - CONTENTS - By lou orth

Lou Orth pieces high-im­pact prints into graphic shapes

YOU WILL NEED

■ Pink fab­ric: ½yd

■ Yel­low fab­ric: 5/8yd

■ Back­ground fab­ric: 2½yds

■ Bat­ting: 60in square

■ Back­ing fab­ric: 3½yds

■ Bind­ing: ½yd

FIN­ISHED SIZE ■ 52in square

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less other­wise noted.

■ Press seams open, un­less other­wise in­structed.

■ HST = Half-square Tri­an­gle.

■ WOF = width of fab­ric.

■ WST = wrong sides to­gether.

FAB­RICS USED

■ Print fab­rics are Dress Up Party Pink and Party Lights Yel­low from the Ju­bilee col­lec­tion by Melody Miller for Cot­ton+Steel.

■ Back­ground fab­ric is Bone from the Add It Up col­lec­tion by Cot­ton+Steel.

CUT­TING OUT

1

From the pink fab­ric six (6)

7½in squares.

2

From the yel­low fab­ric cut twenty-four (24) 3½in squares and twenty-four (24) 4½in squares.

3

From the back­ground fab­ric cut:

■ Two (2) 2½in x 52½in strips.

■ Two (2) 2½in x 48½in strips.

■ Twenty-eight (28) 6½in squares.

■ Twenty-four (24) 3½in squares.

■ Six (6) 7½in squares.

■ Twenty-four (24) 4½in squares.

4

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut six (6)

2¼in x WOF strips for bind­ing.

MAK­ING THE HSTS

5

Take one 7½in pink fab­ric square and one 7½in back­ground fab­ric square. On the wrong side of the back­ground fab­ric square, mark a di­ag­o­nal line from cor­ner to cor­ner. Place the squares right sides to­gether, with the marked square on top.

6

Stitch ¼in ei­ther side of the marked line then cut through both lay­ers on the marked line (Fig 1). Open the units out and press. Trim each unit to 6½in square to com­plete two pink HSTs (Fig 2). Re­peat to make a to­tal of twelve pink HSTs.

7

Re­peat steps 5–6 with the 4½in yel­low fab­ric and back­ground fab­ric squares, trim­ming to 3½in square, to make a to­tal of forty-eight yel­low HSTs.

PIEC­ING THE QUILT

8

Take the fol­low­ing:

■ Two (2) yel­low HSTs.

■ One (1) yel­low 3½in square.

■ One back­ground 3 in square. Ar­range them as shown and then join to com­plete one quar­ter-star block (Fig 3).

9

Re­peat step 8 to make a to­tal of twenty-four quar­ter-star blocks.

10

Take the fol­low­ing:

■ Four (4) quar­ter-star blocks.

■ Two (2) pink HSTs.

■ Ten (10) back­ground 6 in squares. Ar­range them as shown (Fig 4). Sew the squares to­gether in rows, press­ing seams to one side. Join the rows to com­plete one quar­ter of the quilt. Re­peat to make a sec­ond match­ing quar­ter.

11

Take the fol­low­ing:

■ Eight (8) quar­ter-star blocks.

■ Four (4) pink HSTs. ■ Four (4) back­ground 6 in squares. Ar­range them as shown (Fig 5). Sew the squares to­gether in rows, press­ing seams to one side. Join the rows to com­plete one quar­ter of the quilt. Re­peat to make a sec­ond match­ing quar­ter.

AS­SEM­BLING THE QUILT TOP

12

Ar­range the quar­ters in a two-by-two lay­out, re­fer­ring to the photo for place­ment. Join into pairs, then join the pairs to com­plete the quilt cen­tre.

13

Join the 2 in x 48 in back­ground strips to the left and right sides of the quilt cen­tre.

14

Join the 2 in x 52 in back­ground strips to the top and bot­tom of the quilt cen­tre to com­plete the quilt top.

QUILTING AND FIN­ISH­ING

15

Cut the back­ing fab­ric in half across the width. Re­move the selvedges and re-join the pieces with a in seam. Press the seam open.

16

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.

17

Quilt as de­sired. Lou quilted around the print fab­ric shapes. Trim off the ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing fab­ric and square up the quilt.

18

Join the bind­ing strips to­gether end-to-end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Fold in half length­wise, WST, and press.

19

Sew the bind­ing to the front of the quilt, fold­ing a mitre at each cor­ner, then fold it over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

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