Corner-square triangles in bold contrast shades add up to a juxtaposed design that crackles with energy
Have fun with Lynne Goldsworthy’s fabulous fabric stash busting quilt
■ Seam allowances are ¼in, unless otherwise noted.
■ Press seams open, unless otherwise instructed.
■ CST = Corner-square Triangle.
■ RST = right sides together.
■ WOF = width of fabric.
■ WST = wrong sides together.
Solid fabrics are from the Modern Basics collection and the backing fabric is from the First of Infinity collection, both by Lecien Fabrics.
From each of the dark prints, cut four (4)
5¼in x 3in rectangles.
From each of the light prints, cut four (4)
From the black fabric cut forty-one (41)
From the grey fabric cut three hundred and twenty-eight (328) 2¼in squares.
From the background fabric cut
■ Seventeen (17) 1¾in x WOF strips. Subcut into four hundred (400) 1¾in squares.
■ Twenty-two (22) 2¼in x WOF strips. Subcut into one hundred (100) 2¼in x 3½in strips and one hundred (100) 2¼in x 5¼in strips.
■ Fourteen (14) 3in x WOF strips. Subcut into forty (40) 3in x 12½in strips.
■ Eight (8) 3in x WOF strips. Sew these together in pairs, then trim to give two (2) 3in x
70½in strips and two (2) 3in x 75½in strips.
RAID YOUR STASH FOR BRIGHT RAINBOW SHADES AND CHOOSE A CONTRASTING BACKING FABRIC
Cut the binding fabric into eight (8)
2½in WOF strips.
PIECING THE UNITS
Take one 3in x 5¼in dark print rectangle and one 2¼in grey square. On the back of the grey square, mark a diagonal line from corner to corner. Align the grey square in one corner of the dark print rectangle, RST. Sew along the drawn line. Trim ¼in away from the sewn line and press open to complete your first grey CST (Fig 1).
Repeat step 7 to add one 1¾in background square CST to the opposite corner.
Repeat steps 7–8 to add grey and background CSTs to the remaining two corners, as shown (Fig 2).
Repeat steps 7–9 to add grey and background CSTs to the remaining dark print rectangles.
Take two 1¾in background squares and one 3½in light print square. Repeat steps 7–8 to add background CSTs to two opposite corners (Fig 3). Repeat to add background CSTs to the remaining 3½in light print squares.
Sew a 2¼in x 3½in background rectangle to the top of each of the light print CST units. Then sew a 2¼in x 5¼in background rectangle to the side (Fig 4).
Take two 2¼in grey squares and one
3in x 12½in background strip. Repeat steps 7–8, this time adding the squares to two adjacent corners, to add grey CSTs to one end of the strip (Fig 5). Make forty (40) of these strips.
Take two 2¼in grey square CSTs. Repeat step 13 to add grey CSTs to the remaining corners of twenty-four (24) of your 3in x 12½in CST background strip units (Fig 6).
PIECING THE STAR BLOCKS
Take four sets of matching dark print units and light print units and one 3in black square. Arrange them as shown (Fig 7). Join into three rows of three, then sew the rows together to complete one star block.
Repeat step 15 to make a total of twenty-five (25) star blocks.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP
Take two 3in x 12½in background CST strips from step 13 and three 3in x 12½in background CST strips from step 14. Join the strips using a 3in square between the strips (Fig 8). Repeat this process to make a total of four sashing strips.
Arrange the star blocks and sashing strips into five rows of five, referring to the photo. Arrange the remaining 3in x
12½in background CST strips from step 13 between the blocks in the top and bottom rows. Arrange the remaining 3in x 12½in background CST strips from step 14 between the blocks in the middle rows. Sew the blocks together in rows.
Sew the rows together, then sew the 3in x 70½in background strips to each side and the 3in x 75½in background strips to the top and bottom to complete the quilt top.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
Cut the backing fabric in half across the width. Remove the selvedges and re-join the pieces with a ½in seam. Next, press the seam open. 21
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 all of the layers together using your preferred method. 22
Quilt as desired. Lynne quilted a diagonal cross hatch of lines 2in apart Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt.
Join the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open and trim away each of the dog ears, then fold in half lengthwise, WST, and press.
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.
This is a great quilt for using up lots of your fabric scraps
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