MADE UP FROM HST UNITS, THIS STRIKING DESIGN IS A GREAT ONE FOR BEGINNER QUILTERS
■ Two (2) 9½in strips.
■ Two (2) 12½in strips.
■ Two (2) 15½in strips.
■ Two (2) 18½in strips.
■ Two (2) 30½in strips.
■ Two (2) 36½in strips.
From each of Fabric A and Fabric E cut seven (7) 7¾in squares.
From each of Fabric B and Fabric F cut eight (8) 7¾in squares and one (1)
37/ 8in square.
From each of Fabric C and Fabric G cut five (5) 7¾in squares.
From Fabric D cut three (3)
From Fabric H cut one (1)
From the binding fabric cut seven (7)
2½in x WOF strips.
MAKING THE HST UNITS
On the reverse of each 7¾in background square, mark a line along both of the diagonals, and then mark a horizontal and vertical line (Fig 1).
Pair each 7¾in white background square with a 7¾in colour square (Fig 2). Place them RST, making sure the white square with the pencil marking is facing you, and pin each of the squares in place.
Sew ¼in seam along both sides of each diagonal line (Fig 3).
Using a rotary cutter, cut along both diagonal lines and the horizontal and vertical lines to make eight HST units (Fig 4). Press each of the units open.
Draw a diagonal line on the reverse of the 37/ 8in background squares. Pair each one with the Fabric B and Fabric F squares.
Making sure that the pencil marking is facing you, sew a ¼in seam along each side of the drawn diagonal. Cut along the diagonal line and press open the HST units.
Trim all the HST units to 3½in square, keeping the diagonal seam centred.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP
Arrange the HST units and the remaining background strips into rows, referring to the Layout Diagram for placement.
Sew each row together within the divided sections, pressing seams in alternate directions between rows. Once each section’s rows are sewn and pressed, pin at each seam and sew together. 18
Combine all sections to complete the quilt top. Press these seams open.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
Cut the backing fabric in half across the width. Remove the selvedges and re-join the pieces along the length with a ½in seam.
Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down, with the batting on top, then the quilt top centred and right side up. The backing and batting should be slightly larger than the quilt top. Baste all of these layers together using your preferred method.
Quilt as desired. Meghan used a walking foot to quilt straight horizontal lines, approx ¾in apart.
Trim off any excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt.
Sew the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open and trim away the dog ears. Fold in half lengthwise, WST, and then press.
Sew the binding to the right-hand side of the quilt, folding a mitre at each corner, and then fold the binding over the back of the quilt. Finally, machine stitch in place to finish your quilt.