SPLASHES OF COLOUR ON THE PRINT FAB­RICS ADD IN­TER­EST TO THE BOLD REDS IN THIS QUILT

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NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in through­out, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ Press seams open, un­less oth­er­wise in­structed.

■ HST = Half-square Tri­an­gle.

■ RST = right sides to­gether.

■ WOF = width of fab­ric.

■ WST = wrong sides to­gether.

FAB­RICS USED

■ Print fab­rics are an as­sort­ment from Su­san's per­sonal stash.

■ Back­ground fab­ric is Kona (solid white) for Robert Kauf­man.

CUT­TING OUT

1

From each of twenty-three of the red fat eighths cut two (2) 2½in x 15in strips and two (2) 4½in squares.

2

From each of the nine re­main­ing fat eighths cut one (1) 2½in x 15in strip and two (2) 4½in squares.

3

From the back­ground fab­ric cut:

■ Three (3) 15in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into forty-four (44) 2½in x 15in strips.

■ Five (5) 12½in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into nine (9) 12½in squares and twelve (12)

12½in x 6½in pieces.

■ Four (4) 6½in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into twenty (20) 6½in squares.

4

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut eight (8)

2½in x WOF strips.

MAK­ING THE NINE-PATCH BLOCKS

5

Sew a red 2½in x 15in strip to the top and bot­tom and a 2½in x 15in white strip along the long edges. Press the seams to­wards the red fab­ric. Make twenty-two (22) of these units.

6

Trim each unit into six (6) 2½in x 6½in red/white/red strips (Fig 1). You will need one hun­dred and twenty-eight (128) of these in­di­vid­ual strips, and will have four left over.

7

Re­peat steps 5–6, this time sewing a white 2½in x 15in strip to the top and bot­tom of a red strip, press­ing seams to­ward the red fab­ric. Make eleven (11) of these units. Trim the units to make sixty-four (64)

2½in x 6½in white/red/white strips (Fig 2).

8

Ar­range two red/white/red strips with one white/red/white strip in a nine-patch,

as shown. Sew into a block and press seams to the sides to com­plete one nine-patch block (Fig 3). Make sixty-four (64) of these.

MAKE THE SNOW­BALL BLOCKS

9

Draw a di­ag­o­nal on the re­verse of four red 4½in squares. Place one in each cor­ner of a 12½in back­ground square, with the di­ag­o­nals run­ning across the cor­ners. Sew along the drawn line.

10

Trim ¼in from each sewn cor­ner. Press open to com­plete one snow­ball block (Fig 4). Make nine (9) snow­ball blocks.

11

Re­peat steps 9–10, plac­ing a 4½in red square in the top two cor­ners of a

6½in x 12½in back­ground rec­tan­gle to com­plete one half-snow­ball block (Fig 5). Make twelve (12) half snow­ball blocks. 12

Re­peat steps 9–10, plac­ing one 4½in red square in one cor­ner of a 6½in back­ground square to com­plete one quar­ter-snow­ball block (Fig 6). Make four (4) quar­ter-snow­ball blocks.

AS­SEM­BLING THE QUILT TOP

13

Sew forty-eight of the nine-patch blocks to­gether to make twenty-four pairs.

14

Ar­range the pieced blocks and six­teen re­main­ing 6½in back­ground squares as shown (Fig 7). Sew the blocks to­gether in rows, then sew the rows to­gether to com­plete the quilt top.

QUILT­ING AND FIN­ISH­ING

15

Cut the back­ing fab­ric in half, and sew to­gether along the long edges us­ing a ½in seam. Make a quilt sand­wich with 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.

16

Quilt as de­sired. Su­san quilted a spi­ral from the cen­tre of the quilt.

17

Trim ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing level with the quilt top and square up the quilt.

18

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 press.

19

Sew the bind­ing to the right side of the quilt, fold­ing a mitre at each cor­ner. Fold the bind­ing over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

Soften the an­gles of your quilt top with curvy quilt­ing

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