China Blue Top­per

Annie's Quilting for the Home - - Contents - De­sign by Julie Weaver

The unique hexagon shape and blue flo­ral fab­rics join in adding a lovely tra­di­tional touch to your ta­ble.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

Skill Level: Begin­ner Top­per Size: 36" x 36" Block Size: 9"x9" Num­ber of Blocks: 4

Ma­te­ri­als

• 1 fat quar­ter each light and medium blue prints

• 1 fat quar­ter white/blue dot

• 1/2 yard white/blue flo­ral

• 2⁄3 yard small dark blue flo­ral print

• 2⁄3 yard large dark blue flo­ral

• Bat­ting 44" x 44"

• Back­ing 44" x 44"

• All-pur­pose thread to match fab­rics

• Quilt­ing thread

• Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

Cut­ting

1. Cut one 41/4" x 21" strip white/ blue dot; sub­cut strip into four 41/4" B squares.

2. Cut one 23⁄8" x 21" strip white/ blue dot; sub­cut strip into eight 23⁄8" G squares.

3. Cut four 2" x 21" strips white/blue dot; sub­cut strips into (32) 2" F squares.

4. Cut one 37⁄8" by fab­ric width strip large dark blue flo­ral; sub­cut strip into eight 37⁄8" D squares.

5. Cut four 4" by fab­ric width strips large dark blue flo­ral; sub­cut each strip into one 15" L strip and one 25" M strip.

6. Cut one 23⁄8" by fab­ric width strip small dark blue flo­ral; sub­cut strip into eight 23⁄8" H squares.

7. Cut four 11/2" by fab­ric width strips small dark blue flo­ral; sub­cut strips into eight 21" K strips.

8. Cut four 21/4" by fab­ric width strips small dark blue flo­ral for bind­ing.

9. Cut two 31/2" x 21" strips medium blue print; sub­cut strips into (16) 2" E rect­an­gles.

10. Cut one 41/4" x 21" strip light blue print; sub­cut strip into four 41/4" C squares.

11. Cut one 14" by fab­ric width strip white/blue flo­ral; sub­cut strip into one 14" square, one 91/2" x 91/2" J square and four 31/2" x 31/2" A squares. Cut the 14" x 14" square on both di­ag­o­nals to make four I tri­an­gles.

Com­plet­ing the Blocks

1. Draw a di­ag­o­nal line on the wrong side of each B square.

2. Place a marked B square right sides to­gether with a C square and sew 1/4" on each side of the marked line as shown in Fig­ure 1.

3. Cut apart on the drawn line and press C to the right side to com­plete two B-C units as shown in Fig­ure 2.

4. Re­peat steps 2 and 3 to com­plete eight B-C units.

5. Draw a di­ag­o­nal line across the seam on the wrong side of each B-C unit as shown in Fig­ure 3.

6. Place each of th­ese squares right sides to­gether with a D square and sew 1/4" on each side of the marked lines as shown in Fig­ure 4.

7. Cut apart on the marked lines, and press D to the right side to make eight B-C-D units and eight re­versed B-C-D units as shown in Fig­ure 5.

8. Re­peat step 1 with G squares and steps 2 and 3 with the marked G squares and H to com­plete 16 G-H units as shown in Fig­ure 6.

9. Draw a di­ag­o­nal line on the wrong side of each F square.

10. Place F right sides to­gether on one end of E and stitch on the marked line as shown in Fig­ure 7.

11. Trim seam to 1/4" and press F to the right side to com­plete an E-F unit, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 7.

12. Re­peat steps 10 and 11 to make 16 E-F units.

13. To com­plete one China Blue 1 block, se­lect one A square and four each B-C-D units, F squares, G-H units and E-F units.

14. Sew F to the H side of a G-H unit as shown in Fig­ure 8; press seam to­ward F. Add an E-F unit to com­plete one cor­ner unit as shown in Fig­ure 9; press seam to­ward the E-F unit. Re­peat to make four cor­ner units.

15. Sew a B-C-D unit be­tween two cor­ner units to make a row as shown in Fig­ure 10; re­peat to make two rows. Press seams to­ward the B-C-D units.

16. Sew an A square be­tween two B-C-D units to make the cen­ter row as shown in Fig­ure 11; press seams to­ward A.

17. Sew the cen­ter row be­tween the two pre­vi­ously pieced rows to com­plete the China Blue 1 block; press seams to­ward the cen­ter row.

18. Re­peat steps 13–17 to com­plete a se­cond China Blue 1 block.

19. Re­peat steps 13–17 with the re­versed B-C-D units re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 12 to com­plete two China Blue 2 blocks.

Com­plet­ing the Top

1. Sew a J square be­tween the two China Blue 2 blocks to make the cen­ter row as shown in Fig­ure 13; press seams to­ward J.

2. Sew an I tri­an­gle to op­po­site sides of each China Blue 1 block to make two I rows as shown in Fig­ure 13; press seams to­ward I.

3. Sew an I row to op­po­site sides of the cen­ter row to com­plete the pieced cen­ter; press seams to­ward the cen­ter row.

4. Cen­ter and sew a K strip to the I sides of the pieced cen­ter as shown in Fig­ure 14; press seams to­ward the K strips.

5. Trim ex­cess K strips at each end even with the blocks us­ing a straight­edge as shown in Fig­ure 15.

6. Re­peat steps 4 and 5 on the block sides of the pieced cen­ter.

7. Re­peat steps 4 and 5 with L strips first, and then M strips, to com­plete the pieced top; press seams to­ward L and M strips.

Com­plet­ing the Ta­ble Top­per

1. Sand­wich the bat­ting be­tween the com­pleted top and pre­pared back­ing; pin or baste lay­ers to­gether.

2. Quilt as de­sired by hand or ma­chine. When quilt­ing is com­plete, trim bat­ting and back­ing even with edges of the quilted top.

3. Join bind­ing strips on short ends with di­ag­o­nal seams to make one long strip; trim seams to 1/4" and press seams open.

4. Fold bind­ing strip in half wrong sides to­gether along length; press.

5. Sew bind­ing to the right side of the top­per, match­ing raw edges, mi­ter­ing cor­ners and over­lap­ping ends; press bind­ing away from top­per edges and turn to the back side. Hand- or ma­chine-stitch in place to fin­ish.

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