Easy piecing and random placement make this a simple quilt to sew in a weekend.
Quilt Size: 48" x 64" Block Size: 4"x 4" Number of Blocks: 48
• 5 fat quarters assorted retro prints
• 3 yards white solid
• Backing to size
• Batting to size
• Neutral-color all-purpose thread
• Quilting thread
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
Cutting From fat quarters:
• Cut 9 (21/2" x 21") strips total from the five fat quarters. Note: If any fabric is a directional print, be sure to consider placement of directional objects when cutting pieces or strips. Subcut strips into 48 (21/2") A squares and 10 (21/2" x 41/2") B rectangles.
• Cut 13 (21/4" x 21") strips to make 236" strip when joined for binding.
From white solid:
• Cut 8 (21/2" by fabric width) C strips.
• Cut 16 (41/2" by fabric width) strips. Subcut into 144 (41/2") D squares.
Completing the Blocks
1. With right sides together, align one raw edge of an A square with the long raw edge of a C strip and stitch the square to the strip.
2. Without removing the strip from beneath the presser foot, align a second A square along the same edge of the C strip, leaving about 1/4" between the squares and stitch the square to the strip as shown in Figure 1. 3. Continue adding A squares to the C strip until you run out of C strip.
4. Repeat with remaining A squares and additional C strips until all A squares are sewn to C strips. Note: You should use three whole C strips and perhaps part of a fourth strip for this step.
5. Press the stitched strips to set the seams, then press seams open.
6. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, trim the C strip even with the A squares to make 48 (21/2" x 41/2") A-C units referring to Figure 2. 7. Sew B to an A-C unit to complete one Colored Birch Street block referring to Figure 3; press seams open. Repeat to make a total of five blocks and five reverse blocks, again referring to Figure 3. 8. With right sides together and aligning raw edges, sew the remaining A-C units to the remaining C strips as in steps 1–5.
9. Using a rotary cutter and ruler, trim the C strip even with the A-C units to complete 38 (41/2" x 41/2") White Birch Street blocks referring to Figure 4.
Completing the Quilt Top
1. Arrange and join the blocks with the D squares in 16 rows of 12 blocks/ squares each, arranging the blocks and squares as desired in each row. Press seams open. Note: Join first in pairs, then join the pairs, and so on to complete the rows. 2. Join the rows as arranged to complete the quilt top; press seams open.
3. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 109.
4. Quilt as desired.
5. Bind edges referring to Quilting Basics on page 109 to finish.
Birch Street Placement Diagram 48" x 64"