Birch Street

Easy piec­ing and ran­dom place­ment make this a sim­ple quilt to sew in a week­end.

Annie's Quilting for the Home - - Contents - De­sign by Missy She­p­ler

Skill Level

Con­fi­dent Begin­ner

Fin­ished Size

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"

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