Fish & Bub­bles

Add cir­cles in a va­ri­ety of sizes to cre­ate the bub­bles shown on the plain squares in this play­ful quilt.

Annie's Quilting for the Home - - Contents - De­sign by Carolyn S. Vagts

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

Skill Level: Begin­ner Quilt Size: 431/2" x 551/2" Block Size: 12" x 12" fin­ished and 6"x 6" fin­ished Num­ber of Blocks: 3, 18

Ma­te­ri­als

• Scrap black solid • As­sorted pale blue, blue and blue/green batik scraps for ap­pliqué • Laven­der, yel­low, green and blue batik scraps for ap­pliqué • As­sorted blue and green batik scraps • 1/4 yard royal blue batik • 1 yard sea green batik • 11/4 yards blue batik • Back­ing to size • Bat­ting to size • Thread • 11/2 yards 18"-wide fusible web • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

Project Note

Batik fab­rics do not fray as much as some other cot­tons so they work very well for ma­chine-ap­pliqué mo­tifs.

Cut­ting

Pre­pare ap­pliqué pieces for fusible ap­pliqué as per in­struc­tions us­ing pat­terns given and re­fer­ring to RawEdge Fusible Ap­pliqué on page 74.

From as­sorted blue and green batik scraps:

• Cut 72 (31/2") C squares.

From royal blue batik:

• Cut 2 (11/4" by fab­ric width) strips. Trim strips to make 2 (11/4" x 361/2") D strips. • Cut 3 (11/4" by fab­ric width) E strips.

From sea green batik:

• Cut 1 (121/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 3 (121/2") A squares. • Cut 3 (61/2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strip into 18 (61/2") B squares.

From blue batik:

• Cut 2 (31/2" by fab­ric width) strips. Trim strips to make 2 (31/2" x 38") F strips. • Cut 3 (31/2" by fab­ric width) G strips. • Cut 6 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips.

Com­plet­ing the Ap­pliquéd Blocks

1. Trace fish and cir­cle shapes onto the pa­per side of the fusible web; cut out shapes, leav­ing a mar­gin around each one.

2. Fuse shapes to the wrong side of fab­rics as di­rected on each piece for color and num­ber to cut; cut out shapes on traced lines. Re­move pa­per back­ing.

3. Fold each A square in half and crease to mark the ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal cen­ters.

4. Cen­ter, ar­range and fuse the fish shapes on A in nu­mer­i­cal or­der re­fer­ring to the pat­tern.

5. Ar­range and fuse the cir­cle shapes on the B squares re­fer­ring to the Place­ment Diagram for po­si­tion­ing.

6. Straight stitch around edges of each fused shape with thread to match fab­rics to com­plete the Fish blocks and B squares.

Com­plet­ing the Four-Patch Blocks

1. To com­plete one Four-Patch block, join two C squares to make a row; press seam in one di­rec­tion. Re­peat to make two rows. 2. Join the rows with seams in al­ter­nat­ing di­rec­tions to com­plete one Four-Patch block; re­peat to make a to­tal of 18 blocks.

Com­plet­ing the Quilt

1. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1, ar­range and join the Fish and Four-Patch blocks with B squares in rows and sec­tions; press seams to­ward B and Fish blocks. 2. Join the rows and sec­tions, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1, to com­plete the pieced cen­ter; press seams in one di­rec­tion.

3. Sew a D strip to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter; press seams to­ward D strips.

4. Join the E strips on short ends to make one long strip; press seams open. Sub­cut strip into two 50" E strips.

5. Sew the E strips to op­po­site long sides of the pieced cen­ter; press seams to­ward E strips.

6. Sew an F strip to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter; press seams to­ward F strips.

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