Pick a Bouquet 3. 7. 4. Place one marked and one unmarked A square right sides together; sew 1/4" on each side of the marked line as shown in Figure 1. Cut apart on marked line and press open with seam toward the darker fabric in each unit to complete an A unit. Trim each unit to a 4" x 4" square, with the diagonal seam lines at the corners as shown in Figure 5 to complete 18 each Group A and Group B Charm blocks. Center and hand-stitch a butterfly motif on each side of the pieced top covering ends of F vine strips with butterflies facing toward the quilt center referring to the Placement Diagram. Stitch body pieces to the butterfly shapes. Transfer antennae lines referring to pattern; straight-stitch along marked lines with blue pearl cotton. Arrange and stitch the leaves in place at the corners and sides of the quilt referring to the Placement Diagram. 4" 5. 4" 4" 1/ A AA A Figure 5 Figure 1 COMPLETING THE CENTER 4. 1. 6. Cut the two A units in half from corner to corner across the diagonal seam to make four triangle units as shown in Figure 2—two with seams pressed to the left and two with seams pressed to the right. Keep the two groups separate to make Group A and Group B as shown in Figure 3. Arrange and join the 18 Group A Charm blocks into three rows of six blocks each, turning the adjoining blocks until the seams match up so the seams are pressed in opposite directions. Join the rows; press seams in one direction. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the Group B Charm blocks. Join the A and B sections to make a 211/2" x 211/2" pieced center; press seams to one side. Note: Pair one of each fabric leaf in each location. 7. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 110. Quilt as desired. Bind referring to Quilting Basics on page 110. 2. 8. 9. 3. 4. ADDING RUCHED FLOWERS Figure 2 1. Note: If you keep the three rows from Group A and the three from Group B together, all the seams will mesh easily. When you join the two sets of three rows, only one seam at each end will not have the advantage of seams pressed in opposite directions. Fold each G and H strip in half wrong sides together along length; press. Group A Note: If your fabric ravels easily, apply a thin bead of no-fray solution to the raw edges of the strip; let dry. Group B 2. Transfer the ruching stitch pattern given on page 36 to the raw edge of each folded strip. Using a double-knotted strand of matching thread and starting at one folded edge of one end of a G strip, hand-sew a running stitch down to the raw edge as shown in Figure 6. Turn and take six stitches along the marked line to the upside-down V, again referring to Figure 6. Figure 3 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the remaining 17 pairs to make a total of 72 triangle units—36 each Group A and Group B. 3. COMPLETING THE QUILT 1. Note: Keeping these two groups separate allows for easier assembly into squares and rows since seams can be arranged in opposing directions. Sew a B strip to opposite sides and C strips to the top and bottom of the pieced center; press seams toward B and C strips. Sew a D strip to opposite sides and E strips to the top and bottom of the pieced center; press seams toward D and E strips. Referring to the Placement Diagram and the photo, arrange the eight prepared F vine strips (with seams in the back) in gentle curves, starting at a corner and ending 2" or 3" from the center of the border length. 6. 2. Divide the Group A triangles into different-fabric pairs; join each pair, matching the diagonal seam line as shown in Figure 4; press seam to one side. Repeat with the Group B triangles. Figure 6 3. 4. Take three stitches up and three stitches down to make the upside- down V as shown in Figure 7. Figure 4 Figure 7 35 Springtime Quilts May 2019 QUILTERSWORLD. COM
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