Make this a fast and easy project by cutting a set of four 9" squares at a time with easy stack-and-whack cutting. Select your color sets, stack, press and cut sets at the same time.
Try this fast and easy quilt.
•1 yard each 4 hand- dyed fabrics (light gray/blue, medium gray/blue, dark blue and peach/cream) • 27/ 8 yards hand- dyed background fabric (light gray) • Backing to size • Batting to size • Thread • Basic sewing tools and supplies
From each of the 4 hand-dyed fabrics: • Cut 3 (9" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 10 (9") squares
(total 40). • Cut a total of 7 (21/4") binding strips. From hand-dyed background fabric: • Cut 10 (9" by fabric width) strips.
Subcut strips into 40 (9") squares.
1. Stack two background squares with two same-color squares right sides up. 2. Cut the stack into three 3" x 9" strips as shown in Figure 1. 3. Without separating the layers, cut the center strip into three 3" squares as shown in Figure 2. 4. Without separating the stacks, take the top two center 3" squares and move them to the bottom of that stack referring to Figure 3. Note: Two background squares should be showing in the center for the first two layers and the colored squares are in the bottom two layers of that center stack.
5. Pick up the top piece in each of the stacks and lay them out as before; join the three center squares to make the center unit. Press seams away from the background square.
6. Center and sew the 3" x 9" rectangles to each side of the stitched center unit
This quilt is quick and easy using a simple stack and cut method that yields four units—two each of opposite color placements. These four units are joined to make one block. Inspired by graduated hand-dyed fabrics and the look of marble and tile floors, this quilt is very
graphic and versatile.” —Robin Waggoner
to complete a block quarter as shown in Figure 4; press seams toward the rectangles. Trim to 8" x 8".
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the remaining pieces in the stack to complete four block quarters referring to Figure 5.
8. Lay out the block quarters to make two rows of two quarters each referring to Figure 6; join to make rows. Press seams away from the background quarters.
9. Join the rows to complete one Ring Toss block as shown in Figure 7; press.
10. Repeat steps 1–9 to complete a total of five blocks in each color to total 20 blocks referring to the block drawings.
COMPLETING THE QUILT
1. Arrange and join the blocks in five rows of four blocks each to form a diagonal pattern referring to the Assembly Diagram for positioning of blocks; press.
2. Join the rows, again referring to the Assembly Diagram; press.
3. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 126. 4. Quilt as desired. 5. Bind referring to Quilting Basics on page 126 to finish.