Back­yard Gar­den

Here’s an easy two-block quilt.

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 3/ 8 yard light aqua print* • 1/2 yard each 2 aqua prints* • 1/2 yard each 2 black/green prints* • 7/ 8 yard white solid* • 31/4 yards black/white/green large

flo­ral* • Back­ing to size • Bat­ting to size* • Thread • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies *Bel­lisimo fab­ric col­lec­tion from Be­nar­tex; Tus­cany Cot­ton Bat­ting from Hobbs used to make sam­ple.

CUT­TING

From• Cut 7 light (11/4" aquaby fab­ric print: width) I/J flange strips.

From aqua prints: • Cut 4 (31/2" by fab­ric width) C strips each

fab­ric (8 to­tal).

From black/green prints: • Cut 4 (31/2" by fab­ric width) D strips each

fab­ric (8 to­tal).

From white solid: • Cut 9 (21/2" by fab­ric width) strips.

Sub­cut strips into 140 (21/2") B squares.

From black/white/green large flo­ral: • Cut 6 (61/2" by fab­ric width) strips.

Sub­cut strips into 35 (61/2") A squares. • Cut 7 (31/2" by fab­ric width) G/H strips. • Cut 2 (11" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 6 (11") squares and 2 (53/4") squares. Cut each 11" square on both di­ag­o­nals to make 24 E tri­an­gles and each 53/4" square in half on 1 di­ag­o­nal to make 4 F tri­an­gles. • Cut 7 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips.

COM­PLET­ING THE SNOW­BALL BLOCKS

1. Draw a di­ag­o­nal line from cor­ner to cor­ner on the wrong side of each B square. 2. To com­plete one Snow­ball block, se­lect one A and four B squares. 3. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1, place the B squares right sides to­gether on each cor­ner of A and stitch on the marked lines. Trim seams to 1/4"; press B to the right side to com­plete one block.

4.

Re­peat steps 2 and 3 to make a to­tal of 35 Snow­ball blocks.

COM­PLET­ING THE FOUR- PATCH BLOCKS

1. Sew a C strip to a D strip with right sides to­gether along length to make a C-D strip set; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of eight C-D strip sets.

2. Sub­cut the C-D strip sets into 96 (31/2" x 61/2") C-D units as shown in Fig­ure 2.

3. Join two C-D units to com­plete one Four-Patch block as shown in Fig­ure 3; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of 48 Four­Patch blocks.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

1. Ar­range and join the Four-Patch and Snow­ball blocks in di­ag­o­nal rows with the E and F tri­an­gles, al­ter­nat­ing blocks in rows re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4; press.

2. Join the rows to com­plete the quilt cen­ter; press.

3. Us­ing a straight­edge and ro­tary cut­ter, trim the quilt edges, leav­ing 1" from the join­ing seams as shown in Fig­ure 5.

4. Join G/H strips on short ends to make a long strip; press. Sub­cut strip into two each 3½" x 53" G strips and 3½" x 76" H strips.

5. Sew G strips to the top and bot­tom, and H strips to op­po­site sides of the trimmed cen­ter; press. 6. Cre­ate a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 110. 7. Quilt as de­sired. 8. Join I/J strips on short ends to make a long strip; press. Sub­cut strip into two each 1¼" x 76" I strips and 1¼" x 59" J strips.

9. Fold each I and J strip in half with wrong sides to­gether to make flange strips; press.

10. Pin and then baste an I flange strip to op­po­site long sides of the quilt cen­ter, match­ing raw edges as shown in Fig­ure 6.

11. Re­peat step 10 with the J strips on the top and bot­tom, fold­ing the cor­ners at a 45-de­gree an­gle to sim­u­late a mitered cor­ner as shown in Fig­ure 7.

12. Bind re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 110 to fin­ish.

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