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MA­TE­RI­ALS

Ma­te­ri­als given make 2 place mats and 2 coast­ers. • Scraps light pink, light aqua and yel­low tonals • 1 fat eighth each dark pink and dark aqua tonals • 5/ 8 yard green tonal • 11/ 8 yards white-with- green high­lights • 2 (15" x 18") rec­tan­gles bat­ting • 4 (7") squares bat­ting • Thread • 14 ( 3/4") and 16 (2") pre­cut hexagon pa­pers or card­stock • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

CUT­TING

From green tonal: • Cut 5 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips. From white-with-green high­lights: • Cut 1 (151/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 2 (121/2" x 151/2") A rec­tan­gles, 2 (5") B squares and 2 (7") C coaster back­ing squares. • Cut 1 (15" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 2 (15" x 18") back­ing rec­tan­gles.

PRE­PAR­ING THE HEXAGONS

1. If not us­ing pre­cut hexagon pa­pers, use the two pat­terns given to pre­pare tem­plates for trac­ing. Trace and cut out 16 large hexagons and 14 small hexagons from card­stock. 2. Pin a large hexagon to the wrong side of the dark pink tonal. Cut out, leav­ing a gen­er­ous 1/4" seam al­lowance all around as shown in Fig­ure 1. 3. Fold the seam al­lowance over the edges of the hexagon, fin­ger-press­ing in place, and baste through the fab­ric and pa­per to hold, over­lap­ping the cor­ners and plac­ing a tack­ing stitch at each cor­ner as shown in Fig­ure 2; press to se­cure the folds. Note: It is not nec­es­sary to stitch into the pa­per on the small hexagons. Just make a tack­ing stitch to hold at a cor­ner and move to the next cor­ner.

4. Re­peat steps 2 and 3 to make a to­tal of six each dark pink and dark aqua large hexagons; two each yel­low and green large hexagons; six each light pink and light aqua small hexagons; and two each yel­low small hexagons. 5. Ar­range the dark pink hexagons (petals) into a flower shape with a yel­low large hexagon in the cen­ter as shown in Fig­ure 3. Add a green large hexagon on one end for leaf.

6. To con­nect the hexagons, pick up the yel­low flower cen­ter and one petal; hold them right sides to­gether with the touch­ing sides aligned at the top edge as shown in Fig­ure 4.

7. Thread a nee­dle with one strand of match­ing thread (petal color) and knot one end. Whip­stitch the aligned top edges to­gether us­ing very small stitches and barely catch­ing the edges of the fab­ric, but not go­ing through the pa­per as shown in Fig­ure 5.

8. Pick up the next petal hexagon and hold it right sides to­gether with the first petal. Whip­stitch the edges to­gether as in step 7. At the end of that line of stitch­ing, make a knot but do not clip thread. Re­fold pieces so that petal 2 is right sides to­gether with the next edge of the flower cen­ter and whip­stitch the edges to­gether as shown in Fig­ure 6.

9. Con­tinue around the cen­ter un­til all six petals have been con­nected to each other and to the cen­ter. Use the same tech­nique to add the leaf hexagon to one side to com­plete the large dark pink flower, con­nect­ing on just two ad­ja­cent straight edges as shown in Fig­ure 7.

10. Re­peat steps 5–9 to com­plete one large dark aqua flower with leaf. Re­peat to make small light pink and light aqua flow­ers with­out leaves.

COM­PLET­ING THE PLACE MATS

1. Re­move the bast­ing stitches on the large hexagon flow­ers and re­move the pa­pers. Re-press the edges and cor­ners.

2. Cen­ter a flower mo­tif on each A rec­tan­gle, re­fer­ring to the Place­ment Di­a­grams for po­si­tion­ing; pin or baste to hold.

3. Ap­pliqué the flower mo­tif in place by hand or ma­chine.

4. Cre­ate a quilt sandwich with the ap­pliquéd tops and the 15" x 18" bat­ting and back­ing rec­tan­gles re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94.

5. Quilt as de­sired. Add leaf vein lines to green hexagon if de­sired.

6. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94 to fin­ish.

Fig­ure 2

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