Care­free Sum­mer Days

Make this lovely tra­di­tional quilt for ei­ther your wall or your ta­ble. The size makes it perfect for both.

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Make this quickly with a die cut­ter.

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 9 co­or­di­nat­ing fat quar­ters* • 1/ 8 yard medium green print* • 5/ 8 yard medium pink print* • 11/ 8 yards large flo­ral print* • 15/ 8 yards cream print* • Back­ing to size • Bat­ting to size • Thread • Ba­sic sew­ing tools and sup­plies *Crystal Farms fab­ric col­lec­tion by Laun­dry Bas­ket Quilts for Andover Fab­rics used to make sam­ple.

CUT­TING

Re­fer to the al­ter­nate cut­ting chart for us­ing Ac­cuQuilt dies to cut pieces.

From each fat quar­ter:

• Cut 1 (51/4" x 20") strip. Sub­cut strip into 3 (51/4") squares. Cut each square on both di­ag­o­nals to make 8 C tri­an­gles and 4 E tri­an­gles. • Cut 1 (41/2"x 20") strip.

Sub­cut strip into 1 (41/2") D square.

From medium green print:

• Cut 1 (11/2" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 16 (11/2") G squares.

From medium pink print:

• Cut 6 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips.

From large flo­ral print:

• Cut 5 (61/2" by fab­ric width) H/I strips.

From cream print:

• Cut 5 (41/2" by fab­ric width) strips.

Sub­cut strips into 36 (41/2") A squares. • Cut 2 (51/4" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 9 (51/4") squares. Cut each square on both di­ag­o­nals to make 36 B tri­an­gles. • Cut 1 (121/2" by fab­ric width) strip.

Sub­cut strip into 24 (11/2" x 121/2") F strips.

COM­PLET­ING THE BLOCKS

1. To com­plete one Star block, choose pieces cut from two con­trast­ing fab­rics as fol­lows: eight C tri­an­gles and one D square from one fab­ric and four E tri­an­gles from a sec­ond fab­ric. Se­lect four each A squares and B tri­an­gles. 2. Sew a B tri­an­gle to a C tri­an­gle to make a B-C unit as shown in Fig­ure 1; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of four B-C units. 3. Re­peat step 2 to make four C-E units re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 2; press. 4. Sew a B-C unit to a C-E unit to com­plete a side unit as shown in Fig­ure 3; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of four side units.

5. Sew a side unit to op­po­site sides of the D square to make the cen­ter row as shown in Fig­ure 4; press.

Soft sum­mery col­ors, the smell of fresh flow­ers and an easy-tosew pat­tern—you are ready to pick a bou­quet of nine fat quar­ters to build your sum­mer quilt. Then sit on a porch swing with a glass of cold le­mon­ade.” —Terri Van­den Bosch

6. Sew an A square to the C sides of each of the re­main­ing two side units to com­plete the top and bot­tom rows as shown in Fig­ure 5; press.

7. Sew the top and bot­tom rows to op­po­site sides of the cen­ter row to com­plete one Star block as shown in Fig­ure 6; press. 8. Re­peat steps 1–7 to com­plete a to­tal of nine Star blocks.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

Re­fer to the Assem­bly Di­a­gram for con­struc­tion steps.

1. Join three Star blocks with four F strips to make a block row; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of three block rows.

2. Join three F strips with four G squares to make a sash­ing row; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of four sash­ing rows.

3. Join the block rows with the sash­ing rows to com­plete the pieced cen­ter; press.

5. Join the H/I strips on the short ends to make one long strip; press. Sub­cut strip into two each 61/2" x 521/2" I strips and 61/2" x 401/2" H strips. Note: Cut the I strips first to guar­an­tee that the seams in the H strips will not be right at the ends of the strips. If your fab­ric is at least 41" wide, you

may cut each H strip from one fab­ric-width strip, leav­ing three strips to join and cut for I strips.

6. Sew H strips to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter and I strips to op­po­site sides to com­plete the quilt top; press.

7. Create a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94. 8. Quilt as de­sired. 9. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94 to fin­ish.

Star 12" x 12" Fin­ished Block Make 9

Fig­ure 4

Fig­ure 3

Fig­ure 1

Fig­ure 2

Care­free Sum­mer Days Assem­bly Di­a­gram 52" x 52"

Care­free Sum­mer Days Quilt­ing Di­a­gram

Fig­ure 6

Fig­ure 5

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