WISH­ING WELL

Turn ba­sic QST blocks into an ir­re­sistable ar­range­ment of Ohio Stars and spin­ning squares, in pas­tel hues with a punch of blue

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - CONTENTS - BY EL­IZ­A­BETH CHAP­PELL

Turn ba­sic CST blocks into an ir­re­sistible ar­range­ment of Ohio Stars and spin­ning squares

YOU WILL NEED

■ Print fab­rics: six (6) ½yd

■ Back­ground fab­ric: 3¼yds

■ Bor­der fab­ric: 1¼yds

■ Bat­ting: 68in x 82in

■ Back­ing fab­ric: 4½yds

■ Bind­ing fab­ric: ½yd

FIN­ISHED SIZE

■ 64in x 76in

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ Press seams to one side, un­less oth­er­wise in­structed.

■ RST = right sides together.

■ QST = Quar­ter-square Tri­an­gle.

■ Quilt­ing by Ch­eryl Tes­si­tore.

FAB­RICS USED

Fab­rics are all from the Grunge col­lec­tion by Moda, in Pic­nic, Gris, Pow­der Blue, Lime Punch, Cab­bage, Pe­ony, Peach Nec­tar and White Pa­per.

CUT­TING OUT

1

From the back­ground fab­ric cut:

■ Sixty (60) 5½in squares.

■ One hun­dred and twenty (120)

4½in squares.

2

From one print fab­ric (aqua) cut:

■ Four (4) 4½in squares.

■ Eight (8) 5½in squares.

3

From one print fab­ric (navy) cut:

■ Six (6) 4½in squares.

■ Twelve (12) 5½in squares.

4

From each of the re­main­ing four print fab­rics cut:

■ Five (5) 4½in squares.

■ Ten (10) 5½in squares.

5

From the bor­der fab­ric cut:

■ One hun­dred and twenty (120)

2½in squares.

■ Four (4) 2½in x 30½in strips.

■ Four (4) 2½in x 38½in strips.

6

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut:

■ Seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.

PIEC­ING THE QSTS

7

Draw a di­ag­o­nal line on the wrong side of each back­ground fab­ric 5½in square. Place a back­ground square RST with a print fab­ric 5½in square and sew ¼in ei­ther side of the drawn line. Cut across the drawn line, ro­tate 90 de­grees and cut again from cor­ner to cor­ner to make four tri­an­gle units (Fig 1). Press seams to­wards the darker fab­ric.

8

Place two tri­an­gle units RST, with op­po­site fab­rics fac­ing and nest­ing the seams. Sew together. Press seams to the sides, open­ing the seam at the cen­tre to make a swirl. Trim each QST unit to mea­sure 4½in square (Fig 2). Re­peat steps

7– 8 to make a to­tal of one hun­dred and twenty QST units.

PIEC­ING THE COR­NER UNITS

9

Draw a di­ag­o­nal line on the wrong side of each bor­der fab­ric 2½in square. Place RST in the cor­ner of a back­ground

CON­TRAST AGAINST THE SHARP AN­GLES WITH SOFT, SWIRLED FREEMOTION QUILT­ING

fab­ric 4½in square and sew along the drawn line (Fig 3).

10

Trim ¼in away from the line, to­wards the cor­ner of the square. Press seams to­wards the darker fab­ric (Fig 4). Re­peat steps 9–10 to make a to­tal of one hun­dred and twenty cor­ner units.

PIEC­ING THE BOR­DERS

11

Place two bor­der 2½in x 30½in strips RST and sew together to make one 2½in x

60½in strip. Re­peat to make two strips.

12

Place two bor­der 2½in x 38½in strips RST and sew together to make one 2½in x 76½in strip. Re­peat to make two strips.

BLOCK A

13

Ar­range four match­ing QST blocks, four cor­ner units and one print fab­ric 4½in square, as shown (Fig 5). Sew together in three rows of three and press seams open. Sew the rows together, press seams open. Re­peat to make a to­tal of fif­teen Block A.

BLOCK B

14

Ar­range four match­ing QST blocks, four cor­ner units and one print fab­ric

4 in square, as shown (Fig 6). Sew together in three rows of three, press­ing seams open. Sew the rows together, and press the seams open. Re­peat to make a to­tal of fif­teen Block B.

AS­SEM­BLING THE QUILT TOP

15

Lay the blocks out in six rows of five blocks, re­fer­ring to the pho­tog­ra­phy for place­ment. Sew the blocks into rows, and press the seams open. Sew the rows together, press­ing seams open.

16

Place one of the 2 in x 60 in bor­der strips at the top of the quilt, RST. Sew together, press­ing seams to­wards the darker fab­ric. Re­peat with the sec­ond

2 in x 60 in bor­der strip at the bot­tom of the quilt top.

17

Place one of the 2 in x 76 in bor­der strips on the right side of the quilt, RST. Sew together, press­ing seams to­wards the darker fab­ric. Re­peat with the sec­ond 2 in x 76 in bor­der strip on the op­po­site side of the quilt top.

QUILT­ING AND FIN­ISH­ING

18

Cut the back­ing fab­ric in half across the width. Re­move the selvedges and sew the two pieces together along the long edges us­ing a 1/2 in seam. Press the seam open.

19

Press the quilt top and back­ing well. Make a quilt sand­wich by plac­ing the back­ing fab­ric right side down, the bat­ting on top, then place the quilt top cen­trally and right side up. Baste the lay­ers together us­ing your pre­ferred method.

20

Quilt as de­sired. Ch­eryl quilted a freemotion pat­tern of swirls. Trim off the ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing fab­ric and square up the quilt.

21

Sew the bind­ing strips together end-to-end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Press the seams open and trim away any dog ears. Fold in half length­ways, wrong sides together, and press.

22

Sew the bind­ing to the right side of the quilt, cre­at­ing a neat mitre at each cor­ner. Fold the bind­ing over to the back of the quilt and care­fully hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

TOP TIPS When trim­ming QSTs, align one di­ag­o­nal seam with the di­ag­o­nal line of your quilt ruler and trim along the side and top. Turn the block around, align the other di­ag­o­nal seam and trim re­main­ing sides.

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