WINTER MITTENS

Take on a fes­tive FPP project with rows of star-span­gled gloves, then set the scene with swirling, snowy freemo­tion quilt­ing

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - WINTER MITTENS - BY KRISTINA BRINKERHOFF

YOU WILL NEED

■ Red fab­ric: ½yd

■ Dark red fab­ric: 1/8yd

■ Green fab­ric: ½yd

■ Dark green fab­ric: 1/8yd

■ Blue fab­ric: ½yd

■ Dark blue fab­ric: 1/8yd

■ White fab­ric: ¾yd

■ Back­ground fab­ric: 1½yds

■ Back­ing fab­ric: 1½yds

■ Bat­ting: 44in x 52in

■ Bind­ing fab­ric: ½yd

■ Sixty four (64) copies each of the Cen­tre Star FPP Tem­plate Sec­tions A and B

FIN­ISHED SIZE

■ 40in x 48in

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ Press seams open, un­less oth­er­wise in­structed.

■ FPP tem­plates in­clude seam al­lowances around the outer edges only.

■ For tem­plates see page 92.

■ FPP = Foun­da­tion Pa­per Piec­ing.

■ RST = right sides to­gether.

■ WOF = width of fab­ric.

■ Fab­ric sup­plied by Fat Quar­ter Shop (fatquar­ter­shop.com)

MIX FPP WITH TRA­DI­TIONAL PIEC­ING FOR A SAT­IS­FY­ING SKILL-BUILD­ING PROJECT FAB­RICS USED

Solid fab­rics are Kona Cot­ton Solids by Robert Kauf­man, as fol­lows:

■ Back­ground fab­ric: Snow

■ Red: Poppy

■ Dark red: Car­di­nal

■ Green: Char­treuse

■ Dark green: Lime

■ Blue: Pool

■ Dark blue: Break­ers

■ Back­ing fab­ric is Polka Dot in Gray by Dear Stella Fab­rics.

■ Bind­ing fab­ric is ¼in Stripe Red from Ri­ley Blake De­signs.

CUT­TING OUT

1 From both the red and green solid fab­rics cut:

■ One (1) 2½in x WOF strip. Sub­cut into six (6) 5½in x 2½in strips.

■ One (1) 1½in x WOF strip. Sub­cut into six (6) 5½in x 1½in strips.

■ Two (2) 3in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into twenty four (24) 3in squares. Cut the squares in half di­ag­o­nally once to yield forty eight (48) tri­an­gles (Sec­tions 2A and 2B in the Cen­tre Star FPP Tem­plate).

■ Two (2) 2½in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into twenty four (24) 2½in squares. Cut the squares in half di­ag­o­nally once to yield forty eight (48) tri­an­gles (Sec­tions 3A and 3B in the Cen­tre Star FPP Tem­plate).

■ From the re­main­ing strips, cut six (6)

2in x 3½in strips.

2 From both the dark red and dark green fab­rics cut:

■ Six (6) 4½in x 2in strips.

3 From the blue fab­ric cut:

■ Two (2) 3in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into six­teen (16) 3in squares and (4) 5½in x

2½in strips. Cut the 3in squares in half di­ag­o­nally once to yield thirty two (32) tri­an­gles (Sec­tions 2A and 2B in the Cen­tre Star FPP Tem­plate).

■ One (1) 2½in x WOF strip. Sub­cut into six­teen (16) 2½in squares. Cut the squares in half di­ag­o­nally once to yield thirty two (32) tri­an­gles (Sec­tions 3A and 3B in the Cen­tre Star FPP Tem­plate).

■ Two (2) 2½in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into four (4) 5½in x 2½in strips, four (4) 5½in x

1½in strips and four (4) 2in x 3½in strips.

4 From the dark blue fab­ric cut:

■ Four (4) 4 ½in x 2in strips.

5 From the white fab­ric cut:

■ Eleven (11) 2in x WOF strips. Sub­cut each strip into one hun­dred and twenty eight (128) 2in x 3½in strips (Sec­tions 1A and 1B in the Cen­tre Star FPP Tem­plate).

6 From the back­ground fab­ric cut:

■ Six (6) 3in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into six­teen (16) 3in x 12½in strips.

■ Four (4) 3in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into thirty two (32) 3in x 5in strips.

■ Two (2) 5½in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into six­teen (16) 5½in x 2in strips and six­teen

(16) 5½in x 1½in strips.

■ One (1) 3½in x WOF strip. Sub­cut into six­teen (16) 1½in x 3½in strips.

■ One (1) 2in x WOF strip. Sub­cut into thirty two (32) 1in x 2in strips.

■ One (1) 2in x WOF strip. Sub­cut into six­teen (16) 2in squares.

■ From the re­main­ing pieces of back­ground fab­ric, cut thirty two

(32) 1½in squares and sixty four (64)

1in squares.

7 From the bind­ing fab­ric cut:

■ Five (5) 2½in x WOF strips.

MAK­ING THE CEN­TRE STAR

8 Foun­da­tion Pa­per Piece the cen­tre star blocks as fol­lows. Place the white fab­ric piece for Sec­tion 1A right side up on the un­printed side of the tem­plate against the sec­tion. Pin in place.

9 Place the Sec­tion 2A red fab­ric piece right side down on top of the Sec­tion

1A piece, match­ing up raw edges on the side where Sec­tions 1A and 2A will be joined, and mak­ing sure that when folded back along the seam line, Sec­tion 2A will be cov­ered by the fab­ric plus at least ¼in all around. Pin in place.

10 Turn the tem­plate over to the printed side and stitch along the marked line be­tween Sec­tions 1A and 2A, back­stitch­ing at the be­gin­ning and end of the seam. Fold the tem­plate away from the seam and trim to ¼in. Fold the tem­plate back, turn the work to the fab­ric side, flip Sec­tion 2A open and then press.

11 Con­tinue work­ing in this way to piece the re­main­ing sec­tion on the tem­plate. Trim along the dot­ted seam al­lowance line.

12 Re­peat steps 8–11 to piece four of Sec­tion A and four of Sec­tion B. Pair a Sec­tion A with a Sec­tion B and sew RST along the di­ag­o­nal line (Fig 1). Re­peat with the re­main­ing pairs to make all four quar­ters. Sew the four quar­ters to­gether to com­plete one red 5½in square cen­tre star (Fig 2). Re­move the pa­pers from the back.

13 Re­peat steps 8–12 to piece a to­tal of six red cen­tre stars, six green cen­tre stars and four blue cen­tre stars.

PIEC­ING THE MIT­TEN THUMBS

14 Take two red 2in x 3½in strips, four back­ground 1in squares and two back­ground 2in squares. Draw a line di­ag­o­nally, corner-to-corner, on the wrong side of the back­ground squares. Place the squares on the cor­ners of the red strips, RST, and stitch down the line as shown to make two thumb units (Fig 3). Trim ¼in away from the seams and press open.

15 Sew a 1½in x 3½in back­ground strip to the left side of one thumb unit and the right side of the other, re­fer­ring to Fig

4 for ori­en­ta­tion. Press the seam to­wards the back­ground fab­ric. Sew a 3in x 5in back­ground piece to the top and bot­tom of each unit. Press to­wards the back­ground strips.

16 Re­peat steps 14–15 us­ing the re­main­ing red, blue and green 2in x

3½in strips to yield eight right thumb pieces and eight left thumb pieces.

PIEC­ING THE MIT­TEN BLOCKS

17 Draw a di­ag­o­nal line across two back­ground 1in squares and two back­ground 1½in squares. Place the 1½in squares in the top cor­ners of a red 5½in x 2½in strip, RST, and the 1in squares in the bot­tom of a red 5½in x 1½in strip, RST. Sew down the lines and trim ¼in away from the seam. Press open to make the top and bot­tom of the mit­ten (Fig 5).

18 Take a dark red 4½in x 2in strip and sew a back­ground 1in x 2in strip to ei­ther side. Press to­wards the dark red fab­ric (Fig 6).

19 Take the mit­ten pieces from both steps 17 and 18, along with a back­ground 5½in x 1½in strip, a back­ground 5½in x 2in strip and a red cen­tre star. Sew the pieces to­gether to make the cen­tre of the mit­ten, re­fer­ring to Fig 7 for place­ment. The 5½in x 1½in back­ground strip will be at the top of the mit­ten and the 5½in x 2in back­ground strip will be at the bot­tom.

20 Re­peat steps 17–19 to make six red mit­ten cen­tres, six green mit­ten cen­tres and four blue mit­ten cen­tres. Pair up each mit­ten cen­tre with a co­or­di­nat­ing thumb piece and sew. Sew a back­ground 3in x 12½in piece to the re­main­ing side to make the 10½in x 12½in mit­ten blocks (Fig 8).

AS­SEM­BLING THE QUILT TOP

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Ar­range the mit­ten blocks in four rows of four, re­fer­ring to the pho­tog­ra­phy for place­ment. Sew the blocks into rows, then sew the rows to­gether to com­plete the quilt top.

QUILT­ING AND FIN­ISH­ING

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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 three lay­ers to­gether us­ing your pre­ferred bast­ing method.

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Quilt as de­sired. Kristina quilted a swirling free mo­tion de­sign across the back­ground of her quilt, and free mo­tion peb­bles in­side the cen­tre stars. Trim off the ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing fab­ric and square up the quilt.

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

Kristina Brinkerhoff

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