COUN­TRY GAR­DEN

Mix and match sim­ple nine-patch blocks for an eye-catch­ing mini quilt that pairs fussy cut flo­rals with pretty pas­tel solids

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - SNOW CRYSTAL -

YOU WILL NEED

■ As­sort­ment of print fab­rics: ¼yd to­tal

■ As­sort­ment of solid fab­rics: ¼yd to­tal

■ Bat­ting: 14in square

■ Back­ing fab­ric: 14in square

■ Bind­ing fab­ric: one (1) fat quar­ter

FIN­ISHED SIZE ■ 11in square

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ Press seams to one side, un­less oth­er­wise in­structed.

■ WST = wrong sides to­gether.

■ Fab­rics sup­plied by our friends at Sewing Quar­ter (sewingquar­ter.com)

FAB­RICS USED

■ Prints are from the Sunkiss Fat Eighth Bundle by Tilda.

■ Solids are from the Fat Quar­ter Bundle by V & Co. for Moda.

CUT­TING OUT

1 From the print fab­rics cut:

■ Six­teen (16) 2½in squares.

2 From the solid fab­rics cut:

■ Twenty (20) 2½in squares.

3 From the bind­ing fab­ric cut:

■ Three (3) 2½in x 22in strips

MAK­ING THE BLOCKS

4 Ar­range four print and five solid squares in a nine-patch, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the print and solid squares, as shown. Sew to­gether in a nine-patch, press­ing seams open or to one side (Fig 1). 5 Cut the block into quar­ters (Fig 2). Ro­tate two of the sec­tions, and sew back to­gether in a four-patch (Fig 3).

6 Re­peat steps 4–5 to make a to­tal of four blocks. Sew the blocks to­gether in two rows of two. Then sew the rows to­gether to com­plete the quilt top. Take care with the ori­en­ta­tion of the blocks, re­fer­ring to the photo for place­ment.

FIN­ISH­ING THE QUILT

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

8 Quilt as de­sired. We quilted a chained square pat­tern. Trim the ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing level with the quilt top edges and square up the quilt.

9 Sew the bind­ing strips to­gether end-to-end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Press the seams open and trim away the dog ears. Fold in half length­wise, WST, and press. Sew the bind­ing to the right side of the quilt, fold­ing a mitre at each corner. Fold the bind­ing over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

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