FROST & FLORA

Brighten the winter months with del­i­cate blos­soms, pieced in sim­ple hex­ies in­ter­sected with cool, crisp white

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - SORBET SPIN - BY MAR­I­ANA DIAZ

NOTES

■ Seam al­lowances are ¼in, un­less oth­er­wise noted.

■ Press seams open, un­less oth­er­wise in­structed.

■ Tem­plates in­clude seam al­lowances.

■ For tem­plates, see page 92.

■ WST = wrong sides to­gether.

■ WOF = width of fab­ric.

■ Quilted by Kait­lyn Howel (kno­tandthread­de­sign.com)

■ Thread sup­plied by Au­ri­fil (au­ri­fil.com)

FAB­RICS USED

All fab­rics are from Moda, as fol­lows:

■ Print fab­rics are all from the Voy­age col­lec­tion by Kate Spain, in­clud­ing Meuse Delft as the back­ing fab­ric.

■ Bor­der, back­ground and bind­ing fab­rics are all Bella Solids in Aqua, White PFD and Ter­rain.

CUT­TING OUT

1

From each print fab­ric cut:

■ Two (2) 2½in x 22in strips.

2

From the back­ground fab­ric cut:

■ Seven­teen (17) 2½in x WOF strips. Sub­cut into thirty four (34) 2½in x

22in strips.

■ Six­teen (16) 4½in x WOF strips. Sub­cut seven (7) of the 4½in x WOF strips into thirty two (32) half hexagons us­ing Tem­plate A (Fig 1). Sub­cut four (4) of the

4½in x WOF strips into forty four (44) tri­an­gles us­ing Tem­plate B (Fig 2). Fold the re­main­ing five (5) 4½in x WOF strips in half, match­ing up the selvedges. From the folded strips, sub­cut into twenty eight (28) di­a­monds us­ing Tem­plate C (Fig 3). Note that cut­ting from the folded strips means that half of the di­a­monds will be cut in a re­verse ori­en­ta­tion.

3

From the bor­der fab­ric cut:

■ Seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.

4

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut:

■ Seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.

PIEC­ING THE TRIO UNITS

5

Sew one print fab­ric strip to one 2½in x

22in back­ground fab­ric strip along the long edges and press. Cut six tri­an­gles us­ing Tem­plate B, flip­ping your tem­plate up and down when cut­ting the tri­an­gles so you’ll

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get three tri­an­gles with the printed fab­ric on the base and three tri­an­gles with the printed fab­ric on the top (Fig 4).

6

Re­peat step 5 with each of the re­main­ing six­teen print and back­ground 2½in x 22in strips. Now you will have six tri­an­gles with each of the print fab­rics po­si­tioned on the top and six tri­an­gles with each of the print fab­rics po­si­tioned on the base.

7

Join the tri­an­gles with match­ing prints at the top in groups of three (Fig 5). Trim any dog ears. Re­peat to make a to­tal of thirty four trio units, with two from each print.

AS­SEM­BLING THE QUILT TOP

8

Ar­range the trio units, striped tri­an­gles and back­ground di­a­monds and tri­an­gles into six­teen rows, re­fer­ring to the Lay­out Di­a­gram for place­ment.

9

Sew each row to­gether. Align the trimmed points of the tri­an­gles and di­a­monds as shown when sewing (Fig 6). To sew two half hexagons, align the trimmed point of one piece with the straight edge of a sec­ond half hexagon as shown (Fig 7).

10

Take the first two rows and sew them right sides to­gether, match­ing the points across the rows. Con­tinue sewing rows in pairs, then in groups of four, then two groups of eight and fi­nally the two quilt halves to­gether. Sewing the rows in this way min­imises stretch along the rows as you sew.

11

Trim the edges of your quilt top, leav­ing a ¼in seam al­lowance out­side the outer points, as shown in the Lay­out Di­a­gram.

12

Take the 2½in x WOF bor­der strips and join them end-to-end with straight seams. Sub­cut into four 2½in x 70in strips.

13

Join one 2½in x 70in bor­der strip to each side of the quilt. Trim any ex­cess bor­der fab­ric. Then join the other two

2½in x 70in strips to the top and the bot­tom to com­plete the quilt top. Trim any ex­cess fab­ric around the edges.

FIN­ISH­ING THE QUILT

14

Cut the back­ing fab­ric in half across the width. Re­move the selvedges and join the pieces to­gether with a ½in seam. Press the seam open.

15

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.

16

Quilt as de­sired. Mar­i­ana quilted a freemo­tion looped de­sign in a white thread that co­or­di­nates with the back­ground fab­ric. Trim off the ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing fab­ric and square up the quilt.

17

Join the bind­ing strips to­gether end-to-end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Fold in half length­wise, WST, and press.

18

Sew the bind­ing to the right side of the quilt, fold­ing a mitre at each corner, then fold the bind­ing to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

YOU WILL NEED■ Seven­teen (17) print fab­rics: one (1) fat eighth of each■ Back­ground fab­ric: 3¼yds■ Bor­der fab­ric: ½yd■ Back­ing fab­ric: 4½yds■ Bind­ing fab­ric: ½yd■ Bat­ting: 70in x 76in■ One (1) copy each of Tem­plates A, B and CFIN­ISHED SIZE ■ 64in x 68in ap­prox.

Mar­i­ana Diaz Graphic de­signer Mar­i­ana loves colour, pho­tog­ra­phy and mak­ing fun, begin­ner friendly quilt pat­terns craftsy.com/pro­file/ sew­mar­i­ana sew­mar­i­ana

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