FROST & FLORA
Brighten the winter months with delicate blossoms, pieced in simple hexies intersected with cool, crisp white
■ 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)
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.
From each print fabric cut:
■ Two (2) 2½in x 22in strips.
From the background fabric cut:
■ Seventeen (17) 2½in x WOF strips. Subcut into thirty four (34) 2½in x
■ 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.
From the border fabric cut:
■ Seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.
From the binding fabric cut:
■ Seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.
PIECING THE TRIO UNITS
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).
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.
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
Arrange the trio units, striped triangles and background diamonds and triangles into sixteen rows, referring to the Layout Diagram for placement.
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).
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.
Trim the edges of your quilt top, leaving a ¼in seam allowance outside the outer points, as shown in the Layout Diagram.
Take the 2½in x WOF border strips and join them end-to-end with straight seams. Subcut into four 2½in x 70in strips.
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
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.
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.
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.
Join the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Fold in half lengthwise, WST, and press.
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.
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