THIS SKILL-BUILD­ING MINI QUILT FEA­TURES FPP AND TRA­DI­TIONAL PIEC­ING TECH­NIQUES

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CUT­TING OUT

1

From the back­ground fab­ric cut: Q One (1) 3¾in x 14½in piece.

2

From the print fab­rics cut:

Q Twelve (12) 4in squares for the pieced blan­ket.

3

Us­ing the FPP tem­plates as a guide, cut the fab­ric pieces for each sec­tion of the FPP tem­plate, mak­ing sure the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the sec­tion they will cover, all the way around.

4

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut: Q Four (4) 2½in x 22in strips.

PIEC­ING THE PEN­GUIN

5

Foun­da­tion Pa­per Piece Sec­tion A as fol­lows. Place the fab­ric piece for Sec­tion 1A right side up on the un­printed side of the tem­plate against the sec­tion. En­sure that the fab­ric cov­ers the whole sec­tion, plus at least ¼in all around. Pin in place.

6

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

7

Turn the tem­plate over to the printed side and stitch along the marked line be­tween Sec­tions 1 and 2, 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 2 open and then press firmly.

8

Con­tinue work­ing in this way to piece the re­main­ing sec­tions on the FPP tem­plate, in nu­mer­i­cal or­der. Then trim along the dot­ted seam al­lowance line.

9

Re­peat steps 5–8 to piece each of the Pen­guin FPP Tem­plate Sec­tions A–D.

10

Pin to­gether com­pleted Sec­tions A and B, care­fully match­ing points at the edges. Re­turn your stitch length to its nor­mal length for piec­ing. Sew the pinned Sec­tions A and B to­gether. Re­move the pa­per from the seam only and press the seam open.

11

Re­peat step 10, adding Sec­tion C to the left side of Sec­tion AB. Then sew Sec­tion D to the right of Sec­tion ABC. Re­move the papers from the backs and sew the 3¾in x 14½in rec­tan­gle to the top.

12

Ar­range your print fab­ric 4in squares in three rows of four. Sew the squares to­gether in rows, press­ing seams to one side. Sew the rows to­gether to com­plete the blan­ket. Sew the blan­ket to the bot­tom of the pieced pen­guin.

QUILT­ING AND FIN­ISH­ING

13

Fuse the piece of bat­ting to the wrong side of your quilt top, fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions.

14

Use a length of dark blue em­broi­dery thread to em­broi­der the pen­guin and fish’s eyes, us­ing the red mark­ings on the tem­plate as a guide to place­ment (Fig A).

15

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

16

Quilt as de­sired. Susi quilted di­ag­o­nal lines across her mini quilt. Trim off the ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing fab­ric and square up the quilt. 17

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

18

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.

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