TAKE CARE TO SEW YOUR BLOCKS THE RIGHT WAY UP IF YOU’RE USING DIRECTIONAL PRINTS!
1 From Fabrics A and B cut: ■ Forty one (41) pieces using the Y Seam template.
2 From Fabric C cut: ■ Twenty six (26) pieces using the Y Seam template.
3 From Fabric D cut: ■ Twenty five (25) pieces using the Y Seam template.
4 From Fabric E cut: ■ Forty two (42) pieces using the Y Seam template.
5 From the binding fabric cut: ■ Seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.
PIECING THE QUILT TOP
6 Copy the red seam marks from the template onto the wrong side of each Y Seam piece. The points where lines cross will be your starting and stopping points for piecing. As you piece, make sure to lock stitch, or backstitch a few stitches at each marked point.
7 Lay the pieces out in vertical rows, referring to Fig 1 for placement. Beginning with the first column, take the top two pieces and align right sides together. Take time to match up the marked points along the sloped edges of the piece. Sew the two pieces together, making sure to backstitch at the start and end points.
8 Press the pieces open. Position the next piece right sides together with the top piece, along their straight edges. Sew the two edges, between the marked points. Reposition to align the two sloped edges and again sew between the marked points. Press both seams open.
9 Continue adding pieces until you’ve completed the row, pressing as you go. Be careful not to pull and distort the pieces, and pin as much as you need to keep the pieces aligned. Repeat for the remaining six columns.
10 Sew the columns together, carefully matching seams. Trim the top and bottom of the quilt top, so it measures 72 in tall.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
11 Cut the backing fabric in half across the width. Remove the selvedges and sew the two pieces together using a in seam. Press the seam open.
12 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 quilt layers together using your preferred method.
13 Quilt as desired. Karen quilted wavy horizontal lines to emphasize the waves created by the piecing. Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt.
14 Sew the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open. Fold in half lengthways, wrong sides together, and press.
15 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.