Star Can­dle Mat

Annie's Christmas Winter 2018 Special - - Contents - De­sign by Carolyn S. Vagts

Skill Level

CON­FI­DENT BE­GIN­NER

Fin­ished Size Mat Size: 15" x 141/2" Ma­te­ri­als

• 1 fat quar­ter cream/gold print

• 5/8 yard cream tonal

• 16" square bat­ting

• Thread

• Tem­plate ma­te­rial

• Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies

Cut­ting

Pre­pare tem­plate for A us­ing pat­tern given in the in­sert; cut as di­rected.

From cream tonal:

• Cut 1 (16" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 2 (16") B squares.

Com­plet­ing the Can­dle Mat

1. Fold each of the A pieces in half along length with right sides to­gether and stitch along the short edge as shown in Fig­ure 1.

2. Snip off the an­gled tip, mak­ing sure not to clip into the seam as shown in Fig­ure 2.

3. Press seam open as shown in Fig­ure 3. Turn right side out and press with seam cen­tered, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 3.

4. Us­ing a wa­ter-sol­u­ble marker, mark each stitched A star point at the 1/4" seam in­ter­sec­tion with a dot as in­di­cated on the pat­tern and re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4.

5. Place two stitched A pieces right sides to­gether and, start­ing at the marked in­ter­sec­tion, stitch to­ward the stitched and folded end, se­cur­ing stitches at the be­gin­ning and end of seam as shown in Fig­ure 5.

6. Add a third A piece to the stitched unit and re­peat step 5. Con­tinue this process un­til all five A pieces have been joined. Stitch the first unit to the last unit to com­plete the star unit as shown in Fig­ure 6. Press seams in one di­rec­tion.

7. Cen­ter the star unit on one B square and hand-stitch in place with in­vis­i­ble stitches.

8. Us­ing a wa­ter-sol­u­ble marker, mark a line 11/4" from the star unit all around as shown in Fig­ure 7.

9. Place the marked unit on the bat­ting square and quilt as de­sired in the 11/4" sec­tion of B as shown in Fig­ure 8.

10. Trim the quilted sec­tion along the marked line to make the star shape.

11. Pin the sec­ond B square right sides to­gether with the quilted star shape; stitch all around from the star side, leav­ing a 2" open­ing on one side. Trim ex­cess B close to the star shape; clip into the in­ner an­gles al­most to the seam and trim off tips as shown in Fig­ure 9.

12. Turn right side out through the open­ing; press edges flat.

13. Turn the seam al­lowance of the open­ing to the in­side and hand­stitch closed. Top­stitch 1/4" from edges all around to fin­ish. •

Fig­ure 8

Fig­ure 3

Fig­ure 7B 11/ 4"

AFig­ure 1 Fig­ure 2

Fig­ure 4 Fig­ure 5

Fig­ure 6

Star Can­dle Mat Place­ment Di­a­gram 15" x 141/ 2"

Star Can­dle Mat Quilt­ing Di­a­gram

Fig­ure 9

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