More Precious Than Rubies
This lovely wall hanging says it all. What better way to show friends and family what they mean to you?
Skill Level: Confident Beginner Wall Hanging Size: 26" x 26"
• Scraps dark and light red batiks*
• 1 white-with- gold dot fat quarter*
• 1 white-with-silver print fat quarter*
• 1 light gray-with-white print fat quarter*
• 1 gray-with-silver lines fat quarter*
• 1/ 3 yard red batik*
• Backing to size
• Batting to size*
• Red embroidery floss
• Template material
• 221/2-degree wedge ruler (optional)
• Erasable marking pen*
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
*Fabrics from Hoffman California- International Fabrics; Nature-fil Bamboo blend from Fairfield; Frixion erasable marking pen used to make sample.
Prepare templates for A and B using patterns given. Cut as directed on the patterns.
From dark and light red scraps:
• Cut 8 each (17/ 8") dark and light squares. Cut each square in half on 1 diagonal to make 16 each light and dark red C triangles.
From red batik:
• Cut 3 (21/4" by fabric width) binding strips.
Completing the Wall Hanging
1. Select and join one A wedge of each gray fabric and one B wedge of each white fabric to complete one quarter unit as shown in Figure 1; press. Repeat to make four identical quarter units.
2. Join two quarter units to make a half unit as shown in Figure 2; press. Repeat. Join the two half units to complete the pieced top.
3. Join two C triangles along the diagonals to complete a C unit as shown in Figure 3; press. Repeat to make a total of 12 C units.
4. Arrange and join the C units with the remaining C triangles to make four rows referring to Figure 4; press.
5. Join the rows to complete the ruby unit as shown in Figure 5; press.
6. Fold the pieced top in half vertically and horizontally; crease to mark centerlines. Center and baste the ruby unit to the pieced top referring to Figure 6.
7. Turn edges under and stitch in place referring to Needle-turn Appliqué on page 86.
8. Transfer message letters to each of the B wedges using the erasable marking pen and patterns given.
9. Using 2 or 3 strands of red embroidery floss, backstitch along the marked message lines.
10. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 110.
11. Quilt as desired.
12. Bind edges referring to Quilting Basics on page 110 to finish. l
Here’s a Tip
Make this a template- free pattern by using a 221/2- degree wedge ruler to cut all of the A and B pieces referring to the instructions given with the ruler and comparing the size of the templates given here to make the two shape variations.