Essence of Pearl

Here’s a strip-pieced project.

Quilter's World - - News - DE­SIGN BY TAI­LOR­MADE BY DE­SIGN FOR BENARTEX SEWN BY ME­LANIE GRE­SETH & JEN­NIFER GREEN QUILTED BY SHERI ZALAR

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 3/ 8 yard light green/lilac flo­ral (1)* • 3/ 8 yard pur­ple sprigs print (2)* • 3/ 8 yard each lilac (3), green (4) and pur­ple leaf prints (5)* • 3/ 8 yard seafoam (6) and sage wavy prints (7)* • 3/ 8 yard pur­ple blos­som print (8)* • 3/ 8 yard pur­ple small flo­ral (9)* • 5/ 8 yard lilac sprigs print (10)* • 5/ 8 yard light sage dragon­fly tonal (11)* • 2/ 3 yard lilac dragon­fly print (14)* • 3/4 yard each lilac (12) and sil­ver dragon­fly (13) tonals* • 3/4 yard light sage dragon­fly print (15)* • 13/4 yards white/sil­ver sprigs print (16)* • 8 yards white tonal • Back­ing to size • Bat­ting to size • Thread • Spray starch or spray sta­bi­lizer • Tem­plate ma­te­rial • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies *Essence of Pearl fab­ric col­lec­tion by Kan­vas Stu­dio, a divi­sion of Benartex, used to make sam­ple.

CUT­TING

To min­i­mize stretch­ing on the bias edges of pieces, ap­ply a heavy coat of spray starch or spray sta­bi­lizer to the wrong side of fab­rics be­fore cut­ting; press dry. Fab­rics were as­signed num­bers in the list of ma­te­ri­als. Those num­bers will be used in­stead of fab­ric names in the cut­ting and in the in­struc­tions to avoid name con­fu­sion. Pin iden­ti­fy­ing num­bers on the fab­rics, on the strips af­ter cut­ting, on strip sets and fi­nally on the A, B, C and D units. From fab­rics 1–9: • Cut 6 (11/2" by fab­ric width) strips

each fab­ric. From fab­rics 10 & 11: • Cut 9 (11/2" by fab­ric width) strips

each fab­ric. From fab­ric 14: • Cut 12 (11/2" by fab­ric width) strips. From fab­rics 12, 13 & 15: • Cut 14 (11/2" by fab­ric width) strips

each fab­ric. From fab­ric 16: • Cut 19 (11/2" by fab­ric width) strips. • Cut 9 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips. From white tonal: • Cut 145 (11/2" by fab­ric width) strips. • Cut 14 (41/ 8" by fab­ric width) strips.

CRE­AT­ING THE TEM­PLATES

1. Cut one 151/8" square from tem­plate ma­te­rial. Cut the square in half on one di­ag­o­nal to make two tri­an­gles. La­bel one tri­an­gle A and the other tri­an­gle B as shown in Fig­ure 1. Draw lines on A and B tem­plates re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 1.

2. Cut one 81/2" x 231/2" rec­tan­gle from tem­plate ma­te­rial. Mea­sure over 81/2" from the bot­tom left cor­ner and mark. Re­peat on the op­po­site end of the rec­tan­gle, mark­ing from the top right cor­ner. Us­ing a 45-de­gree an­gle on your ro­tary ruler, trim off the ends of the strip to make an­gled ends as shown in Fig­ure 2. La­bel this tem­plate C.

We saw a wo­ven throw pil­low and chal­lenged our­selves to fig­ure it out into a quilt.” —Me­lanie Gre­seth & Joanie Holton

3. Cut one 61/2" x 211/2" rec­tan­gle from tem­plate ma­te­rial. Mea­sure over 61/2" from the top left cor­ner and mark. Us­ing a 45-de­gree an­gle on your ro­tary ruler, trim off the end of the strip to make an an­gled end as shown in Fig­ure 3. Re­peat on the op­po­site end of the rec­tan­gle, mark­ing from the bot­tom right cor­ner. La­bel this tem­plate D.

CRE­AT­ING THE STRIP- PIECED UNITS

Press all seams in the same di­rec­tion on all strips af­ter cre­at­ing all strip sets.

1. Join six same-fab­ric 11/2" strips al­ter­nat­ing with five 11/2" white tonal strips and add one 41/8" white tonal strip at one end to make an A/B strip set; press. Re­peat to make an A/B strip set with each col­ored fab­ric ex­cept fab­rics 10 and 11, to make a to­tal of 14 A/B strip sets.

2. Join four same-fab­ric 11/2" strips al­ter­nat­ing with four 11/2" white tonal strips to make C strip sets as fol­lows: one fab­ric 16 and two each fab­rics 12, 13 and 15.

3. Join three same-fab­ric 11/2" strips al­ter­nat­ing with three 11/2" white tonal strips to make D strip sets as fol­lows: two fab­ric 14 and three each fab­rics 10, 11 and 16.

4. Re­fer to Fig­ure 4 to cut two A units and one par­tial A unit from strip set 3 us­ing the pre­pared A tem­plate. Re­peat to cut two whole and one par­tial each from sets 3, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

5. Re­fer to Fig­ure 5 to cut two B units from strip set 1. Re­peat to cut two B units each from sets 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9.

6. Re­fer to Fig­ure 6 to cut two C units from strip set 16. Re­peat to cut four C units each from sets 12, 13 and 15. 7.

Re­fer to Fig­ure 7 to cut three D units from strip set 14. Re­peat to cut six D units each from sets 10, 11 and 16.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

Re­fer to the Place­ment Diagram for con­struc­tion steps.

1. Ar­range and join two each A, B, C and D units and one each par­tial A and com­plete D unit to make a ver­ti­cal row, re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 8 for place­ment by let­ter and fab­ric num­ber.

2. Re­peat step 1 to make a to­tal of seven ver­ti­cal rows, num­ber­ing rows from 1–7 and pay­ing care­ful at­ten­tion to place­ment of rows. Note: Col­ors flow from one row into the next row, so color place­ment is cru­cial in cre­at­ing the de­sign. 3. Join the rows in nu­mer­i­cal or­der; press. 4. Trim top and bot­tom edge 1/4" above the cor­ners of the in­ner D units on the top and 1/4" be­low the in­ner D cor­ners on the bot­tom as shown in Fig­ure 9 to com­plete the quilt top.

5. Create a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 102. 6. Quilt as de­sired. 7. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 102 to fin­ish. QW

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