Rib­bon Dance

Here’s a per­fect project for large-scale fab­rics. By switch­ing the col­ors of two tri­an­gles in the block, you get a pin­wheel in­side a pin­wheel.

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

• 1/4 yard medium blue tonal* • 3/ 8 yard navy medium flo­ral* • 1/2 yard light blue flo­ral* • 1/2 yard dark yel­low tonal* • 5/ 8 yard co­or­di­nat­ing stripe* • 3/4 yard light green tonal* • 11/ 3 yards light yel­low tonal* • 11/ 3 yards green leaf tonal* • 13/ 8 yards navy small flo­ral* • 12/ 3 yards navy large flo­ral* • 21/ 8 yards white solid* • Back­ing to size • Bat­ting to size • Thread • Tem­plate ma­te­rial • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies *An­gel­ica, Vi­ola and Solid-ish fab­ric col­lec­tions from Time­less Trea­sures used to make sam­ple.

CUT­TING

Pre­pare tem­plates for A, B and C pieces as per Cut­ting Tem­plate Pieces us­ing pat­terns given. Cut as directed on each piece.

From co­or­di­nat­ing stripe:

• Cut 8 (2" by fab­ric width) G/H strips.

From navy small flo­ral:

• Cut 10 (21/4" by fab­ric width) bind­ing strips.

From navy large flo­ral:

• Cut 9 (51/2" by fab­ric width) K/L strips. From white solid: • Cut 3 (101/2" by fab­ric width) strips. Sub­cut strips into 48 (21/ 8" x 101/2") D strips. • Cut 15 (2" by fab­ric width) E/F/I/J strips.

CUT­TING TEM­PLATE PIECES

1. Us­ing pat­terns pro­vided, trace the A, B and C tri­an­gle shapes onto tem­plate ma­te­rial. 2. La­bel the tem­plates. Keep­ing the la­beled side up, trace around tem­plates on the right side of the fab­rics us­ing a fab­ric marker. 3. Cut out traced pieces on the out­line us­ing a straight­edge and ro­tary cut­ter.

COM­PLET­ING THE BLOCKS

1. Sew a B tri­an­gle to the left an­gled edge and a light green tonal A to the right an­gled edge of a green leaf tonal C tri­an­gle to make one green A-B-C unit as shown in Fig­ure 1; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of 48 green A-B-C units.

2. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 2, re­peat step 1 with re­main­ing A, B and C pieces to make 48 A-B-C units with a B piece in each. Make 12 units each of the fol­low­ing C and A com­bi­na­tions: navy medium flo­ral C/dark yel­low tonal A; navy small flo­ral C/light blue flo­ral A; dark yel­low tonal C/medium blue tonal A; and light blue flo­ral C/navy small flo­ral A.

3. To com­plete one Rib­bon block, select one each green A-B-C and navy medium flo­ral/dark yel­low tonal A-B-C unit and one D strip.

4. Fold the D strip in half and crease to mark the cen­ter as shown in Fig­ure 3.

5. Cen­ter and sew the D strip be­tween the two A-B-C units with the tips of C match­ing the crease on D to com­plete one Rib­bon block as shown in Fig­ure 4; press.

6. Re­peat steps 3–5 with one green A-B-C unit and one each of the re­main­ing A-B-C units and D strips in each block to make a to­tal of 12 blocks of each fab­ric com­bi­na­tion as shown in Fig­ure 5.

COM­PLET­ING THE QUILT

Re­fer to the As­sem­bly Di­a­gram as needed for con­struc­tion steps.

1. Select four iden­ti­cal Rib­bon blocks. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 6, join two blocks to make a row; press. Re­peat to make a sec­ond row. Join the rows to make a four-block pin­wheel unit.

2. Re­peat step 1 with re­main­ing blocks to make a to­tal of 12 four-block pin­wheel units.

3. Ar­range and join three dif­fer­ent four­block pin­wheel units to make a row; press. Re­peat to make a to­tal of four rows.

4. Ar­range and join the rows to com­plete the pieced cen­ter; press.

5. Join the E/F/I/J strips on the short ends to make one long strip; press.

6. Sub­cut strip into two each 2" x 801/2" E strips, 2" x 631/2" F strips, 2" x 861/2" I strips and 2" x 691/2" J strips.

7. Sew E strips to op­po­site long sides and F strips to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter; press.

8. Join the G/H strips on the short ends to make one long strip; press. Sub­cut strip into two each 2" x 831/2" G strips and 2" x 661/2" H strips.

9. Sew G strips to op­po­site long sides and H strips to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter; press.

10. Sew I strips to op­po­site long sides and J strips to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter; press.

11. Join the K/L strips on the short ends to make one long strip; press. Sub­cut strip into two each 51/2" x 891/2" K strips and 51/2" x 791/2" L strips.

12. Sew K strips to op­po­site long sides and L strips to the top and bot­tom of the pieced cen­ter; press.

13. Cre­ate a quilt sand­wich re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94. 14. Quilt as de­sired. 15. Bind edges re­fer­ring to Quilt­ing Ba­sics on page 94 to fin­ish. QW

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