# Incandescence

## Simple strip piecing and your favorite fabrics make this seemingly complex design come together easily.

MATERIALS

• Scraps green and aqua/turquoise solids, tonals and prints (approximately 1/4 yard 14 different fabrics or 1/ 8 yard 27 different fabrics) • 11/ 8 yards jade green solid • 31/ 8 yards white solid • 41/4 yards gray solid • Backing to size • Batting to size • Thread • Basic sewing tools and supplies

CUTTING

From green & aqua/turquoise solids, tonals & prints: • Cut 162 (31/4" x 6") I rectangles. From jade green solid: • Cut 9 (31/4" by fabric width) L/M strips. From white solid: • Cut 15 (31/4" by fabric width) A strips. Subcut 3 strips into 36 (31/4") A squares. Set aside remaining 12 strips for strip sets. • Cut 6 (17/ 8" by fabric width) D strips. • Cut 6 (51/ 8" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 36 (51/ 8") squares. Cut each square on both diagonals to make 144 E triangles. • Cut 2 (27/ 8" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 18 (27/ 8") squares. Cut each square in half on 1 diagonal to make 36 F triangles. From gray solid: • Cut 12 (31/4" by fabric width) B strips. • Cut 9 (17/ 8" by fabric width) C strips. • Cut 2 (27/ 8" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 18 (27/ 8") squares. Cut each square in half on 1 diagonal to make 36 G triangles. • Cut 6 (51/ 8" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 36 (51/ 8") squares. Cut each square on both diagonals to make 144 H triangles. • Cut 9 (21/2" by fabric width) J/K strips. • Cut 10 (21/4" by fabric width) binding strips.

COMPLETING THE BLOCKS

Press all seams open to reduce bulk. 1. Sew an A strip between two B strips with right sides together along length to make a B-A-B strip set; press. Repeat to make a total of three B-A-B strip sets.

2. Subcut the B-A-B strip sets into 36 (31/4" x 83/4") B-A-B units as shown in Figure 1.

3. Sew a C strip to an A strip with right sides together along length to make an A-C strip set; press. Repeat to make a total of nine A-C strip sets.

4. Subcut the A-C strip sets into 108 (31/4" x 45/8") A-C units as shown in Figure 2.

5. Repeat step 3 with B and D strips to complete six B-D strip sets. Subcut strip sets into 72 (31/4" x 45/8") B-D units as shown in Figure 3.

We wanted to develop a design that would allow us to highlight the scraps we’ve been collecting. By contrasting the directions of the scraps with the bold white and gray geometric design, they have a chance to shine.” —Missy Winona & Kimie Tanner

6. Sew H to opposite sides of an A square and add F to complete an A-F-H unit as shown in Figure 4; press. Repeat to make a total of 36 A-F-H units.

7. Sew an E triangle to the ends of a B-A-B unit to make an A-B-E unit as shown in Figure 5; press. Repeat to make a total of 36 A-B-E units.

8. Sew an A-C unit to opposite sides of an I rectangle and add an H triangle to each end to make an A-C-H-I unit as shown in Figure 6; press. Repeat to make a total of 36 A-C-H-I units.

9. Join two each I rectangles, B-D units and E triangles to make a B-D-E-I unit as shown in Figure 7; press. Repeat to make a total of 36 B-D-E-I units.

10. Join three I rectangles and two each A-C units and G triangles to make a center row as shown in Figure 8; press. Repeat to make 18 center rows.

11. To complete one Incandescence block, select two of each pieced unit and one center row.

12. Arrange and join one of each unit to complete half the block as shown in Figure 9; press. Repeat to make a second half-block.

13. Arrange and join the half-blocks with the center row to complete one Incandescence block referring to Figure 10; press. 14. Repeat steps 11–13 to complete a total of 18 Incandescence blocks.

CREATING THE SIDE & CORNER UNITS

1. Select one Incandescence block. Cut the block in half on one diagonal exactly as shown in Figure 11 to make two top/ bottom units. Repeat with a second block to make a total of four top/bottom units.

2. Repeat step 1 with two more Incandescence blocks to make four side units, cutting on the opposite diagonal as shown in Figure 12.

3. Cut one Incandescence block on both diagonals to make four corner units as shown in Figure 13.

COMPLETING THE QUILT

Refer to the Assembly Diagram as needed for construction steps. Refer to Here’s a Tip for additional joining instructions.

1. Arrange and join the blocks with the side, top, bottom and corner units in diagonal rows; press.

2. Join the rows and add the remaining corner units to complete the pieced center. Note: There will not be a 1/4" seam allowance at the block corners on the outside edges of the quilt center. The block corners will be blunted in the finished quilt.

3. Measure the sides of the quilt to determine border lengths. All four sides should be equal. If not, determine the closest length that can be adjusted to fit.

4. Join the J/K strips on the short ends to make one long strip; press. Subcut strips to make two each 21/2" by the length determined in step 3 for J strips and 21/2" by that length plus 4" for K strips.

5. Sew J strips to opposite sides and K strips to the top and bottom of the pieced center; press.

6. Repeat step 4 with the L/M strips, cutting two strips the length of K for the L strips and two strips the length of K plus 51/2" for the M strips.

7. Sew L strips to opposite sides and M strips to the top and bottom of the pieced center to complete the quilt top.

8. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 94. 9. Quilt as desired.

10. Bind edges referring to Quilting Basics on page 94 to finish. QW