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To be an

Elm Creek Quilter

From Circle of Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini Finished Size: 66˝ × 84˝ Block Size: 12˝ sampler blocks (18˝ in block setting), 6˝ border blocks Number of Blocks: 10 sampler blocks, 46 border blocks Quilt pieced together by Jennifer Chiaverini, 2006. Machine quilted by Sue Vollbrecht, 2007. Blocks machine pieced, hand pieced, machine appliquéd, or hand appliquéd by the following: Left column, top to bottom: Keri Minnick Shelley Stevens Debra Shetler Middle column, top to bottom: Flora Brooks Jane Klocker Candy Hargrove Tanya Anderson Right column, top to bottom: Debe Thomas Gayla McDonald Nancy R. Shotick

Elm Creek

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To Be an Elm Creek Quilter Copyright © 2009 by C&T Publishing, Inc. ISBN 978-1-57120-548-3 Publisher: Amy Marson Editorial Director: Gailen Runge Acquisitions Editor: Susanne Woods Technical Editor: Carolyn Anue Cover Designer: Kristy Zacharias Designer: Christina Jarumay Page Layout Artist: Kirstie L. Pettersen Published by C&T Publishing, Inc., PO Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549. www.ctpub.com All rights reserved. No part of this work covered by the copyright hereon may be used in any form or reproduced by any means—graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping, or information storage and retrieval systems—without written permission from the Publisher. Acceptable uses of this ELECTRONIC PRODUCT: 1. Purchaser is entitled to print out as many copies of this ELECTRONIC PRODUCT as they wish for personal use. Photocopying, digitizing, and all other forms of copying to “share” or “distribute” the ELECTRONIC PRODUCT, whether for profit or not, is strictly prohibited. 2. Purchaser may not transfer the ELECTRONIC PRODUCT to any other person, via the Internet, email, on disk, in electronic or printed form or any other form without the written permission of C&T Publishing. Purchaser may not make the ELECTRONIC PRODUCT available over a network where it could be used by multiple computers at the same time. 3. Purchaser may not rent, lease, transfer, lend, or share the ELECTRONIC PRODUCT. Limited Warranty: Limited Warranty on this ELECTRONIC PRODUCT. C&T Publishing, Inc. warrants the ELECTRONIC PRODUCT will be delivered by C&T Publishing, Inc. free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of original purchase. C&T Publishing, Inc. will not replace the ELECTRONIC PRODUCT due to Purchaser changing computers or accidentally deleting ELECTRONIC PRODUCT or for any other loss of the file that is considered out of the control of C&T Publishing, Inc. Your exclusive remedy under this Section shall be, at C&T Publishing, Inc.’s option, a refund of the purchase price of the ELECTRONIC PRODUCT. Contact us at 800-284-1114 or www.ctpub.com for more information about the C&T Teachers Program. We take great care to ensure that the information included in our products is accurate and presented in good faith, but no warranty is provided nor are results guaranteed. Having no control over the choices of materials or procedures used, neither the author nor C&T Publishing, Inc., shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this book. For your convenience, we post an up-to-date listing of corrections on our website (www.ctpub. com). If a correction is not already noted, please contact our customer service department at [email protected] or at P.O. Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549. Trademark (™) and registered trademark (®) names are used throughout this ELECTRONIC PRODUCT. Rather than use the symbols with every occurrence of a trademark or registered trademark name, we are using the names only in the editorial fashion and to the benefit of the owner, with no intention of infringement.

Contents Fabric Requirements . . . . . . . . . . 4

Jane Klocker Block .

. . . . . . .

Candy Hargrove Block .

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6

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9

Shelley Stevens Block . . . . . . 7 Flora Brooks Block .

Deb Thomas Block .

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Nancy R. Shotick Block .

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11 13

Keri Minnick Block . . . . . . . 15 Gayla McDonald Block . . . . 17 Debra Shetler Block .

. . . . .

Tanya Anderson Block .

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19 21

Block Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Border Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Template Patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Quilting 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Fabric Requirements For the 10 sampler blocks: ■■ Scraps to fat quarters in the following colors: Assorted light, medium, and dark blues Assorted light, medium, and dark greens Assorted light, medium, and dark golds Light and medium gray Light and medium yellow Light purple Rust Orange Black Fat quarters in assorted tans, beiges, medium creams, creams, and white. For the block settings, border blocks, and binding: ■■ Light gold: 33⁄4 yards ■■ Assorted medium to dark greens: 11⁄4 yards total ■■ Assorted medium to dark blues: 13⁄4 yards total (includes binding) Batting: 70˝ × 88˝ Backing: 5 yards

Findings

Small leaf stamp and variegated green and brown fabric ink for Nancy R. Shotick’s block.

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Block

Jane Klocker Assembly

1. Fold the light gray square in half horizontally, verti-

cally, and twice diagonally, pressing after each fold to mark the square’s center and to create placement marks.

2. Appliqué the pictorial elements to the light gray square, following the diagram for placement. Start with the background pieces first, moving toward the grass (P) in the foreground. Add the tree and leaves last. After the appliqué is complete, trim the block to 121⁄2˝ square.

H

Cutting

Cut and prepare each of the pieces listed below according to your favorite appliqué method (see Quilting 101, 900.eps page 35). Template patterns are on pages 25–26. Light gray: Cut 1 square 131⁄2˝. Yellow: Cut 1 H Light purple: Cut 1 I. Assorted medium greens: Cut 1 J, 1 K, 1 O, 16–20 R (leaf), and 22 S. Dark green: Cut 1 L and 1 P.

I J

K

M

Q O

L

N P S

Appliqué placement diagram

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Light to medium blues: Cut 1 M and 1 N. Medium gray: Cut 1 Q. Gold: Cut 52 to 55 R (leaf). Rust: Cut 52 to 55 R (leaf).

Jane Klocker Block

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Block

Candy Hargrove K

L

3. Sew beige squares M, beige rect-

L

K

angles, and Friendship Star blocks into rows, following the diagram for placement.

H I J

Cutting

Medium green: Cut 6 H (page 27) and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method (see 901.eps Quilting 101, page 35).

Assembly

1. Using the beige and gold L squares, make 16 half-square triangle units (see Quilting 101, page 35). Press toward the gold.

Cut 1 bias strip 1˝ × 71⁄2˝. Assorted medium and dark blues: Cut 16 I (page 27) and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method. Assorted golds: Cut 2 J (page 27) and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method. Cut 4 squares 11⁄2˝ (K). Cut 8 squares 17⁄8˝ (L). Beige: Cut 16 squares 11⁄2˝ (K). Cut 8 squares 17⁄8˝ (L). Cut 2 squares 31⁄2˝.

Make 16.

2. Arrange and sew 3 rows using half-square triangle units and beige and gold squares K, following the 921.eps diagram for placement. Sew the rows together to make a Friendship Star block. Make 4.

4. Sew the rows together to make a 121⁄2˝ square block. Press.

5. Sew the green bias strip into a tube with right sides facing out. Cut the tube 922a.eps in half to make 2 stems. Appliqué the stems to the block, following the diagram for placement.

6. Appliqué the H, I, and J pieces, following the diagram for placement. Cover the raw ends of the bias strips with other appliqué pieces.

H I J

K K

Make 4.

Cut 2 rectangles 31⁄2˝ × 61⁄2˝. Cut 2 rectangles 31⁄2˝ × 91⁄2˝. 922.eps 6

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Appliqué placement diagram

Block

shelley stevens Light gold 1: Cut 1 square 21⁄2˝ for Block 1 (K).

Block 1

Cut 2 squares 27⁄8˝ for Block 1 (L). Block 2

I H

Light gold 2: Cut 1 square 11⁄2˝ for Block 2 (P). Cut 4 squares 13⁄4˝ for Block 2 (N).

J

Cut 4 squares 21⁄8˝ for Block 2 (O). Light gold 3: Cut 1 square 11⁄2˝ for Block 3 (U). Cut 4 squares 13⁄4˝ for Block 3 (S). Cut 2 squares 33⁄8˝ for Block 3 (Q).

Block 3

Light gold 4: Cut 2 squares 11⁄2˝ for Block 4 (Y). Cut 2 squares 17⁄8˝ for Block 4 (V). Block 4

Cutting

Medium blue: Cut 4 H (page 27) and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method (see Quilting 101, page 35). 902.eps Dark blue: Cut 4 I and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method. Medium to dark greens: Cut 8 J and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method. Cut 1 bias strip 1˝ × 13˝. Cream: Cut 4 squares 21⁄2˝ for Block 1 (K).

Cut 1 strip 21⁄2˝ × 61⁄2˝ for Block 4 (W). Cut 1 square 37⁄8˝ for Block 4 (X).

Assembly K

L

L

K

Block 1

1. Use the cream and light gold L squares to make 4 halfsquare triangle units (see Quilting 101, page 35).

Cut 2 squares 27⁄8˝ for Block 1 (L).

2. Arrange and sew the930.eps half-square triangle units, 4

Cut 2 squares 17⁄8˝ for Block 4 (V).

cream squares K, and 1 light gold square K into 3 rows, following the diagram for placement. Sew the rows together to make Block 1. Press.

Cut 1 square 37⁄8˝ for Block 4 (X). Medium cream: Cut 8 rectangles 11⁄2˝ × 3˝ for Block 2 (M) and Block 3 (T). Cut 4 squares 13⁄4˝ for Block 2 (N).

N OO M N P

Cut 4 squares 21⁄8˝ for Block 2 (O). Cut 4 squares 21⁄8˝. Cut each in half diagonally once to make 8 triangles for Block 3 (R).

Block 2

shelley stevens Block

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3. Use the medium cream and

9. Arrange and sew the corner units,

light gold squares O to make 8 halfsquare triangle units (see Quilting 101, page 35).

4 medium cream rectangles T, and 1 light gold square U into 3 rows, following the diagram for placement.

4. Arrange and sew 2 half-square

T

triangle units, 1 medium cream square N, and 1 light gold square N, following the diagram for placement. Repeat to make 4 corner units. N N

5. Arrange and sew the corner units, 4 medium cream rectangles M, and 1 light gold square P into 3 rows, following the diagram for placement. 931a.eps

U

10. Sew the rows together to make Block 3. Press. V

Assembling Blocks 1–4

1. Complete the Shelley Stevens block background by sewing Blocks 1–4 together in rows and then sewing the rows together. Press all seams open.

2. Sew the bias strip into a tube with right sides facing out. Cut the tube in half to make 2 stems. Appliqué the stems to the block, following the diagram below for placement.

3. Appliqué the H, I, and J pieces,

V Y W

932b.eps X

following the diagram for placement. Cover the raw ends of the bias strips with other appliqué pieces.

X

Block 4

M

11. Use the cream and light gold

P

6. Sew the rows together to make Block 2. Press.

squares V to make 4 half-square triangle units. Use the cream and light gold squares X 933.eps to make 2 half-square triangle units (see Quilting 101, page 35).

H

Block 2

I J J

12. Arrange and sew the half-

S R Q

T

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square triangle units, cream rectangle W, and 2 gold squares Y into 3 rows, following the placement diagram for correct placement.

Appliqué placement diagram Block 4

934.eps

Y

Block 3

W

7. Sew 2 medium cream triangles R to adjacent sides of a light gold square S. Make 4 triangle units. 932.eps Sew each triangle unit to a light gold triangle Q. Make 4 corner units.

8.

13. Sew the rows together to make Block 4. Press.

S R Q

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933a.eps

Block

flora brooks

Medium green: Cut 1 J and prepare it according to your favorite appliqué method. Cut 2 strips 11⁄2˝ × 81⁄2˝.

Dark green: Cut 8 I and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method. Cut 2 strips 11⁄2˝ × 101⁄2˝.

Assembly

1. Sew light green strips to opposite sides of the black center square. Press.

2. Sew light blue strips to the remaining sides of the square. Press.

3. Sew medium green strips next to the light green strips. Press.

Cutting

Black: Cut 1 H (page 28) and prepare it according to your favorite appliqué method (see Quilting 101, page 35). 903.eps

4. Sew medium blue strips next to the light blue strips. Press.

Cut 1 square 61⁄2˝ for the Log Cabin center. Cut 2 strips 7⁄8˝ × 7˝. Cut 2 strips 7⁄8˝ × 73⁄4˝. Light blue: Cut 2 strips 11⁄2˝ × 81⁄2˝. Cut 1 K and prepare it according to your favorite appliqué method. Medium blue: Cut 2 strips 11⁄2˝ × 101⁄2˝. Cut 1 L and prepare it according to your favorite appliqué method. Dark blue: Cut 2 strips 11⁄2˝ × 121⁄2˝. Light green: Cut 1 square 71⁄2˝. Cut 2 strips 11⁄2˝ × 61⁄2˝.

5. Sew dark green strips next to the medium green strips. Press.

6. Sew dark blue strips next to the medium blue strips to 937.eps complete a Log Cabin block. Press.

flora brooks Block

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7. Appliqué pieces J, K, and L to one corner of the light green square, following the diagram for placement.

8. Appliqué the horse H to the block, following the diagram for placement.

9. Trim the block to 7˝ square. Sew the short black strips to opposite sides of the block. Sew the long black strips to the remaining sides of the block.

10. Center and appliqué the block onto the Log Cabin block.

11. Appliqué the flowers (I), following the diagram for placement. Some of the flowers should go on top of the black strips.

12. Use machine or hand embroidery to add lettering to the block, if desired.

938.eps

H J I K L

Appliqué placement diagram

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Block

DEB THOMAS Assembly

1. Sew a white triangle J to a light blue triangle J. Make 3 half-square triangle units (see Quilting 101, page 35).

2. Arrange and sew the half-square triangle units, 1 light blue triangle K, and 3 white triangles J, following the diagram for placement.

3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2, replacing the light blue J and K pieces with light yellow.

4. Repeat Steps 1 and 2, replacing the light blue J and K pieces with light green, and replacing the white J pieces with light yellow.

5. Repeat Steps 1 and 2, replacing the light blue J and K pieces with light green, and replacing the white J pieces with light blue.

Cutting

In addition to the fabrics listed below, you will need scraps of dark blue, dark green, and gold for the hexagon flowers. 904.eps White: Cut 6 squares 27⁄8˝. Cut each in half diagonally once to make 12 triangles (J). Light blue: Cut 5 squares 27⁄8˝. Cut each in half diagonally once to make 10 triangles (J). Discard 1.

6. Sew the 4 units together, following the diagram for color placement. J

J

J

K

Cut 1 square 67⁄8˝. Cut the square in half diagonally once to make 2 triangles (K). Discard 1. Light yellow: Cut 5 squares 27⁄8˝. Cut each in half diagonally once to make 10 triangles (J). Discard 1. Cut 1 square 67⁄8˝. Cut the square in half diagonally once to make 2 triangles (K). Discard 1. Light green: Cut 3 squares 27⁄8˝. Cut each in half diagonally once to make 6 triangles (J). Cut 1 square 67⁄8˝. Cut the square in half diagonally once to make 2 triangles (K).

7. Trace template patterns H and I (page 29) onto the dull side of freezer paper. To make multiple copies, fold freezer paper accordion-style and trace the shapes along one end. Staple the center of the paper to stabilize it. Cut on the drawn lines and then remove the staple. Cut 19 H 947.eps and 56 I.

Cut 2 bias strips 1˝ × 25˝.

DEB THOMAS Block

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8. Center templates on the wrong side of the fabric, shiny side down, leaving at least 1⁄2˝ between templates and aligning one template edge on the straight grain of the fabric. Press in place carefully. Cut out shapes, leaving a seam allowance of about 1⁄4˝ on all sides. Cut 1 H and 8 I pieces from the gold scrap. Cut 6 H and 48 I from the dark blue fat quarter. Cut 12 H from the dark green scrap.

Appliqué the bias tubes to the block, following the placement diagram on the right for correct placement.

14. Appliqué hexagon flowers to the block, following the placement diagram for correct placement. Cover the raw ends of the bias tubes with hexagon flowers.

9. Fold the seam allowance over the template edge, making a pleat at each corner. Baste by hand tacking through the pleat without piercing the template paper. Continue folding the fabric and basting each pleat. Press.

template

I

H

10. With right sides together and grain lines running in the same direction, whipstitch together 6 dark blue I pieces and 1 yellow I. Catch only the fabric edge and not the template paper. Follow the diagram on page 9 for color placement. Make 8947a.eps small hexagon flowers.

11. Prepare the H pieces in the same manner. Whipstitch them together to make the center hexagon flower, following the diagram on page 11 for color placement.

12. Carefully remove all of the freezer paper templates. 13. Sew the bias strips into tubes with right side facing out. Cut 1 strip in quarters to make 4 short tubes.

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Appliqué placement diagram

948.eps

Block

Nancy R. Shotick Assembly

C

1. Sew a gold 2˝ × 61⁄2˝ strip to opposite sides of the A

B

square. Sew gold 2 × 91⁄2˝ strips to the remaining sides.

F A

A

2. Sew a light blue 2˝ × 91⁄2˝ strip to opposite sides of the block. Sew light blue 2˝ × 121⁄2˝ strips to the remaining sides.

Cutting

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In addition to the fabrics listed below, you will need scraps of dark blue and white for the paper-pieced center star. Medium blue: Cut 1 square 61⁄2˝ (A). Light blue: Cut 4 squares 41⁄2˝ (B). Cut 2 strips 2˝ × 91⁄2˝. Cut 2 strips 2˝ × 121⁄2˝. Gold: Cut 4 squares 21⁄2˝ (C). Cut 2 strips 2˝ × 61⁄2˝. Cut 2 strips 2˝ × 91⁄2˝. Dark green: Cut 8 F (page 29) and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method. (See Quilting 101,, page 35.)

3. Use a pencil to mark a light diagonal line on the back of the B squares. Position the squares on the block corners and sew on the marked lines. Trim excess fabric 1⁄4˝ away from the seams and press. 962.eps

Nancy R. Shotick Block

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9. Appliqué F leaves to the block, following the diagram for placement.

B

F

4. Use a pencil to mark a light diagonal line on the back of the C squares. Position the squares on the block corners and sew on the marked lines. Trim excess fabric 1⁄4˝ away from the seams and press. 963.eps

10. Use hand or machine embroidery to add veins to the leaves, if desired.

C

965.eps

Embroider veins on leaves.

5. Make 4 copies each of foundation paper piecing patterns D and E (page 29).

6.Paper piece 4 D units and 4 E units, following the diagram for fabric placement. (See Quilting 101, page 35.) 964.eps Sew each D to an E to make 1 block quarter. Sew the block quarters together to complete the star block.

7.

8. Use your favorite method to appliqué the star block to the center of the pieced block.

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960a.eps

Block

Keri Minnick Cut 1 rectangle 11⁄4˝ × 2˝ (M). H

P

Cut 4 rectangles 21⁄2˝ × 3˝ (P).

Cut 2 squares 43⁄8˝. Cut each in half diagonally once to make 4 half-square triangles (Q).

Q J

I N N

J

L M

Assembly

M L O

K

1. Sew a dark green 11⁄4˝ L square to a gold 11⁄4˝ L square. 2. Sew gold rectangle M to pieced squares. Sew dark green rectangle M to opposite side. Press.

3. Sew 2 dark green rectangles N, then 1 O to the pieced unit following the diagram for placement and pressing after each seam.

4. Sew 1 tan rectangle I, then 2 J, then 1 K in the same manner to complete the center square.

Cutting Tan

Cut 4 squares 3˝ (H). 906.eps Cut 4 squares 33⁄8˝. Cut 1 rectangle 11⁄2˝ × 31⁄2˝ (I). Cut 2 rectangles 11⁄2˝ × 41⁄2˝ (J). Cut 1 rectangle 11⁄2˝ × 51⁄2˝ (K). Dark green

I N

M L L M

O

J

K

N J

5. Sew 2 gold Q triangles to opposite sides of the center square. Press. Sew 2 gold Q triangles to the remaining sides of the center square. 966.eps

Cut 1 square 11⁄4˝ (L). Cut 4 squares 33⁄8˝. Cut 1 rectangle 11⁄4˝ × 2˝ (M). Cut 2 rectangles 11⁄4˝ × 23⁄4˝ (N). Cut 1 rectangle 11⁄4˝ × 31⁄2˝ (O). Gold Cut 1 square 11⁄4˝ (L).

6. Use the 33⁄8˝ tan squares and the 33⁄8˝ light green squares to make 8 half-square triangle units. (See Quilting 101, page 35.) 967.epsKeri Minnick Block

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7. Arrange all the units, following the diagram for placement.

8. Sew the side units together and then sew them to the center unit. Press.

9. Sew the top row units together, then the bottom row units.

10. Sew top and bottom rows to the block.

Assembly diagram

968.eps

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Block

Gayla McDonald Assembly

1. Make 1 copy each of paper piecing patterns H, I, J, K,

Mr

and L (pages 30–33). M M

2. Paper piece the H–L units (see Quilting 101, page 35) and then sew them together, referring to the diagram for placement. Use yellow and orange for the rays and cream for the background.

3. Sew a blue strip to the paper-pieced unit next to the orange and yellow pieces. Press.

4. Trim the ends of the blue strip even with the angled sides of the pieced unit. I

Cutting

In addition to the fabrics listed below, you will need scraps of orange and yellow. 907.eps

H

J

K

L

Cream: 1 fat quarter.

5. Sew a green strip on one side of the pieced unit,

Assorted dark blues: Cut 4 strips between 2˝–21⁄2˝ wide × about 8˝ long.

crossing the seam between the paper-pieced section and the blue strip. Press and trim the ends of strip even with 907a.eps the sides of the unit.

Assorted medium to dark greens: Cut 6 strips between 11⁄2˝–31⁄2˝ wide × about 10˝ long. Make template M from the pattern on page 34. Cut 2 M. Flip the template over and cut 1 Mr. Prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method. (See Quilting 101, page 35.)

6. Sew a green strip to the opposite side of the blue strip, pressing and trimming the ends as before.

Cut 1 bias strip 1˝ × 7˝.

907b.eps

Gayla McDonald Block

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7. Similarly, add 3 blue strips and then 4 more green strips, trimming after each seam. Vary the angles of the strips so the seams are not exactly parallel to one another, following the diagram (page 17) for suggested placement.

8. Trim the block to 121⁄2˝ square. 9. Sew the bias strip907c.eps into a tube with right side facing out. Appliqué the tube to the block, then the M and Mr leaves to the block, following the diagram for placement.

K

Mr I

L

M M J H

Assembly diagram

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Block

Debra Shetler K

H

Dark green: Cut 12 leaves J and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method.

J

I

Cut 1 bias strip 1˝ × 28˝.

Medium blue: Cut 4 strips 3⁄4˝ × 31⁄2˝. L

Cut 2 strips 3⁄4˝ × 6˝. Cut 2 strips 3⁄4˝ × 121⁄2˝. Cut 5 flowers H and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method.

Assembly

1. Sew medium green triangles to opposite sides of the cream square L. Press. Add medium green triangles to the remaining sides of the square. Press.

Cutting

Cream: Cut 4 squares 31⁄2˝ (K).

L

908.eps Cut 4 rectangles 31⁄2˝ × 6˝. Cut 1 square 35⁄8˝ (L). Gold: Cut 2 rectangles 1˝ × 5˝. Cut 2 rectangles 1˝ × 6˝. Cut 5 flowers I (page 34) and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method. (See Quilting 101, page 35.)

2. Sew a gold 1˝ × 5˝ strip to the top and bottom of the center square. Press. Add 1˝ × 6˝ gold strips to the remaining sides.

983.eps

Medium green: Cut 2 squares 31⁄8˝. Cut each in half diagonally once to make 4 triangles.

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Debra Shetler Block

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3. Sew the bias strip into a tube with right sides facing out. Cut the tube into quarters to make 4 stems. Appliqué the stems to the 31⁄2˝ × 6˝ cream rectangles, following the diagram below for correct placement.

4. Appliqué leaves J and flower parts H and I to the cream pieces, following the placement diagram for correct placement.

5. Arrange and sew the pieces into 3 rows with 3⁄4˝ × 121⁄2˝ blue strips between rows, following the diagram for placement.

Assembly diagram

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Block

Tanya Anderson Assembly H

1. Use the 47⁄8˝ cream squares and the 47⁄8˝ gold squares to make 4 half-square triangle units. (See Quilting 101, page 35.)

2. Arrange half-square triangle units, a cream square, and 4 gold squares into 3 rows. Sew the rows together to make a Friendship Star block.

3. Appliqué hearts H to block, following the diagram for placement.

4. Embroider lettering by hand or machine, if desired.

Cutting

H

Cream: Cut 1 square 41⁄2˝. Cut 2 squares 47⁄8˝.

909.eps

Gold: Cut 2 squares 47⁄8˝. Cut 4 squares 41⁄2˝. Assorted blues: Cut 4 hearts H (page 34) and prepare them according to your favorite appliqué method. (See Quilting 101, page 35.) Assorted greens: Cut 4 hearts H.

Appliqué placement diagram

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Tanya Anderson Block

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Block Settings C

A

Cr

Assembly

1. Sew 1 B and 1 Br to a dark blue triangle A to make a short block border. Make 20.

Br

2. Sew 1 C and 1 Cr to a dark blue triangle A to make a long block border. Make 20. 12” Sampler Block

B

3. Sew 2 short block borders strips to the opposite sides of each sampler block. Press. Sew 1 long block border to the top of the block and sew 1 long block border to the bottom. Press.

4. Arrange the 10 sampler blocks and the 4 cream rectangles into 3 columns, as shown in the assembly diagram. Sew the units into vertical rows. Press. Sew the rows together. Press.

Cutting

Make templates B and C from patterns on page 24. Assorted dark blues: Cut988.eps 10 squares 71⁄4˝. Cut each in half diagonally twice to make 40 dark blue triangles (A). Light gold background: Cut 20 B. Flip the template over and cut 20 Br. Cut 20 C. Flip the template over and cut 20 Cr. Cut 4 rectangles 91⁄2˝ × 181⁄2˝.

Assembly diagram

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Border Blocks F

D

Fr

Er

Quilt Assembly

1. Sew the 2 long border strips to the sides of the quilt. Press.

2. Sew the 2 short border strips to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press.

3. Refer to Quilting 101, page 35 to layer the quilt top,

E

batting, and backing. Baste. Quilt as desired. Attach a hanging sleeve, if desired, and bind with dark blue fabric.

Cutting

Make templates E and F from patterns on page 24.

996.eps

Assorted dark blues: Cut 46 squares 31⁄4˝. Cut each in half diagonally twice to make 184 triangles (D). Assorted medium to dark greens: Cut 46 squares 41⁄2˝. Light gold background: Cut 92 E. Flip the template over and cut 92 Er. Cut 92 F. Flip the template over and cut 92 Fr.

Assembly

1. Sew 1 E and 1 Er to a dark blue triangle D to make a short block border. Make 92.

2. Sew 1 F and 1 Fr to a dark blue triangle D to make a long block border. Make 92.

3. Sew 2 short block borders to opposite sides of each dark green square. Press. Sew 1 long block border to the top of each square and sew 1 long block strip to the bottom. Press.

4. Sew 12 border blocks together to make a long border strip. Press. Repeat to make a second long border strip.

5. Sew 11 border blocks together to make a short border strip. Press. Repeat to make a second short border strip.

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Quilting 101 Fabric requirements are based on a 42˝ width. Many fabrics shrink when washed, and widths vary by manufacturer. In cutting instructions, strips are cut on the crosswise grain, unless otherwise noted.

Seam Allowances

A 1⁄4˝ seam allowance is used throughout. It’s a good idea to do a test seam before you begin sewing to check that your 1⁄4˝ is accurate.

Pressing

In general, press seams toward the darker fabric. Press lightly in an up-and-down motion. Avoid using a very hot iron or over-ironing, which can distort shapes and blocks.

Half-Square Triangle Blocks

1. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of a fabric square. Place the marked square right sides together with an unmarked square.

Foundation Paper Piecing

Once you get used to it, foundation paper piecing is an easy way to ensure that your blocks will be accurate. You sew on the side of the paper with the printed lines. Fabric is placed on the nonprinted side. With paper piecing, you don’t have to worry about the fabric grain. You are stitching on paper, which stabilizes the block. The paper is not removed until after the quilt top has been constructed.

1. Trace or photocopy the number of paper-piecing patterns needed for your project.

2. Use a smaller-than-usual stitch length (1.5–1.8, or 18–20 stitches per inch) and a slightly larger needle (size 90/14). This makes the paper removal easier and will result in tighter stitches that cannot be pulled apart when you tear off the paper.

3. Cut the pieces slightly larger than necessary—about 3⁄4˝ larger; more for triangles. They do not need to be perfect shapes–one of the joys of paper piecing!

4. Follow the number sequence when piecing. Pin piece 2. Sew 1⁄4˝ away from each side of the drawn line and then cut on the drawn line to014 make 2 half-square triangle units. Press each unit open with the seam toward the darker fabric.

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1 in place on the blank side of the paper, making sure you don’t place the pin anywhere near a seamline. The wrong side of the fabric is against the paper. Hold the paper up to the light to make sure that the piece covers the area it is supposed to and that the seam allowance is amply covered.

5. Fold the pattern back at the stitching line and use a small acrylic ruler and a rotary cutter to trim the fabric to a 1⁄4˝ seam allowance.

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6. Cut piece 2 large enough to cover area 2 plus a generous seam allowance. Cut each piece larger than you think necessary; it might be a bit wasteful, but it’s better than ripping out tiny stitches! Align the edge of piece 2 with the trimmed seam allowance of piece 1, right sides together, and pin. With the paper side up, sew on the line between pieces 1 and 2.

7. Open piece 2 and press. 8. Continue sewing each piece in order, being sure to fold back the paper pattern and trim the seam allowance to 1⁄4˝ before adding the next piece.

9. Trim all around the finished unit to the 1⁄4˝ seam allowance. Leave the paper intact until after the blocks have been sewn together; then carefully remove it. Creasing the paper at the seamline helps when tearing it.

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Paper-Piecing Hints When making several identical blocks, it helps to work in assembly-line fashion. Add pieces 1 and 2 to each of the blocks; then add 3, and so on. Precutting all the pieces at once is a time-saver. Make one block first to ensure that each fabric piece will cover the area needed. To trim the seam, place a card or an envelope along the stitching line when folding the pattern back. Sometimes the seam allowance needs to be pressed toward the light fabric when dark and light pieces are sewn together, and the edge of the dark seam allowance might show through the light fabric. To prevent this, trim the dark seam allowance about 1⁄16˝ narrower than the light seam allowance.

Preparation for Hand Appliqué

1. To prepare the background block for appliqué, fold it in half horizontally, vertically, and twice diagonally, pressing after each fold to mark the block’s center and to create placement lines.

2. Using the patterns provided, trace each appliqué shape onto template plastic or freezer paper and cut out on the line. Place the appliqué templates onto the background and lightly mark their locations on the background, 1⁄8˝ inside the sewing line.

3. Trace around the templates onto the desired appliqué QI-17-H fabrics, adding a scant 1⁄4˝ seam allowance. Cut out the pieces along the pencil lines.

Machine Appliqué Using Fusible-Web Adhesive

1. Lay the fusible web sheet paper-side-up on the pattern and trace with a pencil. Trace detail lines with a permanent marker for ease in transferring to the fabric.

2. Use paper-cutting scissors to roughly cut out the pieces. Leave at least a 1⁄4˝ border.

3. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the web patterns to the wrong side of the appliqué fabrics. It helps to use an appliqué-pressing sheet to avoid getting the adhesive on your ironing board.

4. Cut out the pieces along the pencil lines. Do not remove the paper yet.

5. Transfer the detail lines to the fabric by placing the pieces on a lightbox or up against a window and marking the fabric. Use pencil for this task; the lines will be covered by thread.

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6. Remove the paper and position the appliqué pieces on your project. Be sure the web (rough) side is down. Fuse in place, following the manufacturer’s instructions. 7. Stitch around the edges using either a straight stitch or a satin stitch.

Backing

Plan to make the backing at least 2˝ larger than the quilt top on all sides. Prewash the backing fabric and trim the selvages before you sew the backing sections together. To economize, you can sew the back from any leftover fabrics or blocks in your collection.

Batting

The type of batting to use is a personal decision; consult your local quilt shop. Cut batting approximately 2˝ larger on all sides than your quilt top.

Layering

Spread the backing wrong side up and tape the edges down with masking tape. (If you are working on carpet, you can use T-pins to secure the backing to the carpet.) Center the batting on top of the backing, smoothing out any folds. Center the quilt top right side up on top of the batting and backing.

Double-Fold Straight Grain Binding (French Fold)

1. Trim excess batting and backing from the quilt. If you want a 1⁄4˝ finished binding, cut fabric strips 21⁄4˝ wide and sew them together end-to-end with a diagonal seam to make a continuous binding strip.

2. Press the seams open; then press the entire strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. With raw edges even, pin the binding to the edge of the quilt starting a few inches from one corner and leaving the first few inches of the binding unattached. Start sewing, using a 1⁄4˝ seam allowance.

3. Stop 1⁄4˝ from the first corner and backstitch one stitch. Lift the presser foot and rotate the quilt. Fold the binding at a 45-degree angle so it extends straight above the quilt. Then bring the binding strip down even with the edge of the quilt. Begin sewing at the folded edge.

Sew to 1⁄4˝ from the corner.

Basting

If you plan to machine quilt, pin baste the quilt layers together with safety pins placed at least 3˝–4˝ apart. Begin basting in the center and move toward the edges first in vertical, then horizontal, rows. If you plan to hand quilt, baste the layers together with thread using a long needle and light-colored thread. Knot one end of the thread. Using stitches approximately the length of the needle, begin in the center and move out toward the edges.

Quilting

Whether done by hand or machine, quilting should enhance the pieced or appliqué design of the quilt. You may choose to quilt in-the-ditch, echo the pieced or appliquéd motifs, use patterns from quilting design books and stencils, or do your own free-motion quilting.

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4. Repeat in the same manner at all corners.

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5. When you reach the beginning, fold the ending tail of the binding back on itself where it meets the beginning tail. From the fold, measure and mark the cut width of your binding strip. Cut the ending binding tail to this measurement. For example, if your binding is cut 21⁄4˝ wide, measure and mark 21⁄4˝ from the fold of the ending tail and cut the tail to this length.

6. Open both tails. Place 1 tail on top of the other tail at a right angle, right sides together. Mark a diagonal line from the top of one corner to the bottom of the other corner and sew on the line. Trim the seam to 1⁄4˝. Press open.

Sew the ends of the binding diagonally.

7. Finish sewing the binding to the quilt. Fold the binding over the raw edges to the quilt back and hand stitch, mitering the corners.

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