357 Slices
Medium 9781617452826

Starburst

Emily Breclaw C&T Publishing ePub

PIECED BY Emily Breclaw
QUILTED BY Amy Jameson

Changing the colors of one rosette and the surrounding singles creates an interesting off-center focal point for this cheerful quilt. Create a completely different look by substituting a different choice of singles and rosettes. See Design Primerfor an example with different rosettes and singles.

materials

ORANGE: 3⅝ yards

PINK: ⅞ yard

YELLOW: ½ yard

LAVENDER: ⅜ yard

DARK PINK: ⅜ yard

PURPLE: ¼ yard

DARK YELLOW: ⅛ yard

ACCENT DARK PINK: ¼ yard

DARK PURPLE: ¼ yard

BORDER: ⅞ yard

BACKING: 4¾ yards

BINDING: ⅝ yard

BATTING: 65˝ × 85˝

cutting

Use the 3˝ hexagon family of patterns. In the instructions that follow, large shapes measure 3˝ on a side and small shapes measure 1½˝ on a side. Refer to Cutting and Preparing Patchesas needed.

ORANGE

•Cut 5 strips 5¾˝ × width of fabric; subcut into 28 large hexagons.

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Medium 9781571209603

Dresden Plate

Emily Cier C&T Publishing ePub

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE

15″ × 15″

FINISHED QUILT SIZE

Crib: 45″ × 60″

Lap: 60″ × 60″

Twin: 75″ × 90″

Queen: 90″ × 90″

This hard-edged Dresden Plate uses contrast and angles to bring an entirely new look without changing the structure of the classic pattern.

There should be a stark contrast between the solids and prints and between the prints themselves. The chart lists the minimum number of prints needed, but additional prints may be used for more variety. Precut 10″ × 10″ layer cake squares may be used instead and will give an even wider variety.

No additional cutting is needed for the layer cake squares.

∗wof = width of fabric

1. Sort the 10″ print squares into roughly equal stacks of at least 5 squares each. When sorting, make sure to evenly distribute the patterns, colors, and design styles. You want each stack to be as diverse as possible.

2. Take the first stack and spread the squares into a row. Arrange the squares, making sure no 2 matching colors or prints are next to each other and that the first and last squares are different. Stack the squares, aligning the edges for cutting. Repeat for the other stacks.

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Medium 9781571203236

5. Finishing

Judy Sisneros C&T Publishing ePub

Fall Into Winter, 55" x 37", Judy Sisneros, 2003. Machine pieced and quilted.

Sew the Blocks Together

Now that your design is complete, how do you sew it together? Some quilters take two blocks, sew them together, and return them to the design surface, one pair at a time. This works fine, but it is very time-consuming. I’ll show you my way, then you can decide whether you want to use it. This method is definitely quicker once you get used to it.

Look at the composition of the quilt as if it were a jigsaw puzzle. You will put it together in units, depending on the design. We’ll use the sewing diagram above as an example. Refer to the numbers for the horizontal rows and the letters for the vertical rows.

TIP

Use a neutral thread, such as gray, to blend with your fabrics.

Sewing Diagram

1. Begin at the bottom left side of the quilt. Take blocks 7A and 7B and place them right sides together with block 7B on top. The side that you will stitch should be on the right, ready to place in the machine.

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Medium 9781571204042

Fabric and Tools

M'Liss Rae Hawley C&T Publishing PDF

Fat-Quarter-Friendly

Fabric and Tools

Working with fat quarters doesn’t mean you have to make only small-scale quilts. The size of the fat quarter dictates the size of the blocks or units, not the overall size of the quilt. Full size, queen size, even king size—the sky’s the limit!

The patterns in the book call for six or more fat quarters to use for the primary design or motif

(Framed in Starlight on page 42 uses nineteen!), background fabric (fat quarters of multiple fabrics or a single piece of fabric), and yardage for borders, bindings, and backing. We’ll start with the fat quarters—naturally!

What Is a Fat Quarter?

Unlike a standard 1⁄4 yard of fabric, which is cut across the full width of the fabric and measures

9˝ × 42˝, a fat quarter is 1⁄2 yard of fabric (18˝ × 42˝)

Deputy Sheriff, my version of

Pony Express Star (page 63), uses six fat quarters for the block centers, a single light background fabric, and various fabrics for star points, setting elements, borders, and binding.

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M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Fat Quarter Quilts

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Medium 9781571204462

Blooming Rectangles

Judy Sisneros C&T Publishing PDF

If you have a design wall with a

2˝ grid on it, the design process will be much easier. These can be purchased at quilt shops.

You’ll find that assembling the quilt will be easier if you follow the instructions step-by-step.

Fabric Requirements

(Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.)

FLORAL FOCUS FABRIC: 2 yards for rectangles and outer border

GREEN: 11 ⁄ 4 yards for inner border, rectangles, and binding

RED: 1 yard for inner border and rectangles

FERN PRINT: 7 ⁄ 8 yard for rectangles

Cut 4 strips side-by-side.

FROM THE GREEN FABRIC, CUT:

3 strips 41 ⁄ 2 ˝ × wof

8 strips 21 ⁄ 2 ˝ × wof

1

BACKING: 3 ⁄ 4 yards

Subcut 2 strips into:

BATTING: 58˝ × 68˝

2 strips 21 ⁄ 2 ˝ × 241 ⁄ 2 ˝

FUSIBLE WEB: 1 ⁄ 2 yard, 18˝-wide

2 strips 21 ⁄ 2 ˝ × 141 ⁄ 2 ˝

Save the remaining 6 strips for the binding.

Cutting Instructions

(wof = width of fabric)

FROM THE FLORAL FOCUS FABRIC, CUT:

1 strip 20˝ × wof. Be sure to include the area you want featured in the large rectangle.

Subcut into:

1 large vertical rectangle 121 ⁄ 2 ˝ × 181 ⁄ 2 ˝

8 vertical strips 21 ⁄ 2 ˝ × 20˝. Cut these strips

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