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This quilt is Sew Fun and Sew Easy to whip up in co-ordinated fabrics, or in scraps!
This plaid version was made using a variety of homespuns and fabric obtained from thrift-shop shirt purchases! 80 blocks set 8X10 give this quilt a center measuring 64"X 80" before borders! Click here for close up of continuous baptist fan quilting detail!
I stitched this quilt top in a weekend retreat with my Sulphur Springs Sit n Sew group at the Stitchin' Heaven Bunkhouse in Quitman TX!
For a LAP size (shown)...try doing 30 blocks set 5X6!
From various light and dark scraps cut strips 2 1/2" wide. The minimum size is 2 1/2" X 4 1/2". Also..cut a bunch of 2 1/2" squares from your light fabrics (396 for the big quilt, or 120 for the lap size) and the same amount of 2 1/2" squares from your accent color. In the green quilt they are reds, in the brown lap quilt they are antique pinks, but the totally scrappy quilt uses everything in dark values.
These two lap size quilts were donated to the local breast cancer center.
Set the squares aside for later, and start with your strips!
All seams are 1/4" unless stated otherwise.
Place the light strips on top of the dark strips with right sides together, and stitch along one side with a 1/4" seam.
Next! lay the strip-square on top of your machine bed as shown watching the placement of the lights and darks. Place an accent square on top of the light rectangle with right sides together. Have you done these kind of "dog earred" triangles before? Set your presser foot at the upper corner of the square, and sew across the square on the diagonal through both layers. If it helps you, you can draw a diagonal line on the square from corner to corner first, but I prefer to just "aim and shoot!" The extra will be trimmed later! Just keep stuffing these through your machine til you have the little squares sewn to the big squares in this way....
Is THIS why they started calling me The Masochist at the retreat? *LOL*
This is the pile of 396 1/2 square triangle units that I salvaged from my "dog ears" by double stitching them! NUTS, huh? I am thinking of putting them together in an ocean waves quilt...I will update on that later if it ever gets past the UFO stage..*heehee* These little units will be squared up at 2"....fun!
By this point you should have all your block quarters finished.
Now we are getting somewhere!! Time to sew the block quarters into block halves! Like this:
Our minds will always see the "dark" stars first when we look at the quilt, but we make the block with LIGHT stars first, then the dark ones appear when the blocks are set together. Stitch all your block halves....and press.
Finished blocks look like this!
Mary and I are "bookends" as far as the family goes. I was the first child of 8, and she is the last of 8.