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Monday, July 04, 2005

Fourth Of July!

Let your patriotism shine with this scrappy red, white, and blue lap quilt. The use of simple 4-patch blocks and those with stitch-and-trim corners make it an easy quilt, but one that will dazzle the eye and warm the heart. Get ready to snuggle under the fireworks!

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Quilt Size: 60” x 72”

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The large lap quilt shown here is made using 80 blocks set 8 blocks across by 10 blocks down.

Two bold color families, medium to dark reds and blues, and a common white or light fabric will make this a spectacular quilt. Because it uses scrappy fabrics, it’s the perfect project for a collection of red and blue fat quarters.

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BLOCK A (make 40)
Make four-patch blocks using (2) different red and (2) different blue 3 ½”
squares. For easy matching, press seams in alternating directions.
Completed 4-patch blocks should each measure 6 ½” square.

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Block B Block B & Block C

BLOCK B (make 38, 1 red & 1 blue triangle) and BLOCK C (make 2, both triangles are red)
You will use the stitch-and-trim technique to make triangle in two corners of the B and C blocks.


On the back of the 3 ½” squares, draw a diagonal pencil line from one corner to the other. This will be your stitching line.


With right sides together, place a red 3 ½” square in the corner of the large 6 ½” square, lining up the edges and outside corner. Sew on the pencil line from corner to corner as illustrated. Trim off the corner, leaving a ¼” seam allowance. Press toward the triangle.


Repeat in the opposite corner using a blue 3 ½” square. Trim and press toward triangle. Blocks should each measure 6 ½” square. For Block C, use 3 ½” red fabric squares in both corners.

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Assembling the Quilt :
Finish your quilt by arranging the A, B, and C blocks 8 blocks across by 10 blocks down (arranging blocks as illustrated at the top of this page—watch position of red and blue fabrics—the two C blocks are positioned in the center as shown here).


Borders and Finishing:


Border #1 is made by cutting (6) 2 ½” x width of fabric strips
Border #2 is made by cutting (6) 4 ½” x width of fabric strips

Click here for more border attaching hints!

Quilt as desired and bind using (8) 2 ½” x width of fabric strips to make French-fold binding.

Click here for a tutorial on applying binding!

5 comments:

gee.r said...

I have just found your site and your quilts are amazing.I am new to quilting and am so grateful for your free tutorials and patterns,this fourth of july quilt is absolutely stunning.thank you for sharing. Geraldine.

gee.r said...

I have just found your site and your quilts are amazing.I am new to quilting and am so grateful for your free tutorials and patterns,this fourth of july quilt is absolutely stunning.thank you for sharing. Geraldine.

Pam said...

Love this quilt! Thank you!!

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Perfect for my next QOV! Thank you dear Girl!

Anna McCurdy said...

Hi Bonnie,
I am going to make this as pattern as a wedding signature block quilt. I wondered if you have seen any one do it in any other color combos- The woman I am making this for loves autumnal/earth colors with a smattering of blue and I am trying to figure out whether you could do it a bit scrappy and still get the effect I am going to use cream for the white blocks and haven't quite got the other fabrics figured out though I have a collection of orange,rust yellow, brown, grey and a smattering of blue. Have you got any advice about the color choices..
I am also going to enlarge the pattern to create to use 100 cream blocks so it is going to end up a king sized quilt. LOL
Thanks Anna