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Flannel Stars and Trees

Flannel quilts are just the right weight to carry to an outdoor event or curl up with by the fireplace, making them the ultimate cover-ups for cool fall days. Designer Peggy Kotek sprinkled 25 pieced blocks—trees, stars, and bow ties—among assorted setting squares to make a generous-size throw.

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Cut and Assemble Bow Tie Blocks


The following instructions will make one bow tie block. Repeat to make seven bow tie blocks total.

From one medium or dark print, plaid, or stripe, cut:
2—3-1/2" squares
2—2" squares

From one light print, plaid, or stripe, cut:
2—3-1/2" squares

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each medium or dark print, plaid, or stripe 2" square.

2. Align a marked 2" square with one corner of a light print, plaid, or stripe 3-1/2" square (Diagram 6; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line; trim excess, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle to make a pieced unit. The pieced unit should be 3-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second pieced unit.

3. Referring to Diagram 7, sew together pieced units and two medium or dark print, plaid, or stripe 3-1/2" squares in pairs. Press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make a bow tie block. Press seam in one direction. The bow tie block should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances.

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