Assemble Appliqué Foundations
1. Sew a set of assorted solid 2x7" strips to long edges of an assorted print 6x7" rectangle (Diagram 1). Press seams toward bright print rectangle.
2. Add solid 3-1/2x9" and 2x9" strips from the same assorted solid set to remaining edges of assorted print rectangle to make an appliqué foundation. Press seams toward print rectangle. The appliqué foundation should be 9x11-1/2" including seam allowances.
TIP: Pressing seams toward the print rectangle gives each "gift box" a little more dimension than the background of the appliqué foundation. Enhance this effect by quilting more heavily in the assorted solid strips and minimally (or not at all) in the gift box.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make nine appliqué foundations total.