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Tricks and Treats

Learn a few new techniques—easy, fusible appliqué and chain piecing—to make this bright and funky Halloween quilt come together quickly.

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Assemble Checkerboard Units

1.  Referring to Diagram 1, lay out eight purple print 2-1⁄2" squares and eight yellow print 2-1⁄2" squares in four rows.

2.  Sew together squares in each row. Press seams toward purple print squares.

TIP: When you’re sewing many squares together, save time by chain-piecing. To chain-piece, machine-sew pairs of squares together one after the other without lifting the presser foot or clipping threads between pairs (Diagram 2).

3.  Join rows to make a purple-and-yellow checkerboard unit. The unit should be 8-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

4.  Using 12 purple print 2-1⁄2" squares and 12 orange print 2-1⁄2" squares, repeat steps 1 through 3 to make a purple-and-orange checkerboard unit (Diagram 3). The unit should be 12-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

5.  Using 18 purple print 2-1⁄2" squares and 18 green print 2-1⁄2" squares, repeat steps 1 through 3 to make a purple-and-green checkerboard unit (see upper left-hand rectangle in Quilt Assembly Diagram). The unit should be 18-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

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