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Budding Beauty

A soft, buttery yellow teamed with solid white in this bed-size quilt provides the perfect background for the bright '30s print appliqués.


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Appliqué Blocks

1.    Fold each solid white 12" square in half diagonally twice. Lightly finger-press each fold to create 20 foundation squares with appliqué placement guidelines; unfold.

2.    Referring to Appliqué Placement Diagram, lay out four 4"-long stem appliqués and sixteen 1930s print buds on each solid white foundation square; pin or glue-baste in place.

3.    Using clear monofilament thread and working from bottom layer to top, machine-zigzag-stitch around each appliqué to make 20 appliquéd blocks.

4.    Soak appliquéd blocks in cold water to remove starch. Machine-dry with dry towel to help absorb excess water. Trim excess foundation fabric from behind appliqués, leaving 1⁄4" seam allowances. Press each block from wrong side and trim to 11-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.