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Simply sewn, strip-piecing brings this cozy bed-size quilt together quickly.


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Winterland Retreat Bedskirt

Materials for Bedskirt
9 to 10 yards of 44/45"-wide tan ticking for skirt
2-1/2 to 3 yards of 90"-wide muslin for center panel
9 to 10 yards of 1/4"-wide cording

Finished bedskirt: fits a queen-size bed

Assemble Bedskirt
1. Measure the width and length of the bed's box spring. Add 1" to the width measurement and 2-3/4" to the length measurement to allow for seam allowances and hem. Cut a muslin rectangle to those dimensions to make the center panel.

2. Turn a short edge of the muslin center panel under 1/4"; press. Turn the same edge under another 2"; press. Topstitch the folded edge in place to hem the top edge of the center panel.

3. Measure around the center panel, starting at point A, and working alphabetically through D (see Diagram 8). Divide the resulting measurement by four and mark those points on the edges of the center panel.

4. Measure the distance from the top edge of the box spring to the floor. Add 2-1/2" to this measurement (to allow for seam allowances and a hem).

5. Multiply the previously determined A to D measurement by 2-3/4 or 3, depending on the fullness you want in the finished bedskirt and the weight of your fabric. (The heavier the fabric, the less width is needed.)

6. Cut and piece the tan ticking according to the measurements determined in steps 4 and 5 to make the skirt.

7. Turn a long edge of the tan ticking skirt under 1"; press. Turn the same edge under another 1"; press. Topstitch the folded edge in place to hem the skirt. Repeat with each short edge.
(For a bed with a footboard, make the skirt in three sections--two for the sides and one for the foot--to accommodate the legs.)

8. Position the cording 1/4" from the raw edge of the skirt. Firmly stitch across one end of the cord to secure it, then zigzag-stitch over the length of the cord, being careful not to sew through it (see Diagram 9).

9. Working along the skirt's raw edge, divide the length into fourths; mark.

10. Place the skirt on the center panel, matching marks and raw edges (see Diagram 10); pin. Pull the cord to gather the skirt into an even fit; pin in place. Join the pieces, using a 1/2" seam allowance, to complete the bedskirt.