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Green Pinwheels

A pretty paisley print surrounds a center of pinwheels framed with foundation-pieced sashing. Try this variety of piecing techniques to learn something new or simply improve your repertoire.

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Assemble and Add Borders

1. Cut and piece solid ivory 2×42" strips to make:
2—2×65" border No. 1 strips
2—2×51-1⁄2" border No. 1 strips

2. Sew long solid ivory border No. 1 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short solid ivory border No. 1 strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward quilt center.

3. Cut and piece large paisley print 7-1⁄2×42" strips to make:
2—7-1⁄2×68" border No. 2 strips

4. Cut and piece large paisley print 5-1⁄4×42" strips to make:
2—5-1⁄4×65-1⁄2" border No. 2 strips

5. Sew long paisley print border No. 2 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short paisley print border No. 2 strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border No. 2.

6. Cut and piece dark green print 2-1⁄2×42" strips to make:
2—2-1⁄4×77-1⁄2" border No. 3 strips
2—2-1⁄4×69" border No. 3 strips

7. Sew long dark green print border No. 3 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short dark green print border No. 3 strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border No. 2.

8. Cut and piece solid ivory 2-1⁄4×42" strips to make:
2—2-1⁄4×81" border No. 4 strips
2—2-1⁄4×72-1⁄2" border No. 4 strips

9. Sew long solid ivory border No. 4 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short solid ivory border No. 4 strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border No. 3.

10. Aligning long edges and referring to Diagram 10, sew together the following strips to make a strip set: a teal print 1-1⁄2×42" strip, a dark green print 1-1⁄2×42" strip, a light teal print 2-1⁄2×42" strip, a dark teal print 2-1⁄2×42" strip, a teal print 2-1⁄2×42" strip, a green print 1-1⁄2×42" strip, a gold print 1-1⁄2×42" strip, and a green print 2-1⁄2×42" strip. Press seams in one direction.

11. Repeat Step 9 to make five strip sets total. Cut strip sets into a total of twenty-eight 6-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" border segments.

12. Sew together eight border segments to make a border No. 5 strip. Press seams in one direction. The strip should be 6-1⁄2×84-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second border No. 5 strip. Sew border No. 5 strips to side edges of quilt center. Press seams toward border No. 5.

13. Sew light teal print 2×3-1⁄2" rectangles to opposite edges of a light green print 3-1⁄2" square (Diagram 11). Press seams toward light teal print. Add light teal print 2×6-1⁄2" rectangles to remaining edges of light green print square to make a border corner block; press as before. The border corner block should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four border corner blocks total.

14. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew together six border segments and trim to 71-1⁄2. Add two border corner blocks  to make a pieced border No. 5 strip. Press seams toward segments. Repeat to make a second pieced border No. 5 strip. Sew pieced border No. 5 strips to remaining edges of quilt center. Press seams toward border No. 5.

15. Cut and piece light green print 4-1⁄2×42" strips to make:
2—4-1⁄2×96-1⁄2" border No. 6 strips
2—4-1⁄2×92-1⁄2" border No. 6 strips

16. Sew long light green print border No. 6 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short light green print border No. 6 strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward border No. 6.

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