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Neon Dreams

Clever piecing creates stars amidst an Irish Chain block variation.

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Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, alternate six solid white 12-1⁄2" setting squares and five A sashing units; sew together to make Row 1. Press seams away from sashing units. The row should be 12-1⁄2×102-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make Row 11.

2. To make Row 2, lay out two A sashing units, five solid pink 6-1⁄2" sashing squares, and four B sashing units (Quilt Assembly Diagram); join. Press seams away from sashing units. The row should be 6-1⁄2×102-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make rows 4, 6, 8, and 10.

3. To make Row 3, lay out two solid white 12-1⁄2" setting squares, five B sashing units, and four Irish Chain blocks (Quilt Assembly Diagram); join. Press seams away from sashing units. The row should be 12-1⁄2×102-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make rows 5, 7, and 9.

4. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram for orientation of rows 1 and 11, join rows to complete quilt top. Press seams in one direction.

 

Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired. Heather Cartwright machine-quilted a scallop design across the quilt top (Quilting Diagram).

3. Use a pencil to trace the curved edge of a plate or bowl at each quilt corner. Trim on marked lines.

4. Bind with solid pink 2-1⁄2"-wide bias strips.

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