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Artfully Inspired

Show off your needle-turn appliqué skills on an elegant throw. Subtle shifts in color mean the Parisian-inspired motifs are nearly hidden.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Cut outer border strips lengthwise (parallel to the selvages), centering floral design between stripes.

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Designer Robyn Pandolph places freezer paper on a fabric’s right side to prepare pieces for needle-turn appliqué. To use her method, complete the following steps.

1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over patterns. Using a pencil, trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions. Cut out freezer-paper shapes on drawn lines.

TIP: Sort freezer-paper shapes into small resealable plastic bags (for example, all leaves in one bag) until you need them.

2. Using a hot, dry iron, press each freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto right side of designated fabric, leaving 1/2" between shapes. Trace around edges of freezer-paper shapes using an extra-fine-point permanent marker (this line will be turned under as you stitch).

TIP: Check the marker on scrap fabric to make sure it doesn’t bleed. As some pens age, their ink separates and tends to bleed.

3. Cut out each fabric shape, adding a 1/8"–1/4" seam allowance to all edges. (The more experienced you are with appliqué, the less seam allowance you need to needle-turn. When in doubt, trim to 1/4"; you can always trim more later as you stitch.)

From cream print, cut:
4—12-1/2" squares
4—8-1/2" squares

From green-and-tan print, cut:
4 each of patterns A, B, B reversed, K, N, O, and O reversed
36 each of patterns C and C reversed
24 of Pattern F

From solid light pink, cut:
12 each of patterns D, E, and E reversed

From light blue print, cut:
12 of Pattern G
4 of Pattern Q

From tan floral, cut:
3—6-1/2x42" strips for inner border
2—6-1/2x36-1/2" inner border strips
12 of Pattern H

From solid dark pink, cut:
4 each of patterns I, I reversed, and J
28 of Pattern L

From pink small floral, cut:
64—3-1/2" squares
36—2-1/2" squares
4 of Pattern P

From cream floral, cut:
14—3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles
4—3-1/2" squares
9—2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles

From green floral, cut:
12—4-1/2x12-1/2" sashing rectangles
14—3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles
4—3-1/2" squares
9—2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles

From pink large floral, cut:
2 of Pattern M

From green-and-pink border print, cut:
2—8-1/2x60-1/2" outer border strips
2—8-1/2x48-1/2" outer border strips

From pink print, cut:
8—2-1/2x42" binding strips