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Classic Blue Heirloom Quilt

Pairing gray with blue instead of white with blue puts a twist on the classic two-color combination. Fussy-cutting an ikat print for the outer border gives the appearance of more intricate piecing without the additional work—perfect when you want to save time but not scrimp on style! Fabrics are from the Heirloom collection by Dear Stella.

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Cut and Assemble Light Blocks

The following instructions result in one light block. Repeat cutting and assembly steps to make six light blocks total.

From one light blue print, cut:
4—--2x6-1/2" rectangles
4—--2x3-1/2" rectangles

1. Referring to Diagram 4, lay out four dark blue print 2" squares, four light blue print 2x3-1/2" rectangles, and one dark blue print 3-1/2" square in three rows.

2. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward dark blue squares. Join rows to make a block center. Press seams away from center row.

3. Sew a dark blue print 2" square to each end of a light blue print 2x6-1/2" rectangle to make a pieced strip (Diagram 5). Press seam toward dark blue print. Repeat to make a second pieced strip.

4. Add remaining light blue print 2x6-1/2" rectangles to opposite edges of block center (Diagram 6). Press seams toward block center. Sew pieced strips to remaining edges of block center to make a light block. Press seams toward pieced strips. The block should be 9-1/2" square including seam allowances.

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