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Floating Boxes Quilt

For a striking, fresh take on modern quiltmaking, piece together blocks of bright fabric and frame them in a stylish sashing of pieced rectangles. Fabrics are from the Tufted Tweets collection by Laurie Wisbrun and Kona Cotton solids, both from Robert Kaufman.

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Cut and Assemble A Blocks

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

From one solid, cut:
2—1-1⁄2x8-1⁄2" strips
2—1-1⁄2x6-1⁄2" strips

From a second solid, cut:
2—2x11-1⁄2" strips
2—2x8-1⁄2" strips

1. Sew solid 1-1⁄2x6-1⁄2" strips to opposite edges of a medium-scale print 6-1⁄2" square (Diagram 1). Press seams away from square. Join solid 1-1⁄2x8-1⁄2" strips to remaining edges of square to make a frame (Diagram 2). Press as before.

2. Sew solid 2x8-1⁄2" strips to opposite edges of Step 1 unit. Press seams away from square. Join solid 2x11-1⁄2" strips to remaining edges to make a second frame around square (Diagram 3). Press all seams away from square.  

3. Using solid white 2-1⁄2x11-1⁄2" strips and 2-1⁄2x15-1⁄2" strips, repeat Step 2 to add a third frame to square to make a block (Diagram 4).

4. Place a 12-1⁄2"-square acrylic ruler on block, offsetting or centering ruler as desired. Leave a minimum 1⁄2" of white background on each narrow side. Trim block to 12-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.



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