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Holiday Sparkle

Fussy-cut a beautiful fabric to star in the center of gemlike quilt blocks. Choose a holiday print with metallic touches for a throw that really shines. Fabrics are from the Holiday Flourish 2 collection by Peggy Toole for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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Assemble Hourglass and Border Units

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each gold print 5-1⁄4" square.

2. Layer a marked gold print square atop a burgundy print 5-1⁄4" square. Sew together with two seams, stitching 1⁄4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 3). Cut joined squares apart on drawn line to make two triangle units. Press each triangle unit open, pressing seam toward burgundy print, to make two triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 4-7⁄8" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 18 triangle-squares total.

3. On the wrong side of 12 triangle-squares, use a pencil to mark a diagonal line perpendicular to the seam line.

4. Layer a marked triangle-square atop an unmarked triangle-square, placing the burgundy print triangle of one atop the gold print triangle of the other (Diagram 4). Sew pair together with two seams, stitching 1⁄4" on each side of drawn line. Cut apart on drawn line to make two hourglass units. Press each unit open, pressing seam in one direction. The unit should be 4-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 12 hourglass units total.

5. Layer a remaining marked triangle-square atop a gold print 4-7⁄8" square (Diagram 5). Join with two seams, stitching 1⁄4" on each side of drawn line. Cut apart on drawn line to make two border units. Press each unit open, pressing seam toward large gold print triangle. Each border unit should be 4-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 12 border units total.

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