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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 and Add Borders

1. Sew together three border units, two gold print 4-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" rectangles, and two gold print 4-1⁄2" squares to make a short inner border strip (Quilt Assembly Diagram; note position of burgundy print in border units). Press seams toward gold print pieces. The short inner border strip should be 4-1⁄2×44-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second short inner border strip.

2. Sew together three border units, two gold print 4-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" rectangles, and two gold print 4-1⁄2×8-1⁄2" rectangles to make a long inner border strip (Quilt Assembly Diagram; note position of burgundy print in border units). Press seams toward gold print rectangles. The long inner border strip should be 4-1⁄2×52-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second long inner border strip.

3. Join short inner border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border.

4. Cut and piece red print 1-1⁄2×42" strips to make:
2—1-1⁄2×54-1⁄2" middle border strips
2—1-1⁄2×52-1⁄2" middle border strips

5. Sew short middle border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long middle border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward middle border.

6. Cut and piece red-and-green floral 5-1⁄2×42" strips to make:
2—5-1⁄2×64-1⁄2" outer border strips
2—5-1⁄2×54-1⁄2" outer border strips

7. Sew short outer border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long outer border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward outer border.

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