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Midnight Blooms Quilt

Metallic glints in the Asian-inspired fabrics add subtle sparkle to this throw-size quilt, which combines fusible appliqué with three sizes of hourglass blocks. Fabrics are from the Oriental Traditions collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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Assemble Hourglass Units


1. Sew together a dark gold print small triangle and a red print small triangle to make a small triangle-square (Diagram 1). Press seam toward darker fabric. The triangle-square should be 3-7/8" square including seam allowances. Cut triangle-square in half diagonally, cutting through seam line, to make two red small pieced triangles. Repeat to make 32 red small pieced triangles total.

2. Using black print small triangles and dark gold print small triangles, repeat Step 1 to make four small triangle-squares; cut them in half to make eight black small pieced triangles.

3. Sew together two red small pieced triangles to make a small red hourglass unit (Diagram 2). Press seam in one direction. The unit should be 3-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 16 red small hourglass units total.

4. Using black small pieced triangles, repeat Step 3 to make four black small hourglass units.

5. Sew together two assorted red, black, green, or green print medium triangles to make a medium triangle-square (Diagram 3). Press seam toward darker fabric. The medium triangle-square should be 5-3/8" square including seam allowances. Cut in half diagonally, cutting through seam line, to make two medium pieced triangles. Repeat to make 32 medium pieced triangles total.

6. Sew together two medium pieced triangles to make a medium hourglass unit (Diagram 4). Press seam in one direction. The unit should be 5" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 16 medium hourglass units total.

7. Using assorted print large triangles, repeat Step 5 to make a large triangle-square. It should be 5-7/8" square including seam allowances. Cut it into two large pieced triangles. Repeat to make 176 large pieced triangles total.

8. Using large pieced triangles, repeat Step 6 to make 88 large hourglass units. Each should be 5-1/2" square including seam allowances.

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