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Starry Square-in-a-Square Quilt

Red and blue stars team up in a patriotic wall quilt that incorporates red, navy, cream, and olive green reproduction prints. Fabrics are from Jeanne Horton's American Spirit 1880-1910 collection for Windham Fabrics.

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Assemble Block Units

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of all red print 2-1/2" squares, all assorted olive green print 2-1/2" squares, and 64 assorted navy blue print 2-1/2" squares.

2. Align a marked red print square and a marked assorted olive green print square with opposite corners of a cream floral 4-1/2" square (Diagram 1; note direction of drawn lines). Sew on drawn lines; trim excess, leaving 1/4" seam allowances. Press open attached triangles.

3. Align a marked red print square and a marked assorted olive green print square with remaining corners of cream print square (note direction of drawn lines); sew, trim, and press as before to make a Square-in-a-Square unit. The unit should be 4-1/2" square including seam allowances.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 32 Square-in-a-Square units total.

5. Align a marked assorted olive green print square and a marked navy blue print square with opposite ends of a light print 2-1/2x6-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 2; note direction of drawn lines). Sew on drawn lines to make a rectangle unit; trim excess, leaving 1/4" seam allowances. Press open attached triangles. Repeat to make 32 rectangle units total. Repeat to make 32 rectangle units with reversed color placement.

6. Sew together a rectangle unit and a reversed rectangle unit to make a rectangle pair (Diagram 3). Press seam open. Repeat to make 32 rectangle pairs total.

 

 

Assemble Blocks

1. Referring to Diagram 4, sew together four Square-in-a-Square units, four light print 4-1/2" squares, and one light olive green print 4-1/2" square in three rows. Press seams toward light print and light olive green print 4-1/2" squares. Join rows to make block center. Press seams toward top and bottom rows. The block center should be 12-1/2" square including seam allowances.

2. Referring to Diagram 5, sew rectangle pairs to top and bottom edges of block center. Press seams toward block center. Sew a navy blue print 2-1/2" square to each end of two rectangle pairs to make two pieced units. Press seams toward navy blue print squares. Add pieced units to opposite edges of block center to make a block (Diagram 5). The block should be 16-1/2" square including seam allowances.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make five blocks total.

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