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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.

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