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Prints of Egypt

Create a dramatic, global-inspired table runner from a mix of paisley and geometric prints. A border looks more complicated when cut from a stripe. Fabrics are from the Dasara collection by Timeless Treasures.

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Assemble Flying Geese Units

Designer Pat Sloan uses a technique that makes four Flying Geese from squares; no triangles are involved. The instructions that follow are for this technique and will result in one circle print Flying Geese unit and one geometric print Flying Geese unit being left over.

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each tan paisley, red geometric, and black circle print 5-7⁄8" square.

2. Gather the four marked tan paisley squares and the red geometric print 11-1⁄4" square.

3. Referring to Diagram 1, align two marked tan paisley squares with opposite corners of red geometric print 11-1⁄4" square. Sew a scant 1⁄4" from each side of drawn lines. Cut apart on drawn lines to make two triangle units (Diagram 2). Press seams toward tan paisley triangles.

4. Referring to Diagram 3, align a marked tan paisley square with red geometric print corner of a triangle unit. Sew a scant 1⁄4" from each side of drawn line; cut apart on drawn line (Diagram 4). Press seams toward tan paisley triangles to make two paisley Flying Geese units. Each unit should be 10-1⁄2×5-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat with remaining triangle unit and marked tan paisley square to make two additional paisley Flying Geese units for four total.

5. Using marked black circle print 5-7⁄8" squares and the tan paisley 11-1⁄4" square, repeat steps 2–4 to make four circle print Flying Geese units total (Diagram 5).

6. Using marked red geometric print 5-7⁄8" squares and the black circle print 11-1⁄4" square, repeat steps 2–4 to make four geometric print Flying Geese units total (Diagram 6).

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