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Scrappy Kaleidoscope Table Topper

Marry past and present by piecing this quilt with Civil War reproduction fabrics from the Stafford County collection by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics. An unlikely plaid creates an abstract circular illusion around the center Kaleidoscope block. Chose high-contrast prints for the asymmetrical borders to give your quilt a scrappy quality.

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1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, on left-hand edge of quilt center lay out one each of the following: olive green floral 4-1/2x6" strip, red-and-brown stripe 1-1/2x6" strip, dark brown print 4-1/2x13" strip, and brown print 1-1/2x13" strip. Join strips in horizontal pairs; press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make left border unit. Add left border unit to left-hand edge of quilt center. Press seam toward border.

2. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew together brown stripe 3-1/2x18-1/2" strip and brown print 2-1/2x18-1/2" strip to make right border unit; press seams in opposite directions. Add right border unit to right-hand edge of quilt center. Press seam toward border.

3. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, along top edge of quilt center lay out one each of the following: olive green floral 4-1/2x17" strip, red-and-brown stripe 1-1/2x17" strip, brown stripe 3-1/2x12" strip, and brown print 2-1/2x12" strip. Join strips in vertical pairs; press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make top border unit. Add to top edge of quilt center. Press seam toward border.

4. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, along bottom edge of quilt center lay out one each of the following: dark brown print 4-1/2x12-1/2" strip, brown print 1-1/2x12-1/2" strip, olive green floral 4-1/2x16-1/2" strip, and red-and-brown stripe 1-1/2x16-1/2" strip. Join strips in vertical pairs; press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make bottom border unit. Add to bottom edge of quilt center to complete quilt top. Press seam toward border.

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