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Scrappy Strip-Pieced Squares

If you’re hooked on the look of crochet, here’s how to get it with fabric rather than yarn. Craft each scrappy block from strip-pieced squares in six 1930s reproduction prints from Darlene Zimmerman’s Paper Doll collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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Assemble Blocks


Pay attention to pressing directions so pieces nest in finished blocks.

1. Sew together a solid white 1-3/4x35" strip and a light blue print 1-1/2x35" strip to make strip set A (Diagram 1). Do not press seam yet. Cut a 7"-wide Unit A from strip set A; press seam in unit away from solid white strip. Cut Unit A into four 1-1/2"-wide A segments.

2. Referring to Diagram 2, add an assorted 1930s print 1-1/2x28" strip to bottom edge of remaining strip set A to make strip set B. Do not press seam. Cut a 7"-wide Unit B from strip set B; press seams in unit toward solid white strip. Cut Unit B into four 1-1/2"-wide B segments.

3. In the same manner, sew an assorted print 1930s 1-1/2x21" strip to bottom edge of remaining strip set B to make strip set C (Diagram 3). Cut a 7"-wide Unit C; press seams in unit away from solid white strip. Cut Unit C into four 1-1/2"-wide C segments.

4. Join an assorted 1930s print 1-1/2x14" strip to bottom edge of remaining strip set C to make strip set D (Diagram 4). Cut a 7"-wide Unit D; press seams in unit toward solid white strip. Cut Unit D into four 1-1/2"-wide D segments.

5. Add an assorted 1930s print 1-1/2x7" strip to bottom edge of remaining strip set D to make Unit E; press seams in unit away from solid white strip (Diagram 5). Cut Unit E into four 1-1/2"-wide E segments.

6. Referring to Diagram 6, sew together one solid white 1-3/4" square and one each of segments A, B, C, and D to make a block quadrant. Press seams away from D segment. Repeat to make four block quadrants total.

7. Referring to Diagram 7, lay out block quadrants, E segments, and one assorted 1930s print 1-1/2" square in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams away from E segments. Join rows to make a block; press seams away from center row.

8. Trim block to 9" square including seam allowances (Diagram 8). Handle block carefully to avoid stretching bias edges.

9. Repeat steps 1–8 to make four blocks total.

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