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Tiny Pieces Table Topper

By cutting rectangles lengthwise from striped fabric, you can create the illusion of tiny pieced squares that adds to the intricate look of the pattern. Fabrics are from the La Petite École collection by French General for Moda Fabrics.

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Assemble and Add Border


1. Use a pencil or white dressmaker’s pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of red tone-on-tone 1-3/8" squares.

2. Align a marked red tone-on-tone square with one end of a blue polka dot 1-3/8x2-1/4" rectangle (Diagram 8). Stitch on marked line and trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press attached triangle open, pressing seam toward blue polka dot. Align a second marked red tone-on-tone square with remaining end of rectangle. Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a blue Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 2-1/4x1-3/8" including seam allowances.

3. Repeat Step 2 to make 40 blue Flying Geese units total.

4. Using olive green print 1-3/8x2-1/4" rectangles instead of blue polka dot, repeat Step 2 to make 36 green Flying Geese units.

5. Referring to Diagram 9, sew together nine blue Flying Geese units in a row. Press seams in one direction. Then sew together eight green Flying Geese units in a row. Offsetting seams, join pieced rows to make a short border strip (Diagram 10). Repeat to make a second short border strip.

6. Center and add a short border strip to one edge of quilt center. Press seam toward border strip. Trim excess border strip even with quilt center edges (red lines on Quilt Assembly Diagram). Repeat to add remaining short border strip to opposite edge of quilt center.

7. Join 11 blue Flying Geese units in a row. Press seams in one direction. Then sew together 10 green Flying Geese units in a row. Offsetting seams, join pieced rows to make a long border strip (Quilt Assembly Diagram). Repeat to make a second long border strip.

8. Center and add long border strips to remaining edges of quilt center. Press seams toward border strips. Trim excess border strips even with quilt center edges to complete quilt top.

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