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An (Almost) Square Meal

Compose a delectable kitchen wall hanging of novelty prints pieced into four elongated blocks. Fabrics are from the Farmer John’s Garden Party collection by Paintbrush Studios.

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Assemble Blocks

1.    Referring to Diagram 6, lay out the following pieces in five horizontal rows: two green-and-white Four-Patch units, six solid olive green 1-1⁄2 ×4-1⁄2" strips, four black print 3-1⁄2 ×4-1⁄2" rectangles, two mirror-image red-and-white Four-Patch units, six solid olive green 1-1⁄2 ×3-1⁄2" strips, two solid green 1-1⁄2" squares, two red print 1-1⁄2" squares, and one green-and-red Four-Patch unit. Sew together pieces in each row. Join rows to make an A block. The block should be 11-1⁄2 ×14-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second A block.

2.    Referring to Diagram 7, lay out the following pieces in five horizontal rows: two red-and-white Four-Patch units, six solid olive green 1-1⁄2 ×4-1⁄2" strips, four black print 3-1⁄2 ×4-1⁄2" rectangles, two mirror-image green-and-white Four-Patch units, six solid olive green 1-1⁄2 ×3-1⁄2" strips, two red print 1-1⁄2" squares, two solid green 1-1⁄2" squares, and one mirror-image green-and-red Four-Patch unit. Sew together pieces in each row. Join rows to make a B block. The block should be 11-1⁄2 ×14-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second B block.

 

Assemble Sashing Squares and Rectangles

1.    Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each solid cream 2-3⁄8" square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)

2.    Layer a marked solid cream square atop a solid green 2-3⁄8" square. Sew together with two seams, stitching 1⁄4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 8).

3.    Cut apart on drawn line. Press open to make two green triangle-squares (Diagram 8). Each triangle-square should be 2" square including seam allowances.

4.    Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 20 green triangle-squares total.

5.    Using red print instead of solid green, repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 16 red triangle-squares (Diagram 9).

6.    Referring to Diagram 10, sew together four green triangle-squares in pairs. Join pairs to make a green sashing square. The sashing square should be 3-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make five green sashing squares total.

7.    Using red triangle-squares, repeat Step 6 to make four red sashing squares (Diagram 11).

8.    Referring to Diagram 12, sew together two solid cream 1-1⁄2 ×11-1⁄2" strips and one green print 1-1⁄2 ×11-1⁄2" strip to make a short sashing rectangle. The short sashing rectangle should be 3-1⁄2 ×11-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make six short sashing rectangles total.

9.    Using 1-1⁄2 ×14-1⁄2" strips, repeat Step 8 to make six long sashing rectangles (Diagram 13). Each long sashing rectangle should be 3-1⁄2 ×14-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

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