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Batik Strips and Squares

Mottled prints and batiks from Bali Pop (precut 2-1/2"-wide strips) batiks in Berry Bliss from Hoffman California Fabrics blend together for a seamless appearance on this wall hanging.

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Assemble Blocks


1. For one A block, gather eight matching blue batik 2-1/2" squares, four mottled tan 2-1/2" squares, two mottled red 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles, and a set of matching burgundy-and-green batik pieces (four 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles and four 2-1/2" squares).

2. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong sides of blue batik and mottled tan 21/2" squares.

3. Align a marked blue batik square with one end of a mottled red 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of marked line). Sew on marked line; trim seam allowance to 1/4". Press open attached triangle, pressing seam away from blue batik.

4. Align a second marked blue batik square with opposite end of Step 3 rectangle (Diagram 1). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit. The unit should be 4-1/2x2-1/2" including seam allowances.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make a second Flying Geese unit.

6. Align a marked blue batik square with left-hand end of a burgundy-and-green batik 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle (Diagram 2; note direction of marked line). Stitch, trim, and press as in Step 3.

7. Align a marked mottled tan square with right-hand end of Step 6 rectangle (Diagram 2; again note direction of marked line). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a diagonal unit. The diagonal unit should be 4-1/2x2-1/2" including seam allowances.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 to make four diagonal units total.

9. Referring to Diagram 3, sew together a Flying Geese unit, a diagonal unit, and two burgundy-and-green batik 2-1/2" squares in two rows. Press seams toward burgundy-and-green batik squares. Join rows; press seam toward row with diagonal unit. Add a diagonal unit to left-hand edge of joined rows to make a block segment (Diagram 4). Press seam away from diagonal unit. The block segment should be 8-1/2x4-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second block segment.

10. Referring to Diagram 5, join block segments to make Block A. Press seam open. The block should be 8-1/2" square including seam allowances.

11. Repeat steps 1–10 to make five A blocks total.

12. For one B block, gather eight matching burgundy-and-green batik 2-1/2" squares, two gold batik 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles, four matching mottled tan 2-1/2" squares, and a set of matching blue batik pieces (four 2-1/2x4-1/2" and four 2-1/2" squares).

13. Substituting burgundy-and-green batik 2-1/2" squares and gold batik 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles for blue batik 2-1/2" squares and mottled red 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles, repeat steps 2–5 to make two Flying Geese units (Diagram 6).

14. Substituting burgundy-and-green 2-1/2" squares and blue batik 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles for blue batik 2-1/2" squares and burgundy-and-green batik 2-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles, repeat steps 6–8 to make four diagonal units total (Diagram 7).

15. Substituting blue batik 2-1/2" squares for burgundy-and-green batik 2-1/2" squares, repeat Step 9 to make two block segments (Diagrams 8 and 9).

16. Referring to Diagram 10, join block segments to make a B block. Press seam open. The block should be 8-1/2" square including seam allowances.

17. Repeat steps 12–16 to make four B blocks total.

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