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In Bloom

Rich, muted colors enhance a traditional appliqué wall hanging. Echo quilting around the flowers and flowerpot draws the design forward to be framed by the contrasting triangle-square border.

 

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Assemble and Add the Border

1. For accurate sewing lines, use a quilter’s pencil to mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of 108 of the tan print No. 3—1-1⁄2" squares. (To prevent the fabric from stretching as you draw the lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under the squares.)

2. Align a marked tan print No. 3—1-1⁄2" square with one end of a red print No. 2—1-1⁄2 ×2-1⁄2" rectangle (see Diagram 1; note the placement of the marked diagonal line). Sew on the drawn line; trim the excess fabric, leaving a 1⁄4" seam allowance. Press the attached triangle open.

3. In the same manner, align a second marked tan print 1-1⁄2" square with the opposite end of the red print 1-1⁄2 ×2-1⁄2" rectangle (see Diagram 1, again noting the placement of the marked diagonal line). Stitch on the marked line; trim and press as before to make a Flying Geese unit. The pieced Flying Geese unit should still measure 1-1⁄2 ×2-1⁄2", including the seam allowances.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make a total of 54 Flying Geese units.

5. Sew together a tan print No. 1 triangle and a red print No. 2 triangle to make a triangle-square (see Diagram 2). Press the seam allowance toward the red print triangle. The pieced triangle-square should measure 2-1⁄2" square, including the seam allowances. Repeat to make a total of four triangle-squares.

6. Referring to the Quilt Assembly Diagram for placement, lay out 15 Flying Geese units and 10 tan print No. 3 —1-1⁄2" squares in two vertical rows. Sew together the pieces in each row. Press the seam allowances in one direction, alternating the direction with each row. Then join the rows to make a long pieced border unit. Press the seam allowance in one direction. Repeat to make a second long pieced border unit. 

7. Sew the long pieced border units to the long edges of the quilt center. Press the seam allowances toward the border units.

8. Referring to the Quilt Assembly Diagram for placement, lay out 12 Flying Geese units and eight tan print No. 3 —1-1⁄2" squares in two horizontal rows. Sew together the pieces in each row. Press the seam allowances in one direction, alternating the direction with each row. Join the rows to make a short pieced border unit. Press the seam allowance in one direction. Repeat to make a second short pieced border unit. 

9. Sew a triangle-square to each end of the short pieced border units. Press the seam allowances toward the triangle-squares. Join the short border units to the remaining edges of the pieced quilt center to make the quilt top. Press the seam allowances toward the border.

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