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Jewel Box

Jewel-tone blues, golds, and browns in subtle tone-on-tones create a rich wall hanging. Fussy-cutting striped fabric makes the Aster blocks pop. Fabrics are from the Renaissance Garden collection by Jinny Beyer for RJR Fabrics.


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Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for patterns.

To use freezer paper to prepare B circle for machine appliqué, complete the following steps.

1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over Pattern B. Use a pencil to trace the pattern four times. Cut out freezer-paper circles on drawn lines to make templates.

2. Using a hot dry iron, press each freezer-paper template, shiny side down, onto wrong side of mottled blue; let cool. Cut out each fabric circle, adding a scant 1⁄4" seam allowance to all edges.

3. To turn under seam allowances, sew long basting stitches around each fabric circle 1⁄16" to 1⁄8" from raw edge (Diagram 1). Gently pull thread ends to gather basting stitches and fabric snugly around freezer-paper templates. Spray gathered circles with starch; press, and let dry. Clip gathering threads and gently remove templates to make B circle appliqués.

From each gold stripe and blue stripe, refer to Cutting Diagram and fussy-cut:
22 of Pattern A (11 from one section; 11 from a second section)

From each mottled rust, mottled tan-and-turquoise, mottled brown, and mottled gold, cut:
11 of Pattern A

From mottled blue, cut:
4 of Pattern B

From blue print, cut:
2—21" squares

From dark blue print, cut:
2—21" squares

From gold paisley, cut:
7—1-1⁄4x42" strips for sashing and inner border

From black-and-blue floral, cut:
5—2-1⁄2x42" strips for outer border
5—2-1⁄2x42" binding strips

From turquoise paisley, cut:
4—2-1⁄2" squares