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Marbled Elegance

Skinny chains of light, medium, and dark blue squares run through a marbled, creamy field, mimicking the blue veins in the background print. Fabrics are from the Stonehenge Aphrodite collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

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Cut and Assemble Blocks

The following instructions use strip piecing to make one block. Repeat cutting and assembly steps to make four blocks total.

From light blue print, cut:
3—1-1⁄2×10" strips
5—1-1⁄2" squares

From cream marble print, cut:
8—2-1⁄2×3-1⁄2" rectangles
8—1-1⁄2×10" strips

From dark blue print, cut:
5—1-1⁄2×10" strips

From medium blue print, cut:
4—2-1⁄2" squares

From cream tone-on-tone, cut:
4—3-1⁄2×5-1⁄2" rectangles
4—1-1⁄2×2-1⁄2" rectangles

1. Sew together a light blue print 1-1⁄2×10" strip and a cream marble print 1-1⁄2×10" strip to make Strip Set A (Diagram 1). Press seam away from cream marble print strip. Repeat to make three A strip sets total. Cut strip sets into sixteen 1-1⁄2"-wide A segments.

2. Sew together a dark blue print 1-1⁄2×10" strip and a cream marble print 1-1⁄2×10" strip to make Strip Set B (Diagram 2). Press seam away from cream print. Repeat to make five B strip sets total. Cut strip sets into eight 2-1⁄2"-wide B segments and twelve 1-1⁄2"-wide C segments.

3. Sew together two A segments to make a Four-Patch unit (Diagram 3). Press seam in one direction. The unit should be 2-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight Four-Patch units total.

4. Referring to Diagram 4, join two B segments and one C segment to make a side unit. Press seams in one direction. The unit should be 5-1⁄2×2-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make four side units total.

5. Referring to Diagram 5, lay out a Four-Patch unit, two C segments, and a light blue print 1-1⁄2" square in two rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams in opposite directions. Join rows to make a Nine-Patch unit. Press seam in one direction. The unit should be 3-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four Nine-Patch units total.

6. Referring to Diagram 6, lay out medium blue print 2-1⁄2" squares, four cream tone-on-tone 1-1⁄2×2-1⁄2" rectangles, and remaining light blue print 1-1⁄2" square in three horizontal rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams away from cream tone-on-tone pieces. Join rows to make center unit. Press seams away from middle row. The unit should be 5-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

7. Referring to Diagram 7 for orientation of units, lay out remaining Four-Patch units, cream marble print 2-1⁄2×3-1⁄2" rectangles, side units, Nine-Patch units, cream tone-on-tone 3-1⁄2×5-1⁄2" rectangles, and center unit in five horizontal rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward cream marble and cream tone-on-tone rectangles. Join rows to make a Burgoyne Surrounded block; press seams in one direction. The block should be 15-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

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