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Neutral Territory

Medium-tone reproduction prints sparkle in a table topper that’s perfect for any season. Fabrics are from the Lydia collection by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics.

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Assemble Blocks

Designer Becky Cogan used a technique that makes four Flying Geese from squares; no triangles were used. Instructions that follow are for this technique.

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each light print 1-7⁄8" square.

2. Gather matching light print pieces (eight marked 1-7⁄8" squares and eight small triangles) and matching dark print pieces (four large triangles, two 3-1⁄4" squares, one 2-1⁄2" square, and four 2-1⁄8" squares).

3. Referring to Diagram 1, align two marked light print squares with opposite corners of a dark print 3-1⁄4" square. Sew a scant 1⁄4" from drawn lines on both sides. Cut apart on drawn lines to make two triangle units (Diagram 2). Press seams toward dark print.

4. Referring to Diagram 3, align a marked light print square with dark print corner of a triangle unit. Sew a scant 1⁄4" from each side of drawn line; cut apart on drawn line (Diagram 4). Press seams toward dark triangles to make two Flying Geese units. Each unit should be 2-1⁄2×1-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat with remaining triangle unit to make two additional Flying Geese units.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make eight matching Flying Geese units total.

6. Referring to Diagram 5, layer a light print small triangle on a dark print 2-1⁄8" square; move triangle slightly to the right of center so its right-hand point extends 3⁄8" past the square’s edge. Sew in place; press seam toward dark print. In the same manner add a second light print small triangle to adjacent edge of square with the second triangle’s top point extending 3⁄8" past the first triangle. Press seam toward dark print to make a corner unit. Repeat to make four corner units total.

7. Referring to Diagram 6, join a corner unit and two Flying Geese units to make a star point unit. Press seams toward bottom Flying Geese unit. Repeat to make four star point units total.

8. Referring to Diagram 7, lay out dark print large triangles, star point units, and a dark print 2-1⁄2" square in three diagonal rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward dark print pieces. Join rows to make a dark Baltimore Belle block; press seams toward middle row. Trim block to 7-3⁄4" square including seam allowances.

9. Repeat steps 2–8 to make five dark Baltimore Belle blocks total.

Reversing positions of dark and light prints, repeat steps 1–8 to make four light Baltimore Belle blocks (Diagram 8). When making the light corner units for the blocks be sure to still press seams toward dark print to avoid show-through; seam allowances on resulting corner units will look a little different (Diagram 9).

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