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Scrappy Squares

A sophisticated and subdued palette of Japanese taupe fabrics form scrappy squares. A dark outer border grounds the quilt and allows the blocks to take center stage. Fabrics are from the European Taupe XI collection by Kinkame for Clothworks Textiles.

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Assemble Blocks

1. Sew together four assorted print 1-1⁄2×42" strips to make a strip set (Diagram 1). Press all seams in one direction. Repeat to make seven strip sets total. Cut strip sets into 160—1-1⁄2"-wide segments.

2. Referring to Diagram 2, lay out four 1-1⁄2"-wide segments; alternate direction of seams as indicated by arrows so seam allowances nest together. Join segments to make a 16-Patch unit. Press seams in one direction. The 16-Patch unit should be 4-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make thirty-six 16-Patch units total. (Set aside remaining 1-1⁄2"-wide segments to make B blocks in Step 4.)

3. Referring to Diagram 3, lay out four 16-Patch units, four beige print 1-1⁄2×4-1⁄2" rectangles, and one assorted print 1-1⁄2" square in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward beige print pieces. Join rows to make Block A. Press seams toward middle row. Block A should be 9-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make nine A blocks total.

4. Referring to Diagram 4, lay out four beige print 4-1⁄2" squares, four 1-1⁄2"-wide segments, and one beige print 1-1⁄2" square in three horizontal rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward beige print pieces. Join rows to make Block B. Press seams away from middle row. Block B should be 9-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four B blocks total.

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