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Snowballs and Stripes

Harvest-inspired hues create a harmonious look in four identical blocks using fabrics from the Olivia collection by Gudrun Erla of G.E. Designs for Red Rooster Fabrics. Geometric prints in the border and star points frame the soft florals featured in the center of the Snowball units.

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Assemble Blocks


1. Mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each multicolor stripe 3-3/4" square and each cream print 3-3/4" and 3-3/8" square.

2. Layer a marked cream print 3-3/4" square atop a purple tone-on-tone 3-3/4" square (Diagram 2). Sew together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of drawn line. Cut apart on drawn line to make two triangle units. Press each triangle unit open, pressing seams away from cream print, to make two cream triangle-squares. Each triangle-square should be 3-3/8" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make eight cream triangle-squares total.

3. Using a marked multicolor stripe 3-3/4" square and a purple tone-on-tone 3- 3/4" square, repeat Step 2 to make eight stripe triangle-squares.

4. Mark a diagonal line perpendicular to seam line on wrong side of each cream triangle-square (Diagram 3).

5. Layer a marked cream triangle-square atop a stripe triangle-square, making sure a purple tone-on-tone triangle faces a multicolor stripe triangle (Diagram 3). Sew together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of drawn line. Cut apart on drawn line to make two triangle units. Press each unit open, pressing seam in one direction, to make two hourglass units. Each unit should be 3" square including seam allowances.

6. Repeat Step 5 to make 16 hourglass units total.

7. Using marked cream print 3-3/8" squares and purple tone-on-tone 3-3/8" squares, repeat Step 2 to make 32 small triangle-squares. Each small triangle-square should be 3" square including seam allowances.

8. Referring to Diagram 4, sew small triangle-squares to opposite edges of an hourglass unit to make a star point unit. Repeat to make eight A Units and eight B Units.

9. Sew cream print small triangles to opposite ends of a star point unit to make a star point row (Diagram 5). Press seams away from cream print triangles. Repeat to make eight star point rows total.

10. Referring to Block Assembly Diagram, sew star point units to opposite edges of a Snowball unit. Press seams toward star point units. Add star point rows to remaining edges of Snowball unit; press seams toward Snowball unit.

11. Sew gold floral large triangles to opposite edges of Step 10 Snowball unit. Press seams toward triangles. Add gold floral large triangles to remaining edges to make a star block. Press seams toward block center. The block should be 14-5/8" square including seam allowances.

12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 to make four star blocks total.

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