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Southwestern Plains

Desert-inspired prints in traditional Southwestern reds, yellows, and blues set the mood for this quilt. A wide border punches up the deep colors. Fabrics are from the Desert Dreams collection by Kensington Studio for Quilting Treasures.

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Cut and Assemble Big Dipper Blocks


The following instructions result in one Big Dipper block. Repeat cutting and assembly steps to make two Big Dipper blocks total.

From one assorted print, cut:
2—4-1⁄4" squares, cutting each diagonally twice in an X for 8 large triangles total

From a second assorted print, cut:
2—4-1⁄4" squares, cutting each diagonally twice in an X for 8 large triangles total

1. Sew together a print No. 1 large triangle and a print No. 2 large triangle to make a large triangle pair (Diagram 1). Press seam in one direction. Repeat to make eight large triangle pairs total; press all seams toward same print.

2. Join two large triangle pairs to make a large hourglass unit (Diagram 2). Press seam in one direction. The large hourglass unit should be 3-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four large hourglass units total.

3. Referring to Diagram 3, lay out large hourglass units in pairs, rotating top left and bottom right hourglass units 90 degrees so each print No. 1 triangle is next to a print No. 2 triangle. Sew together units in each pair. Press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make a Big Dipper block. Press seam in one direction. The block should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

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