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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 Peace and Plenty Blocks


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

From one assorted print, cut:
1—4-1⁄4" square, cutting it diagonally twice in an X for 4 large triangles total
4—2-3⁄8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 8 small triangles total

From a second assorted print, cut:
2—2-3⁄8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 small triangles total

From a third assorted print, cut:
1—4-1⁄4" square, cutting it diagonally twice in an X for 4 large triangles total
2—2-3⁄8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 small triangles total

1. Sew together a print No. 1 small triangle and a print No. 2 small triangle to make a triangle-square. Press seam in one direction. The triangle-square should be 2" square including seam allowances. Referring to Diagram 4, add a print No. 1 small triangle and a print No. 3 small triangle to adjacent edges to make a triangle unit. Press seams away from triangle-square. Repeat to make four triangle units total.

2. Referring to Cut and Assemble Big Dipper Blocks, Step 1, use print No. 1 and print No. 3 large triangles to make four large triangle pairs.

3. Join a large triangle pair and a triangle unit to make a quarter block (Diagram 5). Press seam toward large triangle pair. The quarter block should be 31⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four quarter blocks total.

4. Referring to Diagram 6 for placement, sew together four quarter blocks in pairs. Press seams in opposite directions. Then join pairs to make a Peace and Plenty block. Press seam in one direction. The block should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

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