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Square Tile Floor

Drawing a color palette of muted tones from the floral border print, the Irish Chain block design in the quilt center is reminiscent of centuries-old, tiled floors in Europe.

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Assemble the Blocks


1. Aligning long edges, sew together one purple print 1-1/2x42" strip and one green print 1-1/2x42" strip to make a strip set A (see Diagram 1). Press the seam allowance toward the green print strip. Repeat to make a second strip set A. Cut the strip sets into a total of thirty-six 1-1/2" wide A segments.

2. Sew together two A segments to make a Four-Patch unit (see Diagram 2). Press the seam allowance in one direction. The pieced Four-Patch unit should measure 2 ½" square, including the seam allowances. Repeat to make a total of 18 Four-Patch units.

3. Aligning long edges, sew a purple print 1-1/2x42" strip and a green print 1-1/2x42" strip to opposite edges of a purple floral 2-1/2x42" strip to make a strip set B (see Diagram 3). Press the seam allowances toward the purple floral strip. Repeat to make a second strip set B. Cut the strip sets into a total of thirty-six 1-1/2"-wide B segments.

4. Aligning long edges, sew a purple print 1-1/2x42" strip and a green print 1-1/2x42" strip to opposite edges of a cream print 4-1/2x42" strip to make a strip set C (see Diagram 4). Press the seam allowances toward the cream print strip. Repeat to make a second strip set C. Cut the strip sets into a total of thirty-six 1-1/2"-wide C segments.

5. Referring to Diagram 5, sew a purple floral 1-1/2x2-1/2-" rectangle to opposite edges of a Four-Patch unit. Press the seam allowances toward the purple floral rectangles. Then sew a B segment to the remaining edges of the Four-Patch unit to make a block center. Press the seam allowances toward the B segments.

6. Referring to Diagram 6, sew a cream print 1-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle to opposite edges of the block center. Press the seam allowances toward the cream print rectangles. Sew a C segment to the remaining edges of the block center to complete a block. Press the seam allowances toward the C segments. The pieced block should measure 6 ½" square, including the seam allowances.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to make a total of 18 blocks.

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