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Sweet Tweet

Embellish spinning pastel Pinwheel blocks with sweet details—rickrack, buttons, and just a touch of fusible appliqué.

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Assemble, Appliqué, and Add Borders

1.    Sew short yellow polka dot inner border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long yellow polka dot inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border. The quilt center now should be 34-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

2.    Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew together two cream purse print 4-1⁄2×15-1⁄2" rectangles and one small Pinwheel block to make a short outer border unit. Press seams toward cream purse print rectangles. Repeat to make a second short outer border unit.

3.    Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, join three small Pinwheel blocks and two cream purse print 4-1⁄2×15-1⁄2" rectangles to make a long outer border unit. Press seams toward cream purse print rectangles. Repeat to make a second long outer border unit.

4.    Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, position blue star print A and A reversed bird bodies and blue polka dot B wings on a long outer border unit. Arrange a 17" piece of 1⁄4"-wide rickrack in two arcs, tucking rickrack ends under bird bodies; pin in place. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse appliqué pieces in place.

5.    Using pink thread and a straight stitch, machine-sew down center of rickrack. Using blue thread and a blanket stitch, machine-appliqué around A and B pieces.

6.    Referring to placement indicated on pattern, use a straight stitch and six strands of brown embroidery floss to hand-sew eyes and beaks on bird appliqués, completing the appliquéd long outer border unit.

7.    Sew short outer border units to sides of quilt center. Add appliquéd long outer border unit to top edge of quilt center. Sew remaining long outer border unit to bottom edge to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward outer border.

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