A pretty paisley print surrounds a center of pinwheels framed with foundation-pieced sashing. Try this variety of piecing techniques to learn something new or simply improve your repertoire.

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Designers: Cori Derksen and Myra Harder

Materials

3-3⁄4 yards solid ivory (blocks, sashing, border Nos. 1 and 4)
1 yard gold print (blocks, border No. 5)
1-1⁄8 yard light teal print (blocks, border No. 5)
1-1⁄8 yards dark green print (sashing, border Nos. 3 and 5)
1-5⁄8 yards large paisley print (border No. 2)
2⁄3 yard green print (border No. 5)
2⁄3 yard teal print (border No. 5)
1⁄2 yard dark teal print (border No. 5)
2-1⁄4 yards light green print (border No. 6, binding)
8-1⁄2 yards backing fabric
101×113" batting

Finished quilt: 92-1⁄2×104-1⁄2"
Finished block: 15" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the order that follows.

From solid ivory, cut:
8­-2-1⁄4×42" strips for Border No. 4
6­-2×42" strips for Border No. 1
48-5-1⁄2" squares
10-2×9-1⁄2" sashing rectangles
120-3-3⁄8" squares
144-1-1⁄2×3" rectangles
7-2×3-1⁄2" sashing rectangles

From gold print, cut:
5-1-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 5
72-3-3⁄8" squares

From light teal print, cut:
5-2-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 5
48-3-3⁄8" squares
8-2×6-1⁄2" rectangles
8-2×3-1⁄2" rectangles

From dark green print, cut:
8-2-1⁄4×42" strips for border No. 3
5-1-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 5
72-2-1⁄4×2-3⁄4" rectangles
6-2" sashing squares

From large paisley print, cut:
4-7-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 2
4-5-1⁄4×42" strips for border No. 2

From green print, cut:
5-2-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 5
5-1-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 5

From teal print, cut:
5-2-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 5
5-1-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 5

From dark teal print, cut:
5-2-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 5

From light green print, cut:
10-4-1⁄2×42" strips for border No. 6
10-2-1⁄2×42" binding strips
4-3-1⁄2" squares

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Assemble Pinwheel Units

1. Mark a diagonal line on wrong side of solid ivory 3-3⁄8" squares.

2. Layer a marked solid ivory square atop each gold print 3-3⁄8" square. Sew each pair together with two seams, stitching 1⁄4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 1). Cut each pair apart on drawn line to make two small triangle units. Press each triangle unit open, pressing seam toward gold triangle, to make 144 gold triangle-squares total. Each triangle-square should measure 3" square including seam allowances.

3. Repeat Step 2 with remaining marked solid ivory squares and the light teal print 3-3⁄8" squares to make 96 teal triangle-squares.

4. Sew together four gold triangle-squares in pairs (Diagram 2). Press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make a gold pinwheel unit; press seam in one direction. The unit should be 5-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 36 gold pinwheel units total.

5. Repeat Step 4 with teal triangle-squares to make 24 teal pinwheel units.

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Assemble Blocks

1. Lay out four gold pinwheel units, one teal pinwheel unit, and four solid ivory 5-1⁄2" squares in three horizontal rows (Diagram 3). Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward pinwheel units. Join rows to make block A; press seams in one direction. Block A should be 15-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four total of block A.

2. Referring to Step 1 and Diagram 4, use three gold pinwheel units, two teal pinwheel units, and four solid ivory 5-1⁄2" squares to make block B. Repeat to make six total of block B.

3. Referring to Step 1 and Diagram 5, use one gold pinwheel unit, four teal pinwheel units, and four solid ivory 5-1⁄2" squares to make block C. Repeat to make a second block C.

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Assemble Sashing Units

1. Photocopy, print, or trace Sashing Unit Foundation Pattern 24 times onto lightweight tracing paper, tracing all lines and numbers. Cut out on outer dashed lines to make foundation papers.

2. For one sashing unit, you'll need three dark green print 2-1⁄4×2-3⁄4" rectangles and six solid ivory 1-1⁄2×3" rectangles.

3. Right sides together, place a dark green print 2-1⁄4×2-3⁄4" rectangle atop a solid ivory 1-1⁄2×3" rectangle, aligning edges. Put a foundation paper on top of dark green print piece, positioning fabric pieces underneath area 1 (Diagram 6). The fabric pieces' edges should be a scant 1⁄4" beyond first stitching line (line between areas 1 and 2). To check placement, pin through all layers on first stitching line and flip solid ivory piece open. It should completely cover area 2 and extend at least 1⁄4" on all sides. If it doesn't, reposition pieces and check again.

4. Using short stitch length and with foundation paper on top, sew on first stitching line through all layers.

5. Trim seam allowance to 1⁄4" and press solid ivory piece open. Trim fabric pieces to scant 1⁄4" beyond adjacent stitching lines and even with edges of foundation paper (Diagram 7).

6. Right sides together, position a solid ivory 1-1⁄2×3" rectangle under trimmed dark green print piece with one long edge 1⁄4" beyond second stitching line (line between areas 2 and 3). Sew on second stitching line (Diagram 8).

7. Trim seam allowances to scant 1⁄4". Press solid ivory piece open and trim to scant 1⁄4" beyond adjacent stitching lines and even with edges of foundation paper (Diagram 9).

8. Continue adding pieces in numerical order, trimming and pressing after each addition. Trim all fabric pieces even with edges of foundation paper. With blunt edge of seam ripper, remove foundation paper to complete a pieced sashing unit. The unit should be 2×6-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

9. Repeat steps 2 through 8 to make 24 pieced sashing units total.

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Assemble Quilt Center

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out four A blocks, six B blocks, two C blocks, 24 pieced sashing units, 10 solid ivory 2×9-1⁄2" sashing rectangles, six dark green print 2" sashing squares, and seven solid ivory 2×3-1⁄2" squares in seven sections.

2. Join sashing pieces together in each section or row. Press seams toward pieced sashing rectangles. Sew together pieces in each block row. Press seams toward blocks. Join block and sashing rows to make quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 48-1⁄2×65" including seam allowances.

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Assemble and Add Borders

1. Cut and piece solid ivory 2×42" strips to make:
2-2×65" border No. 1 strips
2-2×51-1⁄2" border No. 1 strips

2. Sew long solid ivory border No. 1 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short solid ivory border No. 1 strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward quilt center.

3. Cut and piece large paisley print 7-1⁄2×42" strips to make:
2-7-1⁄2×68" border No. 2 strips

4. Cut and piece large paisley print 5-1⁄4×42" strips to make:
2-5-1⁄4×65-1⁄2" border No. 2 strips

5. Sew long paisley print border No. 2 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short paisley print border No. 2 strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border No. 2.

6. Cut and piece dark green print 2-1⁄2×42" strips to make:
2-2-1⁄4×77-1⁄2" border No. 3 strips
2-2-1⁄4×69" border No. 3 strips

7. Sew long dark green print border No. 3 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short dark green print border No. 3 strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border No. 2.

8. Cut and piece solid ivory 2-1⁄4×42" strips to make:
2-2-1⁄4×81" border No. 4 strips
2-2-1⁄4×72-1⁄2" border No. 4 strips

9. Sew long solid ivory border No. 4 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short solid ivory border No. 4 strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border No. 3.

10. Aligning long edges and referring to Diagram 10, sew together the following strips to make a strip set: a teal print 1-1⁄2×42" strip, a dark green print 1-1⁄2×42" strip, a light teal print 2-1⁄2×42" strip, a dark teal print 2-1⁄2×42" strip, a teal print 2-1⁄2×42" strip, a green print 1-1⁄2×42" strip, a gold print 1-1⁄2×42" strip, and a green print 2-1⁄2×42" strip. Press seams in one direction.

11. Repeat Step 9 to make five strip sets total. Cut strip sets into a total of twenty-eight 6-1⁄2×12-1⁄2" border segments.

12. Sew together eight border segments to make a border No. 5 strip. Press seams in one direction. The strip should be 6-1⁄2×84-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second border No. 5 strip. Sew border No. 5 strips to side edges of quilt center. Press seams toward border No. 5.

13. Sew light teal print 2×3-1⁄2" rectangles to opposite edges of a light green print 3-1⁄2" square (Diagram 11). Press seams toward light teal print. Add light teal print 2×6-1⁄2" rectangles to remaining edges of light green print square to make a border corner block; press as before. The border corner block should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four border corner blocks total.

14. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew together six border segments and trim to 71-1⁄2. Add two border corner blocks to make a pieced border No. 5 strip. Press seams toward segments. Repeat to make a second pieced border No. 5 strip. Sew pieced border No. 5 strips to remaining edges of quilt center. Press seams toward border No. 5.

15. Cut and piece light green print 4-1⁄2×42" strips to make:
2-4-1⁄2×96-1⁄2" border No. 6 strips
2-4-1⁄2×92-1⁄2" border No. 6 strips

16. Sew long light green print border No. 6 strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short light green print border No. 6 strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward border No. 6.

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Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with light green print binding strips.

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