Time-saving strip piecing makes it easy to complete a Four-Patch quilt.

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Designer: Jill Abeloe Mead

Materials

• 9-18×22" pieces (fat quarters) assorted red prints or 1-3⁄4 yards total assorted red prints (blocks)

• 9-18×22" pieces (fat quarters) assorted green prints or 1-3⁄4 yards total assorted green prints (blocks)

• 13-18×22" pieces (fat quarters) assorted yellow prints or 3-1⁄4 yards total assorted yellow prints (setting squares)

• 3⁄4 yard red print (binding)

• 5-3⁄8 yards backing fabric

• 79×95" batting


Finished quilt: 72-1⁄2×88-1⁄2"
Finished block: 8" square

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted red prints, cut:

• 25-4-1⁄2×22" strips

From assorted green prints, cut:

• 25-4-1⁄2×22" strips

From assorted yellow prints, cut:

• 49-8-1⁄2" setting squares

From red print, cut:

• 9-2-1⁄2×42" binding strips

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Assemble Four-Patch Blocks

1. Sew together an assorted red print 4-1⁄2×22" strip and an assorted green print 4-1⁄2×22" strip to make a strip set. Press seam toward green print strip. Repeat to make 25 strip sets total. Cut strip sets into 100-4-1⁄2"-wide segments (Diagram 1).

2. Lay out two assorted red-and-green segments. Join segments to make a Four-Patch block (Diagram 2). Press seam in one direction. The Four-Patch block should be 8-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

3. Repeat Step 2 to make 50 Four-Patch blocks total.

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Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out Four-Patch blocks and assorted yellow print 8-1⁄2" setting squares in 11 rows.

2. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward setting squares.

3. Join rows to complete quilt top. Press seams in one direction.

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Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.

2. Quilt as desired. Machine-quilter Nancy Sharr stitched a paisley design across the quilt top.

3. Bind with red print binding strips.

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