Make a big quilt quickly to show off eye-catching prints, solids, and ticking stripes, such as these from Rouenneries by French General for Moda Fabrics. This easy bed-size quilt features two sizes of triangle-squares, large Four-Patch units, and a variety of rectangles.

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Materials

Inspired by "Living Large" from designers Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith
Quiltmaker: Mary Pepper

2 yards total assorted cream solids, stripes, and prints (quilt center, outer border)
3-7/8 yards total assorted red solids, stripes, and prints (quilt center, outer border)
7/8 yard cream polka dot (quilt center, inner and outer borders)
3/4 yard solid red (binding)
5-1/4 yards backing fabric
82x94" batting

Finished quilt: 75-1/2x87-1/2"

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 following order. Rectangles that are longer than 42" should be cut lengthwise (parallel to selvages).

From assorted cream solids, stripes, and prints, cut:
6-12-7/8" squares
3-6-1/2x12-1/2" rectangles
23-6-7/8" squares
5-6-1/2" squares (2 sets of 2 matching squares and 1 assorted print square)

From assorted red solids, stripes, and prints, cut:
1-6-1/2x48-1/2" rectangle
1-6-1/2x42-1/2" rectangle
2-6-1/2x36-1/2" rectangles
3-6-1/2x24-1/2" rectangles
1-6-1/2x19-1/2" rectangle
1-6-1/2x18-1/2" rectangle
1-6-1/2x17-1/2" rectangle
1-6-1/2x15-1/2" rectangle
1-6-1/2x14-1/2" rectangle
6-12-7/8" squares
25-6-7/8" squares
7-6-1/2" squares (3 sets of 2 matching squares and 1 assorted print square)
1-6-1/2x4-1/2" rectangle
1-6-1/2x3-1/2" rectangle

From cream polka dot, cut:
7-2x42" strips for inner border
1-6-1/2x12-1/2" rectangle
2-6-7/8" squares
2-6-1/2" squares

From solid red, cut:
9-2-1/2x42" binding strips

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Assemble Triangle-Squares

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong sides of assorted cream solid, stripe, and print 12-7/8" squares; assorted cream solid, stripe, and print 6-7/8" squares; and cream polka dot 6-7/8" squares.

2. Layer each marked cream 12-7/8" square atop an unmarked assorted red solid, stripe, or print 12-7/8" square. Sew each pair together with two seams, stitching 1/4" on each side of drawn line (Diagram 1).

3. Cut a pair apart on drawn line to make two triangle units (Diagram 1). Open triangle units and press seams toward red fabrics to make two large triangle-squares. Each large triangle-square should be 12-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 12 large triangle-squares total (you will use 11).

4. Using marked assorted cream 6-7/8" squares and unmarked assorted red 6-7/8" squares repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 50 small triangle-squares. Each small triangle square should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances.

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Assemble Four-Patch Units

1. Lay out two matching cream polka dot squares and two matching red solid, stripe, or print 6-1/2" squares in pairs (Diagram 2). Join squares in each pair; press seams in opposite directions. Join pairs to make a Four-Patch unit. Press seams in one direction. The Four-Patch unit should be 12-1/2" square including seam allowances.

2. Repeat Step 1 to make three Four-Patch units.

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Assemble Quilt Center

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out 11 large triangle-squares, 26 small triangle-squares, three Four-Patch Units, assorted cream and red 6-1/2"-wide rectangles, the remaining cream 6-1/2" square, and red 6-1/2" square in four sections.

2. Join pieces in each section. Press seams toward darker prints. The quilt center should be 60-1/2x72-1/2".

3. Join sections to make the quilt. Press quilt center seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 60-1/2x72-1/2" including seam allowances.

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Assemble and Add Inner Border

1. Cut and piece cream polka dot 2x42" strips to make:
2-2x72-1/2" inner border strips
2-2x63-1/2" inner border strips

2. Sew long inner border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add short inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border.

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Assemble and Add Outer Border

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew together five small triangle-squares and assorted red 6-1/2x24-1/2", 6-1/2x17-1/2", and 6-1/2x4-1/2" rectangles to make left outer border strip. Press seams in one direction. The left outer border strip should be 6-1/2x75-1/2" including seam allowances. Join left outer border strip to left-hand edge of quilt center. Press seam toward inner border.

2. Join six small triangle-squares and assorted red 6-1/2x36-1/2" and 6-1/2x3-1/2" rectangle to make right outer border strip. Press seams in one direction. The right outer border strip should be 6-1/2x75-1/2" including seam allowances. Join right outer border strip to right-hand edge of quilt center. Press seam toward inner border.

3. Sew together six small triangle-squares and assorted red 6-1/2x24-1/2" and 6-1/2x15-1/2" rectangles to make top outer border strip. Press seams in one direction. The top outer border strip should be 6-1/2x75-1/2" including seam allowances. Join top outer border strip to top edge of quilt center. Press seam toward inner border.

4. Join seven small triangle-squares and assorted red 6-1/2x19-1/2" and 6-1/2x14-1/2" rectangles to make bottom outer border strip. Press seams in one direction. The bottom outer border strip should be 6-1/2x75-1/2" including seam allowances. Join bottom outer border strip to remaining edge of quilt center to complete quilt top. Press seam toward inner border.

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Finish Quilt

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

2. Bind with solid red binding strips.

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