Easy as A, B, C Throw
Inspired by "Glimpse of Spring" from designer Erin Witt
Quiltmaker: Mary Pepper
- 1/2 yard dark green floral (blocks)
- 1/2 yard alphabet print (blocks)
- 2 yards multicolor stripe (blocks, border, binding)
- 7/8 yards light green floral (blocks, setting triangles, corner triangles)
- 1/2 yard green floral (sashing)
- 3/4 yard aqua check (sashing)
- 3-1/4 yards backing fabric
- 58" square batting
Finished quilt: 51-3/4" square
Finished block: 10" square
Quantities are for 44/45"–wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Cut pieces in the following order. Cut rectangles, binding, and border strips on lengthwise grain of fabric (parallel to selvages).
From dark green floral, cut:
- 26--4" squares
From alphabet print, cut:
- 26--4" squares
From multicolor stripe, cut:
- 4--4-3/4x60" border strips
- 4--2-1/2x60" binding strips
- 52--2-1/2x4" rectangles
From light green floral, cut:
- 2--15-1/2" squares, cutting each diagonally twice in an X for 8 setting triangles total
- 2--8" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 corner triangles total
- 13--2-1/2" squares
From green floral, cut:
- 26--1x10-1/2" A sashing strips
- 10--1x9-1/2" B sashing strips
From aqua check, cut:
- 16--1x9-1/2" C sashing strips
1. Referring to Block Assembly Diagrams, lay out two dark green floral 4" squares, two alphabet 4" squares, four multicolor stripe 2-1/2x4" rectangles, and one light floral green 2-1/2" square in three horizontal rows.
2. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward stripe rectangles. Join rows to make a block center. Press seams in one direction. The block center should be 9-1/2" square including seam allowances.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make 13 block centers total.
4. Referring to Block A Assembly Diagram, sew a 1x9-1/2" C sashing strip to one edge of a block center. Add a 1x9-1/2" B sashing strip to opposite edge. Join 1x10-1/2" A sashing strips to remaining edges to complete an A block. Press all seams toward sashing. The A block should be 10-1/2" square including seam allowances.
5. Repeat Step 4 to make six A blocks total.
6. Referring to Block B Assembly Diagram, sew 1x9-1/2" B sashing strips to opposite edges of a block center. Add 1x10-1/2" A sashing strips to remaining edges to complete a B block. Press all seams toward sashing. The B block should be 10-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second B block.
7. Referring to Block C Assembly Diagram, sew 1x9-1/2" C sashing strips to opposite edges of a block center. Add 1x10-1/2" A sashing strips to remaining edges to complete a C block. Press all seams toward sashing. The C block should be 10-1/2" square including seam allowances.
8. Repeat Step 7 to make five C blocks total.
Assemble Quilt Center
1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out A, B, and C blocks and light green floral setting triangles in diagonal rows.
2. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row. Join rows; press seams in one direction.
3. Add light green floral corner triangles to make quilt center. Press seams toward triangles. The quilt center should be 43-1/4" square including seam allowances.
1. Fold quilt center in half crosswise and lengthwise; finger-press lightly to mark centers of edges. Fold each 4-3/4x60" multicolor stripe border strip in half crosswise; finger-press to mark centers.
TIP: When you need to find the center of a quilt edge and border strip, fold and press so they nest. To do this, fold the quilt center with the right side inside; press the center point. Fold each border strip with the wrong side inside; press the center point. Now the two center points will nest together perfectly.
2. Aligning midpoints, sew multicolor stripe border strips to opposite edges of quilt center, beginning and ending 1/4" from quilt center corners. In same manner, sew remaining border strips to remaining edges, mitering corners, to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward border.
1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste.
2. Quilt as desired.
3. Bind with multicolor stripe binding strips.