Gather a bevy of fall-tone prints for a seasonal throw that showcases the classic Flying Geese block.

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Designer: Vickie Eapen

Materials

• 7 yards total assorted medium and dark prints, plaids, dots, and tone-on-tones in red, purple, green, orange, rust, gold, burgundy, navy, and brown (blocks, setting rectangles, binding)

• 3-7⁄8 yards backing fabric

• 69" square batting


Finished quilt: 60-1⁄2" square

Finished block: 6-1⁄2×3-1⁄2"

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 medium and dark prints, plaids, dots, and tone-on-tones, cut:

• 13-2-1⁄2×20" binding strips

• 200-3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles

• 200-3-1⁄2" squares (100 sets of 2 matching squares)

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Assemble Blocks

1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each 3-1⁄2" square. (To prevent fabric from stretching as you draw lines, place 220-grit sandpaper under each square.)

2. For one Flying Geese block you will need two matching 3-1⁄2" squares and one contrasting print 3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangle.

3. Align a marked square with one end of 3-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangle (Block Assembly Diagram; note direction of drawn line). Sew on drawn line, then trim excess, leaving a 1⁄4" seam allowance. Press open attached triangle, pressing seam toward triangle.

4. In same manner, add matching marked square to opposite end of rectangle (Block Assembly Diagram; again note direction of drawn line). Stitch, trim, and press as before to make a Flying Geese block. The block should be 6-1⁄2×3-1⁄2" including seam allowances.

5. Repeat steps 2–4 to make 100 Flying Geese blocks total.

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Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram for placement, lay out Flying Geese blocks and remaining 31⁄2×61⁄2" setting rectangles in 20 rows.

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

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 Cindy Tolliver stitched an allover spiral design across the quilt top.

3. Sew together assorted print 2-1⁄2×20" binding strips to make a pieced binding strip. Bind with pieced binding strip.

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