Sew a bright and whimsical table topper using an assortment of floral prints and bright borders. A carefully arranged pink zigzag print highlights the Nine-Patch blocks. Fabrics are from the Gratitude Blooms collection by Grace Adelyn Designs for Red Rooster Fabrics.

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Inspired by Snowman Quartet from designer Gail Pan of Gail Pan Designs

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke

Materials

• 2⁄3 yard total assorted blue, green, and white prints (blocks, middle border)

• 1⁄4 yard each yellow print, pink zigzag print, and green text print (blocks, middle border)

• 1⁄3 yard purple print (inner and outer borders)

• 1⁄3 yard binding print

• 1 yard backing fabric

• 33" square batting

Finished quilt: 26-1⁄2" square

Finished block: 6" 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.

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted prints, cut:

• 73-2-1⁄2" squares

From yellow print, cut:

• 16-2-1⁄2" squares

From pink zigzag print, cut:

• 8-1-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" strips

From green text print, cut:

• 4-4-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" rectangles

From purple print, cut:

• 2-1-1⁄2 ×26-1⁄2" outer border strips

• 2-1-1⁄2 ×24-1⁄2" outer border strips

• 2-1-1⁄2 ×20-1⁄2" inner border strips

• 2-1-1⁄2 ×18-1⁄2" inner border strips

From binding print, cut:

• 3-2-1⁄2 ×42" binding strips

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Assemble Blocks

1. Referring to Diagram 1, sew together seven assorted print 2-1⁄2" squares and two yellow print 2-1⁄2" squares in three horizontal rows. Join rows to make a corner Nine-Patch block. The block should be 6-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

2. Repeat Step 1 to make four corner Nine-Patch blocks total. Refer to Quilt Assembly Diagram for position of yellow squares in each Nine-Patch block.

3. Repeat Step 1 using five assorted print 2-1⁄2" squares and four yellow print 2-1⁄2" squares to make a center Nine-Patch block. Refer to Quilt Assembly Diagram for position of yellow squares.

4. Sew pink zigzag print 1-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" strips to long edges of a green text print 4-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" rectangle to make a block (Diagram 2). Repeat to make four blocks total.

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Assemble Quilt Top

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out all blocks in three rows. Note orientation of yellow squares in the Nine-Patch blocks.

2. Sew together blocks in each row. Press seams toward Nine-Patch blocks. Join rows to make quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 18-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

3. Sew purple print 1-1⁄2 ×18-1⁄2" inner border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add purple print 1-1⁄2 ×20-1⁄2" inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward border.

4. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew together 10 assorted print 2-1⁄2" squares to make a short middle border strip. Press seams in one direction. The strip should be 2-1⁄2 ×20-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second short middle border strip. Add short middle border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Press seams toward inner border.

5. Using 10 assorted print 2-1⁄2" squares and two yellow print 2-1⁄2" squares for each strip, repeat Step 4 to make two long middle border strips (note placement of yellow print squares). Each long middle border strip should be 2-1⁄2 ×24-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Add long middle border strips to remaining edges.

6. Sew purple print 1-1⁄2 ×24-1⁄2" outer border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add purple print 1-1⁄2 ×26-1⁄2" outer border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward outer border.

Finish Quilt

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

2. Bind with binding strips.

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