A sophisticated and subdued palette of Japanese taupe fabrics form scrappy squares. A dark outer border grounds the quilt and allows the blocks to take center stage. Fabrics are from the European Taupe XI collection by Kinkame for Clothworks Textiles.

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Inspired by Stamp of Approval from designer Tonya Alexander
Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke

Materials

1-3⁄4 yards total assorted prints in blue, pink, purple, green, gray, cream, beige, and brown (blocks)
1-1⁄8 yards beige print (blocks, setting, and corner triangles)
1⁄3 yard pink circle print (inner border)
7⁄8 yard gray print (outer border)
1⁄2 yard binding fabric
3-1⁄4 yards backing fabric
58" square batting

Finished quilt: 49-3⁄4" square
Finished blocks: 9" 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 prints, cut:
28-1-1⁄2×42" strips
9-1-1⁄2" squares

From beige print, cut:
2-14" squares, cutting each diagonally twice in an X for 8 setting triangles total
2-7-1⁄4" squares, cutting each in half diagonally for 4 corner triangles total
16-4-1⁄2" squares
36-1-1⁄2×4-1⁄2" rectangles
4-1-1⁄2" squares

From pink circle print, cut:
2-2×41-3⁄4" inner border strips
2-2×38-3⁄4" inner border strips

From gray print, cut:
5-4-1⁄2×42" strips for outer border

From binding fabric, cut:
6-2-1⁄2×42" binding strips

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Assemble Blocks

1. Sew together four assorted print 1-1⁄2×42" strips to make a strip set (Diagram 1). Press all seams in one direction. Repeat to make seven strip sets total. Cut strip sets into 160-1-1⁄2"-wide segments.

2. Referring to Diagram 2, lay out four 1-1⁄2"-wide segments; alternate direction of seams as indicated by arrows so seam allowances nest together. Join segments to make a 16-Patch unit. Press seams in one direction. The 16-Patch unit should be 4-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make thirty-six 16-Patch units total. (Set aside remaining 1-1⁄2"-wide segments to make B blocks in Step 4.)

3. Referring to Diagram 3, lay out four 16-Patch units, four beige print 1-1⁄2×4-1⁄2" rectangles, and one assorted print 1-1⁄2" square in three rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward beige print pieces. Join rows to make Block A. Press seams toward middle row. Block A should be 9-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make nine A blocks total.

4. Referring to Diagram 4, lay out four beige print 4-1⁄2" squares, four 1-1⁄2"-wide segments, and one beige print 1-1⁄2" square in three horizontal rows. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward beige print pieces. Join rows to make Block B. Press seams away from middle row. Block B should be 9-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make four B blocks total.

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Assemble Quilt Center

1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out blocks and beige setting triangles in five diagonal rows.

2. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams toward B blocks and setting triangles.

3. Join rows; press seams in one direction. Add beige corner triangles to make quilt center. Press seams toward corner triangles. The quilt center should be 38-3⁄4" square including seam allowances.

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Assemble and Add Borders

1. Sew pink circle print 2×38-3⁄4" inner border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add pink circle print 2×41-3⁄4" inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border.

2. Cut and piece gray print 4-1⁄2×42" strips to make:
2-4-1⁄2×49-3⁄4" outer border strips
2-4-1⁄2×41-3⁄4" outer border strips

3. Sew short outer border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top.

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Finish Quilt

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

2. Bind with binding strips.

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