Miter She Wrote
Jessica Four-Patch presents: Case #108
Make a 64" square quilt top which includes an optional friendship block swap mid-way through the series. Or, keep all of your own blocks and gather your own bunches of signatures for your quilt. After all, as they say, "Friends are the Flowers in the Garden of Life!"
Please complete Part 7 before going on.
Hopefully by now your new Friendship Basket Blocks have arrived in the mail, and you're ready to put all of this together! If your blocks have not arrived yet, print out these instructions anyway and keep them with your "spare parts" for this project.
|Once you have your blocks in hand, assemble four of them so they look like the diagram at right.
Go back to your "spare parts" and dig out three of your 4 1/2" strips of Fabric A. Cut one of these strips to make two 4 1/2" by 16 1/2" border strips. Attach to opposite sides of your blocks. Press seam allowance toward the border strips.
Measure the new width of your quilt top, and cut the other two 4 1/2" strips to this measurement. Attach one strip to the top, and the other to the bottom of your quilt top. Again, press toward the strips.
|Now, go through your "spare parts" again and find your four 8 1/2" squares of Fabric A. Sew one Basket block to each side of each of these plain squares. Refer to the diagram at right for proper placement of the blocks.|
|Sew two of these rows to opposite sides of your quilt top, noting the placement of the blocks in the diagram at right.|
|Sew your remaining four Basket blocks to each end of the other two sections you pieced earlier in this Part, following the diagram at right.|
|Then, attach one row to the top of your quilt, and the other to the bottom of it, following the diagram at right.
Next, go back and find the rest of your 4 1/2" wide strips of Fabric A.
Measure the height of your quilt top and cut two of these strips to that length. Sew them to opposite sides of your quilt top. Press.
Measure the new width of your quilt top. This time you will probably have to add some length to each of your top & bottom strips before attaching them. Cut them to the width you just measured and sew the to the top & bottom of your quilt top.
Now, go back to your "spare parts" pile again, and find all the strips of half-square triangles you pieced back during Parts 3 and 4. (We'll now refer to these as your "Sawtooth Strips.") You will also need your remaining half-square triangle units you made with Fabrics A & B.
|Sew the Sawtooth Strips in pairs, and then sew two of these strips to the opposite sides of your quilt top, as shown at right.
Sew one Fabric A & B half-square triangle to each end of the remaining two sawtooth Strips, as shown in diagram. Then attach them to the top & bottom of your quilt top.
Next we'll add the 2 1/2" strips of Fabric A, as well as your remaining four Fabric A & B half-square triangles. The strips will probably need to be extended (in other words, sew them end-to-end to make them long enough) before they're attached. Measure the height of your quilt top and cut four strips to this measurement, Sew two of them to opposite sides of your quilt top.
|Sew your four Fabric A & B half-square triangles to each end of your remaining two strips, following the diagram at right. Then sew these strips to the top and bottom of your quilt top.|
Now it's time to add your last Border (hooray!). Measure the new height of your quilt top and attach a 4 1/2" wide strip of your Fabric B to each side of your quilt top. Press seam allowances toward the strip. Then measure the new width of your quilt top and attach a 4 1/2" wide strip of your Fabric B to the top and bottom of your quilt top. Press.
And now for the optional applique...
With a removable marker, mark an undulating line around the outer 4 1/2" wide Fabric A border. Sew the bias tube you made during Part 7, following the line you just drew.
Next, mark another set of lines which connect (approximately) the centers of each of your plain 8 1/2" squares of Fabric A, again undulating a bit as they roll along. If you wish, these "vines" may cross each other somewhere inside the 8 1/2" square areas. (Don't worry about turning under the raw edges at the end of these vines - they'll soon be covered eith yp-yos!)
And speaking of yo-yos, now's the time to arrange them in groups of six, overlapping the raw edges of the shorter vines you just attached. Scatter your remaining 16 yo-yos along the long, undulating vine you appliqued earlier.
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