Instructions

Layout and print quilt figures and diagram.

  1. Prewash fabrics. If water is discolored, wash again until rinse water runs clear.
  2. Dry and press all fabrics.
  3. Accurately cut fabrics using rotary cutter and quilter’s ruler or mark fabrics using ruler and marker of choice and cut with scissors.
  4. Do all piecing with accurate 1/4-inch seams and right sides of fabrics together unless otherwise directed.
  5. Press seams toward darker fabric unless directions state
    otherwise.
  6. Refer to layout diagram as a reference when assembling top.

CUTTING (make 4):

  1. From off-white solid, cut twenty 3-1/2-inch squares for pieced leaf blocks.
  2. From off-white solid, cut eight 3-1/8-inch squares for stems of pieced leaf blocks.
  3. From each of the four different coordinating prints for leaf blocks, cut eight 3-1/2-inch squares.

LAYOUT:

Half-triangle squares (make 4 of each print):

  1. Use quilter’s ruler and quilter’s marking pen or pencil to mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of twenty 3-1/2-inch off-white solid squares and the eight 3-1/8-inch off white solid squares as shown in Fig. 1.
  2. Place a 3-1/2-inch marked off-white solid square on top of a 3-1/2-inch print square with right sides facing and edges matching.
  3. Referring to Fig. 2, sew on marked line.
  4. Trim 1/4 inch from stitching as shown in Fig. 2b.
  5. Open and press to make a 3-1/2-inch pieced triangle square as shown in Fig. 3.
  6. Repeat to make a total of four pieced squares from each of the four different coordinating prints for leaf blocks.

Stem (make 4 to match pieced squares):

  1. Place a marked 3-1/8-inch off-white solid square on top of a matching 3-1/2 print square with right sides facing and two edges matching.
  2. Referring to Fig. 4, sew on marked line.

Trim 1/4 inch from stitching:

  1. Open and press.
  2. In the same way, sew another 3-1/8 inch white solid square to opposite side as shown in Fig. 4b.
  3. Open and press as before to make a 3-1/2 square as shown in Fig. 4c.

Repeat to make a total of four pieced stems (one to match each of the four different coordinating prints for leaf blocks).
 

PIECING (for each triangle square):

  1. Lay out matching 3-1/2-inch pieced triangle squares, matching colored squares and one off-white square in three rows with three squares in each row as shown in Fig. 5.
  2. With right sides facing, sew squares in rows together as planned.
  3. Sew rows together to form leaf block.
  4. Repeat to make a total four pieced leaf blocks.
  5. Square each block to an accurate 9-1/2-inch square.

SASHING:

Inner sashing:

  1. From white-on-white print, cut two 3-3/4-inch x 9-1/2-inch strips and one 3-3/4-inch x 21-3/4-inch strip.
  2. Lay out the four leaf blocks and sashing strips as shown in Fig. 6.
  3. Sew the blocks and sashing strips together as planned.

Outer sashing:

  1. From white-on-white print, cut two 2-1/2-inch x 21-3/4-inch strips and two 2-1/2-inch x 25-3/4-inch strips.
  2. Sew the shorter strips to opposite sides of the pieced top.
  3. Open and press.
  4. Sew the remaining strips to the top and bottom of the pieced top.
  5. Open and press.

Triangles:

  1. From gold print, cut two 18-7/8-inch squares.
  2. Cut each square in half diagonally, making four triangles.
  3. Sew the long edge of two triangles centered along opposite sides of the pieced top. Open and press.
  4. Sew the long edge of the remaining triangle to remaining opposite edges of the pieced top. Open and press.

BORDERS:

Inner:

  1. From several different coordinating fabrics, cut a total of ninety-six 2-inch x 6-inch pieces.
  2. Sew the long edges of twenty-four 2-inch x 6-inch coordinating fabric pieces together to make a 6-inch x 36-1/2-inch strip. Trim the long edges of the pieced strip to make a 5-1/2-inch-wide strip.
  3. Repeat to make a total of four pieced inner border strips.
  4. Sew a pieced inner border strip to opposite sides of the pieced top. Open and press.
  5. From dark green print, cut four 5-1/2 inch squares for cornerstones.
  6. Sew a cornerstone to opposite short ends of each remaining pieced inner border strip.
  7. Sew pieced strip with cornerstones to top and bottom of pieced top. Open and press.

Outer:

  1. From tan print, cut two 7-1/2-inch x 46-1/2-inch strips and two 7-1/2-inch x 60-1/2-inch strips for outer border.
  2. Sew the two shorter strips to opposite sides of the pieced top. Open and press.
  3. Sew the remaining strips to the top and bottom of the pieced top. Open and press.

QUILTING:

  1. Lay out the backing fabric wrong side up on a flat surface.
  2. Center batting on top of backing.
  3. Center pieced top right side up on batting and smooth out all wrinkles.
  4. Hand-or pin-baste layers together.
  5. Hand- or machine-quilt as desired.
  6. Baste around outer edges of pieced top.
  7. Trim excess batting and backing.

BINDING:

  1. From tan print, cut five 2-1/2-inch x 60-inch strips for binding.
  2. Sew short ends of binding strips together diagonally to make one long strip. Trim excess and press seams open.
  3. Trim one short end diagonally. Press 1/4 inch to wrong side.
  4. Press binding strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides facing.
  5. Sew binding strip to right side of pieced top with long edges even and a 1/4-inch seam, mitering corners.
  6. Fold binding to back, encasing seam.
  7. Hand sew fold to back of quilt.

Finished Size: Quilt measures about 60 inches square.

Craft originally sent in by Janet Koca of Post Falls, Idaho