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Wintergreen Quilt

Finished Quilt Size: 64" x 64"

What you'll need:


English paper pieces

Buy all the pieces here in the Wintergreen Quilt Kit! Or, if you'd like to adjust your size, edit the number of shapes in your cart by clicking the button below.

512 (4 Packs) 1 1/2" 45 degree kites
49 (2 Packs) 1 1/2" Octagons
126 (1 pack) 1 1/2" 8 Point Diamonds.
28 1 1/2" Half Octagons and (4) Quarter Octagons. (If you have purchased the pieces separately, you can cut these from the remaining octagons in the pack.)

Fabric

For this quilt I used Heather Ross' Sleeping Porch Fabric. A 25 fat quarter bundle of the collection was ample.

2 1/2" yards for joining shapes and borders.
4 yards of fabric for backing
1/2 yard for binding

Additional Supplies

71" x 72" batting
Rotary cutter/mat/ruler
Embroidery scissors
Hand-sewing needles (Bohin Milliners, size 9)
Thread
Fabric glue and/or Clover Wonder Clips for basting*
Sewing machine
Pressing tools
*See tutorial for more information on basting.

Metric Conversion Chart

1 inch        2.54cm
1 foot        30.48cm
1/2 yard    45.72cm
1 yard        91.44cm

Cutting Instructions:

WOF: Width of Fabric.

Scrappy 45deg Kites:
Cut (1) 4 1/2" x WOF strips (or 2 strips from a Fat Quarter)

Using the paper template as a guide, place it long ways on the strip and rotary cut approx. 3/8" seam allowance to the fabric.

Flip the template upside down so that the left edge aligns approx 3/8" from the previous cut and cut 3/8" from the paper again.

Continue along the strip(s). Cut 20 -21 kites from each print until you have 512.

Joining Pieces and Border:
Cut (6) 4 1/2" x WOF strips. Recut into (49) 4 1/2" squares. Set aside for basting octagons.
Cut (4) 2 1/2" x WOF strips. Recut to (28) 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles and (4) 2 1/2” squares. Set aside for basting half octagons and quarter octagons
Cut (7) 2” x WOF strips. Using the diamonds template as a guide, and a 3/8” seam allowance, cut (126) 8 Pt diamonds.
Cut (7) 5” x WOF strips. Set aside for border.

Stitching the blocks:

1. Prepare all the pieces for the quilt by basting the fabric to the paper templates.

2.Place 2 45 degree kites right sides together so that the sharp tip is facing down. Thread the needle in the top right hand corner, through both pieces. Thread through the corner 2 more times, and then thread the needle through the loop that is created when pulling the thread through. This makes a knot. Use this knot at the beginning and end of each piece or when you come to the end of your thread.

3. Whip-stitch along the long edge of the kite pieces and knot at the point.

4. Sew 3 more units of 2 kites together.

5. Sew the units together into 2 halves of the flower.

6. Sew the 2 halves together to complete the flower.

7. Make 64 total flowers.

Stitching the quilt top:

8. Sew 1 diamond into 1 crevice of each flower.

9. Sew flowers together into 32 pairs, keeping the diamonds on the left side of the flowers.

10. Sew 2 pairs of flowers into 16 lines of 4. Sew 2 lines together to make 8 rows.

11. Layout your rows to check for balanced colour placement and number them 1-8.

12. Below each row, stitch a line of joining shapes in the gaps. Begin with a diamond below the flower, then an octagon between them, then a diamond and so on.

13. Once all rows have shapes below, sew row 1 to row 2, row 3 to row 4, and so on. Sew rows 1 and 2 to 3 and 4, and so on. Sew the last two halves of the quilt together. At this stage you can remove all surrounded papers to keep the quilt pieces lighter and easier to wrangle.

14. Sew joining pieces around the outside of the quilt to fill the gaps. Begin with a quarter octagon in the corner, followed by a diamond above the flower, and then a half octagon in the next gap. Continue around the quilt. Occassionally you will meet a diamond already stitched in. Knot the thread and continue on the other side.

15. Once the quilt top is complete, remove any remaining papers and press the quilt top flat.

16. Open out the turn-under of the outside edge pieces and trim the excess quilt top 1/4” beyond the seam line where the papers have been.

17. Machine sew the border pieces end to end and trim to make (2) 5" x 60" and (2) 5" x 70". Sew the 60" strips to each side and press out to the border. Trim the excess in line with the quilt top. Sew the 70" strips to the top and bottom. Press and trim excess. (Tip! Have the pieced side on top and the border underneath so that you can easily see the points of the flowers. Sew just above them to keep them sharp.)

FINISHING

18. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste the layers together and quilt as desired. 

19. Trim the batting and backing to the size of the quilt top.

20. Sew the binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Press the binding in half wrong sides together.

21. Leaving an 8" tail of binding, sew the binding to the quilt through all layers, matching all raw edges. Miter corners. Stop approximately 12" from where you started. Lay both loose ends of binding flat along quilt edge. Where these two loose ends meet, fold them back on themselves and press to form a crease. Using this crease as your stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding together right sides together. Trim seam to 1/4" and press open. Finish sewing binding to quilt.

22. Turn the binding to the back of quilt and stitch in place.

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