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Summer in the Country: Country Picnic

Summer in the Country: Country Picnic

Written by: 
Lisa Jo Girodat

This simple setting with Hourglass cornerstones makes a perfect picnic quilt.  Or imagine using it on a sleeping porch on a summer evening. 

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YIELD

72" x 72" quilt

INGREDIENTS

BLOCKS: (16) 12½” unfinished blocks
BACKGROUND: 1½ yards white
ACCENT:  ¼ yard blue, ¼ yard red
BACKING: 4½ yards
BINDING: 5/8 yard

INSTRUCTIONS

From BACKGROUND, cut:
(9) 4½” x WOF strips;  subcut into (28) 12½” strips
(2) 5½” x WOF strips;  subcut into (14) 5½” squares

From Accent FABRIC 1, CUT:
(2) 5½” x WOF strips; subcut (7) 5½” squares

From Accent FABRIC 2, CUT:
(2) 5½” x WOF strips; subcut (7) 5½” squares

From Border FABRIC, CUT:
(7) 2½” x WOF strips. Remove selvedges and sew together end-to-end. Press. Subcut (2) 68½” strips for side borders and (2) 72½” strips for top and bottom borders

From Binding FABRIC, CUT:
(8) 2½” x WOF strips. Create binding as desired.

Step 1: Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)

Mark a pencil line along the diagonal of the WRONG SIDE of (14) 5½” white squares.

Place 7 white squares right sides together with (7) 5½” red squares. Sew ¼” away from each side of the marked line. Cut apart at pencil line. Press. Do not trim

Make 13 red + white Half-Square Triangles (HSTs).

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Place remaining 7 white squares right sides together with (7) 5½” blue squares. Sew ¼” away from each side of the marked line. Cut apart at pencil line. Press. Do not trim.

Make 14 blue + white Half-Square Triangles (HSTs).

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Step 2: Quarter Square Triangles

Draw a diagonal pencil line on the wrong side of EACH red HST unit. Place 1 red HST and 1 blue HST right sides together so the whites triangles are opposite one another and the seams are nested together. Pin in place.

Sew ¼” away from each side of the marked line. Cut apart at pencil line. Press. Trim to 4½” square.

Make 25 Quarter-Square Triangles (QSTs).

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NOTE: This settiing only uses 25 QSTs. You will have extra HST units.

Step 3: Sashing

Sew 5 rows of QSTs and 4½” x 12½” sashing strips as shown. Flip each QST so the colors alternate to create a pattern.

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Sew 4 rows of blocks with 4½” x 12½” sashing strips as shown.

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ASSEMBLE THE QUILT

Sew the sashing strip rows and the sashing block rows together.

Attach borders.

Baste, bind and quilt as desired.

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Lisa Jo Girodat

Neverland Stitches

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