Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue
Are you ready for a new mystery quilt? How about an easy one you can make in red, white and blue that could be a Quilt of Valor if you added a border? Or perhaps just make it in dark, medium and light shades of your favorite color as a lap or wheelchair quilt. It finishes 46″ x 46″ but can easily be made larger with an additional border.
Before beginning this or any other project, wash and press your fabric. If you like the behavior of crisp fabric as you work with it, try a little spray sizing when you iron it. Take the time to clean your machine, put in a new needle and fill a few bobbins.
Pressing means just holding the iron over a spot for a moment or two. Don’t drag the iron back and forth as you normally do when ironing a garment. That might distort your seams.
This pattern assumes a perfect 1/4” seam. WOF means Width of Fabric.
To “square up” a block, place a ruler the size of the unfinished block on top of the block, matching the diagonal line of the ruler with the diagonal line of the block if possible. Cut all the way around the block. You will find it convenient to have a 6-1/2″ square ruler.
Cutting directions are for the traditional method of making Half Square Triangle Blocks (HSTs) and uses the QIAD Flying Geese ruler to make the
3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ Flying Geese blocks. If you prefer another method, be sure to cut for that method instead. More items you may find helpful are a Stripology Ruler to cut the strips and a Quick Quarter Ruler to make the HSTs.
If you would like to make a scrappy quilt, cut each strip out of a different print in the same color family. You will make smaller cuts at each clue using these strips. Always save leftover fabric as you may need it for the next clue.
1-1/2 yards Background:
(1) 12-1/2″ wide strip by the WOF.
(3) 9-1/2″ strips by the WOF.
(5) 2″ wide strips by the WOF
1/4 yard Red:
(2) 4″ wide strips by the WOF.
1-1/8 yard Blue:
(1) 7-1/2″ wide by the WOF
(1) 4″ wide by the WOF
(4) 3-1/2″ wide by the WOF
(5) 2-1/2″ wide by the WOF (this is the border)
(2) 2″ wide by the WOF
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