Piece triangle-free quilt tops with a pattern system from Donna Poster.
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Afraid to piece triangles? Quilt instructor Donna Poster has the solution with MegaPatterns.
Instructions provided courtesy of Donna Poster.
Materials and Tools:
MegaPattern - Peaks
1. Cut the following rectangles—one each of both light and dark fabric per block. A finished crib/small lap throw requires 48 blocks. A finished block measures 6" x 6".
A - 6-1/2" x 2"
B - 5" x 2"
C - 3-1/2" x 2"
D - 2" x 2"
2. On the wrong side of the light pieces draw a line 45 degrees across one end. To do this accurately, line up the pieces on a grid cutting mat. Draw lightly so as to not stretch the fabric. Use a soft lead pencil or any non-bleeding marker. Note: This line slants to the right on half of the pieces and to the left on the remaining pieces, creating mirror images. The Peak MegaPattern has clear drawings to follow and includes instructions for three other quilts using these same blocks).
3. Stack these pieces, dark with light, right sides together. Stack A with D. Stack B with C.
4. Stitch, following the drawn line. Instead of stitching on the line, stitch next to the line but close enough to touch it. Stitch on the side of the line nearest the corner. Trim corner away, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance.
5. Press toward the dark piece. Press in the direction of the strip. All finished strips should measure 2" x 6-1/2". Trim to this size if needed.
6. Arrange strips to form "peaks." Sew strips together using 1/4-inch seams. Press to the side of the strip with the largest piece of dark fabric. A set of four strips should make a block 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".
7. Sew blocks together to form strips. Sew strips together. Add first border, cut two inches wide. Add second border, cut four inches wide. Quilt and bind.
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