confetti quilt

Foundation Quilt Piecing- Confetti Quilt

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Confetti Quilt supply list:
Block size: 6 1/2″ (finished size)
Quilt Size: ALL sized are without borders
Baby 45 X 65″ 70 blocks 2yd. main 2 1/2 yds muslin
Lap 65 X 78″ 120 blocks 2 3/4 yds. main 4 yds. muslin
Twin 65 X 98″ 150 blocks 4 yds. main 5 yds. muslin
Queen 84 X 105″ 221 blocks 6 yds. main 7 1/4 yds. muslin

Muslin preparation:
Purchase the least expensive muslin, wash and dry to soften and shrink. Tear or cut muslin into 4 1/2″ strips, stack the strips, rotary cut into 10 1/2″ lengths. Muslin foundations will be 4 1/2″ X 10 1/2″ and there will be one for each block.

Contrast color:
Rotary cut into 5 1/2″ wide strips and cut 5 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ squares, 7 squares per strip. For the lap quilt, for example, 18 strips will yield 120 squares.

For each block:
1 muslin foundation AND 1 contrast square

9″, 12″ or 15″ square ruler for rotary cutting. Must have a diagonal line.
Rotary cutter with a new blade
12″ or 24″ long rotary ruler
Sewing machine with new needle
Scissors, pins, neutral thread + thread to match main color blocks

The individual blocks look like this:
20130312-093807.jpgHere’s a walk through on how to piece the block using muslin as a foundation.

muslin 4.5 by 10.5 inches.jpgStart with a 4 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ piece of pre-washed muslin.

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Place your first strip right side up across the width of the muslin.

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Place the next fabric strip right side down on top of the first strip, raw edges aligned or angled as desired and stitch through all layers. Trim away excess fabric if desired.

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Flip the second fabric strip and finger press the seam.

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Continue adding strips to the foundation.

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Add another fabric, angled or straight.

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Finger press into place.

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Add the next fabric.

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And the next.

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And the next.

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Add the last fabric, until the foundation is covered.

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Press the unit with an iron.

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Flip the block so the muslin side is exposed.

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Trim the block to 4″ by 10″ with a rotary cutter and ruler.

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Flip the block back over and admire your handiwork.

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Now cut 5 1/2″ squares for the contrast color of each block.

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Place the block on the diagonal.

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And cut it in half with a rotary cutter and ruler.

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By folding, and with a pin mark the center of the foundation block and both sides of contrasting fabric block.

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With right sides together, line up the pieces with center points matching.

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Sew a triangle to each 10″ side of foundation.

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Thread color should match triangle fabric. Foundation unit will be longer than the triangle. Press the seams away from foundation rectangle.

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Trim to square up the unit. Use the grid side of rotary mat and 9″ square ruler. The finished block measures 7″ square. Place the muslin/triangle square unit right side up on the grid of the mat with the 4″ by 10″ trimmed muslin rectangle aligned on any lines of the mat and the 4″ side up. Place diagonal line of the square ruler on the mid-point of the 4″ side of the muslin rectangle on both short ends of rectangle (use the grid lines on the mat). Diagonal line on ruler will align through center of foundation unit. Rotary cut to trim scant bit of fabric off two sides (top and bottom) of muslin/triangle unit.

Rotate muslin/triangle unit 180 degrees on mat board and trim the remaining two sides so square measures 7″ and is clean cut on all four sides.

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Complete required number of blocks.

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Arrange blocks and sew into rows. Begin and end each seam with a small back stitch to secure muslin when seams are pressed open.

To view the finished quilt look here.


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