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54-40 or Fight

The 54-40 of Fight quilt block is made with peaky and spike units and four patch set in a 3 by 3 square grid layout and used 3 fabrics.While I make every effort to be sure of accuracy, I am unable to test every variation. Before you cut up large amounts of fabric, cut and sew a test block or two. If you find any errors, please email me at "jeannethro2 at yahoo dot com".

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Finished Size:
36 inches by 36 inches
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Fabrics

Fabric 1 Fabric 1:

Cut 6 strips 21/2 inches wide.
Cut 3 strips 4 inches wide. Subcut strips into 36 peakys.
Fabric 2 Fabric 2:

Cut 6 strips 21/2 inches wide.
Fabric 3 Fabric 3:

Cut 3 strips 2 inches wide. Subcut strips into 72 spikes.

Instructions

Four Patch

Four Patch instructions

  • Place 1 strip of each four patch fabric right sides together, sew strips with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Sew strips together with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Press toward darker fabric.
  • Sub cut strip set into 21/2 inch wide 2 patches.
  • Match 2 sets of two patches right sides together with opposite fabrics together.
  • Sew together using a ¼ inch seam on one side.
  • Press seams to one side.

Make 45 four patch units.

Peaky and Spike

Peaky and Spike instructions

  • Cut out the peaky and spike template pieces adding a ¼ inch seam allowance to all sides.
  • Using the left spike fabric strip, cut a left spike template piece by lining up the template piece bottom including seam allowance to strip raw edge and rotate up and down for efficient cutting.
  • Using the right spike fabric strip, cut a right spike template piece by lining up the template piece bottom including seam allowance to strip raw edge and rotate up and down for efficient cutting.
  • Using the peaky fabric strip, cut a peaky template piece by lining up the bottom of template piece including seam allowance to strip raw edge. Rotate template up and down for efficient cutting.
  • Lay a spike piece on top of a peaky piece as shown with right sides together lining up raw edges and sewing line points.
  • Sew together using a scant ¼ inch seam.
  • Carefully press seam toward spike piece.
  • Rotate unit and lay mirrored spike piece on top as shown matching raw edges and sewing line points.
  • Sew together using a scant ¼ inch seam.
  • Carefully press seam toward spike piece.

Make 36 peaky & spike units.

54-40 or Fight Finishing

54-40 or Fight Finishing instructions

Layout each 54-40 or Fight block units as shown and chain piece together first rows, then columns using a ¼ inch seam.

Make 9 Blocks.

Quilt Sandwich

Quilt Sandwich instructions

  • Place pressed backing right side down on a flat surface large enough to lay flat; tape in place at sides, then corners.
  • Lay batting on top of backing and smooth wrinkles; tape in place at sides, then corners. (If using slippery batting, spray baste to baking and top.)
  • Put pressed quilt on top right side up.
  • Smooth borders and blocks square, pushing excess toward middle. Quilting will take up slack and quilt will hang better.
  • Pin baste 3 to 4 inches apart in quarters down length and width. Finish pin basting each quarter 3 to 4 inches apart.
Binding

Binding instructions

  • If the number of binding strips are greater than 1, sew strips together by laying ends right sides together forming an L.
  • Sew on diagonal where fabrics cross from upper left to lower right.
  • Trim excess to ¼ inch.
  • Repeat to make a continuous strip; press seams open.
  • Fold and press strip lengthwise in half wrong sides together.
  • Leaving a 5 inch tail, sew binding to quilt top matching raw edges with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Stop ¼ inch before corner with needle down.
  • Pivot work as if to sew next side and reverse sew off quilt top.
  • Fold binding back, creating a 45 degree fold, then fold forward matching fold to previously sewn side.
  • Continue sewing binding, and repeat above for each corner.
  • Stop sewing approximately 5 inches from beginning.
  • Unfold and overlap ends.
  • Cut at an approximate 45 degree angle somewhere where both ends overlap.
  • Match ends wrong sides together, leaving equal dog ears.
  • Sew together with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Refold binding and finish sewing to quilt.
  • Fold binding to back and handstitch to finish using a blind stitch.

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