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Bright Hopes

Instructions and calculator to make Bright Hopes block. Uses 4 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 by 36 inches
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Fabrics

Fabric 1 Fabric 1: 1/8 yd
Cut 1 strip 41/2 inches wide. Subcut strip into 9 squares.
Fabric 2 Fabric 2: 3/8 yd
Cut 3 strips 41/2 inches wide. Subcut strips into 9 rectangles 41/2 by 81/2 inches.
Fabric 3 Fabric 3: 5/8 yd
Cut 5 strips 41/2 inches wide. Subcut strips into 18 rectangles 41/2 by 81/2 inches.
Fabric 4 Fabric 4: 3/8 yd
Cut 3 strips 41/2 inches wide. Subcut strips into 9 rectangles 41/2 by 81/2 inches.

Instructions

Bright Hopes

Bright Hopes instructions

  • With right sides together, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance sew fabric 1 square to one end of fabric 2 rectangle. Do NOT sew to the end of fabric 1 square.
  • Sew a fabric 3 rectangle to previous work, crossing fabric 1 and 2 seam.
  • Sew a fabric 4 rectangle to previous work, crossing fabric 1 and 3 seam.
  • Fold fabric 2 rectangle out of the way and sew a fabric 3 rectangle to previous work, crossing fabric 1 and 4.
  • Finish sewing fabric 2 to fabric 1 and 3.

Sew blocks together as shown for your project.

Straight Border

Straight Border instructions

  • Cut and/or piece 2 strips of border fabric the length of quilt top measuring from middle.
  • Sew borders to sides using 1/4 inch seam.
  • Press toward border.
  • Cut and/or piece 2 strips of remaining cut border fabric the width of quilt top measuring from middle.
  • Sew borders to top and bottom using 1/4 inch seam.
  • Press toward border.
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.
  • Quilt as desired.
Binding

Binding instructions

  • If the number of binding strips are greater than 1, sew strips together end to end 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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