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Centers in the Corners

A Centers in the Corner block is an offset log cabin style block. The free pattern calculator will give you fabric cutting instructions and yardage for thousands of combinations of block size, number of blocks and a variety of fabric bolt widths.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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Cutting & Piecing Methods

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Fabric Width

Finished Size:
18 inches by 18 inches
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Fabrics

Fabric 1 Fabric 1:
¼ yd
Cut 5 strips 11/2 inches wide. Subcut 9 each of the following lengths from strips - A 1½, B 2½, C 3½, D 4½, E 5½ and F 6½.
Fabric 2 Fabric 2:
¼ yd
Cut 4 strips 11/2 inches wide. Subcut 9 each of the following lengths from strips - A 1½, B 2½, C 3½, D 4½ and E 5½.

Instructions

Centers in the Corners

Centers in the Corners instructions

  1. Start by sewing a Background and Accent A squares right sides together with ¼ inch seam; press toward accent fabric.
  2. Turn unit so Accent fabric is on top and Background fabric is below it and place a Background B strip right sides together on right side of unit.
  3. Sew strip using a ¼ inch seam; press toward just sewn strip.
  4. Turn unit so just sewn Background strip is at the bottom and place Accent B strip right sides together on right side of unit.
  5. Sew strip using a ¼ inch seam; press toward just sewn strip.
  6. Turn unit so just sewn Accent fabric is at the top and place C Background fabric strip right sides together on right side of unit.
  7. Sew strip using a ¼ inch seam; press toward just sewn strip.
  8. Repeat steps 4 - 7 using the next larger and larger strip of Background and Accent fabrics until finished.

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 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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