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Clowns Choice

The Clowns Choice is made with 2 fabrics in a 3 by 3 square grid layout using quarter square triangle units and squares alternating. 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 as well as cutting and piecing options.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

Block Size

Columns

Rows

Fabric Width

Finished Size:
18 inches by 18 inches
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Fabrics

Fabric 1 Fabric 1:
Cut 3 strips 2½ inches wide. Subcut strips into 36 squares. Cut 5 strips 1½ inches wide. Subcut strips into 90 quarter square triangles using a quarter square triangle ruler.
Fabric 2 Fabric 2:
Cut 5 strips 1½ inches wide. Subcut strips into 90 quarter square triangles using a quarter square triangle ruler.

Instructions

Quarter Square Triangle

Quarter Square Triangle instructions

  • Match a strip of each fabric right sides together and cut quarter square triangles pairs with a special quarter square triangle ruler, also known as a companion angle ruler.
  • Keep triangle pairs together with background fabric on top and long side on the bottom to sew in the correct direction.
  • Sew the right short side with a ¼ inch seam.
  • Press toward accent fabric.
  • Match the sewn pieces right sides together (be sure that opposite fabrics are on top of each other.
  • Sew a ¼ seam on the long edge.
  • Press seams to one side.

Make 45 quarter square triangle units.

Clowns Choice Finishing

Clowns Choice Finishing instructions

Layout pieces as shown in diagram and chain piece together first rows, then columns using a ¼ seam. Press seams to one side.

Make 9 blocks.

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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