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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Becky's Blue & Brown

Austen Family Album in Blue & Brown
 by Becky Brown
85-1/2" x 85-1/2"

Our master model block stitcher has finished one of her Austen sampler tops. Becky writes:  
The top is done - "I want it simple....put the blocks together with 1-1/2" sashings, so that it wouldn't get too big. 3" border around quilt."

And simple and elegant it is.
She used a variation of the Meryton set.
See more here and scroll down:

She kept the palette quite controlled and cool.
Lots of line---controlled line.

Fussy cutting the stripes added to the cool geometry.

Quite a visual success, don't you agree?

Here's the setting plan for a double bed-sized quilt.
36 blocks finishing to 12" square.
1-1/2" finished sashing and cornerstones
3" finished border
Revised Meryton set instructions for a smaller quilt:

Block 19 by Becky 

You need:
  • 36 Pieced blocks finishing to 12" x 12"
  • 25 Cornerstone squares to set between the blocks, finishing to 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"
  • 60 Sashing Strips to frame the blocks, finishing to 1-1/2" x 12" rectangles.
  • A single border finishing to 3" wide.

Cut 25 cornerstone squares 2" x 2".
Cut 60 Sashing Strips as rectangles 2" x 12-1/2".

Mitered border corners: Cut 4 strips 3-1/2" x 86".
Right angle border corners:
  • Side Borders: Cut 2 strips 3-1/2" by 80"
  • Top & Bottom Borders: Cut 2 strips 3-1/2" x 86"

The seam lines in her corners

I'd use the same yardage that EQ7 suggested for the larger sashing.
  • 3/8 yard for the cornerstones
  • 1-3/4 yards for the sashing strips
You can buy a little less yardage for the border: EQ7 says 2-1/8 yards if you piece the border.
If you use a chintz or stripe you will want to cut the borders as single strips and not piece them, so buy 2-1/2 yards. You may also want to use the same print as in the sashing strips.

Becky says: "Now it's ready for quilting, along with several others. ;-)"

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