Patriotic Tablecloth

Materials

  • Cotton fabric: flag print, 1 yd.; red tone-on-tone print, 1/2 yd.; blue star print, 1/2 yd.; white solid, 1 yd.
  • Backing (cotton fabric or flannel), 52"x52”

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching threads
  • Rotary cutter, 6"x12" ruler, 6-1/2" squaring ruler (optional), cutting mat

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, straight pins, iron and pressing surface, knitting needles

Directions

Size

  • 1. Size is 48" square.

Note

  • 1. This tablecloth is made with 36 of the same block sewn in two alternating color schemes. WOF = width of fabric; width of fabric is assumed to equal 40” of usable fabric. All seams are 1/4” unless otherwise noted. Select Pattern link to view Figure Art and Block Layouts.

Tablecloth

  • 1. From blue star print fabric, cut one 2"x36" strip. Cut strip at 2" intervals to make eighteen 2" squares. From white solid fabric, cut one 2"x40" strip and one 2"x32" strip. Cut strips at 2" intervals to make total of thirty-six 2" squares. Sew squares together as in Figure 1A. Press seams toward darker fabric.
  • 2. From white solid fabric, cut one 4-7/8"x40" strip and one 4-7/8"x32" strip. Cut strips at 2" intervals to make total of 36 2"x4-7/8" rectangles. Sew one rectangle to each side of three-square unit as in Figure 2A. Press seams away from center.
  • 3. From red print fabric, cut three 4"x40" strips and one 4"x24" strip. Cut all strips at 4" intervals to make total of 36 squares. Cut each square once on diagonal (for 72 triangles). Sew one triangle to each side of blue and white unit as in Figure 3A. Press seams gently toward red fabric. Use squaring ruler if needed to square blocks to 6-1/4". (Note: You will have a total of 18 of this color layout.) See Block Layout #1.
  • 4. From white solid fabric, cut one 2"x36" strip. Cut strip at 2" intervals to make 18 2" squares. From blue star print, cut one 2"x40" strip and one 2"x 32" strip. Cut strips at 2" intervals to make total of 36 2" squares. Sew squares together as in Figure 1B. Press seams toward darker fabric.
  • 5. From blue star print fabric, cut one 4-7/8"x40" strip and one 4-7/8"x32" strip. Cut strips at 2" intervals to make total of 36 2"x4-7/8" rectangles. Sew one rectangle to each side of three-square unit as in Figure 2B. Press seams away from center.
  • 6. From white solid fabric, cut three 4"x40" strips and one 4"x24" strip. Cut all strips at 4" intervals to make total of 36 squares. Cut each square once on diagonal (for 72 triangles). Sew one triangle to each side of blue and white unit as in Figure 3B. Press seams gently toward red fabric. Use squaring ruler if needed to square blocks to 6-1/4". (Note: You will have total of 18 of this color layout.) See Block Layout #2.
  • 7. Arrange blocks into six rows of six blocks, alternating Block #1 and #2. Ensure that all seams in centers of blocks are oriented in same direction. Sew together into rows; sew rows into top.
  • 8. For border, cut two 5-1/2"x38" strips from flag print fabric. Sew to opposite sides of quilt. Press border seams away from center. Cut two 5-1/2"x40" and two 5-1/2"x8-1/2" flag print strips. Sew one short strip to one long strip on short edges to make two strips that measure 5-1/2"x48". Press seams to one side. Sew strips to remaining opposite sides of quilt top; press seams away from center.
  • 9. Lay backing fabric and top on flat surface with right sides together. (Note: Backing fabric will be slightly larger.) Pin on edges of pieced top. Position pins in center to secure. Sew together 1/4" from edge of pieced top, leaving 6”-8” opening on one side for turning. Trim excess backing fabric. Turn right side out through opening (as though turning pillow). Use blunt object like large knitting needles to push out corners. Press lightly on edges. Press seam allowances in opening toward inside. Sew around edges of tablecloth 1/4" from edge, catching and closing opening.
  • 10. To secure top and backing, add small amount of quilting to tablecloth. (Note: You may also tie at intervals. This will keep layers from "ballooning" out when washing.) Sample is sewn around several blue squares to secure.

Tip

  • 1. Add additional rows of blocks to increase size. Substitute batting and backing to make design into a quilt.
by Holly Daniels

Patterns

http://dd4t7shsv7606.cloudfront.net/patterns/3244/c20c6a73-58b3-41e7-8647-3cd4719812dc.pdf



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