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  • TRUE LOVER’S KNOT QUILT

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    BLOCK SIZE: 12" x 12"

    QUILT SIZE: 79" x 96"

    YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS

    Yardage is based on 43"/44"w fabric.

     Image_00255/8 yds of red solid

    Image_00345/8 yds of white solid

    71/4 yds for backing

    1 yd for binding 90" x 108" batting

    CUTTING OUT THE PIECES

    All measurements include a 1/4" seam allowance. Follow

    Template Cutting, page 3, to cut fabric.

    1. From red solid: image

      • Cut 38 strips 2"w.

      • Cut 6 strips 2"w. From these strips, cut 120 squares 2" x 2".

      • Cut 120 A’s using Template A pattern, page 4.

      • Cut 60 B’s using Template B pattern, page 4.

    2. From white solid: image

    • Cut 22 strips 2"w.

    • Cut 6 strips 2"w. From these strips, cut 120 squares 2" x 2".

    • Cut 120 A’s using Template A.

    • Cut 60 B’s using Template B.

    ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP

              1. Sew 1 A and 2 squares together to make Unit 1. Make 60 Unit 1’s.
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                (Note: To sew curved seams in Steps 2 and 3, match centers and pin at center and at each end, then match and pin between pins. Sew seam with convex edge on bottom next to feed dogs.) Sew 1 A and 1 B together to make Unit 2. Make 60 Unit 2’s.

                Unit 2 (make 60) Unit 2 (make 60)
              3. Sew Unit 1 and Unit 2 together to make Unit 3. Make 60 Unit 3’s.
                Unit 3 (make 60) 4. Unit 3 (make 60)
                4.
              4. Repeat Steps 1 - 3 to make 60 Unit 4’s.
                Unit 4 (make 60) Unit 4 (make 60)
              5. Sew 1 Unit 3 and 1 Unit 4 together to make Unit 5. Make 60 Unit 5’s.
                Unit 5 (make 60) Unit 5 (make 60)
              6. Sew 2 Unit 5’s together to make Block. Make 30 Blocks.
                Block (make 30) Block (make 30)
              7. Sew strips together to make Strip Set A. Make 18 Strip Set A’s. Cut across Strip Set A’s at 121/2" intervals to make 49 Sashing Units. Cut across remaining Strip Set A’s at 2" intervals to make 20 Unit 6’s.
                Strip Set A (make 18) Strip Set A (make 18)
                Sashing Unit (make 49) 2" Sashing Unit (make 49) 12 & 1/2"
                2"
                Unit 6 (make 20) 2" Unit 6 (make 20) 2"
              8. Sew strips together to make Strip Set B. Make 2 Strip Set B’s. Cut across Strip Set B’s at 2" intervals to make 40 Unit 7’s.
    Unit 7 (make 40) Unit 7 (make 40)
                1. Sew 1 Unit 6 and 2 Unit 7’s together to make Unit 8. Make 20 Unit 8’s
      • Sew 5 Blocks and 4 Sashing Units together to make row. Make 6 Rows
        Row (make 6) Row (make 6)
      • Sew 5 Sashing Units and 4 Unit 8’s together to make Sashing Row. Make 5 Sashing Rows.

        Sashing Row (make 5) 

    • Referring to Quilt Top Diagram, page 5, sew Rows and Sashing Rows together to complete Quilt Top.

    COMPLETING THE QUILT

              1.  Mark, layer, and quilt using Quilting Diagram, page 4, as a suggestion. Our quilt is hand quilted.
              2. Bind quilt as desired.

    GENERALS

    TEMPLATE CUTTING

    Our full-sized piecing template patterns have 2 lines — a solid cutting line and a dashed line showing the ¼" seam allowance.

              1.  To make a template from a pattern, use a permanent fine-point pen to carefully trace pattern onto template plastic, making sure to transfer all alignment and grain line markings. Cut out template along inner edge of drawn line. Check template against original pattern for accuracy.
              2. To use a template, place template on wrong side of fabric (unless otherwise indicated in project instructions), aligning grain line on template with straight grain of fabric. Use a sharp fabric-marking pencil to draw around template. Transfer all alignment marking to fabric. Cut out fabric piece using scissors or rotary cutting equipment.

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    Template A

    Template B

    Quilting Diagram

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  • “You Stole My Heart" Pillow

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    Supplies

    For pillow front: Osnaburg fabric - 14" square

    For pillow back and boxing: 44"W fabric - ½yd

    Thread to match fabrics

    Tracing paper

    ⅜"W grosgrain ribbon - 1⅝ yds

    10 men’s neckties

    Coordinating embroidery floss (we used 2 colors) Removable fabric marking pen

    Paper-backed fusible web

    Seam ripper

    ⅜" dia. cotton cord - 3¼ yds Fabric glue

    Polyester fiberfill

    MAKING PILLOW FRONT

    Cut four 14" lengths from ribbon. Refer to photo and Diagram, page 3, to position ribbon lengths on pillow front; glue to secure. Use fabric marking pen to draw a ½" seam allowance along edges of pillow front. For each tie, use seam ripper to carefully open tie along center back seam; trim away lining and press tie flat. For hearts, use 8 ties and cut a 4" square from each.

    Cut a piece of web slightly smaller than each tie square. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse web to wrong sides of squares. Trace and cut out Heart Pattern; use pattern to cut 1 heart from each tie square. Refer to diagram and center hearts in ribbon squares; fuse in place.

    Use 3 strands of floss to blanket stitch around hearts

    (Fig. 1, page 3).

    Embroidering, Use fabric marking pen to write “You stole my heart” in remaining square on pillow front. Use 2 strands of floss to stem stitch words (Fig. 2, page 3). Remove pen lines.

    Heart Pattern Heart Pattern

    CUTTING PILLOW BACK & BOXING

    Cut a 14" square of fabric and two 3" x 27" strips of fabric for boxing.

    APPLYING CORDING

    Cut cord in half. Cut two 1½" x 56" strips (pieced as necessary) from remaining ties. To apply cording to right side of pillow front, use one 1½" x 56" tie piece and 1 cord piece. Lay cord along center on one side of tie. Matching long edges, fold tie over cord. Use a zipper foot to machine baste along length of tie close to cord. Matching raw edges and starting 1" from end of cording, baste cording to right side of pillow front; clip seam allowances as needed. Open ends of cording and cut cord to fit exactly. Insert one end of cording fabric in the other; fold raw edge of top fabric ½" to wrong side and baste in place. Use remaining tie and cord pieces and repeat for pillow back.

    MAKING BOXING

    Match right sides and raw edges and use a ½" seam allowance to sew boxing fabric strips together along short edges to form a loop; press seam allowances open. Referring to Fig. 3, fold boxing piece in half and make ¼" clips into edges of fabric at each fold. Unfold boxing piece.

    Fig. 3 | Clip Fig. 3 | Clip

    ASSEMBLING PILLOW

    Matching 1 raw edge of boxing piece to raw edge of pillow front, place pieces right sides together, matching clips on boxing piece to corners of pillow front. Pin boxing piece

    in place. Use a zipper foot and sew boxing piece to pillow front as close as possible to cording. Repeat to pin pillow back to remaining raw edge of boxing piece. Leaving an opening for turning, use zipper foot and sew boxing piece to back as close as possible to cording.

    FINISHING

    Turn pillow; stuff; stitch closed.

    "You Stole My Heart" Diagram "You Stole My Heart" Diagram
    Fig. 1 Blanket Stitch Fig. 1 Blanket Stitch
    Fig. 2 Stem Stitch Fig. 2 Stem Stitch

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  • Two Way Hearts

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    Shell and popcorn stitches make a lovely twosome in this dainty crochet wrap designed by Mary R. Lewis in honor of Red Heart® Yarns' 60th anniversary.

  • Thoughtful Afghan

    THOUGHTFUL AFGHAN

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  • Granny Squares Hat ePattern

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    General Instructions

    Abbreviations

    beg — beginning

    BLO — Back Loop Only ch(s) — chain(s)

    dc — double crochet

    hdc — half double crochet mm — millimeters

    rem — remaining rep — repeat Rnd(s) — round(s) sc — single crochet sl — slip

    sp(s) — space(s)

    st(s) — stitch(es) tog — together YO — yarn over

    * – work instructions following * as many more times as indicated in addition to the first time.

    ( ) or [ ] – work enclosed instructions as many times as specified by the number immediately following or work all enclosed instructions in the stitch or space indicated or contains explanatory remarks.

    Gauge

    Correct gauge is essential for proper fit of garments.

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    Hook sizes given in instructions are merely guides and should never be used without first making a swatch to check gauge. To test gauge, make a sample swatch approx 4" square in the stitch, yarn, and hook specified. Then measure it, counting your stitches and rounds carefully. If you have more stitches per inch than specified, try again with a larger size hook, if fewer, try again with a smaller size. Keep trying until your find the size that will give you the specified gauge. DO NOT HESITATE TO CHANGE HOOK SIZE TO OBTAIN CORRECT GAUGE.

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  • Sweater, Hat & Booties ePattern

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  • Burgoyne Surrounded Quilt Quilting ePattern

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    Approx Size: 81" x 99"

    Inspiration! Originally published in Leaflet 1808, Sew Quick Two-Color Quilts

    ©2009 by Leisure Arts, Inc.

    BURGOYNE SURROUNDED

    BLOCK SIZE: 15" x 15"

    QUILT SIZE: 81" x 99"

    YARDAGE REQUIREMENTS

    2. Sew 1 narrow and 2 wide strips together to make Strip Set B. Make 4 Strip Set B’s. Cut across Strip Set B’s at 1½" intervals to make 100 Unit 3’s.

    Yardage is based on 43"/44"w fabric.

    image 7½ yds of white solid image 258 yds of red solid

    7½ yds for backing

    1 yd for binding

    90" x 108" batting

    CUTTING OUT THE PIECES

    All measurements include a ¼" seam allowance. Borders

    Strip Set B (make 4)

    1½"

    Unit 3 (make 100)

    include extra length for “insurance”; trim borders after

    measuring completed center section of quilt top.

    1. From white solid: image

      • Cut 8 wide strips 21/2"w.

      • Cut 32 narrow strips 11/2"w.

      • Cut 5 strips 151/2"w. From these strips, cut

        49 sashing strips 151/2" x 31/2".

      • Cut 2 lengthwise strips 3" x 102" for side borders.

      • Cut 2 lengthwise strips 3" x 79" for top/bottom 

        borders.

      • From remaining fabric width, cut 16 crosswise

        strips 31/2"w. From these strips, cut 80 large rectangles 31/2" x 51/2".

      • From remaining fabric width, cut 20 crosswise

        strips 21/2"w. From these strips, cut 160 small rectangles 21/2" x 31/2".

    2. From red solid: image

      • Cut 16 wide strips 21/2"w.

      • Cut 30 narrow strips 11/2"w.

    ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP

    1. Sew 1 narrow and 2 wide strips together to make

    Strip Set A. Make 6 Strip Set A’s. Cut across Strip

    1. Sew 2 Unit 1’s and 1 Unit 3 together to make

      Unit 4. Make 20 Unit 4’s.

      Unit 4 (make 20)

    2. Sew 1 Unit 2 and 1 Unit 3 together to make Unit 5.

      Make 80 Unit 5’s.

      Unit 5 (make 80)

    3. Sew 3 narrow strips together to make Strip Set C. Make 9 Strip Set C’s. Cut across Strip Set C’s at 1½" intervals to make 220 Unit 6’s.

      Set A’s at 21/2" intervals to make 40 Unit 1’s. Cut across remaining Strip Set A’s at 1½" intervals to make 80 Unit 2’s.

      Strip Set A (make 6)

      Strip Set C (make 8)

      Unit 6 (make 220)

      1½"

      Unit 1 (make 40) Unit 2 (make 80)

    4. Sew 3 narrow strips together to make Strip Set D. Make 5 Strip Set D’s. Cut across Strip Set D’s at 1½" intervals to make 110 Unit 7’s.

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      2½" 1½"

      Strip Set D (make 5)

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      1½"

      Unit 7 (make 110)

    5. Sew 2 Unit 6’s and 1 Unit 7 together to make

      Unit 8. Make 110 Unit 8’s.

      Unit 8 (make 110)

    6. Sew 2 narrow strips together to make Strip Set E. Make 7 Strip Set E’s. Cut across Strip Set E’s at 1½" intervals to make 160 Unit 9’s.

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      Strip Set E (make 7) Unit 9 (make 160)

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      1½"

    7. Sew 2 Unit 9’s together to make Unit 10. Make 80 Unit 10’s.

      Unit 10 (make 80)

    8. Sew 1 Unit 5 and 1 large rectangle together to make Unit 11. Make 80 Unit 11’s.

      Unit 11 (make 80)

    9. Sew 1 Unit 10, 2 small rectangles, and 1 Unit 8 together to make Unit 12. Make 80 Unit 12’s. (Set aside remaining Unit 8’s to use in Step 16.)

      Unit 12 (make 80)

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    10. Sew 1 Unit 11 and 2 Unit 12’s together to make

      Unit 13. Make 40 Unit 13’s.

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      Unit 13 (make 40)

    11. Sew 2 Unit 11’s and 1 Unit 4 together to make

      Unit 14. Make 20 Unit 14’s.

      Unit 14 (make 20)

    12. Sew 2 Unit 13’s and 1 Unit 14 together to make

      Block. Make 20 Blocks.

      Block (make 20)

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    13. Sew 5 sashing strips and 4 Blocks together to make Row. Make 5 Rows.

      Row (make 5)

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    14. Sew 5 Unit 8’s and 4 sashing strips together to make Sashing Row. Make 6 Sashing Rows.

      Sashing Row (make 6)

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    15. Referring to Quilt Top Diagram, sew Sashing Rows and Rows together to make center section of quilt top.

    16. Sew top, bottom, then side borders to center section to complete Quilt Top.

    COMPLETING THE QUILT

    1. Mark, layer, and quilt, using Quilting Diagram, 

      page 4, as a suggestion. Our quilt is hand quilted.

    2. Cut a 34" square of binding fabric. Bind quilt using

    2½"w bias binding with mitered corners.

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  • Norwegian Baskets

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    I was quite young when my Grandmother taught me how to make Norwegian Baskets out of wrapping paper. This is one tradition she passed on to me from her childhood growing up in Oslo. I would like to share it with you.

    The selected wrapping paper would usually be two contrasting solid colors; or, a solid paired with a faintly patterned color. Red, green, blue and white provided contrasts that were perfect for the season; the look was very Scandinavian!

    Everything was learned by observation and by hands-on, trial-and-error practice. There was no measuring before cutting, just eyeballing it. When it came time to glue on the baskets’ handles, my grandmother taught me how to make paste out of flour and water.

    I hope you enjoy learning this new craft or remembering a long-lost skill. God Jul!

    PAPER PREP

    1. Choose wrapping paper in solid colors (make sure there is NO cutting grid with those gray, dotted lines printed on the back side). You may also use construction paper for a younger group; each piece measures 9”w x 12”h.

    2. Working with construction paper in the images below, fold in half lengthwise.

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    3. Measure along the folded crease and cut two baskets, each 2.25”w; one basket from each color. (I chose two colors that would photograph well for these instructions. Suggested colors would be contrasting, bright colors.)

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    Each basket will have three 0.75”w strips for weaving. Each strip will be cut 2.5”h.

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    WEAVING

    1. Hold each basket color, or half, at an angle, with the folded edges away from you.

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    2. Each strip is woven this way: By looking at the example colors, start by weaving the inner most strips first; you will always work with two strips simultaneously. Because you are weaving, each strip of one color will pass through the inside or over the outside of those strips of the opposite color.

      1. Weave the first green strip and first brown strip: the slightly ‘opened’ first green strip is on the outside and has the ‘closed’ brown strip woven through the inside of it;

      2. slide the basket halves and strips towards the top of the cut slits as you are working (this makes more room for the next strip to be

        woven);

      3. next, slide the first green strip through a slightly opened middle brown strip;

      4. finally, the slightly opened green strip has the brown strip woven through it.

    3. The strips take turns being slightly opened or being closed, or passing through the inside, or going around the outside. Following this alternating pattern creates the weave. When one color is slightly ‘opened’, this allows the second color’s strip which is ‘closed’ to pass through it.

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    4. Every row, or strip, alternates the opened or closed passing of each strip’s color. In this example:

      1. the second green strip will be closed passing through the first brown strip; then,

      2. the second green strip will be opened slightly allowing the brown strip to pass through.

    5. Continue weaving all of the strips.

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    6. Once the weaving is complete, this is how your basket will look.

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    7. Here’s a look of the inside of your woven heart basket before its handle is placed on it. If you like, date the inside of your basket.

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    8. Round the tops: gently hold the two halves together and cut a rounded top to create the heart shape.

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    9. Now you can secure your handle with tape or glue made for use with paper.

    These baskets can be hung on your Christmas tree annually, adding new baskets every year.

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    Other ideas -

    These baskets don’t have to be used just for Christmas. During one special occasion, I placed a basket (without handles) on each plate set on my dining room table. Each basket held a folded napkin in it at every place setting. Or, a special note can be written on a separate piece of paper and placed inside the basket. A thought, prayer or word of thanks conveys a truly meaningful message when delivered in a card or accompanied with a remembrance gift.

    Enjoy – Martha

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