Parade Day Part 4

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Hi there friends!

We’re almost done with our Parade Day quilt!!

Today we are going to cut our setting triangles, corner triangles, and applique our buntings.

Cutting for setting triangles.

Cut 2 squares at 11 1/4 inches cut once on the diagonal.

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For each setting triangle finger press in half ,

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then center the bunting in the middle, pin and applique with your favorite method (machine stitch, blanket stitch, or hand applique.)

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I actually love to hand applique and encourage you to try it if you haven’t done it.   I always think of it just like hand sewing the back of your binding on. It’s that simple.

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My friend Jane, who taught me how to hand applique gave me these tips when I started: use YLI silk thread because it just melts right in like butter, and use straw needles (11, or 10.)

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Once you have all the buntings sewn on to your setting triangles you will then make the center portion of the bunting.

1. Use this template: Parade Day Template and trace it on to the dull side of freezer paper.  (Or if you are machine stitching you can use a fusible, like steam-a-seam)

2. Press with shiny side down onto the BACK of your fabric, cut out leaving a  1/4 inch seam, and baste.

3. Finger press in half

4. Center on your bunting, pin, and applique.

***Edit: I forgot to add that you need to pull out the freezer paper and basting stitches!

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Now we can lay our quilt out into rows paying special attention to the direction your flags are facing.

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Sew into rows with a 1/4 inch seam. Press toward flag blocks. Here I am pinning my first seam, see where the over hang of the triangle block is:

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Here are the rows all sewn up:

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Now sew the rows together:

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Once the rows are all sewn, it’s time to add the corner triangles,

Cutting the corner triangles:

Cut 2 squares 7 1/4 inches cut once on the diagonal.

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Finger press each corner triangle and center on the corner blocks. Pin and sew.

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It looks a little wonky when you have it all sewn on, but we are going to trim the corners to square it.

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Using your rotary cutting and a large square ruler ( I used a 12 1/2 inch square) Square your corners.

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You should now have a 25 inch square quilt center! Whoop whoop!

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From here you can add any sized inner and outer borders you want, but we will discuss the sizes I choose next week!

Here is my finished quilt a long quilt:

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See ya next week for borders!

Later Gators,

Melissa

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4 comments on “Parade Day Part 4

  1. Tammy says:

    Melissa, I’m absolutely loving this sweet patriotic quilt. I need to find some background fabric for my dresden buntings and I’ll be on my way with another step. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  2. Karen says:

    I have been looking forward to your post all week. Thanks for all your hard work, it is beautiful.

  3. Mary says:

    That looks so cute. You will have it finished in time for Memorial Day decorating!

  4. Asiyah says:

    So, so cute!

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