**Panels** dictated the size of the surrounding filler blocks.
In this case, the panels were approximately 16" "square"
( a little lopsided). For strips of red and blue around each panel
(2 surrounded by red, 2 by blue), I cut four 3" strips (the
length of the fabric) of each color. Sew blue strips around 2
panels, red strips around other two panels. Square-up the resulting
blocks to 18-1/2". Set aside.

**Fabric**

- 1 yard of red
- 1 yard of blue
- 1/2 yard muslin
- 2 yards Outside border fabric

**Piecing the 4 Patch Units** -- you will need 21 units
(will finish to 6" square).

- Cut 4 strips muslin 3-1/2" wide.

- Cut 4 strips blue 3-1/2" wide.

- Seam blue and muslin strips together (one blue to one muslin). Cut into 3-1/2" segments.
- Sew resulting 2 patches into 4 patch units.

**Pinwheels** -- You will need 24 units (will finish to
6" square).

I used my own method of constructing half-square triangle units. In actuality, I should have cut squares 3 7/8" and then those in half again (on the diagonal). But I like to give myself wiggle/mistake room. So, I cut them 4" square. I cut forty-eight 4 " squares of BOTH the red and the muslin. I laid a muslin on top of a red, right sides together, drew a pencil line on the diagonal on the muslin and sewed 1/4" along both sides of the line. THEN I cut these units in half on the pencil line. Pressed (with seam going toward the dark). Then using my 6" square ruler, I trimmed the units to 3-1/2". This way I can make them REALLY accurate--no wobbly seams.

**PIECING THE QUILT**

-- Following the quilt diagram, piece the 4 Patch blocks with the Pinwheel blocks into rows. The FIRST horizontal row begins and ends with a 4 Patch block. The SECOND row is comprised of a vertical strip of two Pinwheel blocks and a 4 Patch block, then a panel, then another 3 Block vertical strip, then a panel, then a 3 Block strip (see picture of quilt). Repeat the FIRST row, then the SECOND row, then finish with another FIRST row.

**Borders** : Blue fabric was cut 2" wide (finished
to 1-1/2")

Large print for outside was cut 7-1/2" wide.

The size of the panel dictated the size of the surrounding blocks. Fortunately, this panel was near to 7-1/2" (7" finished). Of course, as is true of ALL panels, this was not a true square. A little fudge room was allowed -- I cut some light blue off one side (1/8" ) and went into the print outside the light blue border on the other side -- I made that panel be 7-1/2" (I showed them who's the boss!).

**Piecing the TRIANGLE UNITS:** Needed 38.

Cut nineteen 6-1/4" squares of the light fabric. Then cut
this square in half again on the diagonal -- yields 38 triangles.

Cut thirty-eight 5" squares of the red fabric. Then cut again on the diagonal -- yields seventy-six triangles. Sew 2 red triangles to the 2 short sides of the light triangle. Trim to 1/4" along the red long seamed side (I use larger red triangles so I have a little squirm room). New unit should (must) measure 4-1/4" x 8".

**Piecing the 4 Patch Blocks** -- Cut strips 2-3/8"
wide of muslin & blue. Seam together. Recut into 2-3/8"
wide units. Piece two units together to make 4 Patch. **Note**
: I placed the muslin square of the 4 patch closest to the red
star unit. The dark blue square of the 4 Patch fell next to the
light print -- better contrast. The finished size of the 4 Patch
is 3-3/4" (due to the panel being 7" finished). You
need twenty-four 4 patch Blocks.

**CONSTRUCTION**
-- Click here
to see graphic of quilt piecing

I sewed in rows across. I had 3 separate units:

- the 4 Patch
- the panel
- and the triangle unit

When my units across were constructed, I then joined my rows horizontally. Quilt so far measures 33" x 53".

* Borders*Red: cut 5 strips 1" wide. Seam where necessary.
Sew to side of quilt.

Blue : cut 5 strips 2" wide. Seam where necessary. Sew to red edge.

Final border: Cut 6-1/2"

Quilt measures 49" x 69"

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