These are the blocks I chose for this picnic quilt that is made with alternating blocks for a total of 12 embroidered blocks and 13 pieced blocks.
You can see from the photos below that it takes only a small amount of fabric and time to cut the pieces needed for both the embroidery and the pieced blocks.
Make the pieced blocks
The Frayed 4-Patch Block is cut with Shape 2 and Shape 8 of the GO! QUBE Mix & Match 6" Block. The cutting diagram for the block is shown below.
To cut these squares, cut strips that are 4-1/2" x the width of fabric (WOF) and then fanfold 4-6 layers of fabric across the Shape 2 die to cut the squares. Each WOF strip will yield 36 squares so you will need 1-1/2 strips for each color.
To cut the rectangles, cut strips that are 4-1/2" x WOF and then fanfold 4-6 layers of fabric across the Shape 8 die to cut the rectangles. Each WOF strip will yield 20 rectangles, so you will need 3 each 4-1/2" x WOF strips. Piece the blocks as shown in the diagram.
Cut 12 each 4" stars. Press fusible to the back of the fabric and with the paper still attached, cut the stars. I like to cut a 5" strip across the width of fabric and also cut the fusible into 5" strips. The fusible is then fused to the back side of the fabric strip. Once the fabric and fusible are one piece, the strip can be subcut to make 5" squares. That makes it easy to place the fabric on the die for cutting. The paper is left in place on the fusible until after the stars have been cut. When cutting fabric with fusible and paper attached, cut only 2-3 stars at a time.
The stars are embroidered onto an 8" block. When the embroidery is complete, center the star and trim the block to a finished 6-1/2". By using a larger background square, it is easier to center the block perfectly by trimming it to a smaller size rather than trying to center it perfectly in the embroidery hoop. The machine embroidery set has instructions for completing the embroidery. There are 12 different embroidery designs for the 4" stars, so you may use the designs of your choice.
To assemble the quilt top, stitch blocks together in rows and then stitch the rows together. Press seams in alternate directions so that the seams nest against the seams of the next row when the rows are stitched together. The diagram below shows the order of stitching.
Add Borders to Quilt
When the quilt top has been assembled, it is time to add the borders. The first border (red) is 2" and the second border (blue) is 3" finished.
Instructions for 2" Border:
Instructions for 3" Border:
Medium to light weight tearaway stabilizer (satin stitches will need a medium weight stabilizer whereas blanket and lighter edge stitches will use a light weight stabilizer)
Machine Embroidery Supplies including coordinating thread and bobbin thread.
Background Fabric for Star Blocks – ¾ yard.
Appliqué Fabric for Stars – 1/3 yard
Blue Color 1 Fabric – see below
Blue Color 2 Fabric – 1/3 yard
Background Fabric for Pieced Blocks – ½ yard
Border 1 – Red Fabric – 1/3 yard
Border 2 – Blue Color 1 Fabric – 7/8 yard
For other great patriotic quilt pattern ideas, visit https://www.accuquilt.com/patterns.html?technique=1729.
Originally written by Marjorie Busby for July 4, 2017.