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Magic Squares - Tigard



Magic Squares:With careful attention to color and value, this quilt will have a graphic architectural and three dimensional effects but is much easier to construct than most 3-D patterns. The name Magic Squares is a play on the name of a mathematical puzzle in which a grid of numbers adds up to an identical sum when added in any direction. This quilt constructed of repeated ‘units’ that create a random effect but go easily together without the use of partial seams. The quilt can be made larger or smaller with ease by adding or omitting units. There is a lot of cutting involved in making this quilt. You should cut at least some of the fabrics – enough to make a few sample 12” blocks in class but if you want to cut all the fabric ahead of time, it will make the construction of the quilt muchfaster. A cutting guide has been provided at the end of this list.

Please be courteous to others by arriving for class with the correct supplies. Contact me at 503-631-8806 or helene.m.knott@gmail.comif you have any questions.

 

Fabrics:  amounts given are somewhat generous to allow for shrinkage and straightening to grain. NOTE: if you wish to make a table runner half yard cuts of the fabrics will be more than enough.

 

Fabric

Throw Size

Twin Size

 

Table Runner

    

Fabric A (Dark)

12” blocks

⅞ yard

1⅛ yards

   

Fat Quarter

Fabric B (Light)

12” blocks

⅞ yard

1⅛ yards

 

Fat Quarter

Fabric C (Dark)

8” blocks

1 yard

1¼ yards

 

Fat Quarter

Fabric D (Light)

8” blocks

1 yard

1¼ yards

 

Fat Quarter

Fabric E (Dark)

4” blocks 

 1 yard

1 yard 

 

Fat Quarter

Fabric F (Light)

4” blocks

1 yard

1 yard

 

Fat Quarter

Narrow Borders

⅓ yard

½ yard

¼ yard (optional)

Wide Borders

1 yard

1⅛ yards

½ yard (optional)

 

Tools/Materials:

  •      Sewing machine:With the basic accessories: extra needles, bobbins, etc.
  •      Thread:100% cotton in a color to match your darker fabric.
  •      Rotary cutter, mat and ruler:a 24” cutting ruler and a large mat is the best for cutting the long strips and squaring your blocks. Make sure your cutter has a new sharp blade in it.
  •      12½” squaring ruler:Omni-Grid makes and non-slip version called an Omni-Grip (printed with bright green lines). This ruler is strongly recommended but a regular 12 ½” square ruler will do as long as it has a 45* diagonal guideline from one corner to another and is coated with a non-slip product such as Invisi-Grip.
  •      Small pair of scissors or thread snips 
  •      Seam ripper
  •      A mechanical pencil anda white quilters’ pencil (or a chalk roller)
  •      Sewing pins
  •      Flannel for a design wall
  •      Pattern: purchase from the shop or instructor

Precutting fabrics

Please precut at least some fabrics before coming to class as this will save time and space. You may pre-cut all of your fabrics or only the amounts for the 12” blocks as we will start with those blocks. If you precut all of your fabrics the quilt goes together fairly quickly. 

 

For a table runner you will need:


One 12” block (optional)  

From eachfabric A and B cut: 

One 7” square

One 3½” x 7” strip

Two 3½” x 10” strips

One 3½” x 13” strip

 

 
 

 


Four 8” blocks

From eachfabric C and D cut:

Two 5” squares

Two 2½” x 5” strips

Four 2½” x 7” strips

Two 2½” x 9” strips

 

Fourteen 4” blocks

From eachfabric E and F cut:

Seven 3” squares

Seven 1½” x 3” strips

Fourteen 1½” x 4” strips

Seven 1½” x 5” strips

 

 

 

 

The following are the total cutting amounts and number of blocks needed for a ‘throw’ sized (48” x 64” w/o borders) quilt.


Eight 12” blocks  

From eachfabric A and B cut: 

Four 7” squares

Four 3½” x 7” strips

Eight 3½” x 10” strips

Four 3½” x 13” strips

Sixteen 8” blocks

From eachfabric C and D cut:

Eight 5” squares

Eight 2½” x 5” strips

Sixteen 2½” x 7” strips

Eight 2½” x 9” strips

Fifty-six 4” blocks

From eachfabric E and F cut:

Twenty-eight 3” squares

Twenty-eight 1½” x 3” strips

Fifty-six 1½” x 4” strips

Twenty-eight 1½” x 5” strip


 

The following are the total cutting amounts and number of blocks needed for a ‘twin’ sized (54” x 80” w/o borders) quilt.


Ten 12” blocks  

From eachfabric A and B cut: 

Five 7” squares

Five 3½” x 7” strips

Ten 3½” x 10” strips

Five 3½” x 13” strips

Thirty 8” blocks

From eachfabric C and D cut:

Fifteen 5” squares

Fifteen 2½” x 5” strips

Thirty 2½” x 7” strips

Fifteen 2½” x 9” strips

 

 

Seventy 4” blocks

From eachfabric E and F cut:

Thirty-five 3” squares

Thirty-five 1½” x 3” strips

Seventy 1½” x 4” strips

Thirty-five 1½” x 5” strips


 


Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Helene Knott
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