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Katie's quilt
made by Kimberly Wulfert
Written by Edith Bouilly. of Les Nouvelles du Patchwork
December 2005, pp. 94-95
Translation by Isabelle Etienne-Bugnot

"Kimberly is American. She has been a quilter and an antique fabric and quilt collector since 1976. She is also an historian, lecturer and writer and she loves everything coming from France. She has kindly offered us this pattern that goes with Christiane Billard's article about baby quilts. Thank you Kim. " Edith Bouilly

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Measurements (in cm):
The quilt: 104.5 x 82.5 cm
The blue embroidery blocks: 16.5 x 16.5 cm (6.75" wide by 6.5" tall)
The triangle blocks: 5.5 x 5.5 cm (approximately 2.25" square)

Fabric requirements:
12 antique blue work blocks
or 12 white cotton squares
Scraps of reproduction fabrics in blue, white and pink shades
Blue embroidery thread
100 % cotton thin batting
White and red shirting fabric for the backing.

All measurements are given without seam allowances.

Kimberly has used blue work blocks cut out of an antique worn out quilt. So these blocks were already batted and quilted when she integrated them into her quilt. The thickness difference between the blocks having two layers of batting, and the borders with only one layer is almost invisible because of the numerous seams in the triangle blocks which thicken the borders and sashings.

The embroidered blocks
In the white fabric cut 12 squares measuring 16.5 x 16.5 cm plus the seam allowances. In books or on websites, look for antique embroidery patterns and draw them onto the fabric squares. Embroider them with blue thread using a stem stitch.

The sashings
Sew the squares by assembling a light and a dark triangle. For the 8 vertical sashings equivalent to the height of the embroidered square you need 3 triangle blocks for each sashing.
You need 11 triangle blocks for each of the 3 horizontal sashings.
Sew the embroidered blocks and the vertical sashings together to form 4 rows of 3 blocks. Then sew the rows of blocks with the horizontal sashings.

The borders
Sew 120 triangle blocks.
Row 1: sew 11 triangle blocks together to form 1 row. You need 4.
Row 2: sew 15 triangle blocks together to form 1 row. You need 4.
Angle blocks: sew 4 triangle blocks together to obtain a light/medium square in the center. You need 4.
Horizontal borders: sew together 2 rows 1 so that you have light diamonds. You need 2.
Vertical borders: do the same with 2 rows 2. You need 2.
Sew the angle blocks at the ends of each horizontal border and sew the 4 borders to the top.

Add batting and backing. Quilt as you like and make the binding by folding the backing onto the top. Sew it with invisible stitches.

Instructions written by Edith Bouilly.


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