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Using leftover Spectrum QAL fabric to make a sensational cushion! Part 4

In this series of posts for the ‘Special Mini Project’, I showed you yesterday how to resize Blocks 9, 6, 3, and 12 to make a smaller scale Spectrum QAL project. Now that you have all the cutting instructions to recreate the Spectrum QAL 2020 blocks in a smaller size of 6½”, I want to show you what I did with my 7 favorite blocks out of the 12, using fabrics from The Little Girl in the Blue Armchair collection by Anthology Fabrics.

I personally picked Blocks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 for my special project, and I made a decorative cushion to complement the bed runner. The finished size of the project is 38″ x 25½”.

Final layout of my decorative cushion project

To finish the project, I needed extra fabric, so I used Lilypad Multi (2177Q) – you’ll need about ⅓ yard. This fabric gives a whole new dimension to the cushion. I just love the look of the fabric collection Little Girl in a Blue Armchair fabrics from Anthology.

Here are the cutting instructions:

  1. Cut (2) 9⅜” squares; sub-cut each square on the diagonal into 2 triangles, making a total of 4 triangles – Unit (A).

Cutting diagram for Unit A triangles

2. Cut one 9¾” square, sub-cut on both diagonals into 4 triangles – Unit (B). Note: You will only be using 2 units.

Cutting diagram for Unit B triangles

Layout of Spectrum QAL 2020 decorative cushion top

Step 1

Step 1

  1. Stitch one Unit B triangle to Block 11.
  2. Stitch one Unit B triangle to Block 10.

Step 2

Step 2

  • Stitch Block 8 to the unit from Step 1A.
  • Stitch Block 6 to the unit from Step 1B.
  • Stitch Block 12 and Block 7 on opposite ends of Block 9.

Step 3

  • Stitch all three rows from Step 2 together.
  • Stitch 2 Unit A triangles to opposite corners.
  • Stitch 2 Unit A triangles to the last opposite corners.

The cushion top is now assembled and ready to be quilted. Be sure to join me tomorrow as I share with you how I quilted the project. I can’t wait to tell you about it!

This is part 4 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 3: Using leftover Spectrum QAL fabric to make a sensational cushion! Part 3

Go to part 5: Using leftover Spectrum QAL fabric to make a sensational cushion! Part 5

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