Antique Turkey Tracks

To simplify an antique treasure, we adapted the original pieced quilt to make this a showcase for needle-turn appliqué.


What You Need:

+ enlarge image Punch up the color for added excitement and visual interest.
  • 2-1/2 yards of dark pink print for appliqués
  • 1-1/2 yards of solid green for appliqués
  • 2-1/4 yards of muslin for appliqué foundations and inner border
  • 3-3/8 yards of light pink print for setting squares, setting triangles, corner triangles, and outer border
  • 2/3 yard of solid pink for binding
  • 5-1/8 yards of backing fabric
  • 77 x 92 inches of quilt batting
  • Freezer paper

Finished quilt top: 70-1/2 x 85-3/8 inches Finished block: 10-1/2 inches square Quantities specified for 44/45-inch-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Instructions:

1. Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Quilt patterns

Adobe Acrobat

2. To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows. Cut all strips across the width of the fabric. The setting and corner triangles are cut larger than necessary; they will be trimmed before the borders are added.

  • From dark pink print, cut 20 11-inch squares for appliqués
  • From solid green, cut 80 4 x 5-1/2-inch rectangles for appliqués
  • From muslin, cut 7 3 x 42-inch strips for inner border and 20 11-1/2-inch squares for appliqué foundations
  • From light pink print, cut 8 3-1/2 x 42-inch strips for outer border
  • 4 16-1/2-inch squares, cutting each diagonally twice in an X for a total of 16 setting triangles (you'll have 2 leftover triangles)
  • 12 11-inch squares for setting squares 2 9-inch squares, cutting each in half diagonally for a total of 4 corner triangles
  • From solid pink, cut 8 2-1/2 x 42-inch binding strips
  • From freezer paper, cut 20 11-1/2-inch squares and 80 4 x 5-1/2-inch rectangles

The following instructions are for a freezer-paper template, needle-turn appliqué method. The freezer-paper templates form a base around which the fabric is shaped.

1. Fold a freezer-paper 11-1/2-inch square in half horizontally, making a rectangle (see Diagram 1). Fold the rectangle in half, making a 5-3/4-inch square. Staple the folds together in a corner to keep them stable.

2. Position the Pattern A template on the folded freezer paper as indicated (see Diagram 2). Tape the pattern securely to the folded freezer paper. (A dry-mount adhesive is recommended because it allows the pattern to be removed and reused.)

3. Cut the freezer paper along the pattern edges; do not add any seam allowances or extensions. Remove the pattern.

4. Carefully unfold the freezer-paper template. Position it, shiny side down, on the wrong side of a dark pink print 11-inch square.

5. Press the freezer-paper template in place with a hot, dry iron. Lift the iron after five seconds and check to be sure that the template has completely adhered to the fabric.

6. Cut out the fabric shape about 3/16-inch beyond the freezer-paper edges. Clip the inside curves or points on the appliqué shapes where necessary; do not clip outside curves.

7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 to make a total of 20 dark pink print A shapes.

8. Trace Pattern B 80 times onto the paper side of the freezer paper, leaving at least 1/4 inch between tracings; do not add any seam allowances or extensions.

9. Position the freezer-paper templates, shiny sides down, on the wrong side of the solid green 4 ¥ 5-1/2-inch rectangles.

10. Press each freezer-paper template in place with a hot, dry iron. Lift the iron after five seconds and check to be sure that the template has completely adhered to the fabric.

11. Cut out the fabric shapes about 3/16 inch beyond the freezer-paper edges. Clip the inside curves or points on the appliqué shapes where necessary; do not clip outside curves.

1. For one appliqué block you'll need one muslin 11-1/2-inch square appliqué foundation, one dark pink print A shape, and four solid green B shapes.

2. Fold the appliqué foundation in half diagonally in both directions and lightly finger-crease to create positioning guides for the appliqué pieces.

3. Pin each appliqué piece in place on the appliqué foundation square.

4. Using matching color thread, appliqué the Pattern B shapes to the muslin foundation, leaving a 1/2-inch opening in each. Slide the needle into the openings between the fabric shapes and freezer paper. Gently loosen the freezer-paper templates and pull them out. Stitch the openings closed.

5. Appliqué the Pattern A shape to the muslin foundation, leaving a 1/2-inch opening along one edge. Remove the freezer paper as before and stitch the opening closed. Gently press the appliquéd block from the back.

6. Repeat steps 1 through 5 to appliqué a total of 20 blocks. Trim the blocks to measure 11-inch square, including the seam allowances.

Assemble the Quilt Center

1. Lay out the 20 appliquéd blocks, the 12 light pink print setting squares, and 14 light pink print setting triangles in diagonal rows. Sew together the pieces in each row. Press the seam allowances in each row in one direction, alternating the direction with each row. Then join the rows. Press the seam allowances in one direction. Add the four light pink print corner triangles to complete the quilt center.

2. Trim the quilt center, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance beyond the block corners. The pieced quilt center should measure 60 x 74-7/8 inches, including the seam allowances.

These measurements for border strips are mathematically correct. Before cutting the strips, measure your quilt top and adjust the lengths of your strips as necessary.

1. Cut and piece the muslin 3 x 42-inch strips to make the following: 2 3 x 79-7/8-inch inner border strips and 2 3 x 60-inch inner border strips.

2. Sew the short inner border strips to the top and bottom edges of the pieced quilt center. Press the seam allowances toward the muslin border. Then add the long inner border strips to the side edges of the pieced quilt center. Press the seam allowances toward the muslin border.

3. Cut and piece the light pink print 3-1/2 x 42-inch strips to make the following: 2 3-1/2 x 85-7/80-inch outer border strips and 2 3-1/2 x 65-inch outer border strips.

4. Sew the short outer border strips to the top and bottom edges of the pieced quilt center. Press the seam allowances toward the light pink print border. Then add the long outer border strips to the side edges of the pieced quilt center. Press the seam allowances toward the light pink outer border.

Complete the Quilt

1. Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing.

2. Use the solid pink 2-1/2 x 42-inch strips to bind the quilt.

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