Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the 2 ½” squares.
Place one on each corner of a 6 ½” square with the right sides together. Sew on the drawn line and trim ¼” from the line.
Press the corners back. Repeat to create 31 blocks.
Sew the background strips together with the contrast fabric strips. You will need 4 sets of background, contrast, background and 2 sets of contrast, background, contrast. Press toward the contrasting print.
Sub cut each of these strips into 16) 2 ½” sections. Sew three of these sections together to create a nine patch block. (You will use two background, contrast, background and one contrast, background, contrast for each block.) Create a total of 32 nine patch blocks.
Arrange the balloon blocks and the nine patch blocks into nine rows with 7 blocks in each row. The first row begins and ends with a nine patch block. The second begins and ends with a balloon block. Alternate the rows in this fashion to assemble.
Sew on the border. Quilt as desired. Bind and enjoy!
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