Window to the Millenium

 Fabric TissueBox Cover

Designed, Pieced and Quilted by Ellen Osten

Finished Size approximately 37" x 37"



  • "Fussy Cut" nine 6-1/2" squares from Building Motif Millennium Fabric
    Fussy Cut means to place the exact-size ruler over the exact area of the fabric you want to feature and cut out just that area.
  • Cut six 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" strips of Red 2000 Fabric Cut six 1-1/2" x 30" strips of Red 2000 Fabric
  • Cut nine 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" strips of White 2000 Fabric
  • Cut nine 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" strips of Blue 2000 Fabric
  • Cut four 5-1/2" x 38" strips of Sparkling Blue 2000 for Border
  • Cut four 2-1/2" x 38" strips of Sparkling Blue for Binding
  • Use 2" Finished Triangle Paper and the White and Blue 2000 Fabric
    to make the Half-Square Triangles which are used to make the angles in the blocks.

 Use a 1/4" seam allowance throughout.
  1. Add a 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" strip of white 2000 Fabric to the 6-1/2" square of the BuildingPrint (Illustration "A"). Press.
  2. Add a half-square triangle to the end of the 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" blue 2000 Fabric strip. Press. Join both units together to make an 8-1/2" square block (Illustration "A"). Press.
  3. Create 9 of these blocks. Make 1 more for a pillow, if desired. Arrange the building prints in the order in which you want them to appear in the quilt.
  4. Determine your three vertical center blocks and add a 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" Red 2000 strip to each vertical side of all three blocks (Illustration "B"). Press.
  5. Attach one block to either side of the 3 vertical center blocks (Illustration "C"), being mindful of the placement you determined in #3. Press.
  6. Add a 1-1/2" red sashing strip to the top and bottom of the horizontal center row of blocks (Illustration "C"). Then, attach the top and bottom rows of blocks to this red sashing strip. Press.
  7. Add a 1-1/2" red sashing strip to both sides of the 9-block unit, then to the top and bottom of the unit.
  8. Add Border Fabric, applying straight-cut corners (Illustration "D").
  9. Prepare for quilting: Use painter's masking tape to tape the backing fabric (right side down) to atable top or a hard surfaced floor. Keep it taut and smooth without stretching it. Spray half of it with KK 2000. Fold the batting in half and lay it over the sprayed half of the backing fabric. Smooth. Spray the other half of the backing fabric, then smooth out remaining half of the batting. Spray the wrong side of the pressed quilt top and smooth over batting. When using KK 2000, use only half as many pins as you normally would.
  10. Stitch in the ditch around each block and the sashing strips using Sulky Smoke Invisible Thread. (The ditch is the seam line between pieces, blocks, sashings and borders.)
  11. Quilt each block by stitching three parallel rows 1/2" apart on the white and blue accent strips using Sulky Sliver starting with color #8014, followed by #8001, and then #8016.
  12. Enlarge the quilting template to the right, trace the design with a permanent-ink marker onto Sulky Solvy. Spray KK 2000 onto the quilt border area and strategically place the stars where you want them to fall. (Ellen overlapped some of the large stars onto the red sashing area.) To remove the Solvy without submerging the quilt in water, run a wet Q-Tip along the stitching line and the Solvy will pull away easily.
  13. Add the Hanging Sleeve.
  14. Add the Binding.