This pattern is for a quilt measuring approximately 60" by 70" and uses two of my favorite quilting techniques, half square triangles and partial seam piecing.
- 14 fat quarters, 7 color groups consisting of 1 light and 1 dark
- 3 1/2 yards - Solid Background Fabric
- 1/2 yard – Binding fabric
- Backing Fabric
- Please read through all directions before you start cutting your fabric.
- All seams are 1/4”.
- Fat Quarter is a cut of fabric that is 18” by 22”
Note: cut all strips the length of the fabric, 44” from salvage to salvage.
Pair your fat quarters so each color group has a light and dark color combination. For example one pink and one light pink.
From each of the light colored fat quarters cut eight 5” squares. Then cut them into fourths diagonally.
From each of the dark colored fat quarters cut sixteen 4 1/2” squares. Then cut them in half diagonally.
Solid Background Fabric
Cut seven 5” strips. Then recut strips into 5” squares. You will need a total of fifty-six 5” squares. Cut the 5” squares into fourths diagonally.
Cut seventeen 4” strips. Then recut strips into 4” by 2 1/2” rectangles. You will need a total of two hundred twenty-four 4” by 2 1/2” rectangles.
Cut four 2 1/2” strips. Then recut strips into fifty-six 2 1/2” squares.
Cut seven 2 1/2” strips out of your binding fabric.
Piecing the Blocks
Each block is made up of
- Four light quarter triangles
- Four white quarter triangles
- Four dark half triangles
- One 2 1/2” squares
- Four 2 1/2” by 4” rectangles
To simplify things piece blocks by each color grouping.
Take the thirty-two light colored quarter triangles and thirty-two white quarter triangles and sew them together with the light color triangle on the left and the white triangle on the right. Sew on the short side. Leaving the long side on the outside edge. Press the seam open.
Now sew that triangle unit to the dark triangle half. Piece it with the light unit on the top and the dark on the bottom, making a square unit. Press seams to the dark side and trim to a 4” square.
Then sew the white 2 1/2” by 4” rectangle to your 4” square unit. Sew it along the light colored side as shown above. Press the seams open.
Now we will be constructing our block using the partial seam method. I like to layout my units in the desired pattern first, thus eliminating confusion later.
Take the center 2 1/2” square and line it up to the bottom right hand corner of the first unit. Then with right sides together sew the first seam, as shown above, starting about a third of the way down from the top of the center 2 1/2” square. Finger press your seam open and sew the second unit along the short edge of your first unit and the center 2 1/2” square.
Then working your way around the center 2 1/2” square sew on the third and forth units. Finger press your seams open as you go.
When you add the 4th unit, fold back the first unit so you can stitch the length of that unit. A few pins will help to keep things properly aligned.
Then go back to the fist unit and sew the first unit to the forth unit, completing the block. Press your seams open.
This is how the front and back of you block should look when completed. Press and trim your blocks to a 9 1/2” square.
*I find that trimming makes all of the blocks consistent and easy for you to line up when putting your quilt top together
Quilt Assembly and Finishing
In a random order lay out and sew together 7 blocks across and then 8 rows down. You will need a total of 56 blocks for this quilt. Press the completed quilt top.
Now that your quilt top is ready, sandwich it with your batting and backing fabric.
Baste with safety pins, or other desired method, and machine or hand quilt as desired.
Add your binding to finish your quilt.
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