Simple enough for a beginner, this quilt has a clean, modern and masculine look. Switching the fabrics used will quickly change it to a quilt with a soft feminine look.
Skill Level: Beginner Quilt Size: 56" x 67" Block Size: 7"x 9" Number of Blocks: 42
• 11 contemporary print fat quarters
• 5⁄8 yard charcoal solid
• 11/2 yards light gray solid
• Batting 64" x 75"
• Backing 64" x 75"
• Neutral-color all-purpose thread
• Basic sewing tools and supplies
1. Cut four 71/2" x 91/2" A rectangles from each of the 11 fat quarters. Separate into one set of 24 A1 rectangles and one set of 18 A2 rectangles. Set aside two rectangles for another project.
2. Cut four 33/4" by fabric width strips light gray solid; subcut strips into (42) 33/4" B squares.
3. Cut (14) 21/2" by fabric width strips light gray solid. Join strips on short ends to make one long strip; press seams open. Subcut strip into seven 631/2" C strips and two 561/2" D strips.
4. Cut seven 21/2" by fabric width binding strips from charcoal solid.
Completing the Blocks
1. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each B square.
2. Place a B square on one corner of an A1 rectangle and stitch on the marked line as shown in Figure 1; trim seam to 1/4" and press B to the right side to complete one Off Kilter A1 block, again referring to Figure 1. Repeat to make a total of 24 Off Kilter A1 blocks.
3. Repeat step 2 with A2 rectangles and B squares to complete a total of 18 Off Kilter A2 blocks, referring to Figure 2.
Completing the Top
1. Select four each A1 and three each A2 blocks; alternate and join these blocks to make a vertical row, referring to Figure 3. Press seams in one direction. Repeat to make a total of six vertical rows.
2. Join the rows with seven C strips, beginning and ending with a C strip and alternating the direction of rows to make the Off Kilter pattern, referring to Figure 4; press seams toward C strips.
3. Sew a D strip to the top and bottom of the pieced section to complete the quilt top; press seams toward D strips.
Completing the Quilt
1. Refer to Quilting Basics on page 124 to sandwich, quilt and bind your quilt to finish.