BACK THE QUILT WITH A FRESH FLORAL PRINT TO MAKE IT AN ALL YEAR ROUND DESIGN!
YOU WILL NEED
■ Red print fabrics: 1yd in total
■ Background fabric: 4yds
■ Backing fabric: 3¾yds
■ Batting: 66in square
■ Binding fabric: ½yd
■ 62in square
■ Seam allowances are ¼in, unless otherwise noted.
■ Press seams open, unless otherwise instructed.
■ RST = right sides together.
■ HST = Half-square Triangle.
■ WOF = width of fabric.
■ Wash and press all fabrics well before cutting.
Print fabrics are from the Basics and Smitten collections from Bonnie & Camille for Moda.
1 From the print fabrics cut a total of:
■ Twenty seven (27) 6in squares.
■ Thirty six (36) 2½in squares.
2 From the background fabric cut:
■ Thirty seven (37) 2½in squares.
■ Twenty seven (27) 6in squares.
■ Nine (9) 6½in squares.
■ Seventy two (72) 2½in x 4½in rectangles.
■ Seventy two (72) 2½in x 6½in rectangles.
■ Nine (9) 2½in x 18½in rectangles.
■ Fifteen (15) 2½in x 20½in rectangles.
3 From the binding fabric cut:
■ Seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.
MAKING THE HSTS
4 Place a print fabric 6in square RST with a background fabric 6in square. On the wrong side of one of the squares, mark both diagonals. Sew ¼in along each side of both lines. Cut the fabric square in half vertically and horizontally, and then cut along the marked lines to create eight Half-square Triangle units (Fig 1). Trim each HST to measure 2½in square.
5 Repeat step 4, pairing the remaining print fabric and background fabric 6in squares to create a total of two hundred and sixteen 2½in HSTs.
PIECING THE BLOCKS
6 Arrange two HSTs, one print 2 in square, one background 2 in square, one background 2 in x 4 in strip and one background 2 in x 6 in strip, as shown in Fig 2. Join the squares together in a four patch. Add the smaller background strip to the bottom, and then join the longer strip to the left side to complete one Unit A. Make thirty six Unit A. If you are using different fabrics for each block, make four Unit A from each fabric.
7 Arrange four HSTs with one background
2 in x 4 in strip and one background
2 in x 6 in strip, as shown in Fig 3. Join as in the previous step, making sure to join the longer strip to the right hand side to complete one Unit B. Make thirty six Unit B. If you are using different fabrics for each block, make four Unit B from each fabric.
8 Arrange four Unit A and four Unit B with one 6 in background square as shown (Fig 4). Sew the units into rows, and then sew the rows together to create the block. Repeat to make a total of nine blocks.
9 Add one background fabric 2 in x
18 in rectangle to the right side of each block. Then add one background fabric 2 in x 20 in rectangle to the bottom of each block.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP
10 Arrange the blocks in three rows of three, making sure that the sashing remains at the right side and bottom edge of each block. Sew the blocks in each row together, and then sew the rows together.
11 Join three background fabric 2 in x
20 in rectangles together in one long strip. Sew this strip to the left side of the quilt top. To ensure that such a long strip of sashing does not stretch in places, line up the seams in the sashing to the seams between your blocks.
12 Join three background fabric
2 in x 20 in rectangles together in one long strip, then add a 2 in square to one end. Sew this strip to the top edge of the quilt top. The square at the end should line up with the strip of sashing on the left side of the quilt top (see Layout Diagram).
QUILTING AND FINISHING
13 Cut the backing fabric in half across the width. Remove the selvedges and sew the two pieces together using a in seam.
14 Press the quilt top and backing well. Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down, the batting on top, then place the quilt top centrally and right side up. Baste the layers together using your preferred method.
15 Quilt as desired. Caroline quilted a diagonal cross hatch design with square details. Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt.
16 Sew the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open. Fold in half lengthways, wrong sides together and press.
17 Sew the binding to the right side of the quilt, creating a neat mitre at each corner. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to finish.