Geo shapes in bright shades make Karen Lewis’ quilt a summer essential
Bold shades in easy-sew shapes to inject a pop of colour into your home
80 x 80cm (31½ x 31½") Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids in Azalea (Fabric 1) 55 x 55cm (215/ x 8 215/ 8") Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids in Cotton Candy (Fabric 2) 115cm (1¼ yd) Robert Kaufman Spot On in Medium Dot White (Fabric 3) 95cm (1 yd) Robert Kaufman Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis Textiles in Allotment in Aqua (Fabric 4) Fat quarter of Robert Kaufman Blueberry Park by Karen Lewis Textiles in Allotment in Wasabi (Fabric 5) 127 x 178cm (50 x 70") backing fabric 127 x 178cm (50 x 70") cotton wadding 50cm (½ yd) binding fabric Quilting ruler Tailor’s chalk
Pack away those winter duvets and throw this across your bed instead. Spring is here, summer’s on its way, and we need a quilt that’s going to shout about it.
If you’ve never tried your hand at quiltmaking before, this entry-level project is a great place to start. The simple geometric shapes make for a lot less sewing than you might think, and we’ve used a simple top stitching method to finish.
Refer to the layout image above when putting yours together, and use a 0.5cm (¼") seam allowance unless stated otherwise.
01 Cut Fabric 1 across the diagonal, then discard one of the triangles.
02 Mark two points on Fabric 2, one 19cm (7½") up from the bottom right-hand corner and one 38cm (15") across from the bottom right-hand corner. Draw a line joining these two points and cut along this line. Discard the smaller triangle shape.
03 From Fabric 3, cut a 26.5 x 103cm (10½ x 40½") piece (making Fabric 3B) and a 80cm (31½") square. Cut the square across the diagonal, from top left to bottom right, and discard one of the triangles. The remaining triangle is Fabric 3A.
04 From Fabric 4, cut a 26.5 x 90cm (10½ x 35½") piece (Fabric 4A) and a 26.5 x 52cm (10 x 20 ") piece (Fabric 4B).
05 From Fabric 5, cut a 14 x 39cm (5½" x 153/ 8") piece (Fabric 5A) and a 40.5 x 20cm (16" x 77/ 8") triangular piece (Fabric 5B), with the right angle positioned in the bottom right-hand corner.
06 Place Fabrics 1 and 3A with right sides (RS) together. Pin along the diagonal, then sew along this line using a 0.5cm (¼") seam allowance. Press and trim the large half square triangle (HST) to 77.5cm (30½") square, using the 45° line on the ruler to keep the block accurate. This will be Block A.
07 Place Fabrics 2 and 5B with RS together, aligning the diagonal edges – there should be a slight overlap at either end of Fabric 5 as shown. Pin and sew along the diagonal, then press and trim the
square to 52cm (20½"). Trim from the corner of Fabric 5 to make sure you have enough of that fabric in the piece. This will be Block B.
08 Place Block B and Fabric 4B with RS together, aligning the 52cm (20½") edges. Pin along the 52cm (20½") edge with Fabrics 2 and 5B and sew. This will be Block C.
09 With RS together, pin and sew Block C and Block A along the edge of Fabric 3A, and the edge with Fabrics 2, 5B and 4B. This will be Block D.
10 With RS together, pin and sew Fabrics 4A and 5A along one short edge. This will be Block E.
11 With RS together, align the long edge of Block D with Fabrics 1 and 2, and one long edge of Block E. Pin and sew to make Block F.
12 With RS together, align one long edge of Fabric 3B with the short edge of Block F containing Fabrics 2 and 4B. Pin and sew.
13 Place the backing fabric RS down, then lie the cotton wadding on top, and finally the quilt top RS up. Align the edges, then pin or spray baste them together.
14 To quilt, top stitch horizontal lines across the width of the quilt, keeping them an equal distance apart. Trim any excess wadding and backing fabric to neaten.
15 Sew the binding strips together into one long length, then press in half along the length with wrong sides together.
16 Starting halfway along one edge, pin the binding to the quilt with RS together and aligning raw edges, leaving 10cm (4") unattached at the start. Sew 0.5cm (¼") in from the edge of the quilt, then turn it 45° and sew to the corner. Remove from the machine and rotate to the next edge.
17 Pull the binding strip away from the quilt, in line with the raw edge, so it forms a 45° angle at the corner. Hold the fold in place, then bring the binding strip back down along the next edge of the quilt, aligning the raw edges. Pin and sew as per Step 16.
18 Continue binding all edges, stopping 10cm (4") from the starting point. Fold back the two ends of the binding at 45° so they touch, then mark with a pin. Open the binding and join the ends with a diagonal seam. Trim to a 0.5cm (¼") seam, press open, then refold and stitch the binding in place.
19 Fold the binding over to the other side of the quilt and slip stitch in place by hand. To mitre the corners, fold the edges over in the opposite order to the front.