HOW TO MAKE A PATCHWORK QUILT
1 long quarter of Domotex Le Tissu Herringbone Pastel in Grey (Fabric 1) 1 fat quarter each of Domotex Le Tissu Herringbone Pastel in Grey (Fabric 1), Blush (Fabric 2), Yellow (Fabric 3) and Mint (Fabric 4) (ours was from www. thefabricfox.co.uk) 1 fat eighth each of Cotton & Steel Panorama/Sunrise in Drops Lipstick (Fabric 5), Lil’ Monsters in Shattered Aqua (Fabric 6) and Basics Dottie in Dijon Mustard (Fabric 7) 1 fat eighth of Art Gallery Fabrics Take Shape in Trilateral Stripe (Fabric 8) 1m (393/ Rico Designs Basics in Triangles White (Fabric 9) 2m (78¾") printed cotton backing fabric (Fabric 10) 122 x 145cm (48 x 57") wadding Rotary cutter Cutting mat Quilting ruler
111 x 133cm (43¾ x 52½") First foray into patchwork? You got this. Directional prints and colour pops are tempered with a subdued background fabric for an impressive quilt that’s easier to sew than you might think. The design is based on the trad Disappearing Nine Patch block, but with different layouts for a more expressive finish.
Use a 0.5cm (¼") seam allowance throughout, unless otherwise noted, and press the seams for the blocks open as you go.
Using the rotary cutter and cutting mat, from each of the fat quarters of Fabrics 1- 4 cut eight 16.5cm (6½") squares – 32 squares in total. From each of Fabrics 5-8, cut two 16.5cm (6½") squares – 32 squares in total. From Fabric 9, cut 32 16.5cm (6½") squares. For the binding, cut five 6.5cm (2½") strips from the Fabric 1 long quarter along the width of the fabric.
To make the blocks, take four Fabric 9 squares, one of each of the Fabrics 1- 4 squares and one of the squares from Fabrics 5-8. Referring to the diagrams above, lay out six of Block 1 and two of Block 2. Alternate the placements of the directional fabrics in each block.
Starting with the top row, place two squares with right sides (RS) together and sew one edge. Open out. Place the remaining square on top of the centre square with RS together and sew the joining edge.
Repeat Step 2 with the remaining two rows for the block. Press seams for rows one and three in one direction (e.g. left), and row two in the other (e.g. right).
Place row 1 and row 2 with RS together. Make sure the seam allowances are opposite each other to help the seams nest together, then sew the long edge. Place row 3 RS together with row 2 and sew, making sure the seam allowances go in opposite directions. Press.
Measure and mark the centre of each edge of the block, so 7.5cm (3") across, then use the marks as a guide to cut it into four sub-blocks.
Repeat Steps 3-6 for each block to give a total of 32 sub-blocks.
For the quilt top, referring to the layout diagram above, place the
sub-blocks in a 5 x 6 layout that you’re happy with. Start by taking one sub-block from Block 2 and three different sub-blocks from Block One, so you have one of each of Fabrics 5-8 in each square. Place these four sub-blocks so they don’t match, referring to the diagram. Repeat with the remaining sub-blocks for a total of six blocks. Take a further six sub-blocks to create a final row for the 5 x 6 layout, placing them to continue the pattern. You’ll have two sub-blocks left over. If you’re not sure the layout works, take a picture and filter it in black and white to check the strong and light colours are evenly distributed.
Starting with the top row, place the first two squares RS together and sew as per Step 3. Repeat with the remaining squares in the row.
Repeat Step 9 to sew each row in the quilt top.
Press the seams for rows 1, 3 and 5 in one direction (e.g. left) and the seams for rows 2, 4 and 6 in the opposite direction. Sew the rows together as in Step 5.
Press the finished quilt top, then make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric RS down, laying the wadding on top, then the quilt top RS up. Pin, clip or tack all three of the layers together.
Top stitch lines approximately 7.5cm (3") apart in an L shape across the quilt top to echo the directionality of the fabric, or quilt as desired to secure the layers.
Trim the excess quilt top, wadding and backing level to leave a 0.5cm ( ") seam allowance and ensure the quilt is square.
Sew the binding strips together at the short ends using diagonal seams. Trim the excess fabric leaving a 0.5cm ( ") seam allowance and press open. Fold the binding strip in half along the length with WS together and press. Fold the long raw edges into the centre crease and press again.
Open the binding and pin to the quilt front with RS together, aligning the long raw edges. Sew, folding a mitre at each corner, then fold the binding to the quilt back. Whipstitch in place to finish.
QUILT TOP LAYOUT
EXAMPLES OF BLOCK LAYOUTS