By using square-in-a-square units and careful fabric placement, you can make this gorgeous quilt with fat quarters.
• 17 assorted fat quarters assorted
prints and tonals* • 2/ 3 yard dark blue tonal* • 7/ 8 yard gray tonal* • Backing to size • Batting to size* • Thread* • Basic sewing tools and supplies *Garden Club fabric collection by Brenda Ratliff for RJR Fabrics; Warm & Natural 80/20 batting from The Warm Company; Aurifil thread; Tread digital quilting pattern by Tammy Oberlin of TK Quilting and Design used to make sample.
CUTTING From assorted fat quarters:
• Cut 4 (5" x 91/2") A rectangles from each fat quarter. • Cut a total of 10 (5") B squares. • Cut 8 (31/ 8") squares from each fat quarter and 1 (31/ 8") square to match each B square. Cut each square in half on 1 diagonal to make 292 D triangles. Note: There are extra A rectangles (64 needed) and D triangles (280 needed) to help with color placement.
From dark blue tonal:
• Cut 7 (23/4" by fabric width) binding strips. Note: See Here's a Tip for more binding information.
From gray tonal:
• Cut 7 (35/ 8" by fabric width) strips. Subcut strips into 70 (35/ 8") C squares.
COMPLETING THE QUILT
Press all seams open to reduce bulk. 1. Referring to the Assembly Diagram, arrange the pieces for the top four rows on a flat surface, matching the D triangles to the A rectangles or B squares as needed to create the pattern and to avoid the same fabrics touching in adjacent rows. 2. From arrangement, select one C square and two sets of two matching D triangles from the top row. 3. Sew two matching D triangles to two adjacent sides of C as shown in Figure 1; press.
4. Sew the second set of matching D squares to the remaining sides of C to complete one C-D unit, again referring to Figure 1. Place back in the arranged top row. 5. Repeat steps 2–4 to complete the remaining C-D units in the row. 6. Join the C-D units with the A rectangles to complete the top row; press. 7. Continue to make C-D units and join with A rectangles and B squares to complete the remaining arranged rows. 8. Join the completed rows; press. Set aside. 9. Repeat steps 1–8 to arrange and complete the remaining rows. 10. Join the row sections to complete the quilt top; press. 11. Create a quilt sandwich referring to Quilting Basics on page 94. 12. Quilt as desired. 13. Bind edges referring to Here’s a Tip and Quilting Basics on page 94 to finish.