Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 1)

Here is the first part of the patchwork tutorial to make this quilt top.

The finished size is approximately 45″ x 59″.

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I have chosen four colours to make my quilt but if you want a more scrappy look just raid your stash!

If you’d like to use four colours:

Fabric requirements:

White 1 2/3 yards (assuming fabric has a usable width of 43″)

Light 2/3 yard

Medium just over 1/2 yard

Dark 1/2 yard

PLUS wadding and backing fabric.

I will be working with White, Robin’s Egg, Teal and Purple from the Moda Bella Solids range.

Cutting instructions:

A “strip” means a strip of the given size cut across the width of fabric.

White

  1. Cut seventeen 2 1/2″ strips. Put six strips to one side for the binding. From another strip cut one rectangle     12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and four squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. From each of the remaining ten strips cut three rectangles   12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ and two squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.
  2. Cut one 4 1/2″ strip. From this cut nine 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares.
  3. Cut one 4 7/8″ strip. From this cut eight 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ squares.
  4. Cut one 5 1/4″ strip. From this cut four 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ squares.

Light

  1. Cut two 2 1/2″ strips. From one of these cut four rectangles 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and from the rest of these cut eighteen 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares.
  2. Cut one 4 1/2″ strip. From this cut nine 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares.
  3. Cut one 5 1/4″ strip. From this cut six 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ squares.
  4. Cut two 4 7/8″ strips. From these cut thirteen 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ squares and CAREFUL two 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares.

Medium

  1. Cut two 2 1/2″ strips. From one of these cut four rectangles 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ and from the rest of these cut eighteen 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares.
  2. Cut two 4 7/8″ strips. From these cut fifteen 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ squares.
  3. Cut one 5 1/4″ strip. From this cut four 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ squares and CAREFUL three 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ squares.

Dark

  1. Cut three 2 1/2″ strips. From these cut forty four 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares.
  2. Cut one 5 1/4″ strip. From this cut three 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ squares.
  3. Cut one 4 7/8″ strip. From this cut six 4 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ squares and CAREFUL one 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square.

If you prefer to use scraps, here are the number of patches of each size and colour you will need.

White Light Medium Dark
2 ½” x 2 ½” 24 18 18 44
2 ½” x 4 ½” 0 4 4 0
2 ½” x 12 ½” 31 0 0 0
4 ½” x 4 ½” 9 11 3 1
4 7/8” x 4 7/8” 8 13 15 6
5 ¼” x 5 ¼” 4 6 4 3

PLUS 6 binding strips of 2 ½” across the width of fabric.

I will be using these fabrics

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and here they are cut, labelled and ready to sew.

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Part 2 will be a photo tutorial to make the first block. You can find it here.

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10 Comments

  1. No time to comment….must start cutting!!!!!!
    Gun, Sweden

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  2. Hi Avis! You have done great job! So organized and well explained and I love the colours you have chosen! x Teje

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    • Oh Teje…I have wrestled with the presentation for a whole week! I wanted my fractions to have the numerator on top of the denominator. I wasn’t happy with any of several formats I tried so I’ve settled for these, reluctantly😦 Now the fun part can begin😀

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  3. witchylin

     /  August 29, 2012

    This is going to be a lovely quilt. The colours you are using only slightly differ from my abstract quilt. You have white and I had lilac, so I just know those shades together will look amazing. It is certainly going on my “To do soon” list. Lots of fun deciding on colours and choosing plains or patterns. I am leaning towards plain so the sample blocks can be seen to better effect. Maybe autumn shades.Mmmmmm something to think about while I am ironing.😉

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    • I love the jelly roll you made up and have one squirrelled away for myself to use at some point😀 I don’t know what it is about white… I just love to sew with it…but it has to be bright white. I also like some of the white on white fabrics. Autumn shades sound nice. I’d even try white with those🙂

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  4. ddinstitches

     /  August 29, 2012

    Great tutorial! Love the colours too.

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  5. Wow! You’ve really set yourself a challenge. Looks like it will be a great set of tutorials though.

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    • Thank you! If there is no challenge, there is no point🙂 I’m doing it to document the process for me really but if anyone else finds it useful in the future then that is a bonus. I’ve made and photographed the first block so Part 2 will be coming soon.

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I really enjoy reading your comments. Have a lovely day :-)

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