Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 4)

Here is the third block from a series of 12. The finished size when the block is sewn into the quilt top is 12 inches square. Enjoy!

You will need:

One white 4 1/2″ x  4 1/2″ square

One light 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square

One medium 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ square

Three medium 4 7/8″ squares

Three light  4 7/8″ squares

Here are my patches.

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First make the 6 half square triangles. Start with the three light and three medium 4 7/8″ squares. Lay each of the light squares onto a medium square.

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Draw the diagonal line.

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Sew one quarter of an inch away from both sides of the lines.

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Cut along the lines to get 6 half square triangles.

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Open up and press the seams towards the darkest fabric. Bear in mind that you may need to change this direction depending on how bulky the seams will be on the back when the nine patches are sewn to complete the block.

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Arrange the nine patches on a table.

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Sew together to make three rows. My top and bottom rows have the seams pressed away from the centre. My middle row has the seams pressed towards the centre. As long as you alternate the rows as you press, the seams will butt up against each other when you sew and match up points.

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Finally, sew the rows together.

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Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 3)

Here is the second block from a series of 12. The finished size when the block is sewn into the quilt top is 12 inches square. Enjoy!

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You will need:

Four medium 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

Four light 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

Two light 4 7/8″ squares

Two medium 4 7/8″ squares

One light 4 1/2″ square

Here are my patches. You also need to add the light 4 1/2″ square to these. I omitted it in the photo!

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Start with the four pairs of rectangles.

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Chain sew the pairs together.

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Press the seams towards the darkest fabric. You should now have these.

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Now make the half square triangle blocks. Use the 4 7/8″ squares for these.

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Place a light 4 7/8″ square on top of a medium square.

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Draw a line across the diagonal.

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Sew one quarter of an inch away from both sides of the line.

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Cut along the line.

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Open and press the seam towards the darkest fabric.

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You need to make another pair of half square triangles from the other two 4 7/8″ squares. Lay the pieces on the table taking care to place the colours in the correct positions. A light 4 1/2″ square is also needed for the centre.

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Sew the top three pieces together to make a row. Repeat until you have three rows

Finally, sew the three rows together. Remember to press seams as you go and give a final press of the entire block when completed. If the block isn’t quite perfectly square at the stage, don’t panic….it can be squared up later when all of the other blocks are finished. Here is mine.

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Traditional Patchwork Quilt Pattern and Tutorial (Part 2)

Here is the first block from a series of 12. The finished size when the block is sewn into the quilt top is 12 inches square. Enjoy!

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You will need:

One dark 4 1/2″ square

Four white 4 1/2″ squares

Eight dark 2 1/2″ squares

Eight light 2 1/2″ squares

Here are my patches.

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First sew together the middle row of squares.

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Press the seam towards the dark fabric. It is best to press each seam as you go. Don’t use steam as you will probably get shiny ridges on the fabric or maybe even shrink the patches. Don’t wiggle the iron, just press.

You should now have this.

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Now make the four-patch blocks. Use the 2 1/2″ squares for these.

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Chain sew eight pairs of light and dark squares together. Chain sewing is when the next pieces to be sewn together are fed through the machine immediately after the previous ones. This saves a lot of time and thread. When all eight pairs have been stitched, just snip them apart and press the seams towards the dark fabric.

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You should have eight of these.

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Now take two of these pieces and place opposite colours on top of each other.

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Chain sew together. Make sure the middle seams butt up against each other and lie in opposite directions. I find I get better matching when the seam on the top piece is lying towards me. This isn’t always possible.

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Press the seams and you should have four of these.

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Lay them on the table taking care to place the colours correctly.

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Sew the top and bottom rows of three.

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Finally, sew the three rows together. Remember to press seams as you go and give a final press of the entire block when completed. If the block isn’t quite perfectly square at the stage, don’t panic….it can be squared up later when all of the other blocks are finished.

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Part three is here.

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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