My Clays Choice quilt is loosely based on the block of the same name, but I played around with the colour placements in order to create the design that I wanted, so the actual block that I ended up using probably goes by a different name altogether!
What I was aiming for was those lilac patches forming a chain down the columns and I’m pleased that I managed that. Along with the extended pinwheels, I feel that there’s plenty to look at in this quilt. It may look fairly complex, but it is a simple four patch block made with only squares and half square triangles.
The Clays Choice quilt block has an interesting history. It was named for Henry Clay, a 19th century American statesman who was known as the Great Pacificator because of his ability to get all sides to compromise in a negotiation.
I thought that it was time I made a rectangular (rather than square) quilt and at 54″ by 66″, this would work well for a single bed with some dropdown on the sides or on a double quilt, to just lay flat on the top. I have used 1.1/4 yards each of the purple and the yellow fabrics, with 3/4 yard of lilac and 1/2 yard each of blue and white fabrics. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the clays choice quilt
3,1.2″ squares: forty lilac, eighty purple, forty yellow
3.7/8″ squares: twenty each in lilac and purple, twenty each in purple and white, twenty each in white and blue, twenty each in blue and yellow
For the border you will need six 3.1/2″ strips of yellow fabric, cut across the width of fabric.
Making the clays choice quilt block
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangles. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Lay the patchwork out in four rows of four. I know that the lilac doesn’t show up too well in this photo, but basically the first and fourth rows are made using a purple square at each end with a blue/white half square triangle and a lilac square between them. Rows two and three are made with a yellow square, and purple/white, purple/lilac and blue/yellow half square triangles. The purple/white half square triangles are placed so that they are diagonally opposite each other.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. The clays choice quilt block is 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you will need to make twenty of them.
Assembling the clays choice quilt
Sew the blocks together in five rows of four blocks each. Take care that the blocks are all placed so that the lilac runs down the middle of the block with the yellow on the sides.
Clays choice quilt border
For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of yellow fabric. You will need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 66.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the clays choice quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Busy weekend ahead – if I can sort myself out in time, I’m dashing down to Malvern this afternoon for the Creative Crafts show. Although I don’t do any crafts like papercraft or beading, I still find it interesting to look at all the beautiful things that can be made. Obviously I’m not going to spend any money at all! Then tomorrow is my daughter Samantha’s birthday so I’m going down to London for lunch with her and my eldest son with his fiancee – what a lovely prospect.