Aunt Sukeys Choice Quilt Pattern

Aunt Sukeys choice quilt

Aunt Sukeys choice quilt

I’ve made the Aunt Sukeys Choice quilt using two colour variations of that quilt block and a simple block of squares in the middle of the quilt.  It’s a rectangular quilt, measuring 60″ by 96″, using fifteen blocks which are all 18″ square finished size.  I find that the longer I look at this quilt, the more diamond shapes appear within it.

The fabric required is 1.3/4 yards each of pink and green with 3.1/4 yards of white fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the Aunt Sukeys Choice quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  fifty six white, fifty green, forty six pink

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  fifty six white, sixteen pink, twelve green

3.7/8″ squares:  forty eight each in pink and white, sixty four each in green and white

For the border you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ strips of pink, four 2.1/2″ strips of green and eight 1.1/2″ strips of white – all across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the pairings listed above.  Place a white square right sides together with a pink or a green square and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the pink or green and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Aunt Sukeys choice quilt block layout

Aunt Sukeys choice quilt block layout

Make the first Aunt Sukeys choice quilt block

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  Usually I would show you the central section first for simplicity.  For this block I have used several rectangles in order to save time and I think it will be more clear if I tell you the rows individually.

So the top and bottom rows have a pink square at each end with a white square just inside the corners.  In the middle place two pink/white half square triangles.  These should make a large pink triangle pointing up in the top row but pointing down in the sixth row.  Make rows two and five with a white rectangle at each end and a pair of pink/white half square triangles in the middle.  These should form a large white triangle pointing up in row two but pointing down in row five.

The middle rows – rows three and four – need a pair of pink/white half square triangles at each end and a green rectangle in the middle.  In each row the two red triangles together should form a stripe the same as the ones at the top and bottom of the block.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  This now measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make six of this version.

Layout for second block

Layout for second block

Make the second block

For the second block the layout is exactly the same but with the pink and green reversed.

Sew the squares together in the same way.  This block also measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make eight of this version.

Make the central block

Central block layout

Central block layout

The central block is simply 3.1/2″ pink and green squares alternating across the six rows and down the six columns.

I made pairs of squares first by sewing together 3.1/2″ strips of pink and green and cutting them at 3.1/2″ intervals.  That was purely to save time.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  This block is 18.1/2″ square and you need to make only one.

Rows one and five

Rows one and five

Assemble the Aunt Sukeys Choice quilt

Sew the blocks together in five rows of three blocks.  In rows one and five place a block with a red centra at each end and a block with a green centre in the middle of the rows.

Rows two and four

Rows two and four

For rows two and four the blocks are reversed – a green centre at each end and a red centre in the middle of the row.

Central row

Central row

Row three, the central row, obviously contains the squared central block.  Place a block with a red centre on either side of it.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Make squares for the border

Make squares for the border

I wanted something a bit different for the quilt border.

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of pink or green with 1.1/2″ strips of white fabric.  Cut these at 3.1/2″ intervals to give 3.1/2″ squares.  These are two thirds colour and one third white.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Sew these squares together in strips, alternating both the colour and also whether the white strip is at the top or bottom of the square.  You will need two strips of eighteen squares for the top and bottom of the quilt.

For the sides of the quilt, sew together two strips of thirty squares each.  Add a 3.1/2″ pink square at each end of each of these strips.  These are the cornerstones.  Sew one strip to each side of the quilt top.  I like to think that this border gives the impression of running stitches or weaving around the quilt.

That completes the Aunt Sukeys 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:

Kinver cave houses

Kinver cave houses

In my travels last week I went on a wonderful walk in a nearby area called Kinver.  The point of the walk was to climb a hill with spectacular views over the countryside, but at the foot of the hill were several houses that had been built in caves.  They were absolutely fascinating.

Apparently they had been lived in until about fifty years ago.  Unfortunately I couldn’t go inside them that day, but I’ll definitely go back on another day when they are open to the public.  They would probably have been lovely and cool during our recent heatwave!

Victoria Square Quilt Block Pattern

Victoria Square quilt block

Victoria Square quilt block

The Victoria Square quilt block pattern is a stunner – it reminds me of green parks and pinwheel whirls.  There is a Victoria Square in Birmingham, but it’s more statues and steps rather than greenery.  The block is classified as a nine patch and I have made it here as an 18″ square.

Cutting requirements for the Victoria Square quilt block

3.1/2″ squares:  four light green, four dark green, eight white

3.7/8″ squares:  six each in light green and white, four each in dark green and white




Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in both light green and white and in dark green and white.  Place a white square right sides together with a green square and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ square either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This makes two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Central area

Central area

Make the Victoria Square quilt block central area

I’ve shown the layout in two stages.  The first section uses dark green and white only.  Place four dark green/white half square triangles in the middle to form a pinwheel.  On each edge of the pinwheel place a green and a white 3.1/2″ square.  In each case place the green square so that it touches the green triangle of the pinwheel.

In each corner place a dark green/white half square triangle.  Check the photo to be sure that you have the triangles placed correctly.

Victoria Square quilt block complete layout

Victoria Square quilt block complete layout

Complete the layout

Make the outer layer of this quilt block with only light green and white.  The pieces follow a pattern if you begin in the top left corner and follow the frame of the block around in a clockwise direction.

Across the top you have a light green triangle, green square, two light green triangles and a white square.  These form an upside down mountain first, then a larger white triangle pointing outwards and then a white square and white triangle next to each other.

The top right corner is a green/white half square triangle and then the other pieces follow in the same pattern down the right hand side of the block.  The same happens across the bottom of the block (working from right to left) and then again up the left hand side.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the Victoria Square quilt block.

Basic quilt design

Basic quilt design

Quilt designs

I have shown first the basic quilt design with sixteen blocks arranged in four rows of four.  I’m not too keen on this as you lose the whirligig shape of the block design.

Alternate Victoria Square quilt design

Alternate Victoria Square quilt design

As an alternative I tried several different colours as well as the greens and was very pleased with this design.  You could either use a distinct pattern as I have done, or you could make every block a different colour as a scrappy quilt.

Here’s the video:

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