Sisters Choice Quilt Pattern

Sisters choice quilt

Sisters choice quilt

The sisters choice quilt block is such a pretty one that I thought I’d use it in the quilt this week – with a few changes in the colours.  The quilt measures 49″ by 64″ and I have used 1/2 yard each of the red and white, 3/4 yard each of the dark blue and light blue, with 1 yard of the medium blue.  I’m using poetic licence here a bit – the fabrics aren’t actually all blues but basically apart from the red and white the others are a dark, a medium and a light fabric.  The ones that I have used for the medium and light are actually nearer green but I’m calling them blue anyway.

As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

Please note that the image here shows a square quilt using four rows of four when in fact the instructions are for a rectangular quilt using four rows of three.  My apologies – it’s just been pointed out to me!

Cutting requirements for the sisters choice quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  forty eight light blue, forty eight dark blue, sixty medium blue

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty four each in medium blue and white, twenty four each in dark blue and white, twenty four each in light blue and red

For the border you will need to cut 2.1/2″ lengths of red fabric:  two of them 45.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two of them 64.1/2″ long for the sides.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the sisters choice quilt block

Make half square triangles using the 3.7/8″ squares 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 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 dark fabric and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Sisters choice quilt block layout

Sisters choice quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in five rows of five.  The top and bottom rows consist of a medium blue square in the middle with a pair of half square triangles on each side of it.  These are placed so that the medium blue and dark blue triangles together form a larger triangle pointing away from the middle of the block.

Completed sisters choice quilt block

Completed sisters choice quilt block

The middle column and middle row are both made with alternating squares of medium blue and dark blue.  The second and fourth rows have a dark blue square in the middle with a light blue square on either side and a light blue/red half square triangle at the ends.

Sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other.  You will need to make twelve of the sisters choice quilt block.

Make sure that the red triangles are on the sides

Make sure that the red triangles are on the sides

Assembling the sisters choice quilt

Arrange the blocks in four rows of three.  Make sure that the blocks are all placed the same way with the red triangles on the sides of the block and the white triangles on the top and bottom.

Press the seam allowances open if necessary

Press the seam allowances open if necessary

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

I have pressed the seam allowances open between the blocks because this can help reduce the bulk where there four half square triangles meeting.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  Sew the 45.1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the quilt and the 64.1/2″ strips to the sides.

I feel that this is one of those quilts that look quite complex, but each block is very straightforward and easy to sew.

That completes the sisters choice quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting page.

Here’s the video:

I’m off to London on Sunday to visit my son and his fiancee in their new home. My daughter will be there as well, so I’m looking forward to a family get together.  Let’s hope the weather stays good – it’s been lovely this week.


Photography Workshop



On Monday I went to a photography workshop in Oswestry.  I am still living in hope that this year I will finish more of my quilts and I wanted some tips on how to take better photos of them if I re start my Etsy shop.  We began by taking photos of our products and were given some wonderful tips and ideas for regulating the lighting.  I’ve always felt that I will get better photos on a sunny day, but I’ve now realised that this isn’t always the case.  Often it’s much better to diffuse the light.



We were also introduced to a wonderful free programme called Gimp which does all sorts of wonderful things to photos – most of them way beyond my capabilities, but I did at least learn how to manipulate the colour a bit.  I always seem to have trouble taking photos of green fabrics, so I’m hoping that I may be able to restore them to something nearer their true colour in future.

I’ve had to put my sewing machine away today because the estate agent is coming round this afternoon to take photos before putting my house on the market.  I have cleaned, dusted, tidied and polished myself to a standstill.  The house is so tidy that I echo when I walk around, but I daren’t open any cupboards in case everything falls out!  The wonderful thing about having a really good sort through is that I have found several quilts that are far closer to being finished than I had thought.  I’ve put them to one side so that I can finish them off with just a bit more quilting and the binding.  So that’s my weekend taken care of!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.


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