Batwing Quilt – Free Pattern

Batwing quilt

Batwing quilt

In the Batwing quilt I have used two very simple blocks to make quite a striking quilt.  I’ve simplified the batwing quilt block – although it was pretty simple to start with!

The quilt measures 49″ square.  I have used 3/4 yard of dark purple, 1 yard of light purple and 1.1/2 yards of white fabric.   You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

The blocks are all 15″ square finished size – five batwing quilt blocks and four alternate quilt blocks.

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the batwing quilt

6.7/8″ squares:  ten purple, ten white

3.1/2″ squares:  five dark purple, fifty two light purple, forty eight white

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty white

For the border you need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips of dark purple across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 6.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a blue and a white square 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.  Each one is now 6.1/2″ square.  Press the seam allowances towards the blue triangle and clip the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Batwing quilt block layout

Batwing quilt block layout

Make the batwing quilt block

Lay the pieces out in three rows of three.  Place a half square triangle in each corner with a white rectangle between each pair of half square triangles.  Check the photo to be sure which way to place the triangles.

In the middle row place a dark purple square with a white rectangle on either side of it.

Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

At this stage the block should measure 15.1/2″ square.  You need to make five of these.

Sew 2 strips

Sew 2 strips

Make the alternate block

For this block I used some strip piecing to save time.  Sew a 3.1/2″ strip of white and of light purple together along the length.  Cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals to make rectangles. These measure 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ and contain a purple square and a white square.

The alternate block is made of five rows of five alternating squares.

Alternate block layout

Alternate block layout

Use the pairs of squares together with individual purple and white squares to make the rows.

The first, third and fifth rows start with a purple square while the second and fourth rows start with a white square.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. This now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Assemble the batwing quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  For rows one and three place an alternate block in the middle with a batwing block on either side.

Row two

Row two

In row two the layout is reversed, with a batwing block in the middle and an alternate block on each side.

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

Dark purple for the border

Dark purple for the border

Add the quilt border

Use 2.1/2″ dark purple strips for the border.  You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.

That completes the batwing quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

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Little Moreton Hall

Little Moreton Hall

A few weeks ago I went to Warrington for a meeting. On the way up I called in at Little Moreton Hall.  What an experience!  Apparently most architects are in agreement that the place should not still be standing.  The whole building is warped and the walls and floors have all sorts of curves and slanted lines that shouldn’t be there.  Walking across the floor of the upper hall could make you feel seasick it was so wavy.  The fact that it was so different from anywhere else I had visited made it a wonderful day.

Change of emphasis

Usually I send out a quilt pattern every Friday.  I have been giving this a lot of thought recently and I’ve decided that from now on I will send you a full quilt pattern every other Friday.  On the Fridays in between the project will be more general – maybe a bag pattern, something to make for a gift, or even an idea for a quilt border or quilting design.  I hope you’ll find this interesting and would welcome your thoughts on my idea.

Festival of Quilts – Birmingham 2017

The Festival of Quilts has just finished in Birmingham at the National Exhibition Centre.  As usual it was a delight to visit – so many gorgeous quilts to see, so many interesting trade stalls to visit.

Festival of Quilts - my purchases

Festival of Quilts – my purchases

What did I buy?

I tried to restrain myself and not spend too much money.  But then I always say that when I visit quilt shows!  I have always admired the felt toy kits at House of Zandra .  I had already decided beforehand that I would treat myself there.  Dandy Dragon (on the right of the photo) was my choice and I can’t wait to make him up.

The fabric on the left was so bright and cheerful that I couldn’t resist it.  I did manage to buy only 1 yard of it, though.  Perhaps I’ll use it for something for my grand daughter.

Talks and workshops

Many talks and workshops take place throughout the days.  I only had time to go to one talk.  The talk I attended was given by Dawn Cameron-Dick.  Absolutely fascinating – showing her way of doing needle turn applique by machine.  I learned a lot from her talk and I’m looking forward to trying out her ideas.

The few things at the top of the photo don’t show up very well.  They are Christmas tree ornaments that I won on the Quilters Guild tombola.  Every year the Quilters Guild asks for projects from around the country.  This year they said they had been overwhelmed with support.  I was really pleased with the ones that I won.

My favourite of the quilts

My favourite of the quilts

Now for the quilts

The quilts themselves always form my first port of call – far more important to me than the stalls.  This year they were stunning.  This one was my favourite by a long way.  The photo doesn’t do it justice.  Everything about it was stunning – the design, the colours, the quilting.  It was just breath taking.

Beautiful colours

Beautiful colours

That’s not to say that the other quilts weren’t also gorgeous.

The colours in this quilt were amazing.  I know that I would never have the patience to make a quilt like this.

Teapot quilt

Teapot quilt

This quirky teapot quilt really caught my eye.  A lovely design and very clever as well.

Quilts with movement

Quilts with movement

Some quilts really gave the feeling of movement.

This wasn’t the only one, but it was definitely a hit with me.  You can just feel the wind blowing against these ladies.

Day at the beach

Day at the beach

This setup created a lovely scene.  Everything almost entirely hand crafted.  That’s the deckchair covers, the mermaid and all the extra bits and pieces on the floor.  It was a really clever installation and brought a smile to my face.

The Festival of Quilts 2017 was another resounding success.  Well done to everyone who submitted quilts and to all the people helping with the organisation.

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