Well, we can always dream about summer, can’t we? In the dull and dreary weather that we are having at the moment here in the UK I have no problem staying indoors and quilting, but it does make my photos and videos look very dark. Never mind – the Summer Dream quilt is bright and cheerful whatever your weather is doing. I know there are many places having far worse weather than we have here in Ludlow.
The quilt measures 40″ by 56″ and I have used 1.1/4 yards of cream fabric with 1 yard each of blue and black. I have used six of the summer dream quilt blocks sewn together two across and three down.
4.1/2″ squares: twenty four black
3.1/4″ squares: thirty black, twenty four blue
2.7/8″ squares: seventy two each of blue and cream
2.1/2″ squares: forty eight cream, forty four black, forty four blue
1.1/2″ strips: cut nine strips across the width of fabric in cream for borders one and three
Making the summer dream quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a blue and a cream square together and mark a line along one of the diagonals. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units for each pair of squares used. They are now 2.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowance towards the blue fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Lay the squares out as shown. The 4.1/2″ black squares are at each corner and the 3.1/4″ squares form a nine patch unit in the middle of the summer dream quilt block. On each edge of the central nine patch unit there are two cream 2.1/2″ squares with a half square triangle on either side of them. Finally the outer edge of the quilt block has four half square triangles between the corners. Check the photo to be sure that you have the triangles facing the correct way so that you get the overall diamond shape in cream.
As there are so many different sizes of squares, you can’t just sew the squares together across the rows. You need to sew groups of squares together first. Sew the blue and black squares of the central square together across each row of three. Sew the four blue and cream squares and half square triangles together in rows or columns.
Sew the three rows in the middle to each other to create the central nine patch unit. Sew the two strips of blue and white together on each side of the quilt block. You now have three rows where the groups of blocks are the same size as each other so they can now be sewn together across the rows.
Sew the rows to each other to complete the summer dream quilt block. You will need to make six of these. Sew these together in pairs and then sew the three pairs to each other.
Summer dream quilt borders
For the first border use 1.1/2″ strips of cream fabric. You will need two lengths of 32.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 50.1/2″ for the sides.
For the second border, sew the blue and black 2.1/2″ squares together in strips. You’ll need two lengths of seventeen squares for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of twenty seven squares for the sides. Make sure that the shorter strips begin and end with blue squares and the longer strips begin and end with black squares. That way the squares will continue to alternate in colour around all the edges of the quilt.
That completes the summer dream 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:
I have been busy making a log cabin quilt which I have written up as an ebook because it’s too long to fit on one of these pages. It’s quite a large quilt ( 72″ by 83″) and I have used two different versions of the log cabin quilt block. I’ve also given full details for finishing the quilt including some ideas for quilting it. As before, I can offer it to you as a free download from now until Tuesday morning. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kindle – Amazon will offer you the option of installing kindle on your computer for free. If you like the book, I’d really appreciate it if you would leave a review on Amazon for me.
Here are all the individual links for the log cabin pattern on the various Amazon regions:
Phew – I hope all the links work. Do let me know if it’s not working for your country and I’ll have another go.