The millers daughter quilt block is one of those blocks that shows a pretty star on its own but also gives some lovely secondary designs when you sew several of them together. The quilt measures 54″ square and I have used 1.1/2 yards of white fabric, 1.1/4 yards of pink and 1 yard of blue. The quilt blocks are 10″ square finished size and I have used twenty five of them.
Cutting requirements for the millers daughter quilt
2.1/2″ squares: two hundred white, one hundred blue, one hundred and twenty four pink. I know that this sounds a lot, but don’t cut them yet as they can be made with strip piecing
2.7/8″ squares: one hundred each in pink and white
For the border: five 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric cut across the width of fabric
Making the millers daugher quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a pink and a white square with right sides together. Mark a line along one of the diagonals and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangles. Press the seam allowance towards the pink and trim the corners of the squares.
You can save a bit of time by using strip piecing for some of the squares. Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of blue, pink, blue to make one panel and also sew together 2.1/2″ strips of pink, blue, pink to make another panel.
Cut these panels at 2.1/2″ intervals. This will give you strips of fabric containing three squares and measuring 2.1/2″ wide by 6.1/2″ long. These can be used to make the nine patch units in the middle of the quilt block. Make two panels of pink, blue, pink and one panel of blue, pink, blue. These will give you the strips of squares for up to sixteen of the blocks. For the remainder you will just have to sew the squares together individually as you’ll see below.
Layout of the quilt block
Lay the squares out in five rows of five squares. There’s a cream square in each corner and half way along each edge. The remaining squares around the outside of the quilt block are half square triangles. In order to be sure that you place these correctly, you may find it helps to note that the cream square with two triangles along each edge make a bowl shape with the base of the bowl (the thinnest part) on the inside and the top of the bowl on the outside. In the middle of the quilt block you have three of the strips of squares made above with strip piecing.
Once these strips have been used, you can lay out the remainder of the blocks using individual squares as shown in the photo. The layout is exactly the same but just takes a little longer to sew.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the millers daughter quilt block. Make twenty five of these.
Millers daughter quilt border
I have used 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric for the border. You will need two lengths of 50.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the millers daughter 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 section.
Here’s the video:
I’m working on a quilt that includes a landscape section at the moment and last week I tried painting on fabric for the sky section. If you’ve ever thought of trying this, you can see how I got on here.
I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Easter weekend.