Two quilt patterns for one this week! What a difference a background makes. You probably know this quilt block by one of its many other names, but I adore the name Quails Nest so that’s what I’m using for this quilt pattern. In case you’re not sure, these are some of its other names: churn dash, broken plate, double monkey wrench, fisherman’s reel, hens and chickens, hole in the barn door, Lincoln’s platform. There are more, but that’s plenty to be going on with.
I have used the same quilt blocks in two different quilts, one with a white background and the other with a black background. I didn’t mean to make two quilts, but it just seemed such a good opportunity to show you how much difference a dark or a light background can make. Both quilts measure 55″ by 46″ and to make the pair of them I used 1/2 yard of pink fabric, 2.1/4 yards of black and 2.1/2 yards of white.
3.7/8″ squares: thirty two each in black and white
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen white
3.1/2″ by 2″ rectangles: sixty four each in black and white – but don’t cut these yet as it’s easier to use strip piecing
9.1/2″ by 36.1/2″ strips: three black and three white
For the borders: nine 1.1/2″ pink strips cut across the width of fabric, nine 2.1/2″ black strips and nine 2.1/2″ white strips
Making the Quails nest quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a white and a black 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 produces two half square triangle units which are 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowance towards the black and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
The strip blocks are made by sewing together 2″ strips of black and white. Cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals to make 3.1/2″ squares which are half black and half white. Do this with four strips each of black and white in total to give you the required number of these blocks (sixty four).
Lay the squares out in three rows of three – this really is a simple quilt block! The white 3.1/2″ square is in the middle with a half square triangle in each corner – white triangle on the outside and black triangle on the inside. The remaining four spaces are filled with with a black/white strip square, placed with the white on the outside and the black on the inside. Make sixteen of these.
You don’t need this for the quilt, but just for interest I made the quails nest quilt block with the colours reversed. The one on the bottom looks bigger than the one on the top, doesn’t it?
Assembling the quails nest quilt
Sew the quilt blocks together in four rows of four. You will need two of these rows in each quilt. For one quilt use three strips of white fabric 9.1/2″ by 36.1/2″ and for the other one use three strips of black fabric 9.1/2″ by 36.1/2″. Sew the strips together: white strip, quilt blocks, white strip, quilt blocks, white strip for one quilt and the other the same but with black strips instead of white.
Quails nest quilt borders
I have used three borders for this quilt. The first one is made using 2.1/2″ strips of white fabric on the black quilt or of black fabric on the white quilt. You will need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the short edges of the quilt and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the other two edges.
For both quilts this is followed by a pink border made using 1.1/2″ strips. Any strong colour will be suitable for this border – a strong blue or red would also be effective. You will need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 51.1/2″ for the sides.
Finally the third border is the same colour as the first border. You will need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 55.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the quilt tops. They are now ready for layering, quilting and binding and full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
For those of you kind enough to ask about the dress that I was making last week, it is finished except for the hem. I’m wearing it in the video above and I had to be careful how I sat because of the pins. I’ll try and write an article about it next week.
The competition and fabric giveaway
I was stunned by the number (195) of wonderful names that you sent me for the mosaic quilt. Details of the names which I have grouped to cut down on the number of options are available here. You can vote for your favourite group on the competition page and one of the commenters will be randomly selected to receive a fabric giveaway of four yards of fabric. Take a look at the quilt name list.