This is a Fabric Freedom quilt pattern designed to showcase another beautiful fabric range. It looks complex, but as so often it can be broken down into small steps which are not nearly as difficult as they look. The more you look, the more you see in the design. The quilt measures 60″ square and I have used 1.1/4 yards of white fabric, 3/4 yard of the green fabric in block one and 1 yard of the patterned fabric in block one. For block two I have used 1/2 yard each of the red fabric, the patterned fabric and the small red flowers fabric.
Cutting requirements for quilt block one
6.1/2″ squares: twenty six in the patterned fabric
4.7/8″ squares: twenty six in the green fabric
4.1/4″ squares: fifty two white
Cutting requirements for quilt block two
3.1/2″ squares: forty eight in red patterned fabric
3.7/8″ squares: forty eight white
4.3/4″ squares: twenty four each in red and red/green fabric – but don’t cut these yet as they can be made with strip piecing.
Making quilt block one
For the first quilt block you need to make a diamond in a square – this is done by adding a triangle to each side of a square.
Cut the 4.1/4″ white squares along one diagonal to form triangles and place one triangle along each edge of the green square. These can be sewn on in two pairs.
With right sides together, sew the first pair of triangles to opposite sides of the square. The triangle edges are longer than the edges of the square and will extend beyond the square when you sew them. Make sure that the triangle edges stick out by the same amount on each end of the square.
Press the seam allowance away from the square. You can trim the corners at this stage but I personally prefer to leave them there and do all the trimming at the end.
Sew the remaining two triangles to the square, press and trim the resulting square. It should be a 6.1/2″ square now.
You will need twenty six of these diamond in a square blocks.
Sew each 6.1/2″ patterned square together with a diamond in square. Make a four patch unit with two pairs of squares, placing them so that the patterned squares are diagonally opposite each other.
This is a completed quilt block one. Make thirteen of these.
Making quilt block two
The second quilt block is similar in that it forms a diamond in a square, but the middle of the block is a four patch unit rather than a single square. Strip piecing is the quickest way to make this four patch. Sew together 4.3/4″ strips of red fabric and patterned fabric along the length. Cut these panels at 4.3/4″ intervals to make strips that are made of a square each of the red and the patterned.
Sew two of these pairs of squares together, placing them so that the red squares are diagonally opposite each other. Make twelve of these.
For the triangles to go on the edges of the four patch unit I came up with a super duper idea using strip piecing that would speed things up. The only problem was that it didn’t work and I got myself in a right muddle. So, I shall show you the simplest and most obvious way of making these triangles.
Cut the 3.7/8″ white squares along one diagonal to make two triangles. Sew two triangles on two edges of the 3.1/2″ patterned square. Note that the right angled corners (the square corners) are on the bottom left of both the triangles. This will give you one large triangle. Make forty eight of these.
Sew two triangles to two opposite edges of the four patch unit – just the same as you did for the diamond in a square in the first quilt block. Press and then sew the remaining two triangles to the other two edges of the four patch.
When you are sewing the triangles on, match the corner of the square with the seam between the squares on the four patch as shown on the right.
That completes quilt block two and you will need twelve of these. If you are using a directional fabric, as I have, then you need to decide whether you want the corner squares all to face in the same direction or not. I have made them so that two have the lines horizontal and two have the lines vertical. This was achieved by sewing all the squares the same way when I made the triangles. If you wanted to have them all horizontal then you would need to rotate half the squares before you sewed them into the triangles. (I hope that makes sense).
Assembling the Arts and Crafts quilt
It is a simple job now to assemble the quilt. You have twenty five quilt blocks and they are sewn together in five rows of five blocks. Begin the first row with quilt block one and then alternate the blocks across the row.
Begin row two with quilt block two and then alternate the blocks across the row. This way you will get the quilt blocks alternating across each row and also down each column. Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
This completes the arts and crafts quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding, full details of which can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting page.
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Here’s the video:
To see how I quilted the Arts and Crafts quilt, click here.
Today I am having a complete break from quilting – I’m off to the Hay Literary Festival this afternoon to see talks by Johnny Vegas, Helena Attlee and Al Murray. It should be a really amusing afternoon – and I hope the area isn’t as wet and muddy as it was the day that I went last year.