I’ve taken the name for the Catherine Wheel quilt from one of the many suggestions that I received when I asked for quilt name suggestions a while ago. It’s a very simple quilt, made using half square triangles and four patch units only. I have made it 36″ square and I have used 3/4 yard each of red, white and blue fabrics.
4.7/8″ squares: four each of blue and white, four each of blue and red, eight each of red and white
2.1/2″ squares: one 2.1/2″ strip cut across the width of of red and blue, with two strips of white
For the border: four 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric
Making each quilt block
Use the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares 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 to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowance towards the dark fabric and trim the corners.
The four patch units can be made using strip piecing. Sew together one strip of red and white fabric and make a separate panel of a blue and a white strip. Cut these panels at 2.1/2″ intervals to make strips that are one square white with one square of either red or blue.
Two of these strips can be sewn together to make four patch units.
Lay the patchwork squares out in four rows of four. If you haven’t already done so, sew the pairs of squares together to form the four patch units. All the squares will then be the same size and you can sew them together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.
Make four of these.
Assembling the Catherine wheel quilt
Sew the quilt blocks together in two pairs and then sew the pairs to each other. You will need to rotate the blocks in order to get the quilt design: in the top left block have the small blue squares running from bottom left to top right. In the top right block you will need to line the blue squares from top left to bottom right. For the bottom left block place the blue squares to run from top left to bottom right and for the bottom right block have the blue squares running from bottom left to top right.
The Catherine wheel quilt now just needs a simple border to frame it. I have used 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric for this. Cut two lengths of 32.1/2″ and sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt. Cut two lengths of 36.1/2″ and sew these to the sides of the quilt.
Apart from the fact that I didn’t line the squares up very well, it’s turned into quite a bright and cheerful quilt. Note to self: could do better!
Here’s the video:
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