The Blossom quilt pattern is so called because I’ve used a new range of fabrics from Fabric Freedom called Blossom. It is a very simple pattern and I have made it 46″ square although it is the sort of pattern that you could make bigger very easily by just adding extra frames. To make the blossom quilt, you begin with the central square and then add frames around it in two pairs of light/dark fabrics. There are lots of strips of fabric, so the quilt grows really quickly.
I have used 1 yard of one of the light fabrics and 1/2 yard each of the other four fabrics.
You can buy these fabrics as a kit at 10% off the fabric price here.
First dark fabric: one 6.1/2″ square, twelve 3.1/2″ squares
First light fabric: four 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, four 18.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, four 30.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles
Second dark fabric: twelve 3.1/2″ squares, twelve 3.7/8″ squares
Second light fabric: four 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, four 18.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, four 30.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, twelve 3.7/8″ squares
Third dark fabric (the border): two 3.1/2″ strips 42.1/2″ long, two 3.1/2″ strips 46.1/2″ long
Making the blossom quilt – first frame
Begin with a 6.1/2″ dark blue square in the middle. Place a 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ light rectangle on each side of the central square, with a 3.1/2″ dark blue square in each corner.
Sew the patches together in columns and then sew the columns to each other. This is the first frame of the blossom quilt.
Making the second frame
The second frame is made using the second pairing of light and dark fabrics. You will need eight half square triangle units. These are made by placing two 3.7/8″ squares with right sides together. Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
Place a 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ light rectangle on all four edges of the first frame. In each corner you will need one 3.1/2″ dark square and two half square triangles. Place the triangles so that with the dark square they form a larger triangle on each corner.
Sew the squares down each side together in columns. Across the top and bottom of the quilt sew the half square triangles to the rectangle and then these strips can be sewn to the first frame.
Third and fourth frames of the blossom quilt
The pattern is now repeated with frame three being the same as frame one (only bigger, obviously!) and frame four the same as frame two.
So for the third frame you will need four 18.1/2″ lengths of the first light fabric along the edges with a square of the first dark fabric in each corner.
Sew the strips to the top and bottom of the quilt, then sew the squares and strips on the sides into columns before adding them to the main quilt.
For frame four you will need 18.1/2″ lengths of the second light fabric along the edges and the two half square triangles and a square of the second dark fabric in each corner. Sew together in columns as before and then sew the columns to each other.
Frames five and six of the blossom quilt
The pattern repeats again with frame five in the first pairing of fabrics and frame six in the second pairing.
For frame five you will need 30.1/2″ lengths of the first light fabric along the edges with a dark square in each corner.
Frame six uses a 30.1/2″ length of the second light fabric along each edge with the half square triangles and dark square creating a triangle in each corner.
I stopped there at six frames, but if you wanted to make a bigger quilt, you could keep adding frames for as long as you wanted. For each extra pair of frames you will need to add 12″ to the length of the light fabric strip, so frames seven and eight would need 42.1/2″ light strips and so on.
I have used a fifth fabric for the border in 3.1/2″ widths. You will need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the blossom quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.
Here’s the video:
I had hoped to bring you a photo of my first full work of art quilted on Minnie, my longarm, but sadly I don’t have anything completed yet. Last week I went on a course for new longarm owners and I was astonished at how many and varied were the mistakes that I had made in setting up. No wonder the poor dear was struggling to sew anything sensible for me! I have now corrected most of the setup mistakes and she glides over the fabric just as I had hoped she would – I hope I’ll have something to show you next week.