The Sunny Lanes quilt pattern is another example of just how useful the four patch unit/half square triangle combination is. I have made it using Nancy Page’s sunny lanes quilt block. She was another of the quilting columnists nearly a century ago who used to publish quilt patterns in newspapers and magazines. The quilt measures 42″ square and I have used 5/8 yard each of blue and red, with 3/8 yard each of turquoise and white fabrics.
The red and blue are my dark colours, with turquoise medium and the white obviously the light. The traditional sunny lanes colouring is to use two medium with one dark and one light fabric. You can see how that looks here.
2.1/2″ squares: sixty four each of red and blue – but don’t cut these yet as you can save time with strip piecing
4.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in turquoise and white
2.1/2″ strips of fabric cut across the width of fabric: four each in red and blue for the first and third borders
1.1/2″ strips of fabric cut across the width of fabric: two each in turquoise and white for the second border
Making the sunny lanes quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 4.7/8″ squares. Place a turquoise and a white 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 to produce two half square triangle units for each pair of squares. These are now 4.1/2″ squares.
Strip piecing is a good way to save time when making the four patch units. Sew together a 2.1/2″ strip of red and blue fabrics along the length. Press and then cut the panel at 2.1/2″ intervals. This gives you strips 2.1/2″ wide by 4.1/2″ long.
Place two of these pairs of squares together, rotating one of them so that the blue squares are diagonally opposite each other. Sew these together to make four patch units. You will need thirty two of these for the sunny lanes quilt pattern.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. There are two four patch units and two half square triangles in each row, just placed in a different order – altogether there’s one in each corner and four in the middle of the block.
The half square triangle units are placed in pairs on the edge of the quilt block – place them so that the two white triangles are together in each pairing, forming lines running up from left to right.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the sunny lanes quilt block. You will need four of these blocks.
The sunny lanes quilt pattern
Sew the blocks together in two pairs and then sew the pairs of blocks together. Rotate the blocks so that the white stripes form an upward V for the top pair and a downward V for the bottom pair. That’s how you get that lovely diamond outline in the sunny lanes quilt pattern.
I have done something slightly different in the border, just for a change. The first border is made using 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You will need two lengths of 32.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the sides. For the second border I decided to use strips of turquoise and white. They are 1.1/2″ wide. For the top and bottom cut four 9.1/2″ lengths of each fabric. Sew them together alternating between the two colours – two turquoise and two white for each border strip. For the sides you will need to cut four 10″ lengths of each fabric. Make two strips of two turquoise and two white strips and sew them to the sides.
For the third border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of blue. You will need two lengths of 38.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.
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