The peacock quilt design is a stunning way of showcasing a particular fabric – and it has a lovely way of framing it which is really simple to make. This is a new range of fabrics from Fabric Freedom and they are lovely, rich looking fabrics. The quilt measures 27″ by 34″ and I have used 1/2 yard of peacock fabric with 1/4 yard each of four other fabrics.
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Cutting requirements for the peacock quilt
Peacock fabric: one panel 17.1/2″ by 24.1/2″
Feathers: ten rectangles 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″, six rectangles 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″, four 1.1/2″ squares
Flowers: four rectangles 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″, four rectangles 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″, four 4.1/2″ squares
Light blender: twenty eight rectangles 3.1/2″ by 1.1/2″, twenty rectangles 4.1/22 by 1.1/2″
Dark blender: eighteen rectangles 4.1/2″ by 1.1/2″
Making the peacock quilt
There are two blocks needed for the frame of the peacock panel.
One is a 3.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle of patterned fabric with a 3.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ white strip on either side of it.
The second is a 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle of patterned fabric with a 4.1/22 by 1.1/2″ white strip on either side of it.
For the 3.1/2″ block you will need to make ten with feather fabric and four with flower fabric. For the 4.1/2″ block you will need to make four with flower fabric and six with feather fabric.
Using these blocks, make two strips for the sides of the peacock panel. Each strip is made with three 3.1/2″ feather blocks alternating with two 4.1/2″ flower blocks. Sew these strips of blocks together and sew one to each side of the peacock quilt panel.
For the top and bottom of the quilt make similar strips but this time begin and end each strip with a 4.1/2″ flower square. Between these place four 3.1/2″ squares (two feather and two flower blocks) alternating with three feather 4.1/2″ blocks.
Peacock quilt border
The border is made using 1.1/2″ wide strips of feather fabric and dark blender fabric. For the sides make two strips using four 4.1/2″ strips of dark blender alternating with three 3.1/2″ strips of feather fabric. Sew one to each side of the peacock quilt.
For the top and bottom of the quilt, make two strips beginning and ending with a 1.1/2″ feather square and having five 4.1/2″ strips of dark blender alternating with four 3.1/2″ feather strips. Sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.
That completes the peacock quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Many thanks to all who sent in details of their favourite charities last week. I will be deciding and sending the quilt off this week.
Tomorrow I am heading north to go to my niece’s second wedding. Many of you will know that her wedding in Zimbabwe didn’t happen – it had to be called off at the last minute because there was a glitch in the paperwork. We ended up having a wedding party without having the wedding ceremony beforehand. Tomorrow Karen and Andy will have what we are all calling their second wedding and I am looking forward to meeting up with so many people that I met in Zimbabwe in September while we celebrate their marriage.