This sunflowers quilt pattern is my attempt at pretending that summer is just around the corner! It’s actually the Fabric Freedom design to show off their sunflowers range of fabrics and I have probably gone overboard in trying to use all the fabrics – it’s ended up quite a busy quilt, but I do like the way that grids form across the quilt. The quilt measures 52″ square and I have used 1/2 yard of each of six fabrics as well as 3/4 yard of the buttermilk blender fabric and just 1/4 yard of the yellow sunflower blender. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount for this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the sunflowers quilt
4.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in buttermilk and brown (for the second quilt block), twenty each in buttermilk and sunflower on blue (for the first quilt block)
4.1/2″ squares: thirty two large sunflowers, five green blender, twenty sunflower on black
2.7/8″ squares: twenty each in green blender and yellow blender for the inner star in first quilt block
2.1/2″ squares: twenty yellow blender
For the border you will need two 2.1/2″ lengths of 48.1/2″ and two lengths of 52.1/2″
Making half square triangles
Use both the 2.7/8″ and the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units 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. This will produce two half square triangles.
Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
Making the first quilt block
The first sunflower quilt block is made with a small star surrounded by a large star. Lay the squares out as shown. There’s a green 4.1/2″ square in the middle with a pair of half square triangles on each edge of the square. They are placed so that the yellow triangles together form a larger yellow triangle pointing in towards the middle. Each corner is a 2.1/2″ yellow square.
Here you can see the full layout for the first quilt block. I’ve added the extra frame so that you can see the outer star now – I just thought that it might be clearer if you saw this block layout in two stages. The outer frame consists of a 4.1/2″ black sunflower in each corner and a pair of half square triangles on each edge of the central star. These are placed so that the light triangles together form a larger triangle pointing towards the middle. The light fabric may look white in the photo but it is actually buttermilk (pale yellow).
Sew the small central star together first. Sew the pair of half square triangles together above and below the central square and then sew them to the square. Sew the squares on either side into two columns and then sew all three columns to each other.
You can then repeat the process with the outer star. Sew the pair of half square triangles above and below the small star together and then sew them to the star. Sew the squares on either side into two columns and then sew all three columns to each other to complete the first quilt block. You will need to make five of these.
Making the second quilt block
The second sunflowers quilt block is much more simple. There are four 4.1/2″ sunflower squares in the middle and one in each corner. On each edge of the central square there are a pair of half square triangles placed so that the light buttermilk fabric makes a large triangle pointing towards the middle. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the second sunflowers quilt block. You will need to make four of these.
Assembling the sunflowers quilt
Lay the quilt blocks out in three rows of three. Rows one and three will be the first quilt block at each end with the second quilt block in the middle. The second row will be the second quilt block at each end with the first quilt block in the middle. Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Adding the quilt border
I’ve used 2.1/2″ strips of one further fabric for the border. Sew 48.1/2″ lengths to the top and bottom of the quilt and sew a 52.1/2″ length to either side of the quilt. This completes the sunflowers quilt top: 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:
Another weekend to spend sorting through my father’s belongings. He was a dreadful hoarder – he even kept things that were clearly broken. I can clearly remember him saying ‘just in case it ever comes in handy’!
I wish you a very Happy New Year. I hope 2015 brings you all that you wish for.