For the hays corner quilt I have used a zebra print which I am calling black within the pattern. I wasn’t sure about it, but now I think that it looks great – the other fabrics are fairly plain. It’s not so noticeable in the digital image, but you can see it more clearly in the photos below.
Just look at all the delightful stars, crosses, diamonds and squares that show up when you look at the quilt several times.
The quilt measures 52″ square and I have used 1/2 yard of dark blue, 1 yard of light blue, 3/8 yard of white and 1.1/4 yards of black. You can buy these fabrics as a kit with a 10% discount on the fabric price here.
Cutting requirements for the hays corner quilt
2.1/2″ squares: ninety six dark blue, sixty four light blue, one hundred and sixty black
2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles: thirty two black
4.7/8″ squares: sixteen light blue, sixteen white
For the border you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips of light blue fabric.
Making the hays corner quilt block
Make half square triangle units with the 4.7/8″ squares. Place a light blue and a white square with right sides together. Mark a line along one diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. These are now 4.1/2″ squares.
The four patch units are made most easily using strip piecing. Sew together a 2.1/2″ strip of light blue and dark blue fabric. Press the seam allowance towards the dark blue and cut across this panel at 2.1/2″ intervals. This gives rectangles 2.1/2″ wide by 4.1/2″ long.
Sew these together in pairs so that the dark blue squares are diagonally opposite each other. You will also need some individual dark blue squares, so don’t sew all the light blue and dark blue strips together.
Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown. This may look complicated because there are so many different sized shapes, but it’s actually quite simple to sew together in stages.
The important thing to note is that the four patch units and blue squares are placed so that the dark blue squares form a line down one diagonal. The half square triangles are placed so that the white triangles both point towards the middle of the block.
Begin by sewing together some of the small squares in pairs. The squares either side of the half square triangle units are sewn together in columns and the two squares above or below the four patch units are also sewn together.
You can now sew these pairs of squares to the half square triangles or 4 patch units. Once you have sewn the black 8.1/2″ rectangle to the half square triangle section, you can sew the two sections showing at the top of the photo to each other.
That completes the top half of the block. Repeat with the bottom half of the block and then sew the two halves together to complete the block. You will need to make sixteen blocks.
Assembling the hays corner quilt
Sew the blocks together in four rows of four. Rotate the blocks across the rows and down the columns. In rows 1 and 3, the first block has the blue squares running from top left to bottom right then the second block has the blue squares running from bottom left to top right, forming a V pattern across the rows. In rows 2 and 4, the first block has the blue squares running from bottom left to top right and then the blocks are alternated so that the blue squares form a peak rather than a V design.
Initially I was going to make this quilt with nine blocks in three rows of three, but the design isn’t nearly so striking with an odd number of blocks across the rows. When you have four rows of four you get a more finished looking design as all the stars are complete.
For the hays corner quilt border I used 2.1/2″ strips of light blue fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the hays corner quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Last week I mentioned that I was going to look at an embroidery machine. I loved it and returned home with both the machine and lots of patterns to use with it. You can see more about my trip here.
Of course, you know what’s going to come next, don’t you? Please help me to choose a name for my new embroidery machine. I’d love to hear your suggestions.
Here’s the video: