The summery breezes quilt pattern is loosely based on the summer breeze quilt block, but I’ve adapted it and used two versions of the block within the quilt. It’s a large quilt block (24″ square) so I’ve only needed to use twelve of them to make a queen or king sized quilt pattern. The only difference between the two versions of the block is the corners, but it’s surprising what a difference this makes to the overall quilt design.
The quilt measures 76″ by 100″ and I have used 2.3/4 yards each of dark blue and white with 3 yards of light blue.
Cutting requirements for the summery breezes quilt
6.7/8″ squares: twelve dark blue, twelve light blue
6.1/2″ squares: twenty four dark blue
3.7/8″ squares: twenty four dark blue, one hundred and forty four light blue, one hundred and sixty eight white
3.1/2″ squares: forty eight dark blue, ninety six light blue, ninety six white
For the border you wil need to cut ten 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue across the width of fabric
Making the half square triangle units
There are half square triangle units in both versions of the quilt block. Make these using the 6.7/8″ squares and the 3.7/8″ squares. 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 triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.
You will need to make the small units in both dark blue/white and light blue/white, while the large units are made in dark blue/light blue.
Making the first version of the summery breezes quilt block
For this version I have used the large half square triangles in the corners. These are placed so that the dark blue triangles are on the outside, forming the corners.
As that layout may seem a little overwhelming, I have sewn the block together from the middle so that you can see the block come together in small stages.
Begin with four dark blue/white half square triangles and sew them together first in pairs and then sew the pairs together to make a four patch unit, making sure that the dark blue triangles are placed to form a diamond in the middle of the block.
For the first frame around this you will need four pairs of light blue/white half square triangles sewn together so that the white triangles form a larger triangle pointing away from the middle. Sew one pair to the top and one to the bottom of the dark blue diamond. Sew a dark blue square to both ends of the remaining two pairs and sew the resulting strips to the sides.
The next frame of the summery breezes quilt block is exactly the same on each edge of the central block. There’s a large half square triangle in each corner. Between these are two rows of four squares each. The inside row is made using two white squares with a light blue/white half square triangle at each end, while the outside row is made using two light blue/white half square triangles with a light blue square at each end.
All the white squares and triangles should now form a large white triangle pointing away from the middle of the block.
Sew the sections together in three columns and then sew the columns to each other to complete the block.
You’ll need to make six of this version of the quilt block.
Make the second version of the block
The other version of the block used in the summery breezes quilt is more or less the same, but just with 6.1/2″ dark blue squares in the corners instead of half square triangles. You’ll also need to make six of this version.
Assembling the summery breezes quilt
The blocks are sewn together in four rows of three. The first and fourth rows are made with three of the first version of the block (triangles in the corners). The second and third rows are made with three of the second version of the block.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the quilt border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 72.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 100.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the summery breezes 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:
I seem to have spent a good part of this week sorting out images for some of the quilts that I have designed for Fabric Freedom – there were quite a lot of them and several times I sent the wrong image or the same image twice – wouldn’t it be lovely to have a fully functioning brain!