The bright futures quilt block is also known as the trails block. It is a four patch block, very simple and quick to make. It measures 54″ square and I have made sixteen bright futures quilt blocks which are 12″ square finished size. The fabrics are from Fabric Freedom’s Renaissance range and I have used 3/4 yard each of the rose on white and rose on black fabrics, 1 yard of white and 1.1/2 yards of red fabric. Actually I used fractionally over 1.1/4 yards, but you will probably need to buy 1.1/2 yards to be safe. As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
The blocks make a pretty quilt just placed side by side, but I have used rotation of the blocks to give the quilt more interest – giving a diamond or a square design around the central square, depending on which way you look at the quilt.
Cutting requirements for the bright futures quilt
3,1/2″ squares: sixty four each of rose on black and rose on white
3.7/8″ squares: sixty four each in white and in red
For the border you will also need five 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric, cut across the width of fabric
Making the bright futures quilt blocks
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a red 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. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where the tips of the triangles stick out.
The block layout is simple, but to make it even more clear, I have begun by showing you just the squares across the two diagonals. There are four black squares running along the diagonal from top left to bottom right and four white squares running along the diagonal from bottom left to top right.
Now place a pair of half square triangles in the spaces along the edges between the corner squares. Notice that the red triangles are placed so that they form a larger red triangle pointing away from the middle of the block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You will need to make sixteen of these.
Assembling the bright futures quilt
The blocks are sewn together in four rows of four. The design is formed by rotating the blocks across the rows. Rows 1 and 2 are the same as each other. Look at the black diagonal to see which way to rotate the blocks: in the first two blocks the black diagonal runs from bottom left to top right, while in the second two blocks the black diagonal runs from top left to bottom right.
Rows 3 and 4 are also the same as each other. This time the black diagonal runs from top left to bottom right for the first two blocks, and then from bottom left to top right in the second two blocks.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the quilt border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the bright futures 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:
I have enjoyed a happy week exploring Birmingham – as well as unpacking still more boxes. Birmingham is full of owls at the moment. It’s called the Big Hoot and there are 89 owls situated in a trail all over the place. Each one has a unique design from a different artist and eventually they will all be auctioned to raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. What a lovely idea!
This particular one sits in one of Birmingham’s many squares and I’m hoping to bring you many more photos of them in the next few weeks.