The springtime floral quilt pattern is made using two of the fabrics from Fabric Freedom’s Springtime Floral range, but I’ve added two darker fabrics to give the quilt more of an autumn (fall) feel. I’ve used the pattern that I designed for them for that range. The quilt measures 58″ square, using sixteen blocks which are 12″ square finished size.
I’ve used 3/4 yard of grey and of green with 1.1/4 yards of gold and 1.1/2 yards of black. As ever, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting for the spring time floral quilt
4.7/8″ squares: thirty two gold, thirty two black
4.1/2″ squares: sixteen green
2.1/2″ squares: sixty four green, sixty four gold, one hundred and twenty eight grey. Read the pattern before cutting these as they can be made most quickly using strip piecing
For the borders you will need twelve 2.1/2″ strips of black and six 1.1/2″ strips of gold
Making the quilt blocks
Use the 4.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a black and a gold square with right sides together. Mark a line along the 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. Press the seam allowances towards the black and trim the two corners of each square where the fabric sticks out.
The four patch units in the corners of the springtime floral quilt can best be made using strip piecing. Sew together 2.1/2″ wide strips of grey and green, and also of grey and gold. Press and then cut these panels across at 2.1/2″ intervals. This will give you rectangles 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″. These can be sewn together in pairs to make four patch units with both the colours diagonally opposite each other. These are shown at the bottom right of the photo.
Lay the patchwork pieces out in three rows of three. There’s a grey/green four patch unit in two corners and a grey/gold four patch unit in the other two corners. In the middle a green square has a black/gold half square triangle unit on each edge. These are placed so that the black is nearest the middle, with the gold on the outside of the block. Check the photo to make sure that the four patch units are placed so that the grey squares form one diagonal and the green squares form the other diagonal.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the springtime florals quilt block. You will need to make sixteen of these.
Assembling the springtime florals quilt
Lay the blocks out in four rows of four. The design is achieved by rotating the blocks so that the direction of the black stripe across the diagonal varies. In the first row the black stripe forms two V’s in a zigzag pattern.
In the second row the stripe goes up from bottom left to top right twice and then down for the next two blocks.
For the third row the black stripe goes down from top left to bottom right twice and then up for the next two blocks. In the fourth row the stripes form a zigzag again, but with the stripe going up first so that it almost looks like an M.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the borders I have used the black and gold fabrics because I love those colours together. The first border is made with 2.1/2″ black strips. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.
For the second border you’ll need 1.1/2″ strips of gold fabric – two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the sides.
For the third border I returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of black: two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the springtime floral 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:
Birmingham Cathedral stands in a tranquil area near the middle of Birmingham. When I first moved here it was shrouded in scaffolding while repairs were being done to the structure. There were several owls in the grounds. Now both the scaffolding and the owls have gone. I miss the owls, but the good news is that they were auctioned recently and they raised a stunning £500,000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Well done, Birmingham!