Good Enough Quilt

Good enough quilt

Good enough quilt

The Good Enough quilt is not named for what I think about the quilt – it’s based on the Good Enough quilt block.  In fact I played around with the quilt block design so much that it’s not really the same block now.  Please don’t think that it’s too complicated for you – it is only made with squares and half square triangles.

The quilt measures 52″ square, made with nine blocks which are 16″ square finished size.  I have used 3/4 yard each of red and light blue with 1 yard of white fabric and 1.1/2 yards of dark blue.  You may not agree with what I’ve called the colours, but I visualised the quilt with dark blue and light blue and then went off to choose some fabrics from my stash.  I thought that it would be clearer for you if I continued to call them dark blue and light blue.

As usual you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer, but for the next seven days I am also offering a 12% discount on everything in the shop (for orders over £5), so you actually get a massive 22% discount on the fabrics in the kit.  The discount will be applied automatically, so you don’t need to remember a coupon code.  Just click on this week’s quilt kit.

Good enough quilt block

Good enough quilt block

Cutting requirements for the good enough quilt

4.7/8″ squares:  thirty six dark blue, thirty six white

4.1/2″ squares:  eighteen dark blue, eighteen red

2.7/8″ squares:  eighteen each in red and white, eighteen each in light blue and white, eighteen each in dark blue and white, eighteen each in dark blue and light blue

For the border you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue across the width of fabric

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the good enough quilt block

The half square triangle units are made using the 4.7/8″ squares and also the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour pairings 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 give you two half square triangle units which are now either 4.1/2″ or 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.  In the photo the process is shown in the top left, while the rest of the photo shows the various colours needed for the half square triangles.

Central area of the quilt block

Central area of the quilt block

In order to make it more simple, I am showing you the central area of the quilt block first.  This is made entirely with 2.1/2″ half square triangle units made from the 2.7/8″ squares.  These are laid out in four rows of four.  Look for the larger shapes to check your placement – all the larger white triangles formed by two white triangles side by side and the stripes of the coloured fabrics, again formed by two triangles side by side.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the outer frame

Add the outer frame

Now it’s a simple matter to add the outer frame of the good enough quilt block.  Along each edge there’s a pair of dark blue/white half square triangles (the 4.1/2″ ones).  In the corners there are dark blue or red 4.1/2″ squares, placed diagonally opposite each other.

Make three columns

Make three columns

Sew the two squares above and below the central area together and then sew them to the central section of the block.  Sew the remaining squares into a column either side of the central area and then sew these to the block to complete it.

You will need to make nine of these blocks.

Assembling the good enough quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Check that you always have a red square in the top left of each block – otherwise you won’t get those four patch units of light blue and red forming when the blocks are sewn together.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I’ve used 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue.  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 good enough 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:

My new sewing shed

My new sewing shed

Last week my new shed for Minnie, my longarm quilting machine, arrived.  I am so excited to see it there!  I can’t use it yet as I have to wait for it to dry out and for my electrician to put a power supply in for me, but at least I feel that I’m nearly there.  I’ve been accepted by Handmade at Amazon for selling my quilts, so I’ve plenty of quilting waiting for Minnie!

Don’t forget to take a look at my 12% discount sale (on orders over £5).

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Comments

  1. Carole Groom says:

    Hi Rose, it’s a great looking quilt and the fabrics you’ve chosen are great together. Hope you enjoy your new shed and quilting machine. Have fun. Please keep the patterns coming.

    • Thanks, Carole. I was pleased with the way the colours went together. Aren’t we lucky to have such lovely fabrics available for us to use.

  2. Perfect for this time of year.

  3. The first thing I said when I saw your quilt was “oh wow, what a strikingly beautiful quilt!” You couldn’t have chosen better colors and I love it.

    I was wondering about Minnie and your working in the shed in the winter time. Will you be using a space heater to keep you warm? Good luck with Amazon. Will you be able to sell your quilts before Christmas?

    • Thanks, Claire – you always come up with such lovely positive comments! yes, I’ll definitely need a heater in my quilting shed. My first priority is to get some power there, but my electrician hasn’t returned my call yet. Then carpet, and then I get put Minnie back together – I just hope that I can remember how to do that.

  4. Lesley (Cyprus) says:

    The colours on this is just fabulous Rose and love the pattern. Amazon should be pleased to have you on their books hope all goes well in that department

    • Thanks, Lesley. Glad you like the quilt. Even after Amazon had accepted me, it took ages to complete all the forms and then list a couple of quilts. I guess I’m better at making quilts than I am at filling in forms!

  5. So happy for you, I know you and Minnie will have many happy hours together.

  6. Rose, What a beautiful quilt. Thank you!
    It’s great that Minnie is nearly ready to be rehoused.
    Congratulations! on being accepted by handmade. I hope it will be
    a very successful venture.

  7. Sarah Burnett says:

    I really like this quilt and can’t wait to try it

  8. Hi Rose,
    Love this quilt. The colours you’ve used made it look a bit like a stained glass window. Glad your shed is up. You must be getting excited to get quilting?
    Thanks for your weekly emails. I love receiving them.
    Kind regards,
    Lisa
    Australia

    • thanks, Lisa. The dark blue is a gorgeous fabric from Fabric Freedom’s Ocean Waves range – as you say it does have the rich colours of stained glass.

  9. Love the color combination and the fact that I can enlarge it by making more blocks. Another great quilt. Thanks Rose.

  10. chris storzbach says:

    I never go shopping on “Black Friday” way too many crazed people out there grabbing at everything. I am spending the day working on Christmas gifts, quilts and table runners. I really like the Good Enough pattern. Going to a quilt retreat after the first of the year and this looks like it would be a perfect time to try this.

    • Hi Chris. I’m inclined to agree with you. I did go into town in the morning because there were a few things that I had to get, but I was in and out quick enough to avoid the crowds. Enjoy your quilt retreat – sounds like a lovely way to recover from Christmas.

  11. Hello Rose, what a gorgeous quilt and wonderful colours. I agree it does has a festive feel to it. I shall try to make this sometime in the new year. I’m trying to finish my ufo’s at the moment. How wonderful to have an exclusive building to host Minnie. Hope your electrician can sort you out soon with lighting and heating. Enjoy and thank you for all the lovely quilt patterns and step by step instructions you send to us.

  12. Lovely quilt block and colours match perfectly I would love to make this quilt thanks for your tutorials

  13. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt and you make it look so easy Thank you for being you with great ideas. Glad Minnie will be up and running soon. The shed looks cute and Congrats on being accepted by Handmade Good Luck. Happy Quilting
    Sandra

    • Thanks, Sandra. It is an easy quilt to make – just needs concentration to keep all the half square triangles correctly positioned!

  14. Hi Rose love the quilt design with these colours- one day I will get round to making one of them😀. Another two UFO’s finished- on to the next one 😝😘. Have a great weekend. 😌

  15. What a lovely bright quilt! Hope you and your long arm have a great, productive time in your shed. I looked at the picture and remembered that before I moved I had a shed too- and a garden, but I actually enjoy my present apartment even more…….You are invited to visit me here!
    Best wishes
    Fay

    • Hi Fay. I’ve downsized already to move here, and I suppose there may come a time when I’ll downsize again to an apartment. Glad you’re happy in yours – I may just take you up on the invitation one day!

  16. Hilary Adams says:

    hope you have settled in to your new home. very exciting to have you’re own quilting hideaway xxx

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