Don’t laugh, but the sock pattern quilt this week comes to you courtesy of a pair of socks that I fell in love with earlier this week. I’ve made the quilt a little larger than the socks (74″ by 51″) but it’s one of those quilts that you can make smaller or larger fairly easily. It’s made in rows using quilt blocks of different sizes from row to row, but they are always the same size within a row.
It reminds me slightly of the Arran sweaters that my mother used to knit for my father when I was a child – although in totally different colours.
I’ve used 1/2 yard each of the blue, pink and purple batik fabrics with 3/4 yard of white and 2.3/4 yards of black fabric. I did wonder whether to use a solid black, but now that the quilt is finished I am glad that I used a patterned black. I think that it softens the design. As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a reduced price in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the sock pattern quilt
I have listed the 2.1/2″ squares here, but in fact I saved time by cutting rectangles as I made the blocks: a 4.1/2″ strip for two squares, a 6.1/2″ strip for three squares, an 8.1/2″ strip for four squares.
Blue block: one hundred and twelve black 2.1/2″ squares, thirty two blue 2.1/2″ squares, twenty four each 2.7/8″ squares in both blue and black
Pink block: one hundred and ninety two 2.1/2″ black squares, sisty four 2.1/2″ squares
Purple block: forty eight 2.1/2″ squares in both black and purple, sixteen 2.7/8″ squares in both black and purple
For the sashing you will need five 1.1/2″ strips of white 64.1/2″ long
For the black borders you will need in 2.1/2″ lengths of black: two @64.1/2″, two @ 45.1/2″, two @ 70.1/2″ and two @ 51.1/2″ long
For the white border you will need in 1.1/2″ strips of white: two@ 68.1/2″, two at 47.1/2″ long
Sock pattern quilt – the blue blocks
Make half square triangle units using the 2.7/8″ squares: place a black square and a blue 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 give you two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares. You will also need to make these for the purple block.
Lay the squares out in six rows. As I mentioned above, instead of using squares all the time, I have used a 16.1/2″ black strip at the top and bottom, 4.1/2″ black strips in the second and fifth rows and 4.1/2″ blue strips in the second and fifth rows. This saves time when you’re sewing everything together. Take care with the half square triangles to be sure that you have them correctly placed.
Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. The block measures 16.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ now and you need to make four of these.
Sock pattern quilt – the pink blocks
This is a very quick block to make. In the first row I’ve used 6.1/2″ black strips with a 4.1/2″ pink strip. In the second row I’ve used three 4.1/2″ black strips. In the third row I’ve used an 8.1/2″ black strip and in the fourth row I’ve used a 12.1/2″ black strip.
Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the block. The block measures 16.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ and you need to make eight of these.
Sock pattern quilt – the purple blocks
Make half square triangle units as above with all the 2.7/8″ squares.
In the first row I have used a 12.1/2″ purple strip. In the second row I have used an 8.1/2″ black strip. In the third row I’ve used 4.1/2″ strips of both black and purple and in the fourth row I’ve used 6.1/2″ black strips. There are two half square triangles in each row, placed so that the purple forms a large triangle, with a smaller black triangle on either side.
The block measures 16.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ and you will need to make four of these.
Assembling the sock pattern quilt
Sew the blocks together in rows of four – one row of four blue blocks, one row of four purple blocks and two rows of four pink blocks.
Sew the rows together using the 1.1/2″ white sashing strips. Begin with a sashing strip, then a pink row with the triangles pointing up, then a sashing strip then the blue row then another sashing strip.
Continue with the purple row (triangles pointing down), then another sashing strip, the final pink row (triangles pointing down) and a final sashing strip – you should have used five sashing strips.
Sock pattern quilt borders
I’ve used three borders for this quilt. The first border is made with 2.1/2″ black strips, the second with 1.1/2″ white strips and for the third border I returned to the 2.1/2″ black strips. The lengths are given above in the cutting requirements.
That completes the sock pattern quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. You can find full details of these steps in the beginner quilting section.
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An astonishing but heart warming thing happened last week. A lady bought my window cat quilt and then asked me not to send it to her but instead to donate it to a child who would enjoy it. Thank you, Gema – you are a kind and generous lady.