I’ve made the Lightning Strike quilt pattern using several variations of a very simple block. By adding an extra colour in, I ended up with something that looked like lightning – or curvy bits, but I thought that lightning strike quilt had more of a ring to it. The quilt measures 64″ square and I have used 1.1/2 yards each of blue and red, 1.3/4 yards of white and 1/2 yard of yellow. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
For the quilt I have used sixteen blocks which are all 15″ square finished size.
Cutting requirements for the lightning strike quilt
6.7/8″ squares: thirty two blue, twenty four white, eight yellow
3.1/2″ squares: eighty red, sixty four white – but read the full pattern before you cut these, as you can use strip piecing
Techniques used in all the blocks
Make half square triangles with the 6.7/8″ squares. Place a blue square with either a white or a yellow square 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 6.1/2″ squares.. Trim the two corners where fabric sticks out. You need to make these in both blue and white and in blue and yellow.
For the red and white squares I have used some strip piecing. Sew together a 3.1/2″ white strip and a 3.1/2″ red strip. Press and cut along the strips at 3.1/2″ intervals to make pairs of 3.1/2″ squares.
First quilt block
Lay the squares out in three rows of three. There’s a blue/white half square triangle unit in each corner. Between these there are red/white pairs of squares and there’s a red square in the middle.
These form three rows. Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block. You need to make eight of these.
Second quilt block
This is broadly the same as the first block, but I have changed the colours, replacing two of the blue/white half square triangle units with two blue/yellow half square triangles. Apart from that the layout is the same as for the first block. Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. You will need to make four of these.
Third quilt block
For this block the squares used are the same as above in the second block, but this time the half square triangles are placed differently so that the blue is nearest the middle and the yellow and white triangles form the corners of the block.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. You will need to make four of these.
Assembling the lightning strike quilt
The blocks are sewn together in four rows of four. Rows one and four are the same as each other – four of the basic quilt block sewn together in a row. These are placed so that the blue triangles are at top and bottom of the block – as opposed to on the sides.
Rows two and three are made with blocks containing yellow.
The first block is quilt block 2 with the yellow triangles on the right. The second block is quilt block 3 with the yellow triangles on the right.
The third block of rows 2 and 3 is quilt block 3 with the yellow on the right hand side and quilt block 2 with the yellow on the left hand side.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides. Apologies for the colour showing in the photo – it was actually the same red as I had used within the quilt.
That completes the lightning strike 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:
As I mentioned last week, I have had builders in this week refitting my kitchen. Who would have thought that refitting one room would have let to such chaos in every single room in the house. I can’t quite work out how it’s happened! At times this week I have been without water or without electricity or heating. I just keep telling myself that it will be worth it when it’s finished! Till then I must put up with drills and things filling my kitchen while plates and saucepans fill my sewing room!