The Alicante quilt pattern is based on a mosaic tile design that I saw on my recent trip to Alicante – the pathway looked as though it was rippled although it was actually completely flat. The design is a bit like chevrons, but more rounded to give a wave effect.
I have made the quilt using eighteen blocks which are 20″ by 12″ finished size, giving a finished quilt size of 64″ by 76″ and using 2 yards of cream, 1.3/4 yards of red and 1.1/4 yards of brown fabric.
You can buy these fabrics at a 10% reduction in this week’s special offer. I am also holding a birthday sale (I turned 62 yesterday!). I checked back to see what I gave last year on my birthday and it was 16% off for purchases over £5, so I am doing the same again for this year’s birthday sale. I’ve just taken delivery of some gorgeous Kona Bay fabrics.
Cutting requirements for the Alicante quilt
The photo shows the mosaic design that inspired the quilt.
2.1/2″ squares: forty five red, forty five brown, seventy two cream
2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles: ninety cream, twenty seven red, twenty seven brown
2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: seventy two cream, twenty seven red, twenty seven brown
2.7/8″ squares: sixty three red, sixty three brown, one hundred and twenty six cream
For the border you will need seven 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric cut across the width of fabric
Making the Alicante quilt blocks
Make half square triangle units with all the 2.7/8″ squares. Place a cream square with either a red or a brown square, 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 which are now 2.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in six rows of ten for each block. I have actually used rectangles in place of multiple squares to save time on the sewing. A 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle is equivalent to two 2.1/2″ squares and a 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangle is equivalent to three 2.1/2″ squares.
So the first row is made with a 6.1/2″ cream rectangle at each end and a 4.1/2″ brown rectangle in the middle with a half square triangle either side of it.
The second row is made with a 4.1/2″ cream strip at each end, a 6.1/2″ brown strip with a 2.1/2″ brown square in the middle, again with a half square triangle on either side.
The third row is made with a cream square at each end, two 6.1/2″ brown strips in the middle with a half square triangle on each side.
The fourth row has a cream square at each end with a 4.1/2″ brown strip inside of them, then a half square triangle at each side of a 4.1/2″ cream strip.
The fifth row has a half square triangle at each end, then a brown square followed by another half square triangle and two 4.1/2″ cream strips in the middle.
The sixth and final row has a brown square at each end followed by a half square triangle, with two 6.1/2″ cream strips in the middle.
Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. Make nine of these and then make nine more exactly the same but substituting red fabric for brown.
Assembling the Alicante quilt
Sew the blocks together in six rows of three, using the same colour across each row – three rows of brown blocks and three rows of red blocks, alternating the colours row by row.
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 76.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the Alicante quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.
If you’d like to see more photos and thoughts from my trip to Alicante last week, you can see them here.
Don’t forget the fabric sale which will last until next Thursday 19th May.
Here’s the video: