The Vegetable Patch quilt is one that I designed for Fabric Freedom to showcase that range of their fabrics. It’s a delightful range, with quirky designs on fresh and modern colours. There are three colour options and I’m showing you the instructions for the blue quilt here, but offering the kits in both blue or red for this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the vegetable patch quilt
Rabbit fabric: nine 6.1/2″ squares, sixteen 2.1/2″ squares
Daisy fabric: six 6.7/8″ squares, two 7.1/4″ squares
Cloud fabric: two 6.7/8″ squares, one 7.1/4″ square, two 2.1/2″ lengths of 38.1/2″, two 2.1/2″ lengths of 42.1/2″
Nestbox fabric: four 6.7/8″ squares, one 7.1/4″ square
Checked fabric: forty rectangles 2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″
Making the vegetable patch quilt
Make half square triangles with the 6.7/8″ squares. Place a daisy square right sides together with either a cloud or a nestbox 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.
In order to make the quarter square triangle units, cut all the 7.1/4″ squares along both diagonals to make four triangles from each square.
Place two daisy triangles together with a nestbox and a cloud triangle to form a square. Note that the two daisy triangles are opposite each other and the nestbox and cloud triangles are opposite each other.
Sew the triangles together in pairs and then sew the pairs together. You need four of these.
Assembling the vegetable patch quilt
I’m showing you the layout here without the sashing because I think it’s clearer for you to see how the squares are arranged – and also because they fit on my display board better.
There’s a rabbit fabric square in each corner and five of them arranged in a cross in the middle of the quilt. The quarter square triangles are placed in the middle of each edge, with the nestbox triangle always on the outside edge of the quilt. The four daisy/cloud half square triangles are placed around the central cross with the cloud triangle nearest the cross. There are two daisy/nestbox half square triangles along each edge. These are placed so that the nestbox triangle is on the outside.
Add the sashing strips to the layout before you begin to sew everything together. There are four sashing strips in the checked fabric between each pair of squares. There are no sashing strips at either end of the rows.
Sew the squares and sashing strips together across each row.
I have a confession to make here – because I’d laid the rows out as you see in the photos, I happily began to sew the rows to each other without any sashing between the rows. What a lot of unpicking I had to do!
So, don’t forget the sashing between the rows! These are made using five sashing strips with four cornerstone squares in rabbit fabric. You need to make four of these rows so that you can sew one between each row, but not at the top above row one or at the bottom below row five.
You now have nine rows including the sashing rows. Sew the rows to each other, taking care to match the cornerstone squares in the sashing rows with the sashing strips above and below them.
Finally for the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of the cloud fabric. Sew the 38.1/2″ lengths to the top and bottom and the 42.1/2″ lengths to the sides.
That completes the vegetable patch quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Unusually for me, I have already completed the quilting (many times!). I have left the marker lines in so that you can see more clearly what I have done. I was trying to emphasis the overall design by following the diamonds created within the design. In the central square I marked the midpoint of each edge of the square and then joined these points to make a diamond shape. I quilted this with two lines of straight line quilting about 1/4″ to 1/2″ apart.
I continued this theme by putting double lines of quilting to follow first the cloud diamond and then the daisy diamond. Finally I quilted double lines across the corner squares. You may prefer a different quilting design altogether, but that’s the one that I chose – it’s simple to do and helps the quilt design.
Last week I complained about the weather and this week the weather has been stunning – it’s been a real delight to get out in the garden and feel the warmth!
Here’s the video: