The geometric quilt is completely different from my norm – both the design and the colour choices. A long time ago I saw a modern quilt in black, grey and yellow and I thought then how well those colours went together. For this quilt I needed a fourth colour so I added red as one that would go well with the other three fabrics. I can see this quilt being a great choice for a student – or a man.
The quilt measures 58″ square, using nine 18″ square quilt blocks. I have used 1/2 yard of yellow fabric, 3/4 yard each of red and black with 2 yards of grey fabric. You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the geometric quilt
1.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ strips: seventy two red, one hundred and forty four grey – but see below for how these can be strip pieced
2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ strips: thirty six yellow, seventy two grey – these can also be strip pieced
3.1/2″ squares: thirty six red, thirty six grey
2.1/2″ squares: twenty seven black, eighteen grey
2.7/8″ squares: eighteen black, eighteen grey
For the border you will need six 2.1/2″ strips of black fabric cut across the width of fabric
Make the half square triangles
Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a black and a grey 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.
Press the seam allowances towards the black and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Make the striped units
Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of grey, yellow, grey to make one long panel which is 6.1/2″ wide. Press and cut this panel at 6.1/2″ intervals to make squares. You need thirty six of these.
Sew together 1.1/2″ strips of grey, red, grey to make one long panel which is 3.1/2″ wide. Press and cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals to make squares. You need seventy two of these.
Lay out the geometric quilt block
The central area of this block is a nine patch unit made using three black squares, two grey squares and four half square triangle units. The black squares follow one diagonal, with the two grey squares in the remaining two corners. The half square triangles fill the rest of the spaces, placed so that the black triangles form the large black diagonal. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
On each edge of this central square place a large striped unit. Note that two of these are placed with the stripes horizontal while in the other two the stripes are vertical. Overall, the yellow strips form a partial square around the central square.
Now add the corner units. Two of these are made with two red 3.1/2″ squares and two small striped units. The other two corners are made with two grey squares and two small striped units. The red squares follow the top left to bottom right diagonal while the grey squares follow the bottom left to top right diagonal. The small striped units are placed with one horizontal and one vertical in each corner, so that the red stripes appear to surround the corner square.
Complete the quilt block
Sew together the units within each corner unit first: sew the pieces together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other. When the corner units are complete, you’ll see that the patches are now all the same size (6.1/2″ square) and can be sewn together in three rows of three.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You need to make nine of these.
Assemble the geometric quilt
The blocks are sewn together in three rows of three.
Rows 1 and 3 are the same as each other. The easiest way to see how to rotate the blocks is to concentrate on the black shapes in the middle of the block. These are rotated to form a zigzag, with the black beginning in the top left in the first block, then going up to the top right and then back down to bottom right in the third block.
In row 2 the zigzag is in the opposite direction, beginning at bottom left and going up to top right, then down to bottom right and finally up to top right in the third block.
Sew the blocks to each other across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of black. You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.
That completes the geometric 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:
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