I’ve made the cactus pot quilt using two different colours for the block and some large white squares. I feel that this gives a great feeling of space and freshness.
All the blocks are 12″ square finished size. The quilt measures 78″ square and I have used 3.3/4 yards of white, 1.7/8 yards of purple, 1.1/4 yards of lilac with 1/4 yard of green fabric. You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the cactus pot quilt
3.1/2″ squares: one hundred and forty white
3.7/8″ squares: forty eight each in lilac and white, eight each in green and white, twenty eight each in purple and white
6.7/8″ squares: twelve each in purple and lilac, two each in purple and green
12.1/2″ squares: eight white
For the border you will need eight 3.1/2″ purple strips cut across the width of fabric
Make the half square triangle units
Use the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour pairings listed above for the small half square triangle units. Place a white square with either a lilac, green or purple square right sides together. Mark a line along one 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 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.
Repeat with the 6.7/8″ squares which will give you 6.1/2″ squares.
Make the cactus pot quilt blocks
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. Place a large half square triangle in the middle. There are two lilac/white half square triangles above the central square and on the left hand edge. On the right hand side and beneath the central square place a white square and a purple/white half square triangle. The four corners are all white squares.
Look for the larger shapes. Note that the two lilac triangles around the top corner form a butterfly shape. In the bottom corner the white square with two white triangles form a larger white triangle.
Sew the squares together across the top and bottom rows. For the middle two rows you need to sew the two small squares together first and then sew them to the central square. Sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You need to make twenty four of this version of the block.
Make the alternate version of the block
Lay the squares out exactly the same as for the block above, but swap the lilac shapes for green.
Make the block in exactly the same way. You need to make four of this version of the block.
Assemble the cactus pot quilt
Lay the blocks out in six rows of six.
Row one is made with a green cactus at each end, two lilac blocks in the middle with a 12.1/2″ white square between the lilac and the green blocks. Check the rotation of the blocks from the photos.
In row two there’s a white square at each end enclosing four lilac cactus blocks. Again check the rotation of the blocks in the photo.
For row three you will need six lilac cactus blocks. Check the photo to be sure you have all the blocks facing the correct way.
Row four is very similar to row three, but with different rotations of the blocks. There are again six lilac blocks.
In row five the blocks are the same as in row two, but with the blocks facing in different ways.
Finally in row six you have the same blocks as row one, but this time the cactus in each block is facing downwards, two of them towards the left and two towards the right.
Add the quilt border
For the border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of purple fabric. Piece together two 72.1/2″ strips for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two 78.1/2″ lengths for the sides of the quilt.
That completes the cactus pot 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.
Here’s the video:
Last week, as you know I went to the V&A Museum to see some rather spectacular embroidery – as well as lots of other fascinating things. The exhibition was called Opus Anglicanum. I had a wonderful afternoon there and you can see some photos here.