Tippecanoe Quilt – Free Pattern

Tippecanoe quilt

Tippecanoe quilt

The Tippecanoe quilt is a little different from my usual in that you need  to use templates, but it is still a very easy quilt to make.  It seems that the tippecanoe quilt block is named for an 1811 battle in Indiana, America.

I have made the quilt 40″ square – a decent size for a lap quilt pattern.  I used thirty six blocks, all 6″ square finished size.  The fabric requirements are 1/4 yard each of yellow and medium blue, 1/2 yard each of brown and light blue, with 3/4 yard of dark blue.

You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed blocks

Completed blocks

Cutting requirements for the Tippecanoe quilt

6.1/2″ squares:  eight light blue, six medium blue and six dark blue

tippecanoe templates:  sixteen of each template

For the border you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue across the width of fabric.

First template

Second template

I apologise for the two templates being separate, but I couldn’t work out how to make them into one document.

Print and cut out the templates

Print and cut out the templates

Cut the patchwork pieces

You can print the templates here and here.  The dark line is the sewing line and the outer dotted line is the cutting line.  I find it best to label each template with the fabric colour as well, just to avoid confusion as you cut the pieces.

Cut the yellow triangles

Cut the yellow triangles

From the yellow fabric cut 7.3/8″ strips of fabric across the width.  Lay the template on the fabric with the base of the triangle in line with the edge of the fabric.  Make two cuts for the sides of the triangle and then you just need to clip the corners.

If you line the base of the triangle with first the bottom and then the top of the fabric you can cut the maximum number of triangles from each strip of fabric.

Cut the large brown triangles

Cut the large brown triangles

For the brown large triangles use 3.5/8″ strips of brown fabric.  If you cut your templates from fabric folded in half, as it comes from the shop, you’ll find that you get both triangles from one template.

Cut the small triangles

Cut the small triangles

Finally for the small brown triangle I used 3.7/8″ strips of brown fabric because that’s what EQ7 suggested.  I think that I could probably have cut them from the same 3.5/8″ strips that I used for the larger triangles.

You need to cut sixteen of each template piece.

Add the small triangle

Add the small triangle

Make the tippecanoe quilt block

Sew the small triangle to the base of the yellow triangle.  Press with the seam alllowance away from the yellow.

Add the side triangles

Add the side triangles

Add the side triangles one at a time, pressing the first triangle open before adding the second.  The progression in the photo goes down the left hand side and then down the right hand side.

Trim the edges to straighten the sides.  The block now measures 6.1/2″ square and you need to make sixteen of these.

Cut 6.1/2″ squares of light, medium and dark blue.  You need eight light blue, six medium blue and six dark blue.

Row one

Row one

Assemble the tippecanoe quilt

Sew the blocks together in six rows of six.  Make the first row with a pair of tippecanoe blocks in the middle and one at each end.  Place light blue squares in the remaining two spaces.  Note the direction of the yellow triangles.  At each end of the row they point towards the corner of the quilt.  In the middle the first yellow triangle points to bottom left while the second one points to top right.

Row two

Row two

Rows two and five are both made with blue squares only.  Make row 2 with light, dark medium, dark, medium, light blue squares.  The layout for row five is slightly different:  light, medium dark, medium, dark light.

The idea is for the medium and dark blue squares to alternate around the central section.

Row three

Row three

Rows three and four contain the same blocks as each other.  In row three place a tippecanoe block at each end and two in the middle.  The yellow triangles point to top left in the first, third and sixth blocks.  In the fourth block it points to top right.  Place a medium blue square in second position and dark blue in the fifth.

Row four

Row four

Last three rows

Lay the same blocks out for the fourth row.  This time the yellow triangles point to bottom right in the first, fourth and sixth positions.  The triangle in the third position points to bottom left.  Place the dark blue square in the second position and the medium blue in fifth position.

Row six

Row six

Row six contains the same blocks as row one but the yellow triangles are placed in different directions.  At each end they point down towards the corners of the quilt.  In the middle pair the yellow triangle points first to bottom left and then to top right.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Finish the quilt

Sew the blocks together in rows and then sew the rows to each other.

For the border I’ve used 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue.  You need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Tippecanoe 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:

Quilting on Minnie

Quilting on Minnie

Last week I mentioned that I had finally sorted out Minnie, my longarm quilting machine.  Well, I’ve begun quilting the Plaid quilt on her.  I can’t tell you how good it felt to finally get going.  Naturally, I was also hugely relieved that it went so well.

I had been very nervous that after the move I might have some of the problems with tension (mine and hers!) that I’d had when I first bought her, but it all went really smoothly.

I had picked up some pretty tartan fabric in the rag market and I’m using that for the backing.  It’s brushed cotton so it should make the quilt feel nice and warm to curl up in.

Anniversary Dog Quilt – Free Pattern

Anniversary dog quilt

Anniversary dog quilt

I’ve named the Anniversary Dog quilt after two totally different things.  The first is that the design comes from a wall in a restaurant that I went to in London last weekend.  I had been to watch the Anniversary Games held in the Olympic Stadium (more about that at the end of the page).  The second totally separate reason for the name is that I’ve used all the fabrics from a new range of dog fabrics that I have just bought.

The quilt is rectangular, measuring 49″ by 64″.  I’ve used twelve blocks which are all 15″ square finished size.  The fabric requirement is for 3/4 yard of each of five different fabrics with just 1/4 yard of light blue.  I’ve tried to call the fabrics in shades of blue rather than just the pattern on the fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements for the Anniversary Dog quilt

Light blue fabric (dog breeds):  thirty six 3.1/2″ squares

Medium blue fabric (words):  twelve 6.1/2″ squares, twelve 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles

Dark blue fabric (bones):  twenty four 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles

The wall that inspired the quilt design

The wall that inspired the quilt design

White fabric (dog silhouettes):  twelve 6.1/2″ squares, twelve 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, twelve 3.1/2″ squares

Red fabric:  twelve 15.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles

For the border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ strips of a sixth fabric across the width of fabric.

The block is most easily made in two completely separate halves

Make the top half of the block

Top half of the block

Top half of the block

Begin with a 6.1/2″ medium blue square on the left.  Next to this place a white rectangle and a light blue square with a light blue square and a dark blue rectangle beneath them.

Sew the pieces across the two right hand rows and then sew the two rows to each other.  Sew this section to the square on the left.

It’s an incredibly simple design, but it just struck me as  delightful when I saw it on the wall.

Make the lower half of the block

Lower half of the block

Lower half of the block

This is very similar to the top half, but place the large 6.1/2″ square on the right this time.  Working from the left, place a light blue square and a dark blue rectangle with a medium blue rectangle and light blue square beneath them.  Place a large white square on the right.

Once again sew the rectangles to the small squares and then sew these two rows to each other.  Sew this panel to the white square on the right.

Completing the block

Add red sashing

Add red sashing

I had intended to sew these two sections of the block together to make a rectangular block, but when I put several of them together they just looked a muddle.  So I decided to add a red strip across the middle between the two sections.  I felt that this would help me give some structure to the quilt design.

It also makes the block square, although that was not my primary objective.

Sew a red sashing strip between the top and lower half of the block.

The block now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make twelve of these.

Row one

Row one

Assemble the anniversary dog quilt

Sew the blocks together in four rows of three blocks.

In the first row the red stripes are all vertical.  I’m using the red stripes and the medium blue large squares to define how to place each block.  The blue squares are placed bottom left, bottom left and then top right.

Row two

Row two

For the second row, the red stripes are vertical then horizontal then vertical again.

Place the medium blue squares bottom left, bottom right and then top right.

Row three

Row three

In row three the red stripes are again vertical then horizontal and then vertical.  Place the medium blue squares bottom left, top left and then top right.

Row four

Row four

Finally for row four place the red stripes all vertically.  The medium blue squares lie bottom left, top right and top right.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border you will need to sew two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the anniversary dog 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:

The Monument in London

The Monument in London

The Anniversary Games are held each year in the former Olympic Stadium in London.  Last weekend was the first time that I had visited the Stadium and it was a real treat to see some of the great stars of athletics in action.  Mo Farah is retiring this year so it was a privilege to see him running.

We also had time for some sightseeing and went to see the Monument which commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666.  The tower was built a few years later to celebrate the re building of London and it still dominates the area even all these centuries later.

Plaid Quilt – Free Pattern Beginner Quilting

Plaid quilt

Plaid quilt

The Plaid quilt block is somewhat unusual looking – it has dark blue strips on two sides only so looks a bit lop sided.  However it makes an interesting quilt because you can rotate the blocks and make quite a difference.  The curtains that I made recently had blue squares and I felt that this quilt would match the room perfectly.

In case you haven’t come across the word before, plaid is another name for tartan.  The block is super easy to make – not a triangle to be seen.

The quilt measures 76″ square using sixteen blocks which are all 18″ square finished size.  I needed 2.1/4 yards of dark blue, 2 yards of light blue, 1.1/4 yards of medium blue together with 3/4 yard of red fabric.  Unfortunately I used up all my dark blue batik fabric so I can’t offer these fabrics as a special this week.




Completed plaid quilt block

Completed plaid quilt block

Cutting requirements for the plaid quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  one hundred and twenty eight medium blue, sixteen light blue, sixty four dark blue

9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  sixty four light blue

15.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen dark blue

18.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  sixteen dark blue

For the border you will need to cut eight 2.1/2″ lengths of red fabric across the width.

Make the nine patch unit

Make 9 patch blocks

Make 9 patch blocks

The simplest way to make the nine patch unit in the middle of the block is by using strip piecing.  Sew together 3.1/2″ strips of fabric along the length:  one panel of medium, dark, medium blue and another panel of dark, light, dark blue.

Cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals.  This produces rectangles 9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″, each one made of three squares.  Lay down two of the medium, dark, medium rectangles with a dark, light, dark rectangle between them, as shown on the right of the photo.

Sew the three rectangles to each other to create a 9.1/2″ squares.  You need to make sixteen of these.

Add the first frame

Add the first frame

Make the rest of the block

On each edge of the nine patch unit place a 9.1/2″ light blue rectangle.  Lay a medium blue square in each corner.  Sew these pieces together in three columns and then sew the columns to each other.

Add the dark blue strips

Add the dark blue strips

Now it just remains to add a 15.1/2″ dark blue rectangle across the top and then an 18.1/2″ dark blue rectangle down the left side of the block.

The block now measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make sixteen of these.

Rows one and two

Rows one and two

Assemble the plaid quilt

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four.  Concentrate on the dark blue outer strips when laying out the blocks.  In row one the dark blue runs on the left and across the top of the block.  In the second block the dark blue runs across the bottom and up the right side.  This is reversed in the third block where the dark blue runs down the left and then across the bottom.  Finally the fourth block has dark blue on the top and down the right.

In row two the first two blocks have the dark blue across the top and down the left.  The second two blocks have the dark blue across the top and down the right.

Rows three and four

Rows three and four

In row three the dark blue forms an L shape in the first two blocks. The second two blocks have a back to front L instead.

In row four the dark blue runs down the left and across the bottom, then across the top and down the right in the second block.  For the third block the dark blue runs across the top and down the left.  The fourth block has the dark blue running across the bottom and up the right.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete this section.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the plaid quilt border

Use 2.1/2″ strips of red to make the border.  I decided to introduce an extra colour for the border as I thought it would give a bit of pop to the quilt.  You’ll need two lengths of 72.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 76.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the plaid 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:

Birmingham bear

Birmingham bear

The Bears have come to town!  Two years ago, when I moved to Birmingham, the city was full of owl sculptures.

Birmingham owl

Birmingham owl

They were all decorated in totally different ways and at the end of the summer they were auctioned off and raised huge amounts of money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  They resulted in my Owl and Pussycat quilt pattern.

This year the whole thing is being repeated but with over 100 bears.  The first few are on display already and I saw my first one yesterday.  Needless to say, there will be a teddy bear quilt pattern arriving some time soon!

Trip Around the World Quilt Pattern

Trip around the world quilt

Trip around the world quilt

My Trip Around the World quilt is a very simple rectangular quilt.  I have made one before but I’ve had several queries on the pattern recently so I decided that the instructions obviously weren’t as clear as they should be.  I hope that this quilt pattern will remedy that! Plus I feel that this is a much more beautiful quilt.

For this trip around the world quilt I have used bands of colour going from light to dark, slightly larger squares and made a much larger quilt.  I hope that the instructions are also much more clear!  This quilt is made in four quarters which are then joined together with a further strip of squares.

The quilt measures 52.1/2″ by 72.1/2″, using 1/2 yard each of yellow, dark yellow, orange and red fabrics with 1 yard of purple and 1.1/2 yards of white fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the trip around the world quilt

Cut four 3″ strips across the width of fabric in each of the six fabrics.

For the borders you will need a further eleven 3″ strips of white and six 3″ strips of purple fabric.

Please note that all these strips are 3″ cut size, giving 2.1/2″ finished size.

Sew 6 strips of fabric into panels

Sew 6 strips of fabric into panels

Make the tubes of fabric

Sew one strip of each fabric together in a panel fading from dark to light.  Make four of these.  Cut these panels in half so that you have eight panels – each one 15.1/2″ by roughly 21″.

Press the seam allowances in alternate directions

Press the seam allowances in alternate directions

Press the seam allowances in alternate directions across each panel.  In the photo you can see that alternate seam allowances point up while the others point down.  This means that you can nest the seam allowances together when you sew strips to each other.  It makes for a much neater quilt.

Create a tube of fabric

Create a tube of fabric

Place two panels with right sides together, making sure that the purple strip of one panel lies against the white of the other panel.  Sew a seam across the top and the bottom of each pair of panels, joining the white and purple strips to each other at top and at bottom only.

This will create a tube of fabric about 21″ long and containing twelve strips of fabric.  These tubes are open at each end.

Cut the tubes into loops

Cut the tubes into loops

Cut the strips of fabric

Now you need to cut each tube of fabric at 3″ intervals.  This creates individual loops which are 3″ wide and contain twelve squares.  You need to cut seven loops from each tube.  Each quarter of the quilt is made with six loops and the remaining four loops make sashing to join the quarters together.

Unpick one seam to create a strip

Unpick one seam to create a strip

First quarter of the trip around the world quilt

For this section I have begun the layout from the right hand side and worked towards the left.  I wanted to be sure that the middle of the quilt looked as I wanted it to.  Make each strip by unpicking the seam between two of the squares.

For the first strip (right hand side) unpick the seam between light yellow and white.  Place this strip with yellow at the bottom and white at the top.  In this quarter I want the colours to move downwards from top right to bottom left.  So in the second strip unpick the seam between dark yellow and light yellow.  Place the strip with dark yellow at the bottom.    The third strip needs to have orange at the bottom, so unpick the seam between orange and red.  Continue with the rest of the six strips.  Always hold the tube against the strip next to it to check that the colours are moving correctly before you unpick the seam.

Sew the six strips to each other to complete the first quarter of the trip around the world quilt.  Make two of these.  One will form the top left quarter of the quilt and the other will form the bottom right section.

Second quarter

Second quarter

Make the second quarter

In this quarter I have placed the strips from left to right, so that again I am moving from the middle towards the edge.  The photo shows the completed first quarter on the left and then the first strips of the second quarter on the left.

Begin with a strip that has light yellow at the bottom.  Yes, this is the same as the nearest strip of the first quarter!  The idea now is that the colours move down from top left to bottom right, so you have the same strips but placed in the reverse order.  Unpick the second strip of this quarter so that dark yellow is at the bottom, then orange and continue with red, purple and white to mirror the first quarter.

Sew the strips to each other to complete the second quarter.  Make two of these.  They will form the top left and bottom right sections of the quilt.

Place sashing vertically between the sections

Place sashing vertically between the sections

Assemble the trip around the world quilt

Lay the four quarters out as shown.  The first panels are diagonally opposite each other, as are the second panels.  Rotate them so that the light yellow squares are always in the middle.

You should have four loops left over.  Place one of these between the top two sections.  Unpick the seam between white and purple so that the white square is at the bottom, between the two light yellow squares.  Repeat with another strip between the bottom two sections.

Sew the panels together across each half of the quilt.

Add the horizontal sashing

Add the horizontal sashing

Add the sashing between the half sections

You now have two half sections of the quilt.  Each one of these measures 30.1/2″ long by 33″ wide.  Now you need to make the sashing to join the two halves together.

Take the remaining two loops and place them between the two sections.  Unpick the seam of the left hand loop between purple and red so that the purple square will be the centre of the row.  You need seven squares only, so also unpick the seam after the next purple square so that the strip will run from purple to purple.  The leftover squares will be used in the second border.

Unpick the other loop between purple and white so that you can place a white square next to the purple of the first strip.  You need six squares only so unpick the other end after the purple.

Sew the halves together

Sew the halves together

Sew the two sections of the sashing together to create one strip and then sew the halves of the quilt to the sashing.  Your quilt top should now measure 32.1/2″ by 62.1/2″.

Add the first border

Add the first border

Add the first border

The first border runs down the sides of the quilt only.  Make two strips of white 3″ wide by 62.1/2″ long and sew one to each side of the quilt.

The second border

Use up the leftover squares

Use up the leftover squares

In the second border I wanted to use up the remaining few squares left of the loops.  This border also runs down the sides of the quilt only.  Unpick the seams so that you have two strips running from red to light yellow.

Make four white strips 3″ by 26.1/2″ long.  Sew one on each side of each set of squares.

Pin the squares in place

Pin the squares in place

Attach one to each side of the quilt.

In order to be sure that the squares remained in the middle of the quilt, I pinned them in place first and then smoothed the white to the ends.  The seam between dark yellow and orange should lie half way across the purple square at the middle of the edge of the quilt.

The third border

This border is the first one to run all the way round the quilt.  I wanted to enclose the squares in the second border to make them stand out.  Cut two 3″ lengths of white fabric 62.1/2″ long.  Sew these to the sides of the quilt.  Cut two 3″ lengths of white 49.1/2″ long and sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Add the fourth border

Add the fourth border

The final border of the trip around the world quilt

Finally!  I made the fourth and last border with 3″ strips of purple fabric to give a strong frame to the quilt.  Cut two lengths of 67.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.  Then add two lengths of 54.1/2″ to the top and bottom.

That completes the trip around the world 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:

Rutland Water

Rutland Water

Last week I had lunch with some old friends – obviously by ‘old’ I mean long standing rather than ancient!  They took me to see Rutland Water which was fascinating.  It’s one of the largest man made lakes in Europe and was made by building a dam across the Gwash Valley.  It was only completed in 1975 so is relatively new but the area has been beautifully developed as a nature reserve and water sports centre.

There is a track for walking around the lake, but as it’s about 27 miles we didn’t attempt that.

 

Aunt Sukeys Choice Quilt Pattern

Aunt Sukeys choice quilt

Aunt Sukeys choice quilt

I’ve made the Aunt Sukeys Choice quilt using two colour variations of that quilt block and a simple block of squares in the middle of the quilt.  It’s a rectangular quilt, measuring 60″ by 96″, using fifteen blocks which are all 18″ square finished size.  I find that the longer I look at this quilt, the more diamond shapes appear within it.

The fabric required is 1.3/4 yards each of pink and green with 3.1/4 yards of white fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the Aunt Sukeys Choice quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  fifty six white, fifty green, forty six pink

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  fifty six white, sixteen pink, twelve green

3.7/8″ squares:  forty eight each in pink and white, sixty four each in green and white

For the border you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ strips of pink, four 2.1/2″ strips of green and eight 1.1/2″ strips of white – all across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangles

Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the pairings listed above.  Place a white square right sides together with a pink or a green 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 3.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the pink or green and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Aunt Sukeys choice quilt block layout

Aunt Sukeys choice quilt block layout

Make the first Aunt Sukeys choice quilt block

Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  Usually I would show you the central section first for simplicity.  For this block I have used several rectangles in order to save time and I think it will be more clear if I tell you the rows individually.

So the top and bottom rows have a pink square at each end with a white square just inside the corners.  In the middle place two pink/white half square triangles.  These should make a large pink triangle pointing up in the top row but pointing down in the sixth row.  Make rows two and five with a white rectangle at each end and a pair of pink/white half square triangles in the middle.  These should form a large white triangle pointing up in row two but pointing down in row five.

The middle rows – rows three and four – need a pair of pink/white half square triangles at each end and a green rectangle in the middle.  In each row the two red triangles together should form a stripe the same as the ones at the top and bottom of the block.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  This now measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make six of this version.

Layout for second block

Layout for second block

Make the second block

For the second block the layout is exactly the same but with the pink and green reversed.

Sew the squares together in the same way.  This block also measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make eight of this version.

Make the central block

Central block layout

Central block layout

The central block is simply 3.1/2″ pink and green squares alternating across the six rows and down the six columns.

I made pairs of squares first by sewing together 3.1/2″ strips of pink and green and cutting them at 3.1/2″ intervals.  That was purely to save time.  Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  This block is 18.1/2″ square and you need to make only one.

Rows one and five

Rows one and five

Assemble the Aunt Sukeys Choice quilt

Sew the blocks together in five rows of three blocks.  In rows one and five place a block with a red centra at each end and a block with a green centre in the middle of the rows.

Rows two and four

Rows two and four

For rows two and four the blocks are reversed – a green centre at each end and a red centre in the middle of the row.

Central row

Central row

Row three, the central row, obviously contains the squared central block.  Place a block with a red centre on either side of it.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Make squares for the border

Make squares for the border

I wanted something a bit different for the quilt border.

Sew together 2.1/2″ strips of pink or green with 1.1/2″ strips of white fabric.  Cut these at 3.1/2″ intervals to give 3.1/2″ squares.  These are two thirds colour and one third white.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Sew these squares together in strips, alternating both the colour and also whether the white strip is at the top or bottom of the square.  You will need two strips of eighteen squares for the top and bottom of the quilt.

For the sides of the quilt, sew together two strips of thirty squares each.  Add a 3.1/2″ pink square at each end of each of these strips.  These are the cornerstones.  Sew one strip to each side of the quilt top.  I like to think that this border gives the impression of running stitches or weaving around the quilt.

That completes the Aunt Sukeys choice 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:

Kinver cave houses

Kinver cave houses

In my travels last week I went on a wonderful walk in a nearby area called Kinver.  The point of the walk was to climb a hill with spectacular views over the countryside, but at the foot of the hill were several houses that had been built in caves.  They were absolutely fascinating.

Apparently they had been lived in until about fifty years ago.  Unfortunately I couldn’t go inside them that day, but I’ll definitely go back on another day when they are open to the public.  They would probably have been lovely and cool during our recent heatwave!

Tulip Tile Medallion Quilt Pattern

Tulip tile medallion quilt

Tulip tile medallion quilt

I’ve used the Tulip Tile quilt block to make a medallion in the middle of this pretty summery quilt pattern.  The quilt measures 48″ square and I have used 1 yard each of white and green fabrics with 3/4 yard of pink, 1/2 yard of batik and 1/4 yard of dark purple fabric.

You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.  I am also holding a belated sale – I normally hold this particular one in May, but didn’t have time last month.  So you can get 16% off all purchases over £5.  No coupon required – the discount will be taken automatically at the checkout.




Completed tulip tile medallion

Completed tulip tile medallion

Cutting requirements for the tulip tile medallion quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  for the tulip tile quilt medallion you will need twenty four purple, twenty four white, four pink and two green.  For the tulip frame you will need twenty four pink, twenty four batik squares.

3.7/8″ squares:  for the tulip tile quilt medallion you will need one each in pink and white, one each in batik and white, one each in pink and batik, two each in pink and green.  For the tulip frame you will need twenty four each in pink and white.

Cut seven 3.1/2″ strips of green fabric across the width of fabric for the two green frames.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use all the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares 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 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 fabric sticks out.

Strip piece the squares

Strip piece the tiles

Strip piece the tiles

The quickest way to make the tiles around the central tulip is by using strip piecing.  Sew together a 3.1/2″ strip each of purple and white.  Cut this panel at 3.1/2″ intervals.  This gives you rectangles 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ which are pairs of squares.  Using these speeds up the piecing of the central section.

First four rows

First four rows

Make the tulip tile quilt block

This block is made with eight rows of eight squares.  I’ve shown them four rows at a time.

Rows one and two are made with four pairs of purple/white squares.  The first row begins with a purple square while the second row begins with a white square.  In row three there’s a pair of purple/white square at each end.  In the middle there are two pink/white and two batik/white half square triangle units.  The fourth row also has a pair of purple/white squares at each end, but there are two pink squares and two pink/batik half square triangles in the middle of the row.

Second half of block

Second half of block

In the second half of the block rows five and six each have a pair of purple/white squares at each end.  Row five contains two pink squares and two pink/green half square triangles in the middle.  Place two green squares and two pink/green half square triangles in the middle of row six.

Lay four pairs of purple/white squares in both row seven and row eight.  Row seven begins with purple while row eight begins with white.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the tulip tile medallion quilt block.  This measures 24.1/2″ square.

Add the first frame

Add the first frame

Add the first frame

Cut 3.1/2″ strips of green fabric for this first frame.  You’ll need two lengths of 24.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 30.1/2″ for the sides.  The medallion now measures 30.1/2″ square.

Make the mini tulips

Mini tulip blocks

Mini tulip blocks

For the next frame I have chosen to use mini tulip blocks.  These are what I normally refer to as rosebud shapes, but for today I’m calling them tulip shapes!

Place two pink/white half square triangles diagonally opposite each other with the pink triangles touching at the middle to form a butterfly shape.  On the other diagonal place a pink square and a batik square.  Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other.  This four patch block now measures 6.1/2″ square.  Make twenty four of these.

Sew together rows of tulips

Sew together rows of tulips

Add the tulip frame

Sew the tulip blocks together in two rows of five blocks and two rows of seven blocks.  You can choose which way you’d like to sew them together.  I have chosen to have all the tulips facing in the same direction.  They form a circuit around the medallion block.

I toyed with the idea of alternating the blocks to make zig zag shapes, but it didn’t look right to me because there are an odd number of blocks along each edge.

Sew the two rows of five blocks to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Then sew the two rows of seven blocks to the sides.  The quilt now measures 42.1/2″ square.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the tulip tile medallion quilt border

Lastly for the final border I have used the same 3.1/2″ strips of green fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the tulip tile medallion 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:

Quilting fabrics

Quilting fabrics

I mentioned my fabric sale at the top of the page.  Just to repeat myself – I’m offering a discount of 16% on all sales over £5.  Click here to take a look at my quilting shop.

Log Cabin Cross Quilt Pattern

Log cabin cross quilt

Log cabin cross quilt

In the log cabin cross quilt I have used log cabin blocks along with stripey blocks which are made using the same fabrics in the same widths.  Just to mix things up a little, I’ve used different widths of logs.  I have also shaded one colour from dark to light and the other from light to dark.  That’s what I love about log cabin quilts – they are so simple and there are so many ways that you can vary the basic pattern.

The quilt measures 52″ by 76″.  I have used 1 yard each of light green and light purple, 3/4 yard each of dark green, medium purple and white, 1/2 yard each of medium green and dark purple.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed log cabin block

Completed log cabin block

Cutting requirements for the log cabin cross quilt

White:  twelve 3.1/2″ squares

Dark purple:  twelve 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ strips, twelve 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ strips

Medium purple:  twelve 2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ strips, twelve 2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ strips

Light purple:  twelve 2.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ strips, twelve 2.1/2″ by 11.1/2″ strips

Dark green:  twelve 1.1/2″ by 11.1/2″ strips, twelve 1.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ strips

Medium green:  twelve 1.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ strips, twelve 1.1/2″ by 9.1/2″

Light green:  twelve 1.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ strips, twelve 1.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ strips

For the alternate blocks you will need to cut four strips of each fabric in the widths they are used in the log cabins.  That’s 2.1/2″ in the purples, 1.1/2″ in the greens and 3.1/2″ in white

The final border is made using six 2.1/2″ strips of light green cut across the width of fabric.

First round of logs

First round of logs

Make the log cabin block first round

Use a 3.1/2″ white square for the central square.  This actually won’t finish up in the middle of the block because the logs are different widths, but it’s the starting point of the block.

Beneath that sew a 3.1/2″ dark purple strip.  On the right place a 5.1/2″ dark purple strip.  Across the top place a 5.1/2″ light green strip, followed by a 6.1/2″ light green strip on the left.

As you can see, the logs are all being sewn to the square in an anti-clockwise direction.  In other log cabins they may be sewn clockwise, but the important thing is to stick to one direction for each round of logs.

Second round of logs

Second round of logs

Second round of logs

Use the medium purple and green in this round.  Begin with the 6.1/2″ medium purple. Follow this with the 8.1/2″ medium purple.  Sew the 8.1/2″ medium green across the top.  Finish with the 9.1/2″ medium green on the left side.

Incidentally, you need to press this block at all stages, before you add another log.  Doing this increases the accuracy of the seams.  Always press the seam allowances away from the central square.

Third round of logs

Third round of logs

Third round of logs

Finally, make the third round of logs with the light purple and dark green strips.

Each block measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage.  Make twelve of them.

The alternate blocks

Make panels of strips

Make panels of strips

I had intended to make the stripey blocks as individual blocks.  Then I realised that this would be an enormous waste of time, so I am using the striped sections in panels.

Make the panels using all the fabrics cut in the same widths as they are used in the log cabin blocks.  So that’s 2.1/2″ strips of purple, 1.1/2″ strips of green and a 3.1/2″ white strip.

Assemble the log cabin cross quilt

Make row 1 with a 24.1/2″ striped panel.  Place this with the purple at the top as shown in the photo above.

Rows 2 and 4

Rows 2 and 4

In rows 2 and 4, place two log cabin blocks so that the dark green runs across the top of the pair.

Rows 3 and 5

Rows 3 and 5

Rotate the blocks for rows 3 and 5 so that the dark green runs across the bottom of the pair of blocks.

Finally for row 6 place a 24.1/2″ striped panel.  This time place the green at the top of the panel.

Sew the pairs of log cabin blocks together and then sew the rows to each other.

The sides of the quilt

The sides of the quilt

The sides of the quilt

For the sides of the quilt make up two 48.1/2″ lengths of the striped panel.  Sew a log cabin block to each end of these panels.  In the photo the middle section is folded up purely so that I can show you the blocks at each end.  Rotate the log cabin blocks so that the dark green forms the outer corners of the quilt.

Sew one panel to each side of the quilt.  The panel shown forms the right hand side of the quilt.  Place the other panel the other way up for the left hand side of the quilt.  That way you keep the dark green on the outside of the quilt.

Quilt border

Quilt border

Add the quilt border

Finally make up four 2.1/2″ strips of light green for the border.  Two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 72.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the log cabin cross 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:

Cushions for labels

Cushions for labels

I mentioned recently that I had been to a National Trust property called Packwood House.  I didn’t have the space at the time to show you a really neat idea that they used for labels.  Usually you see printed labels on stands as you move around these properties.  However at this property they had the information printed on cushions.  I thought that was a lovely touch!

Bargello chairs

Bargello chairs

They also had some gorgeous chairs which were very similar to the Bargello chairs on display in Florence – only in much brighter colours.

It was a real treat to see them as well as some tapestries that were centuries old.

 

Havana Cathedral Quilt – Free Pattern

Havana Cathedral quilt

Havana Cathedral quilt

The Havana Cathedral quilt is based on a gorgeous stained glass window that I saw in the Cathedral when I was in Cuba recently.  I had intended to make a wall hanging, but somehow I’ve ended up with a queen size quilt pattern!  Each block is easy to make and they are big blocks so the quilt goes together quite quickly.  It’s also rectangular and would fit a queen size bed, so it ticks a lot of boxes.

The original stained glass window

The original stained glass window

Within the quilt I have used three blocks which are 18″ by 24″ finished size and six blocks which are 24″ squares.  The fabric requirements are 2 yards each of dark blue and red, 1.3/4 yards of light blue, 3/4 yard of white and 1/2 yard of medium blue.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Cutting requirements for the Havana Cathedral quilt

Completed Havana cathedral quilt block

Completed Havana cathedral quilt block

12.7/8″ squares:  twelve light blue, six red, six dark blue

4.3/4″ squares:  twelve medium blue

3.1/2″ squares:  twelve dark blue, twelve white

3.7/8″ squares:  eighteen each in dark blue and red, twelve each in light blue and red, six each in red and white.  These are for the half square triangles.  In addition you will need six dark blue, six white and twelve red squares for the diamond in a square blocks.

For the borders you will need to cut seven strips across the width of fabric in each of 2.1/2″ red, 1.1/2″ white and 2.1/2″ dark blue.

Make half square triangle units

Half square triangle units

Half square triangle units

You need to make half square triangles with some, but not all of the 3.7/8″ squares.  Use those squares listed in pairs above.

Place a red square right sides together  with either a light blue or a dark blue square.  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.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Place triangles around the square

Place triangles around the square

Make diamond in square units

Cut the remaining 3.7/8″ squares along one diagonal to create two triangles from each square (shown in the top right of the photo).

Lay down a 4.3/4″ medium blue square and place a dark blue and a white triangle on two opposite edges, with two red triangles on the other two opposite edge.

Trim the edges

Trim the edges

Sew the dark blue and white triangles to the edges of the square first.

Press them open and then sew the two red triangles to the square.  When you press these open you’ll see that you have created a square with a medium blue diamond in the middle.  Trim the middle of each edge where the triangle tips stick out.  This is now a 6.1/2″ square.

Top half of the block

Top half of the block

Make the Havana Cathedral quilt block

This block is made of eight rows of six squares each – that’s counting the diamond in square units as equivalent to four squares.

I’ve shown the top four rows first.  In each corner place a dark blue square with a dark blue/red half square triangle beneath it.  In the middle place two diamond in a square units.  Lay them with the red triangles in the top middle to create a larger red triangle pointing downwards.

The third and fourth rows are made with dark blue/red half square triangles at each end and a light blue/red half square triangle inside them.  In the third row there are two white squares in the middle.   For the fourth row place two red/white half square triangles in the middle.

Lower half of the block

Lower half of the block

The lower half of the block is very similar.  Rows five and six are almost the same as rows three and four.  Just check which way to place the half square triangles.

Rows seven and eight are almost the same as rows one and two.  Again it is just the direction of the triangles that has changed.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Sew the squares together across each row.  You need to make a double row at the top and bottom of the block.

Sew the dark blue square and red/dark blue half square triangles together first.  Then you can sew them to the diamond in a square units.

Sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  It measures 18.1/2″ by 24.1/2″ at the moment.  You need to make three of these.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the alternate block

This is a huge block, but I felt that it gave the right feel to the surrounding area of the Havana Cathedral blocks.  It’s also dead easy to make!

Use the 12.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Use exactly the same method as above for the smaller half square triangle units.

Place two red/light blue half square triangles with two red/dark blue half square triangles as shown.  This makes one large red triangle, one large dark blue triangle and two large light blue triangles.  Sew them together in pairs and then sew the pairs together to create the block.  This is now a 24.1/2″ square and you need to make six of them.

As an aside, I had originally intended to make these blocks 18″ by 24″, same as the other blocks.  However the triangles were very odd sizes for this, so I opted for simplicity and made the blocks as  squares instead.

Rows 1 and 3

Rows 1 and 3

Assemble the Havana Cathedral quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Place the Havana Cathedral block in the middle of each row.

In rows 1 and 3 place the alternate blocks on either side with the dark blue triangle on the inside.

Row 2

Row 2

For row 2 the alternate blocks are rotated so that the light blue triangles lie on the inside.

On the left hand side the red triangle lies at the top while on the right hand side the blue triangle lies at the top.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Three quilt borders

Three quilt borders

Add the quilt border

I’ve used three borders to frame the quilt.  Make the first border with 2.1/2″ red strips.  Cut two lengths of 66.1/2″ for the top and bottom together with two lengths of 76.1/2″ for the sides.

The second border is made with 1.1/2″ strips of white fabric.  Two lengths of 70,1.2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 78.1/2″ for the sides.

Finally make the third border with 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue.  Two lengths of 72.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 82.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Havana Cathedral 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:

Iris flowers

Iris flowers

One of the colour combinations that I love in quilts is purple and green.  Yesterday I visited a National Trust property with a wonderful garden.  These iris flowers were a gorgeous deep purple – just as beautiful as the fantastic William Morris designs within the property.

Wightwick Manor

Wightwick Manor

The house itself was Wightwick Manor which is a celebration of the Arts and Crafts Movement – absolutely beautiful both inside and outside.

 

Bright Jewel Quilt – Free Pattern

Bright jewel quilt

Bright jewel quilt

I’ve made the Bright Jewel quilt using my variation on the quilt block of that name, together with an alternative block using more red to create that red diamond frame around the middle.

The quilt measures 49″ square and I have used 1 yard of red, 3/4 yard each of light blue and white, 1/2 yard of medium blue (turquoise actually) and 1/4 yard of dark blue fabric.  I have used nine blocks which are all 15″ square finished size.

You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the bright jewel quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty two white, seventeen red

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty six each in turquoise and white, eighteen each in red and dark blue

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty six light blue

For the border you will need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips of red across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares 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 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 triangle tips stick out.

Make the four patch units

Make the four patch units

Make the four patch units

There are four 4-patch units in each block.  Place a red/dark blue half square triangle diagonally opposite a white square.  Add two turquoise/white half square triangles diagonally opposite each other.

Note that the red triangle is on the outside of the four patch unit and the two turquoise triangles are also on the outside.  The white square with two white triangles forms a rosebud shape.   Make twenty of these for the bright jewel quilt block and eight more for the alternate block.

Bright jewel quilt block layout

Bright jewel quilt block layout

Make the bright jewel quilt block

Place a four patch unit in each corner of the block.  Rotate them so that the red triangle is always on the outside, forming the corners of the block.

Lay a light blue rectangle between each pair of four patch units with a red square in the middle of the block.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Sew the squares together within each four patch unit first.  Then sew the pieces together across each of the three rows.  Finally sew the rows to each other to complete the block.

The block is now 15.1/2″ square and you need to make five.

Alternate block layout

Alternate block layout

Make the alternate block

The alternate block is almost the same as the first block.  I have made one change only and that is to exchange two of the white squares for red squares.

Basically two of the four patch units are the same as for the bright jewel block and two of them have a red square instead of a white square.

Sew the squares together in the same way as above.  The block now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make four of them.

Row one

Row one

Assemble the quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  In row one place a bright jewel block at each end with an alternate block in the middle.

Place the alternate block so that the extra red squares are towards the bottom of the block.

Row two

Row two

In row two the alternate blocks are at each end with a jewel block in the middle.

Notice that the extra red squares are towards the right of the first block and towards the left of the third block.

Row three

Row three

For row three the blocks are placed so that there’s an alternate block in the middle with a jewel block on either side of it.  This time the extra red squares are towards the top of the block.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Use 2.1/2″ strips of red for the border.  I did this so that the border would blend into the red triangles around the edges.  You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the bright jewel 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:

Revolution square, Havana

Revolution square, Havana

As you may know, I went on my travels again last week.  My daughter and I went to Cuba.  We stayed a few days in Havana and a few days on Varadero by the beach.  We had the most wonderful time.  Havana was absolutely fascinating.  Samantha has an app on her phone that could tell her how far she walked.  Apparently on the first day we walked over 14 km.  No wonder we felt exhausted.

Havana Cathedral

Havana Cathedral

The Cathedral was truly beautiful and I found several quilt ideas in there – the stained glass windows were very unusual.

In Varadero the sea was so warm that it was a real pleasure to go swimming and snorkelling every day – such a change from the rather chilly waters around the UK!

Silver Lanes Quilt – Free Pattern

Silver Lanes quilt

Silver Lanes quilt

The Silver Lanes quilt block has such a lovely layout that I didn’t feel that it needed an alternate block.  I’ve made this quilt using just nine blocks which are all 18″ square finished size.  Each block contains purple, white and three shades of blue which gives the quilt plenty of interest.

The quilt measures 58″ square and I needed 1 yard each of white, dark blue and purple fabric, with 3/4 yard each of medium blue and light blue fabrics.  I don’t have any of that fabric left over, so there’s no special discount quilt kit this week.

If you wanted to make a rectangular quilt you could make twelve blocks (four rows of three) and this would give you a quilt 58″ wide by 76″ long.




Completed silver lanes quilt block

Completed silver lanes quilt block

Cutting requirements for the silver lanes quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty six white, thirty six light blue, seventy two medium blue

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty six each in light blue and dark blue, thirty six each in dark blue and white, eighteen each in purple and white

For the border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ strips of purple fabric across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares 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 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 fabric sticks out.

Layout of the central area

Layout of the central area

Make the silver lanes quilt block

I’ve shown the central area of the block first.  Place four purple/white half square triangles in the middle to make a pinwheel.

Around this pinwheel place two medium blue squares on each edge with a light blue square in each corner.

Silver lanes quilt block layout

Silver lanes quilt block layout

Now you can add the outer frame.  Place a white square in each corner of the block.  On either side of each corner, place a light blue/dark blue half square triangle.  These two light blue triangles together with the light blue square already in place make a rosebud shape which is repeated around each corner of the block.

In the middle of each edge of the block, lay two dark blue/white half square triangles.  Place these so that the two white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  This now measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make nine blocks altogether.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Assemble the silver lanes quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of purple fabric:  two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the silver lanes 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:

Mayflower steps

Mayflower steps

When I visited Torquay the week before last, I also spent a day in Plymouth, further along the coast.  What a lot of history there is in that city!  Along the harbour front there is an area called the Mayflower Steps.  This is where the Mayflower set off in 1620 taking the Pilgrim Fathers to settle in America.  You can’t see them in the photo, but the flags of both the UK and the USA fly beside the steps.

Eddystone Lighthouse

Eddystone Lighthouse

A little further along the coast and up a hill known as the Hoe I found a small lighthouse – actually too far inland to be useful.

I was fascinated to find that it’s known as Smeaton’s Tower and is in fact the top half of the Eddystone Lighthouse.

Eddystone light quilt block

Eddystone light quilt block

It used to function as a lighthouse but the top half was transported stone by stone to Plymouth where it was rebuilt.

When I made the Eddystone light quilt block I just assumed that it came from America, when in fact the lighthouse was here on the south coast all along!

Thanks for visiting my website.  For various reasons there will not be a quilt pattern next Friday.

 

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