SCOTCH HEATHER QUILT


Scotch heather quilt

Scotch heather quilt

I’m so pleased with this quilt pattern – it came from the scotch heather quilt block which is a Nancy Page nine patch block and I love all the designs that have turned up when I sewed several blocks together.  I have used 1/2 yard of red fabric, 3/4 yard of blue and just over 3/4 yard of white fabric.  The quilt measures 44″ square.

 

 

Cutting requirements

2.7/8″ squares:  eight in red and white, forty eight in blue and white

2.1/2″ squares: eighty four white, sixty four blue and sixty four red

for the border you will need four 2″ strips each of red and blue fabric

Making the quilt top

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

 

The 2.7/8″ squares are all used to make half square triangles in the combinations given 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 to produce two half square triangle units.

 

Nine patch block layout

Nine patch block layout

Sew the squares together across the rows

Sew the squares together across the rows

 

There are four nine patch units in each block, so you will need sixteen of these altogether.  These are made using 2.1/2″ squares set out as shown on the left.  Sew three squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.

 

Nine patch surrounded by half square triangles

Nine patch surrounded by half square triangles

White and red squares are across the middle of the quilt

White and red squares across the middle of the quilt

Lay the patchwork squares out in nine rows of nine squares.  There’s a nine patch unit in each quarter surrounded by plain squares and half square triangles.  The central lines are white and red alternating squares and the half square triangles are all round the edges of the block.

 

 

Sew the squares together across the rows

Sew the squares together across the rows

Make four quilt blocks

Make four quilt blocks

Sew the squares together across the top, middle and bottom rows.  Sew the three squares together in columns on either side of the nine patch units and then sew those rows together.  Sew all the rows to each other.  Make four of these quilt blocks.

 

 

Quilt borders

For the quilt borders I used 2″ strips of red and blue fabric.  I kept them deliberately thin so that the final borders would still be less than the width of the fabric and so I wouldn’t need to sew two pieces together.

First quilt border in red

First quilt border in red

Second quilt border in blue

Second quilt border in blue

For the first border, the red, I used two strips 36.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two strips 39.1/2″ long for the sides.  For the second, blue, border, I used two strips 39.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two strips 42.1/2″ long for the sides.

 

That completes the scotch heather 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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Comments

  1. Phyllis Smith says:

    Hi Rose, I’m looking for a quilt design that’s about 40×44-48″ to make as a wall hanging for a friend. I love this design, but I wonder if you could advise me on expanding it to make a rectangle instead of a square? Thank you. Phyllis

    • Hi Phyllis. You could easily make a small rectangle by making 2 blocks only, but I suspect that’s smaller than you’re planning. Alternatively you could make 6 blocks and sew them together in 3 rows of 2. Hope that helps.

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