I’ve made this quilt using the Aunt Sukey quilt block with some addons. One of my aims (apart from making a pretty quilt) was to try to avoid adding to my stash. I cut strips of fabric and tried to use the whole strip. This worked really well and I was left with very few squares to add to stash, but you may prefer to use more fabric and make more of one block than the other – you’ll see what I mean as we go through the pattern.
Cutting requirements for aunt sukey quilt
The finished quilt measures 42″ by 66″ and I’ve used 1 yard (actually 32″) each of the red and blue fabrics and 1.1/2 yards of white. For the aunt sukey quilt you will need to cut in both red and blue fabric: one 4.1/2″ strip, six 2.1/2″ strips and four 2.7/8″ strips. In the white fabric you will need to cut eight 2.7/8″ strips, four 2.1/2″ strips and six 1.1/2″ strips.
The Aunt Sukey quilt block
For each quilt block you will need sixteen half square triangles made from eight 2.7/8″ squares of white and eight 2.7/8″ squares of either red or blue. Place a coloured and a white 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 produces two half square triangle units.
For each quilt block lay the squares out in six rows of six: one 4.1/2″ red square in the middle, four 2.1/2″ blue squares in the corners, four 2.1/2″ white squares on one side of each corner, four 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ white rectangles on the other side of each corner and sixteen half square triangles everywhere else. These are arranged in fours with two of them making a larger blue triangle and two of them making a larger white triangle. The triangles all point away from the centre.
Sew the squares together across the row for the top two and bottom two rows. For the middle two rows you will have to sew the half square triangles together in pairs first and then sew the pairs together to make a four patch unit on either side of the central square. These can then be sewn to the central square to complete the rows. Sew the rows together to complete the block.
Using two 2.1/2″ strips and four 2.7/8″ strips of the red and the blue, I made fourteen quilt blocks – seven with a blue centre and seven with a red centre. This is where you may choose to use more fabric and make six of one colour and eight of the other colour instead to balance your quilt better.
The central quilt block
Fourteen blocks is not a good number to make a quilt and I needed a fifteenth block so I sewed together a 2.1/2″ strip of red and blue fabric.
Cut this panel across at 2.1/2″ intervals and lay the pairs of squares out in six rows of three pairs each. Start the first row with a red square, the second with a blue square and so on. You should get seventeen pairs of squares from the strips so will need to sew together two of the 2.1/2″ squares left over from making the aunt sukey blocks to complete the central block.
Sew the pairs of squares together across the rows and then sew the rows together. That completes the central block, so you can now begin to sew the quilt blocks together.
Sewing the quilt blocks together
The simplest layout for the quilt is five rows of three blocks each. The first row is one block with a blue centre, then a red centre then another blue centre. The second row is red, blue, red centres. The third (middle) row is a red centre on either side of the patchwork central block. This is where the imbalance creeps in – the fourth and fifth rows now have both be blue, red, blue because those are the blocks that are left. This throws the overall pattern a bit – I was happy with it because I didn’t want to use the extra fabric to make an extra red square, but you may choose to make six blue and eight red blocks instead.
For the quilt border you will need two 2.1/2″ strips of red and blue and four 1.1/2″ strips of white fabric. Sew a white strip to each coloured strip, press and cut at 2.1/2″ intervals. The border is made using these squares alternated: one red square with white at the bottom next to one square with white at the top.
Sew eighteen of these squares together twice and sew one strip to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.
Still following my quest to use the minimum quantity of fabric, I used a leftover red and blue 4.1/2″ square and trimmed them to make 3.7/8″ squares. Use these with 3.7/8″ white squares to make half square triangles in the same way as above. This will give you four squares for the quilt cornerstones.
Sew together thirty of the quilt border squares twice to make two border strips for the sides of the quilt. Sew a cornerstone to each end of these strips. In fact I sewed them facing the other direction from that shown in the photo: I had the colour triangle on the outside and the white triangle on the inside. Sew these strips to the sides of the quilt.
That completes the quilt top. It is now ready to be layered, quilted and bound. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
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