The Clear Cut fabric range has some really bright and cheerful fabrics. The range is broadly divided into light and dark and for this quilt pattern I have used the dark part of the range. They are set on a black background so that the blocks appear to float. This is my simplified version of the Fabric Freedom design for this range. I have used four pairs of fabrics – one patterned and one plain in each pairing. The quilt finished size is 62″ square and I have used 1/4 yard of each of the patterned and plain fabrics, 1/2 yard of the border fabric and 2 yards of black. The quilt is made with sixteen quilt blocks sewn together in four rows of four.
Patterned fabric: one 3.1/2″ by 8.1/2″, two 3.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ for each block
Plain fabric: three 2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles, two 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangles, one 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle for each block
Black fabric: one 2.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangle, one 2.1/2″ by 5.1/2″ rectangle, two 3.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles for each block. For the sashing you will need twelve strips 2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″, five 2.1/2″ by 54.1/2″ strips and two 2.1/2″ by 58.1/2″ strips.
Making each quilt block
All the rectangles required can be cut from strips of fabric either 2.1/2″ or 3.1/2″ wide, so you don’t need to cut lots of different sized strips. In the photo you can see a 3.1/2″ wide strip being cut into both 8.1/2″ and 5.1/2″ lengths.
Lay the rectangles out as shown in the photo. Note that the black 3.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles are not placed in the same way – the top left one is placed with 3.1/2″ across the base while the bottom right one has the 4.1/2″ length across the base. I won’t try and describe where each rectangle goes – I think the photo shows this for you.
Begin by sewing some of the patches together in pairs. You are aiming for one row across the top and the remainder of the rectangles will be sewn together to make another row.
Sew the two rows together to complete the quilt block. Make sixteen of these. Although I have used four pairs of fabrics, you could obviously make all sixteen blocks with just one patterned and one plain fabric if you preferred.
Assembling the clear cut quilt
Divide the quilt blocks into four rows of four. I have used one block of each colour in each row and moved them so that they form diagonals down the rows: the light blue which is the first block in row one is then placed second in row two, third in row three and fourth in row four. I have also rotated some of the blocks as well. As you can see, the patterned square is bottom left in the first blue block but top left in the second pink block.
Sew sashing between the blocks within each row but not at the end, so that you will have four quilt blocks and three sashing strips in each row.
Use the 54.1/2″ black strips as sashing strips between the rows. Sew one strip to the top and bottom of the first row and then sew sashing strips to the bottom of the remaining three rows. You can then sew all the rows to each other.
Sew the 58.1/2″ sashing strips to the sides of the quilt.
Border for the clear cut quilt
For the quilt border I have used one of the patterned fabrics that were used in the main part of the quilt. Using 2.1/2″ strips, make two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 62.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt. That completes the pattern for the quilt top. Full details of the remaining steps of layering, quilting and binding can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the vide:
Alternatively you could see those stages in the jelly roll quilt pattern ebook which I am delighted to offer you as a free download for the next four days. Amazon works on Pacific time so I think that’s from now until midnight Monday on Pacific time or until roughly 9.00am Tuesday on British time. As before, if you like the pattern I’d really appreciate if you would leave a review on Amazon.
Last time there were a few hiccups for readers in Germany, so this time I am giving the links to find the ebook on all the Amazon sites:
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Goodness – that took forever finding all those links so I really hope they all work!