I have made this quilt using an eight patch quilt block that I think looks like a daisy flower. There are four quilt blocks used in the pattern. I have used 1.1/2 yards each of red and white fabric and the final quilt size is 54″ square. I have used a lot of strip piecing to make it a really quick and easy quilt to make. The border is also strip pieced.
3.7/8″ squares: thirty two each of red and white
3.1/2″ squares: cut seven 3.1/2″ strips of red across the width of fabric and eight 3.1/2″ strips of white across the width of fabric
For the border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ red strips and six 1.1/2″ white strips
Making the daisy chain quilt block
Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles. Place a red 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 to produce two half square triangle units. These are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Sew together three strips at a time to make long lengths. You will need one panel of red, white, red, one panel of white, red, white and one panel of red, white, white. Cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals to give you three squares sewn together. You can see how this saves time in both the cutting and the sewing. You should get twelve strips from each panel and you actually need sixteen of each of them.
In addition to the above panels, make one further panel of just two fabrics – one red and one white. These can then be used to make up the remaining strips required by adding either a red or a white square to the red/white pair of squares. Cut all the remaining 3.1/2″ strips into squares. These will be used as shown on the left and also as individual squares within the quilt blocks.
Lay the squares out as shown in eight rows of eight squares. The first and eighth rows have a red/white/red strip at each end with two half square triangles in the middle. The second and seventh rows have a white/red/white strip at each end with two half square triangles in the middle. The third and sixth row have a red/white/white strip at each end with two white squares in the middle. The fourth and fifth rows have two half square triangles at each end, two red squares in the middle and one white square on each side of the red squares. The triangles are all placed to make four red diamonds, which makes it quite easy to check their placement.
Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row. You can see how much this part has been speeded up by using strip piecing – quite a lot of the squares are already sewn together. That’s what makes this such a quick and simple quilt pattern.
Sew the rows together to complete the daisy chain quilt block. Make four of them. Sew the blocks together in pairs and then sew the two pairs together.
Daisy chain quilt border
It seemed appropriate to use strip piecing for the border as well. Sew together 2.1/2″ red strips with 1.1/2″ white strips and cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals to make 3.1/2″ squares. This being quilting, once you have cut the strips up you can sew them back together again! Just rotate every second square so that the white is on the top on one square and on the bottom on the square next to it. Make four border strips of sixteen squares each.
Sew one border strip to the top and the bottom of the quilt. Sew a 3.1/2″ white square to each end of the remaining two strips and sew these to the sides of the quilt. The white squares will be the cornerstones. I have shown two options for the quilt border: on the right you will see that the top border has the white 1.1/2″ strip sewn to a red square on the quilt. The side border has the 2.1/2″ red strip sewn to the same red square. I prefer the toption on the top border, but have shown you both so that you can choose which option you prefer.
That completes the daisy chain quilt top. It can now be layered, quilted and bound.
Here’s the video: