This easy quilt pattern has lots of lovely secondary designs even though I thought that the original geometric illusion quilt block would give the dominant design. Just shows you never can tell! I have used nine different fabrics to surround the cross in the quilt blocks and then a variety of scraps for the outer edge of each block. The quilt measures 52″ square and I have used 1.3/4 yards of the light fabric. In total I have used 1.1/2 yards of the dark fabric but this was made up of lots of bits and pieces from stash.
Cutting requirements for each quilt block
2.1/2″ squares: twenty randomly coloured squares
2.7/8″ squares: four each of dark and light fabrics
4.7/8″ squares: two each of dark and light fabrics
4,1.2″ squares: five of the light fabric
Making the geometric illusion quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 4.7/8″ and 2.7/8″ squares. Place a light and a dark 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 will give you two half square triangle units for each pair of squares.
I think it’s more clear if I show you the layout for the central cross first. This is the section of each block for which I have used one dark fabric with the light fabric. There are five 4.1/2″ light squares in the middle arranged in a cross shape. In each corner of this part of the block there is a half square triangle made from 4.7/8″ squares. The half square triangles made using 2.7/8″ squares are placed in pairs mid way along each edge. They are placed so that the two light triangles are next to each other, forming a larger light triangle pointing outwards.
The 2.1/2″ squares cut from scraps are placed round the edge of the quilt block, making a frame for the cross.
Sew the squares in the top and bottom rows together across the row.
For the middle rows you will need to sew together the pair of 2.1/2″ squares at each end of the rows first. These can then be sewn to the three larger squares in the middle of each row.
When the squares are sewn together across each row, sew the rows together to complete the geometric illusion quilt block.
This is the completed quilt block. Doesn’t the scrappy frame make it look bright and cheerful! The block at this stage measures 16.1/2″ square. Make nine of them and sew them together in three rows of three.
Border for the geometric illusion quilt
I’ve used a simple quilt border made using 2.1/2″ strips of the light fabric. You’ll need two strips 48.1/2″ long for the top and bottom of the quilt and two strips 52.1/2″ long for the sides. That completes the geometric illusion 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 – I managed to chop my head out of the camera’s view somehow but I don’t think that it’s too much of a loss:
I made a sampler quilt recently. It’s a very simple one using easy four patch quilt blocks, but I can’t write it up here because it’s so long (twelve different quilt blocks). I’ve shown the steps right through to include layering, quilting and binding and I have made it into an ebook. This is the first one that I have ever made so I’m quite excited about it. Amazon are allowing me to offer it to you as a free download until next Tuesday. If you wish to download it, I’ll give the links below. If you like the pattern I’d really appreciate it if you could leave a review.
If you live in the UK, you can access my ebook here.
If you live anywhere else you can access my ebook here: how to make a quilt – simple sampler quilt pattern
Don’t forget – I’m only allowed to keep it free until Tuesday.
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