Summer Breeze Steps Quilt Pattern


 

Summer breeze steps quilt

Summer breeze steps quilt

I have used the Summer Breeze fabric range for this quilt pattern and I have made a very simple design which is great for showing up a graded range of colours – or of using up scraps as I haven’t used much of each fabric.  The colours are stepped across the quilt and it is very simple to make.  The quilt measures 46″ by 70″.  I have used less than 1/4 yard each of ten different coloured fabrics, 1.1/4 yards of the light background fabric and 3/4 yard of the fabric used in the second border.  The fabrics used are five pairs of dark and light in each colour and I have pretty much used the colours of the rainbow.

Cutting requirements

One 4.1/2″ strip cut across the width of fabric in each of the ten coloured fabrics

Ten 2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric in the background fabric

For the borders:  eleven 1.1/2″ strips of the background fabric and six 3.1/2″ strips of the fabric for the middle border

Making the summer breeze steps quilt

Sew together two strips of fabric

Sew together two strips of fabric

Sew two pairs together

Sew two pairs together

Sew together each 4.1/2″ strip of coloured fabric with a 2.1/2″ strip of background fabric.  Sew the two pairs of strips together within each colour range so that you have dark, background, light, background strips in a 4-fabric panel.

 

 

 

 

Cut the panel into strips

Cut the panel into strips

Sew together in a column

Sew together in a column

Press the panels well and then cut at 4.1/2″ intervals.  You should get nine 4.1/2″ strips from each panel.  Select one strip from each colour range and sew them together in a column.  Make nine of these columns, making sure that you use the colours in the same order for each column.

 

 

 

 

Sew the lower edge to the top edge

Sew the lower edge to the top edge

Make eight loops

Make eight loops

Sew the bottom edge of each column to the top edge with right sides together.  This will create a loop.  Do this with eight of the columns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unpick the seam on the loop

Unpick the seam on the first loop

Lay out the column that hasn’t been made into a loop, with the dark pink square at the top.  On its right place one of the loops and position it so that the dark pink square is second with a background strip above it.  Unpick the seam between the background strip and the light green square above it.  Now you can lay out the second column next to the first one and each coloured square will start to form a line sloping down towards the right.

OK, I know it sounds weird to sew the seams and then unpick them, but this is the most simple way to move each colour one place down the column each time you add a new column.  The alternative would be to keep unpicking one or more squares from the bottom of the column and re sew them to the top and trust me that’s much more complicated!

 

 

 

Start the next column with light blue

Start the next column with light blue

The wrong layout

The wrong layout

Continue unpicking one seam on each loop to make the next column.  Note that there are two different ways that you can place each loop.  You want to keep the dark pink squares following the diagonal, but if you look at the photo on the right you have got the dark pink squares following the diagonal but the light pink square in the third column is above rather than below the dark pink.  The correct placement, shown on the left, is with the light blue above the dark pink and the light pink below it.

 

The top row alternates coloured squares with background strips

The top row alternates coloured squares with background strips

The top row will be made with one coloured square alternating with a background strip across the row.  Lay each loop out next to the completed columns first before you unpick the seam just to make sure that all the coloured squares are following the diagonal lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer breeze steps quilt border

First quilt border

First quilt border

I have used three borders on this quilt.  The first border is made with 1.1/2″ strips of background fabric.  You will need two lengths of 36.1/2″ to sew to the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 62.1/2″ for the sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second quilt border

Second quilt border

For the second border I chose one of the coloured fabrics that I had used in the quilt and cut 3.1/2″ strips.  You’ll need two lengths of 38.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 68.1/2″ for the sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

Finally for the third border I went back to the 1.1/2″ strips of background fabric:  two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 70.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the summer breeze steps quilt top and it is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.

 

Here’s the video:

 

After I began writing ebooks I was encouraged by many of you to produce printed books as well and I now have printed books of the sampler quilt pattern.  You can see them here.

 

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Comments

  1. i have a charm pack if i buy a qeen size sheat can i make it into a quilt kind regards Belinda

    • Hi Belinda. Yes, you can certainly use a sheet for quilt backing. You might need more than one charm pack to make a queen sized quilt top, though.

  2. Kathy Rice says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful patterns and videos. For a shaky intermediate like me, they are wonderful.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. That quilt is so pretty. I was wondering if you could use fat quarters or a jelly roll for this quilt. I am not to good at cutting large pieces of material so tend to stick to the smaller pieces for now until I have more practice.
    Thanks so much for the pattern and video explanation. Understanding color placement and how to do it was very helpful.

    • Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for your comments. Yes, you could use fat quarters or jelly roll strips. You could sew two coloured jelly roll strips together to make the larger squares and just use one jelly roll strip for the background strips. Or you could cut the coloured squares from fat quarters.

  4. Rose, you have such a nice, relaxed way of explaining things that is so easy to understand and it encourages me to try new things.

  5. cute quilt Rose!

  6. Pat Barry, AR, USA says:

    Hey Rose – so fun to see this Summer Breeze pattern – no seams to match! I have made many of Bonnie Hunter’s Streak of Sunshine, now can’t wait to change to this method. I will be using a jelly roll for the background strips – can’t get much easier.
    PS: Don’t know how you manage to come up with a new quilt every week, but sure do appreciate you.

  7. Great quilt , have a good week-end . Regards Linda

  8. Sandra Barnett says:

    Rose, love this quilt also but.. have already started your Daisy yoyo pattern. made one block already in Christmas colors. So much fabric so little time. Don’t know if it will be done for this Christmas but it is started.
    Hope you have fun at the Christmas Market. I don’t think that once I got there I would have time for anything else. Have fun and thank you for the pattern.

    • Thanks, Sandra. It’s a problem trying to decide which quilt to make, isn’t it. So many designs to choose from. Yes, I’m looking forward to my day out.

  9. Rose,
    Thank you for this pattern. Hope you enjoy your visit to the
    library. Once I get into a library it’s hard to get me out (lol)
    Have a really lovely week-end. If you get to the Christmas market
    you will probably see something that will inspire a pattern.

    • Hi Mary. I’m a bit the same in libraries. Of course the Christmas market will probably have warm mulled wine – don’t know if that helps creative thinking or not.

  10. Hi Rose, this sounds and looks great all printed off now going into my sewing room. Next thing to do on my todo list haha .Well the month is just about over and boy has it got hot here in NZ all the best for Christmas and new year. jude

  11. Pretty quilt Rose, wish I had some girls in my family

  12. Lovely quilt pattern. Thank you for making it available. What would the calculations be if it were to be wider, say 65 x 70? To simple add my rows or strips across?

    • Hi Susan. Yes, the simplest way would be to add two columns on each end – that would give you roughly the measurements that you want.

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