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.
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 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.
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 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.
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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.