Anniversary Dog Quilt – Free Pattern

Anniversary dog quilt

Anniversary dog quilt

I’ve named the Anniversary Dog quilt after two totally different things.  The first is that the design comes from a wall in a restaurant that I went to in London last weekend.  I had been to watch the Anniversary Games held in the Olympic Stadium (more about that at the end of the page).  The second totally separate reason for the name is that I’ve used all the fabrics from a new range of dog fabrics that I have just bought.

The quilt is rectangular, measuring 49″ by 64″.  I’ve used twelve blocks which are all 15″ square finished size.  The fabric requirement is for 3/4 yard of each of five different fabrics with just 1/4 yard of light blue.  I’ve tried to call the fabrics in shades of blue rather than just the pattern on the fabric.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements for the Anniversary Dog quilt

Light blue fabric (dog breeds):  thirty six 3.1/2″ squares

Medium blue fabric (words):  twelve 6.1/2″ squares, twelve 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles

Dark blue fabric (bones):  twenty four 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles

The wall that inspired the quilt design

The wall that inspired the quilt design

White fabric (dog silhouettes):  twelve 6.1/2″ squares, twelve 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles, twelve 3.1/2″ squares

Red fabric:  twelve 15.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles

For the border you will need to cut six 2.1/2″ strips of a sixth fabric across the width of fabric.

The block is most easily made in two completely separate halves

Make the top half of the block

Top half of the block

Top half of the block

Begin with a 6.1/2″ medium blue square on the left.  Next to this place a white rectangle and a light blue square with a light blue square and a dark blue rectangle beneath them.

Sew the pieces across the two right hand rows and then sew the two rows to each other.  Sew this section to the square on the left.

It’s an incredibly simple design, but it just struck me as  delightful when I saw it on the wall.

Make the lower half of the block

Lower half of the block

Lower half of the block

This is very similar to the top half, but place the large 6.1/2″ square on the right this time.  Working from the left, place a light blue square and a dark blue rectangle with a medium blue rectangle and light blue square beneath them.  Place a large white square on the right.

Once again sew the rectangles to the small squares and then sew these two rows to each other.  Sew this panel to the white square on the right.

Completing the block

Add red sashing

Add red sashing

I had intended to sew these two sections of the block together to make a rectangular block, but when I put several of them together they just looked a muddle.  So I decided to add a red strip across the middle between the two sections.  I felt that this would help me give some structure to the quilt design.

It also makes the block square, although that was not my primary objective.

Sew a red sashing strip between the top and lower half of the block.

The block now measures 15.1/2″ square and you need to make twelve of these.

Row one

Row one

Assemble the anniversary dog quilt

Sew the blocks together in four rows of three blocks.

In the first row the red stripes are all vertical.  I’m using the red stripes and the medium blue large squares to define how to place each block.  The blue squares are placed bottom left, bottom left and then top right.

Row two

Row two

For the second row, the red stripes are vertical then horizontal then vertical again.

Place the medium blue squares bottom left, bottom right and then top right.

Row three

Row three

In row three the red stripes are again vertical then horizontal and then vertical.  Place the medium blue squares bottom left, top left and then top right.

Row four

Row four

Finally for row four place the red stripes all vertically.  The medium blue squares lie bottom left, top right and top right.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border you will need to sew two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt, with two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the anniversary dog quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

The Monument in London

The Monument in London

The Anniversary Games are held each year in the former Olympic Stadium in London.  Last weekend was the first time that I had visited the Stadium and it was a real treat to see some of the great stars of athletics in action.  Mo Farah is retiring this year so it was a privilege to see him running.

We also had time for some sightseeing and went to see the Monument which commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666.  The tower was built a few years later to celebrate the re building of London and it still dominates the area even all these centuries later.

Stars in Their Eyes Quilt

Stars in their eyes quilt

Stars in their eyes quilt

I’ve used a star quilt block and another block in two different colours to make this quilt and it gives a pretty overall effect.  Both the blocks are simple ones and the star comes together quite quickly.  It is 60″ square and I have used 1/4 yard of the blue star fabric, 1/2 yard each of the yellow and pink star fabrics,  3/4 yard of the green star fabric, 1 yard of the light pink fabric and 1.1/4 yards each of the white and light green fabric.  You can buy all these fabrics as a kit at a discount of 10% off the normal fabric price. Click on this week’s special offer.

Star quilt block

Star quilt block

Cutting requirements for the five star quilt blocks

6.1/2″ squares:  five yellow

3.7/8″ squares:  ten each in blue and white, twenty each in yellow and white

 

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the evening star quilt block

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place two squares 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 which are 3.1/2″ squares.

Star quilt block layout

Star quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in four rows of four – well it would be if you count the yellow square in the centre as four squares.  There’s a blue/white half square triangle in each corner, the 6.1/2″ yellow square in the middle and yellow/white half square triangles everywhere else.  Note that the white triangles are placed so that they form a larger white triangle on each edge of the star quilt block, pointing in towards the middle.

Sew the squares in pairs

Sew the squares in pairs

Sew the squares together in pairs – in rows one and four they can be sewn in pairs across the rows, but in the middle the two half square triangles are sewn together vertically so that they are then the right size to sew to the large square.

Sew all the rows to each other to complete the evening star quilt block.

Green quilt block

Green quilt block

The next quilt block is a version of the new album block, but I’ve added a few extra half square triangles in.  You will need to make twelve green blocks and eight pink blocks.

Cutting requirements for the twelve green quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares: forty eight yellow

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles:  twenty four yellow

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty four each in green star and white, twenty four each in green star and yellow

Cutting requirements for the eight pink quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty two light pink

3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: sixteen light pink

3.7/8″ squares:  sixteen each in pink star and white, sixteen each in light pink and pink star

Alternative quilt block layout

Alternative quilt block layout

Making the alternative quilt blocks

Make half square triangles with all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Lay the squares out in four rows of four.  There’s a green/white half square triangle in each corner with the green on the outside.  The 6.1/2″ rectangles are placed across rows one and four between the corner squares.  Rows two and three are the same as each other with a yellow square at each end of the row and two green/yellow half square triangles in the middle.  These are placed to form a diamond shape in the middle of the quilt block.

Pink quilt block layout

Pink quilt block layout

The layout for the pink quilt blocks is the same.

Sew the patchwork squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt blocks.

 

Assembling the quilt

You will now have twenty five quilt blocks in total and these are sewn together in five rows of five.

Layout for the stars in their eyes quilt

Layout for the stars in their eyes quilt

Rows one and five have an evening star quilt block at each end with a pink block in the middle and a green block on either side of the pink.

Rows two and four have a green block at each end and in the middle with pink blocks in the remaining spaces.

The third row is the middle row and this has a star block in the middle with a green block on either side of it and a pink block at each end.

Sew the quilt blocks together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other to complete the stars in their eyes 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:

Samantha

Samantha

Quilting has had to take backstage this week while my daughter has been home.  As you can see, she has been revising hard for her accountancy exams!

My eldest son and his fiancee are arriving tonight for the weekend so we will have a lovely full house.

I have two different new needles to try on Minnie (my longarm quilting machine) and I’m hoping that one or both of these will iron out the last few problems – I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on with these.

 

Craftsy

Arts and Crafts Quilt


Arts and crafts quilt

Arts and crafts quilt

This is a Fabric Freedom quilt pattern designed to showcase another beautiful fabric range.  It looks complex, but as so often it can be broken down into small steps which are not nearly as difficult as they look.  The more you look, the more you see in the design. The quilt measures 60″ square and I have used 1.1/4 yards of white fabric, 3/4 yard of the green fabric in block one and 1 yard of the patterned fabric in block one.  For block two I have used 1/2 yard each of the red fabric, the patterned fabric and the small red flowers fabric.

Cutting requirements for quilt block one

6.1/2″ squares:  twenty six in the patterned fabric

4.7/8″ squares:  twenty six in the green fabric

4.1/4″ squares:  fifty two white

Cutting requirements for quilt block two

3.1/2″ squares:  forty eight in red patterned fabric

3.7/8″ squares: forty eight white

4.3/4″ squares:  twenty four each in red and red/green fabric – but don’t cut these yet as they can be made with strip piecing.

Cut the white squares along the diagonal

Cut the white squares along the diagonal

Place the triangles around the square

Place the triangles around the square

Making quilt block one

For the first quilt block you need to make a diamond in a square – this is done by adding a triangle to each side of a square.

Cut the 4.1/4″ white squares along one diagonal to form triangles and place one triangle along each edge of the green square.  These can be sewn on in two pairs.

Sew triangles to opposite sides

Sew triangles to opposite sides

Sew the remaining triangles

Sew the remaining triangles

With right sides together, sew the first pair of triangles to opposite sides of the square.  The triangle edges are longer than the edges of the square and will extend beyond the square when you sew them.  Make sure that the triangle edges stick out by the same amount on each end of the square.

Press the seam allowance away from the square.  You can trim the corners at this stage but I personally prefer to leave them there and do all the trimming at the end.

Sew the remaining two triangles to the square, press and trim the resulting square.  It should be a 6.1/2″ square now.

You will need twenty six of these diamond in a square blocks.

Make a four patch unit

Make a four patch unit

Quilt block one complete

Quilt block one complete

Sew each 6.1/2″ patterned square together with a diamond in square.  Make a four patch unit with two pairs of squares, placing them so that the patterned squares are diagonally opposite each other.

This is a completed quilt block one. Make thirteen of these.

 

Sew strips of fabric together

Sew strips of fabric together

Sew the pairs of squares together

Sew the pairs of squares together

Making quilt block two

The second quilt block is similar in that it forms a diamond in a square, but the middle of the block is a four patch unit rather than a single square.  Strip piecing is the quickest way to make this four patch.  Sew together 4.3/4″ strips of red fabric and patterned fabric along the length.  Cut these panels at 4.3/4″ intervals to make strips that are made of a square each of the red and the patterned.

Sew two of these pairs of squares together, placing them so that the red squares are diagonally opposite each other.  Make twelve of these.

Cut the white squares along the diagonal

Cut the white squares along the diagonal

Make the large triangle

Make the large triangle

For the triangles to go on the edges of the four patch unit I came up with a super duper idea using strip piecing that would speed things up.  The only problem was that it didn’t work and I got myself in a right muddle.  So, I shall show you the simplest and most obvious way of making these triangles.

Cut the 3.7/8″ white squares along one diagonal to make two triangles.  Sew two triangles on two edges of the 3.1/2″ patterned square.  Note that the right angled corners (the square corners) are on the bottom left of both the triangles.  This will give you one large triangle.  Make forty eight of these.

Sew a triangle to each edge of the four patch

Sew a triangle to each edge of the four patch

Match the seams

Match the seams

Sew two triangles to two opposite edges of the four patch unit – just the same as you did for the diamond in a square in the first quilt block.  Press and then sew the remaining two triangles to the other two edges of the four patch.

When you are sewing the triangles on, match the corner of the square with the seam between the squares on the four patch as shown on the right.

Quilt block two complete

Quilt block two complete

That completes quilt block two and you will need twelve of these.  If you are using a directional fabric, as I have, then you need to decide whether you want the corner squares all to face in the same direction or not.  I have made them so that two have the lines horizontal and two have the lines vertical.  This was achieved by sewing all the squares the same way when I made the triangles.  If you wanted to have them all  horizontal then you would need to rotate half the squares before you sewed them into the triangles.  (I hope that makes sense).

Alternate the quilt blocks

Alternate the quilt blocks

Assembling the Arts and Crafts quilt

It is a simple job now to assemble the quilt.  You have twenty five quilt blocks and they are sewn together in five rows of five blocks.  Begin the first row with quilt block one and then alternate the blocks across the row.

Begin row two with quilt block two and then alternate the blocks across the row.  This way you will get the quilt blocks alternating across each row and also down each column.  Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

This completes the arts and crafts quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding, full details of which can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting page.

I have made up a couple of quilt kits for this quilt – all the fabric required to make the quilt top at a discount of 10% from the price of the fabrics if they were bought individually.  First come, first served so do take a look at this special offer.

Here’s the video:

To see how I quilted the Arts and Crafts quilt, click here.

Today I am having a complete break from quilting – I’m off to the Hay Literary Festival this afternoon to see talks by Johnny Vegas, Helena Attlee and Al Murray.  It should be a really amusing afternoon – and I hope the area isn’t as wet and muddy as it was the day that I went last year.
Craftsy

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