The Ombre quilt block is more generally made in colours shading from light to dark, but I’ve chosen to use a strong red within the block to bring out more contrasts.
I have used only one block throughout the quilt, but I love the way that both crosses and diamond patterns appear when they are all sewn together.
The quilt measures 64″ square, using sixteen 15″ square finished size blocks. I needed 1.3/4 yards each of dark blue, light blue and red fabric.
You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the ombre quilt
3.7/8″ squares: thirty two each in dark blue and red, thirty two each in dark blue and light blue, sixty four each in red and light blue
3.1/2″ squares: sixty four light blue, sixty four red, sixteen dark blue
For the border you will need to cut seven 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue across the width of fabric.
Begin with the half square triangle units
Make half square triangle units with all the 3.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along one diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Make the ombre quilt block
Once again it is simpler to look at the central section first. This is a nine patch unit made with a dark blue square in the middle and a red square on each edge of the central square. Dark blue/light blue half square triangles are placed in the corners of this central unit with the dark blue nearest the middle.
The outer frame is then fairly easy to add on. In each corner place a red/dark blue half square triangle with the dark blue on the outside, forming the corners of the block. Between each pair of corners place a light blue square with a red/light blue half square triangle on either side of it. Check the photo to be sure which way to place the half square triangles: you are forming first a light blue and then a red diamond around the central area.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the ombre quilt block. Make sixteen of these.
Assemble the ombre quilt
Sew the blocks together in four rows of four. This really is a very simple quilt to make!
Add the quilt border
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the ombre 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 know that today is St Patricks Day, but the parade in Birmingham was held last Sunday. It was a lovely day and there was a wonderful atmosphere for the parade.
Last year I prepared a short video of it and most people commented on the bagpipes, so this year I’ve only really included the bagpipes. I hope you enjoy it: