Silver Lanes Quilt – Free Pattern

Silver Lanes quilt

Silver Lanes quilt

The Silver Lanes quilt block has such a lovely layout that I didn’t feel that it needed an alternate block.  I’ve made this quilt using just nine blocks which are all 18″ square finished size.  Each block contains purple, white and three shades of blue which gives the quilt plenty of interest.

The quilt measures 58″ square and I needed 1 yard each of white, dark blue and purple fabric, with 3/4 yard each of medium blue and light blue fabrics.  I don’t have any of that fabric left over, so there’s no special discount quilt kit this week.

If you wanted to make a rectangular quilt you could make twelve blocks (four rows of three) and this would give you a quilt 58″ wide by 76″ long.




Completed silver lanes quilt block

Completed silver lanes quilt block

Cutting requirements for the silver lanes quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty six white, thirty six light blue, seventy two medium blue

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty six each in light blue and dark blue, thirty six each in dark blue and white, eighteen each in purple and white

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

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  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.

This will produce 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.

Layout of the central area

Layout of the central area

Make the silver lanes quilt block

I’ve shown the central area of the block first.  Place four purple/white half square triangles in the middle to make a pinwheel.

Around this pinwheel place two medium blue squares on each edge with a light blue square in each corner.

Silver lanes quilt block layout

Silver lanes quilt block layout

Now you can add the outer frame.  Place a white square in each corner of the block.  On either side of each corner, place a light blue/dark blue half square triangle.  These two light blue triangles together with the light blue square already in place make a rosebud shape which is repeated around each corner of the block.

In the middle of each edge of the block, lay two dark blue/white half square triangles.  Place these so that the two white triangles together form a larger white triangle pointing towards the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  This now measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make nine blocks altogether.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Assemble the silver lanes quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  For the border you will need 2.1/2″ strips of purple fabric:  two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the silver lanes 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:

Mayflower steps

Mayflower steps

When I visited Torquay the week before last, I also spent a day in Plymouth, further along the coast.  What a lot of history there is in that city!  Along the harbour front there is an area called the Mayflower Steps.  This is where the Mayflower set off in 1620 taking the Pilgrim Fathers to settle in America.  You can’t see them in the photo, but the flags of both the UK and the USA fly beside the steps.

Eddystone Lighthouse

Eddystone Lighthouse

A little further along the coast and up a hill known as the Hoe I found a small lighthouse – actually too far inland to be useful.

I was fascinated to find that it’s known as Smeaton’s Tower and is in fact the top half of the Eddystone Lighthouse.

Eddystone light quilt block

Eddystone light quilt block

It used to function as a lighthouse but the top half was transported stone by stone to Plymouth where it was rebuilt.

When I made the Eddystone light quilt block I just assumed that it came from America, when in fact the lighthouse was here on the south coast all along!

Thanks for visiting my website.  For various reasons there will not be a quilt pattern next Friday.

 

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