I chose the Times Remembered quilt block for this quilt because that’s what I always find myself doing at the start of a new year – taking a glance back at the previous year. Whether or not you do the same, I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed your festive break and will have a wonderful new year.
The Star and Cross block is my choice for an alternative. I’m quite pleased with the way that it forms a circle around the central area of the quilt. There are sixteen blocks – eight of each – and they are all 15″ square finished size. Altogether I used 1/2 yard of dark blue, 3/4 yard of medium blue, 1.1/4 yards of light blue, 1.1/2 yards each of red and white fabrics. The quilt measures 66″ square.
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Cutting requirements for the times remembered quilt
3.1/2″ squares: forty dark blue, forty eight medium blue, thirty two light blue for the times remembered blocks, together with forty eight white and sixty four light blue for the star and cross quilt
3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles: eight medium blue, eight red for the times block, together with eight white for the star block
3.7/8″ squares: sixteen each in red and white for the times block, together with thirty two each in light blue and white for the star block
For the border you will need seven 2.1/2″ strips of red cut across the width of fabric.
Making half square triangle units
I’ve used 3.7/8″ squares for the half square triangles, in the colour pairings 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.
Make the times remembered quilt block
Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown in the photo. Place a dark blue square in each corner and in the middle. Add a light blue square on each edge of the central square and a red/white half square triangle in each corner of that central area. Place these so that the white triangles are on the outside, forming the corners of that area.
For the outer frame you need a medium blue rectangle at the top, a red rectangle at the bottom and three medium blue squares on each side.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. Make eight of them.
Make the star and cross quilt block
Lay the patchwork out as shown. Form the central cross with a white rectangle in row three and a white square above and below it. Place a white square in each corner of the block, with a blue/white half square triangle forming a butterfly shape across each corner.
Place a light blue square in the middle of each edge of the block. Add the remaining light blue squares diagonally inside each white corner square.
Sew the squares together across each row and sew the rows to each other to complete the block. Make eight of them.
Assemble the times remembered quilt
Sew the blocks together in four rows of four. In row one place two star blocks in the middle with a times block at each end of the row. Place these so that the red rectangles are at the bottom of the blocks.
The second row is made with two times blocks in the middle and a star block at each end. Place the times blocks so that the red rectangle is first on the right and then on the bottom of the blocks.
For the third row the blocks are the same as for the second row, but this time the red rectangles are first on the top and then on the left of the blocks. This is how the cross in the centre of the quilt is formed.
Finally the fourth row comprises two star blocks in the middle with a times block at each end. Rotate the times blocks so that the red rectangles are at the top of the blocks.
Add the quilt border
I’ve used 3.1/2″ strips of red for the quilt border. You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 66.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the Times Remembered 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’ve had a very relaxing break. While my sewing machine was carefully tidied away I took lots of lovely walks. One in particular to Earlswood Lakes gave me some gorgeous scenes of the sun shining on the water: sometimes my camera just shows this as a blur, but for some reason this time it showed the sun’s reflection beautifully. I think that I’ll have to try and use this particular photo as the basis of a quilt.
In addition I wanted to share with you a baby vest that I adapted for my granddaughter, Holly. It was very simple to make – I added some text to a photo of Christmas fabric and then printed it on plain fabric. I sewed that and a holly shape on to the vest, giving a festive vest. It was a really simple way of personalising a gift for her.