Sisters Choice Quilt Pattern

Sisters choice quilt

Sisters choice quilt

The sisters choice quilt block is such a pretty one that I thought I’d use it in the quilt this week – with a few changes in the colours.  The quilt measures 49″ by 64″ and I have used 1/2 yard each of the red and white, 3/4 yard each of the dark blue and light blue, with 1 yard of the medium blue.  I’m using poetic licence here a bit – the fabrics aren’t actually all blues but basically apart from the red and white the others are a dark, a medium and a light fabric.  The ones that I have used for the medium and light are actually nearer green but I’m calling them blue anyway.

As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

Please note that the image here shows a square quilt using four rows of four when in fact the instructions are for a rectangular quilt using four rows of three.  My apologies – it’s just been pointed out to me!

Cutting requirements for the sisters choice quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  forty eight light blue, forty eight dark blue, sixty medium blue

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty four each in medium blue and white, twenty four each in dark blue and white, twenty four each in light blue and red

For the border you will need to cut 2.1/2″ lengths of red fabric:  two of them 45.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two of them 64.1/2″ long for the sides.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making the sisters choice quilt block

Make half square triangles using the 3.7/8″ squares 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 dark fabric and trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Sisters choice quilt block layout

Sisters choice quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in five rows of five.  The top and bottom rows consist of a medium blue square in the middle with a pair of half square triangles on each side of it.  These are placed so that the medium blue and dark blue triangles together form a larger triangle pointing away from the middle of the block.

Completed sisters choice quilt block

Completed sisters choice quilt block

The middle column and middle row are both made with alternating squares of medium blue and dark blue.  The second and fourth rows have a dark blue square in the middle with a light blue square on either side and a light blue/red half square triangle at the ends.

Sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other.  You will need to make twelve of the sisters choice quilt block.

Make sure that the red triangles are on the sides

Make sure that the red triangles are on the sides

Assembling the sisters choice quilt

Arrange the blocks in four rows of three.  Make sure that the blocks are all placed the same way with the red triangles on the sides of the block and the white triangles on the top and bottom.

Press the seam allowances open if necessary

Press the seam allowances open if necessary

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

I have pressed the seam allowances open between the blocks because this can help reduce the bulk where there four half square triangles meeting.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  Sew the 45.1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the quilt and the 64.1/2″ strips to the sides.

I feel that this is one of those quilts that look quite complex, but each block is very straightforward and easy to sew.

That completes the sisters choice quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting page.

Here’s the video:

I’m off to London on Sunday to visit my son and his fiancee in their new home. My daughter will be there as well, so I’m looking forward to a family get together.  Let’s hope the weather stays good – it’s been lovely this week.


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  1. Beautiful quilt Rose,I love the colours.Hope you had a lovely time with your family on Sunday,love carole

  2. Roseann Sloan says:

    G’day Rose, thank you for your lovely quilt patterns have been looking for a easy block pattern for my granddaughter. She has asked me if we could do a quilt together and this one will be the one. She is 11 next week. We can sit and watch the tutorial first. Hope you had a good weekend with your son. bye from West Aussie.

    • Thanks, Roseann. What a lovely idea – I hope that you and your grand daughter have many happy hours together making the quilt.

  3. Hi just received the material I just want to say that’s it’s really nice and look forward to making the quilt

  4. This i o lovely Rose. Thankyou. have a lovely weekend.

  5. Lovely Rose. I love the little pop of red! Have a good weekend

  6. Jo Williams says:

    I really like this block.
    Hope you have a great week-end

  7. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt. It looked so complicated until you explained it. Thank you for responding when I sent the picture of my quilt. I started with one of your designs but ended up with my own. My husband and dog both love it.
    Now I am really confused I have gotten so many ideas from you I don’t know what to do next. I will have to figure it out.
    Hope the weather holds and you have a fun weekend with your children.

    • Hi Sandra. Sounds like your quilt is a great success – isn’t that satisfying! Enjoy choosing your next project.

  8. Sue Hosking says:

    Thank you Rose, this is so pretty, have a lovely weekend with your son!

  9. Wow! What a beautiful quilt. And to think that you had time to make it in one week. I’m still working on making the simple matching dresses for my 7 year old grand niece and her doll. It was my first attempt at making the dress/s and I found out how to make them on YouTube.
    Have a fun day with your family in London. My mother and I enjoyed touring the city way back in 1956.

    • Hi Claire. Don’t forget that I don’t make a complete quilt in a week – just the quilt top! I bet that the doll’s clothes that you are making are more fiddly than anything I make. I was going to say that London will have changed a lot since 1956, but many places will still be the same as they have been for hundreds of years.

  10. Rose, You have come up with another beauty. Thank you!
    We too are having beautiful weather. Hope you have lovely time in London.
    Are you still planning on moving?

  11. You always have just the right project I am looking for ;-). Thanks!

  12. Olive Procyshyn says:

    Rose yet another beautiful quilt.
    Enjoy your trip to London.
    A very cold North East wind blowing hard down in Suffolk.

    • Thanks, Olive. I hope the wind isn’t so bad in London. We seem to be warmer here in Ludlow than we were earlier in the week.

  13. Beautiful! And appropriate since my sister is visiting today!

  14. The sisters quilt is one of my favourites, thankyou for sharing it. I think I’ll do one for each of my 3 sisters and experiment with colours.
    Yes it’s been a lovely week so far not as good in the North though. Have a great weekend with your son and fiancé, have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    Mine comes in May with a trip to Suffolk to see my son and Grand children. :-))

    • Hi Trish. Great idea. Yes, I could see that there was a definite north-south divide in the weather. We’ve been lucky here. Have a lovely time in Suffolk next month.

  15. Deb Ward says:

    nice block Rose! Have fun in London..

  16. Beautiful. Have ordered the fabric. Love your Colour choices

  17. Very pretty Rose, love the colour choices.
    Have a wonderful family weekend….

    • Thanks, Toni. I hope the weather holds.

      • Really enjoy getting your patterns!! I live across the pond in the US and have gotten patterns and fabric from you. So fun! Been to England once in 1973. Enjoyed seeing the countryside but we stayed in London for the 3 weeks we were there. Take care and have a good trip. Was 88 today for us here in Northern California so hope it’s a little cooler for you 🙂

        • Hi Kathy. Good to hear from you. I had a lovely visit with the family today – and it was definitely a lot coooler than 88!