Summery Breezes Quilt

Summery breezes quilt

Summery breezes quilt

The summery breezes quilt pattern is loosely based on the summer breeze quilt block, but I’ve adapted it and used two versions of the block within the quilt.  It’s a large quilt block (24″ square) so I’ve only needed to use twelve of them to make a queen or king sized quilt pattern.  The only difference between the two versions of the block is the corners, but it’s surprising what a difference this makes to the overall quilt design.

The quilt measures 76″ by 100″ and I have used 2.3/4 yards each of dark blue and white with 3 yards of light blue.

Cutting requirements for the summery breezes quilt

6.7/8″ squares:  twelve dark blue, twelve light blue

6.1/2″ squares:  twenty four dark blue

3.7/8″ squares:  twenty four dark blue, one hundred and forty four light blue, one hundred and sixty eight white

3.1/2″ squares:  forty eight dark blue, ninety six light blue, ninety six white

For the border you wil need to cut ten 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue across the width of fabric

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the half square triangle units

There are half square triangle units in both versions of the quilt block.  Make these using the 6.7/8″ squares and the 3.7/8″ squares.  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.  Trim the two corners where the triangle tips stick out.

You will need to make the small units in both dark blue/white and light blue/white, while the large units are made in dark blue/light blue.

Summery breezes quilt block layout 1st version

Summery breezes quilt block layout 1st version

Making the first version of the summery breezes  quilt block

For this version I have used the large half square triangles in the corners.  These are placed so that the dark blue triangles are on the outside, forming the corners.

Central area of the quilt block

Central area of the quilt block

As that layout may seem a little overwhelming, I have sewn the block together from the middle so that you can see the block come together in small stages.

Begin with four dark blue/white half square triangles and sew them together first in pairs and then sew the pairs together to make a four patch unit, making sure that the dark blue triangles are placed to form a diamond in the middle of the block.

For the first frame around this you will need four pairs of light blue/white half square triangles sewn together so that the white triangles form a larger triangle pointing away from the middle.  Sew one pair to the top and one to the bottom of the dark blue diamond.  Sew a dark blue square to both ends of the remaining two pairs and sew the resulting strips to the sides.

Next frame of the quilt block

Next frame of the quilt block

The next frame of the summery breezes quilt block is exactly the same on each edge of the central block.  There’s a large half square triangle in each corner.  Between these are two rows of four squares each.  The inside row is made using two white squares with a light blue/white half square triangle at each end, while the outside row is made using two light blue/white half square triangles with a light blue square at each end.

All the white squares and triangles should now form a large white triangle pointing away from the middle of the block.

Sew the sections into three columns

Sew the sections into three columns

Sew the sections together in three columns and then sew the columns to each other to complete the block.

You’ll need to make six of this version of the quilt block.

2nd version of the summery breezes quilt block

2nd version of the summery breezes quilt block

Make the second version of the block

The other version of the block used in the summery breezes quilt is more or less the same, but just with 6.1/2″ dark blue squares in the corners instead of half square triangles.  You’ll also need to make six of this version.

Sew the blocks in four rows of three

Sew the blocks in four rows of three

Assembling the summery breezes quilt

The blocks are sewn together in four rows of three.  The first and fourth rows are made with three of the first version of the block (triangles in the corners).  The second and third rows are made with three of the second version of the block.

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

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the quilt border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 72.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 100.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the summery breezes quilt.  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 seem to have spent a good part of this week sorting out images for some of the quilts that I have designed for Fabric Freedom – there were quite a lot of them and several times I sent the wrong image or the same image twice – wouldn’t it be lovely to have a fully functioning brain!


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  1. Hi Rose, I’m looking for an answer and it looks as if my post found its way into your spam file.
    I don’t remember what I wrote but was wondering if the width of 2 blocks instead of 3 would we suitable for a twin size bed? Time that I got away from making quilts solely with squares. As for your brain, believe me there are no (as we say here in the USA) screws missing – they’re all there. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next week–that’s if you’re not on your way to Birmingham.

    • Hi Claire. Sorry – I’ve just found this comment. No, I didn’t lose your first email – just took too long to reply it, while I thought about the best way to reduce the quilt to twin bed size. There are some lovely phrases for having screws missing – the one that I always think sounds quite homely is ‘one sandwich short of a picnic’. That’s me, for sure!

  2. Rose – don’t worry if you think you don’t have a fully functional brain – I don’t think anyone does! I’m thankful for the amount of your brain that does work! Perhaps you should be too. And, if you worry about your brain function it makes it worse – I know!!!!
    Best Wishes

    • Hi Fay. You’re absolutely right – worrying about things that I get wrong or forget won’t help anyone. Much more productive to use coping mechanisms like making lists and always putting the car keys in the same place.

  3. Beautiful pattern,especially love the big block. I shall make one for my son.

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose, Another great quilt. One to put in my “to do list”. Always look forward to Friday. Love how you explain things so easy. Definitely will try this one also. Today it was sunny. Hooray. We have been having so much rain, I thought I may have to build an ark.
    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy Quilting!

    • Thanks, Sandra. Glad you’re getting some good weather. We’ve been so lucky – some really warm sunny days.

  5. What a beautiful pattern! I can’t believe that you made this quilt in one week. It would take me one week just to make one block. Could this be made into a twin size quilt? I read about the heat wave that hit Europe. Good that temperatures are back in the 70″s. It’s 82° here today but will climb to the high 80’s to low 90’s tomorrow. Ugh!

    • Hi Claire. I only made the quilt top in one week – not the completed quilt. You could definitely make it smaller for a twin bed. For that you would only need two rows instead of four (six blocks total). I would think that it would look best if you made all six with triangles and not make any of them with squares in the corners. Yes, it’s definitely been cooler this week. I rather wilted in the very hot weather – luckily my house stayed quite cool. I don’t think that I’d cope very well with the extremes of weather that you seem to get.

  6. Rose, This quilt Is beautiful. I’m glad to say, thanks to your tutorial, I wouldn’t
    feel nervous about making such a big block with so many pieces.
    I know what you mean about “your brain”.
    Have a nice week-end.

    • Thanks, Mary. When the individual quilt blocks are so large it makes it easier to make a queen or king sized quilt. This one would have a good drop over the edges of the bed.

  7. Lovely quilt Rose. Nice and cool looking for these hot summer days!

    • Thanks, Jan. Sorry I missed you at Sandown – I had to leave because I was meeting the family for lunch. Hope to see you at the Festival of Quilts.

  8. Hi Rose. This is beautiful, but it sure looks like a lot of work. How long did it take you to make it?

    • Hi Linda. Glad you like the quilt. The blocks go together relatively quickly and I’ve only made the top. It would have taken me a lot longer if I had layered, quilted and bound it!

  9. Rose – This looks like a beautiful quilt, and one I think I might be able to put together. I’ve been looking for a pattern to use for my son’s bed and this just may be it. Thank you for your great posts and videos – I look forward to them and have learned quite a bit from following you.

    • Thanks, Kath. Although it’s a large quilt, it goes together quite easily. It’s not a fussy pattern, so it would be good for a man.