Lightning Strike Quilt

Lightning strike quilt

Lightning strike quilt

I’ve made the Lightning Strike quilt pattern using several variations of a very simple block.  By adding an extra colour in, I ended up with something that looked like lightning – or curvy bits, but I thought that lightning strike quilt had more of a ring to it.  The quilt measures 64″ square and I have used 1.1/2 yards each of blue and red, 1.3/4 yards of white and 1/2 yard of yellow.  As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

For the quilt I have used sixteen blocks which are all 15″ square finished size.

Cutting requirements for the lightning strike quilt

6.7/8″ squares: thirty two blue, twenty four white, eight yellow

3.1/2″ squares:  eighty red, sixty four white – but read the full pattern before you cut these, as you can use strip piecing

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Techniques used in all the blocks

Make half square triangles with the 6.7/8″ squares.  Place a blue square with either a white or a yellow square 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 6.1/2″ squares..  Trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  You need to make these in both blue and white and in blue and yellow.

Sew together red and white strips

Sew together red and white strips

For the red and white squares I have used some strip piecing.  Sew together a 3.1/2″ white strip and a 3.1/2″ red strip.  Press and cut along the strips at 3.1/2″ intervals to make pairs of 3.1/2″ squares.

First block layout

First block layout

First quilt block

Lay the squares out in three rows of three.  There’s a blue/white half square triangle unit in each corner.  Between these there are red/white pairs of squares and there’s a red square in the middle.

These form three rows.  Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.  You need to make eight of these.

Second quilt block layout

Second quilt block layout

Second quilt block

This is broadly the same as the first block, but I have changed the colours, replacing two of the blue/white half square triangle units with two blue/yellow half square triangles.  Apart from that the layout is the same as for the first block.  Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You will need to make four of these.

Third quilt block layout

Third quilt block layout

Third quilt block

For this block the squares used are the same as above in the second block, but this time the half square triangles are placed differently so that the blue is nearest the middle and the yellow and white triangles form the corners of the block.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  You will need to make four of these.

Assembling the lightning strike quilt

Rows 1 and 4

Rows 1 and 4

The blocks are sewn together in four rows of four.  Rows one and four are the same as each other – four of the basic quilt block sewn together in a row.  These are placed so that the blue triangles are at top and bottom of the block – as opposed to on the sides.

First 2 blocks of rows 2 and 3

First 2 blocks of rows 2 and 3

Rows two and three are made with blocks containing yellow.

The first block is quilt block 2 with the yellow triangles on the right.  The second block is quilt block 3 with the yellow triangles on the right.

Second 2 blocks of rows 2 and 3

Second 2 blocks of rows 2 and 3

The third block of rows 2 and 3 is quilt block 3 with the yellow on the right hand side and quilt block 2 with the yellow on the left hand side.

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 border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red 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.  Apologies for the colour showing in the photo – it was actually the same red as I had used within the quilt.

That completes the lightning strike 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:

My empty kitchen

My empty kitchen

As I mentioned last week, I have had builders in this week refitting my kitchen.  Who would have thought that refitting one room would have let to such chaos in every single room in the house.  I can’t quite work out how it’s happened!  At times this week I have been without water or without electricity or heating.  I just keep telling myself that it will be worth it when it’s finished!  Till then I must put up with drills and things filling my kitchen while plates and saucepans fill my sewing room!



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  1. Lol, I’ll bet he did. But those are good memories. Isn’t it amazing how fast the years go by?
    Most of my quilting is for my great grand babies. Love your quilts. Thanks for all your sharing and hard work.

  2. Sheila Lymn says:

    hi Rose just back from my weekend away with my Church in Derbyshire .I was asked if I would do a Patchwork workshop .ME ?????
    l spent last week gathering together ” stuff ” I took some “show and tell items “to show what you can do ,9 joined in and 3 actually finished a 7 Hexigan mat ,
    I was telling them about all you wonderful quilts that arrive on line on a Friday . 3 took the details down ,
    As for your KITCHEN MESS ,well I have been there ,done that ,and got the Tee Shirt ,so hang in there Rose it will all be worth it ,Love and hugs Sheila xxx

  3. I love this throw! Thanks for posting it. It looks easy enough for someone who only has a few quilts finished. 😎

    I haven’t been snowed in since Monday, but I wouldn’t want to be renovating my kitchen with all the snow we have had. I hope this is the LAST snow for the year, even if it was the first!

    We did our kitchen ourselves, so we did it by sections and could keep working and cooking. Thankfully we have a sunroom where a lot of the kitchen things were moved during the project. You will be so happy with your new kitchen when you are finally finished.

    • Hi scrapperg. I’m glad the snow has gone enough for you to get out and about. My kitchen is too small to do in sections, so I’m just having to put up with no cooker or washing machine for now – luckily having a small kitchen also means that it will soon be finished.

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt. It amazes me that you can get such wonderful things done and still maintain your sanity what with the upheavel of your house. Remodeling ius a pain but you will get through it and it will look fantastic. Love the quilt and the colours but I may have to go with some purple. Have a great weekend and as always Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. I think that it’s the quilting that helps me retain my sanity. The quilt would look good with purple.

  5. Another lovely pattern Rose thank you. Kitchen renovations! At last we have vinyl on floor after 2 years! Patience is all you need Ha! Concentrate on the sewing and time will fly?. Am still on the UFOs! Will start on one of your patterns when I come back off holiday (hopefully). Have a nice weekend.

  6. Hi Rose I can’t believe with all the chaos going on around you-you took the
    time to give us a lovely quilt pattern and, of course, your usual good tutorial.
    Thank you! If the weather was warm itself getting the work done wouldn’t
    be so bad. Rose you will have a lovely kitchen in the end. So worth the hassle.

    • Hi Mary. In a way quilting helped me to forget about the chaos around me. Except when I did dumb things like thinking ‘I can’t use the sewing machine because there’s no power so I’ll just put the kettle on!’

  7. Hi Rose,
    How do you do it? Here you are at times without heat, electricity and water and you come up with another beautiful pattern. I have finished sewing together the red and green 1/2 square triangles and am now sewing the brown and green. I have laid them out and am happy with the result. I still have a long way to go but I see it as a challenge since this is my first try at making triangles. Good luck with your kitchen.

    • Hi Claire. I’m really glad the pattern’s working out for you. There’ll be no stopping you now that you’ve mastered half square triangles! It was lucky you were able to buy some more of that red fabric.

  8. HI Rose, remodeling is a real drag. I have been living in a mess for about 30 days now. Drywall dust is everywhere no matter how many times I clean it,it’s always back the next day in places I can’t understand. Difficult to live with. Our hobbies help us maintain some normalcy during the Chaos.
    Just keep in mind it won’t last forever.
    I love this quilt, so striking.

    • Hi Linda. You have my sympathies. We did up a house about 30 years ago and I can still remember the way the dust got everywhere – even inside the fridge even though the door had a seal on it. My eldest was a toddler at the time and he found the whole thing a great adventure.

  9. Mari Elliott says:

    know what you mean. I too am having my kitchen remodeled and have my “pots and pans etc,” in my office. I am still in the emptying out stage and will soon have the mess to cope with. Hopefully yours will soon be over. By the way I love every one of your quilts!

    • Thanks, Mari. That’s kind of you. My pots and pans are in the conservatory – the fridge, kettle and microwave are all here in my sewing room. I am surviving on convenience food as I can’t do any cooking. Hope you survive your kitchen refit.

  10. Linddylou says:

    Thanks so much for the great pattern

  11. Jeannette says:

    You did a great job ……lovely quilt !!! Thank you for always sharing your patterns and great directions.

    • Thanks, Jeannette. I was lucky – I managed to make most of the quilt early in the week before the builders really got stuck in.

  12. Oh Rose, this is a neat pattern and I thank you for it! Had our 130 year old kitchen renovated this October, November, December…so crazy and so worth it! Hang in there my friend!

    • Hi Paula. Three months!! I take my hat off to you for surviving that! My kitchen is scheduled to take less than a fortnight.

  13. Lynne Schrag says:

    Good morning Rose, I love your quilts and today’s quilt looks doable for a beginner. Thank you so much. I am one of the lucky ones that has been snowed in for almost a week so have had time to get lots of sewing done. Yeah!

    • Hi Lynne. I’m glad you didn’t find being snowed in a problem. I feel a real fraud complaining about having the builders in when I think of all the people who are having to suffer through so much more because of the weather.