Michigan Beauty Quilt Pattern

Michigan Beauty quilt

Michigan Beauty quilt

I’ve made the Michigan Beauty quilt using the block of the same name and an alternate block of my own design which I tried to make as much the reverse of it as I could.  My plan was to make an interesting quilt with plenty to look at.  The first block has lilac in the middle with white outside it while the alternate has white in the middle with lilac outside it.  The green flower shapes point outwards in the first block and inwards in the alternate block.

The quilt measures 58″ square.  I have used nine 18″ blocks, needing 1.1/2 yards each of white and blue with 3/4 yard each of green and lilac.  As ever, you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

Completed blocks

Completed blocks

Cutting requirements for the Michigan Beauty quilt

3,1.2″ squares:  thirty six green, sixteen lilac, twenty white

6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ rectangles:  ten lilac

3.7.8″ squares:  thirty six each in green and white, twenty eight each in blue and white, thirty six each in blue and lilac

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles 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 the fabric sticks out.

Central area

Central area

Make the Michigan Beauty quilt block

Begin with the two 6.1/2″ lilac rectangles in the middle of the block.  Place a pair of blue/lilac half square triangles on each edge of this central square.  Make sure that the lilac triangles are together, forming a larger lilac triangle pointing away from the middle.  Add a green square in each corner.

Michigan Beauty quilt block layout

Michigan Beauty quilt block layout

For the outer frame, place a pair of blue/white half square triangles in the middle of each edge.  Add a green/white half square triangle on each side of the blue/white half square triangles.  Place a white square in each corner.  Note that the blue triangles together form a larger blue triangle pointing outwards and the white triangles together form larger white triangles pointing inwards.

Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  At this stage it measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make five of these.

Alternate block centre

Alternate block centre

Make the alternate block

Place four blue/white half square triangles in the middle.  Lay them so that the white triangles together form a diamond in the middle.  Add a pair of blue/lilac half square triangles on each edge of the central square.  Lay them so that the blue triangles together form a larger blue triangle pointing outwards.

Add a lilac square in each corner.

Alternate block layout

Alternate block layout

For the outer frame place a pair of white squares in the middle of each edge.  Add a green/white half square triangle on each side of the white squares.  The white pieces should now form a mountain shape on each edge.  Add a green square in each corner.

Sew the patchwork pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  At this stage the block measures 18.1/2″ square and you need to make four of these.

Blue quilt border

Blue quilt border

Add the border

Use the 2.1/2″ blue strips for the border.  You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 58.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Michigan Beauty quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:


Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

While I was in Spain for the Sitges quilt festival I had time for some sightseeing in Barcelona.  The lovely Sagrada Familia, still being constructed after over 100 years, was top of my list of places to see.  What a treat!  To see my photos click here or click on the photo.

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments about my demonstrations on Sewing Quarter.  I had a wonderful morning there – they were all so welcoming and friendly that I felt far more relaxed than I had expected to.  I don’t have any more dates yet, but will definitely let you know when I do.

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  1. Rose, your Michigan Beauty quilt is aptly named. I tried downloading it but I am not having any luck with Google. I did find you on YouTube but not on the Thursday that you were on the Sewing Quarter. I’ll have to look again.
    I envied your trip to Barcelona and the Sagrada. Spain is such a beautiful country. I’ve been there twice but never got to visit any cities on the eastern side of the country only the southern part.

    • Hi Claire. Sorry you had trouble seeing the pattern. I agree that Spain is beautiful – we are so lucky living here and being able to visit the European countries so easily. There are still so many places that I want to visit. My latest trip was to Prague.

  2. Teresa E Purvis says:

    This is a very pretty quilt and of course I love that you did a “Michigan” block. Thank you so much for sharing this, a lovely quilt and very nicely done. Wish I could come and visit you at your quilt shop. Teresa Purvis
    Newark, Delaware USA

    • Hi Teresa. Glad you liked the quilt pattern. It’s always amazed me how many quilt blocks do contain the name of one of the states of the USA.

  3. PAMELA BRUCE says:

    Thank you for showing the Sagrada it is so beautiful and also the wonderful quilts you produce it is really so good to see them. You did a marvellous job on sewing quarter explained it all so well. I think you suit Rosemary rather than Rose!!!
    Enjyed the hour so much thanks

    • Hi Pamela. Thanks for your kind comments. My mother always hated it when anyone shortened my name, but I answer to both Rose or Rosemary.

  4. Thanks Rose for the quilt top. Did you have fun in Barcelona.

  5. Louise A Johnson says:

    Love it! Nicely done.

  6. jeanne anderson says:

    love this quilt………..

  7. Rose I usually go out on a Thursday morning but instead watched you on the Sewing Quarter. I thoroughly enjoyed both the shows and I thought you came across very nice and natural. Just keep up the good work and you get the recognition you so rightly deserve. A very talented lady. Today’s quilt is very interesting. Thank you
    Olive in sunny but windy Suffolk.

    • Thanks, Olive. I was really nervous beforehand – it was the thought of being live given that my own videos are always heavily edited! We have similar weather in Birmingham – my craft market for today has been cancelled because the weather forecast is so bad.

  8. Sharon Zack says:

    I really like this Michigan Beauty quilt and am putting it on my to-do list. Thanks so much for the lovely pattern.

  9. Larissa Wangarodskaya says:

    Роза, очень красивый проект! Спасибо! И у меня есть предложение: а что будет если в середину каждого “пустого” блока добавить аппликацию? Может тогда проект был бы ещё красивее?…

    • Hi Larissa. What a great idea. That would really give something special to the quilt. (Larissa has suggested putting applique in some of the empty squares to add to the design.)

  10. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the quilt and the colours. Looks like an easy quilt to do especially because you explain it s well.
    Glad you did great on your show must find it on You tube and watch it. You are a natural after making all these quilt videos for us.
    I have been to Barcelona once on a cruise ship back in 1974 don’t remember if I went into the Sagrada Familia.
    Hope you have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. You’d definitely remember if you’d been inside the Sagrada – I found it a really moving experience. Glad you like the quilt – it’s simple to make although there are lots of half square triangles.