Ladder Bunting Quilt – Free Pattern

Ladder bunting quilt

Ladder bunting quilt

The Ladder quilt is very, very simple but I think it’s quite striking.  Often I begin a quilt design and then it becomes more and more complicated as I go.  This time I began with three blocks and then gradually reduced it to just the one.  The colours all move along one diagonal or the other and the triangles made me think of bunting.  It’s just a year now since I made what felt like miles of bunting for my second son’s wedding!

The quilt measures 44″ square and I have used 1 yard of blue, 3/4 yard of brown, with 1/2 yard each of red and pink.  I have used nine blocks which are 12″ square finished size.

Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements for the ladder bunting quilt

6.7/8″ squares:  nine red, nine pink

3.1/2″ squares:  thirty six brown, thirty six blue

For the borders you will need to cut four 2.1/2″ lengths of blue and of brown, cut across the width of fabric.

Half square triangles

Half square triangles

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 6.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a red and a pink square 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 6.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the red and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

Sew the strips together

Sew the strips together

Make the four patch units

Sew together 3.1/2″ strips of brown and blue fabric along the length.  Cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals to produce rectangles 3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″.

Four patch units

Four patch units

Use two of these for each four patch unit, placing them so that the blue squares are diagonally opposite each other.

Block layout

Block layout

Complete the ladder bunting quilt block

Lay the units out by placing two half square triangle units diagonally opposite each other with two four patch units diagonally opposite each other.

Sew the two four patch units together to create the four patch units and then sew each one to a half square triangle.  Sew the two pairs together to complete the block.

The block measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make nine of them.

Assemble the ladder bunting quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three, making sure that the blocks are all facing the same way as each other.

Add the borders

Add the borders

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of brown fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.

Make the second border with 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 44.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the ladder bunting 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:

Cardiff - People Like Us statue

Cardiff – People Like Us statue

Last week I had a very enjoyable visit to Cardiff.  To see my photos click here or click on the photo.

Many thanks to those of you who have commented on my Sewing Quarter demonstrations.  My next demonstration is on October 14th, but I don’t know yet what I’ll be demonstrating.

Tomorrow I have a craft stall at Moseley Arts Market – I just hope the sun shines for me!

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  1. Hello Rose, Your quilt is lovely. It would make a perfect baby quilt. Susan learned that she will be the grandmother of a baby boy in Feb. or March. I’ll give her a baby quilt that I found at a thrift shop. Cost $1.99. It was a brand new panel quilt that someone gave to a friend, relative? (Written on the quilters label) For Amanda’s second child and dated 2007. Susan saw it and liked it. By the looks and condition of the quilt I’m think that the recipient didn’t.
    Enjoyed reading and seeing your visit to Cardiff. Wish we had all those places to visit over here.

    • Hi Claire. Glad you like the quilt pattern. How lovely for Susan to have another grandchild on the way. Exciting times. I’m sure she’ll love both the panel quilt and the one that you make for her.

  2. Janice Hicks says:

    This is lovely. A group here in US is endeavoring to make several lap quilts for veterans. I think this pattern may be just the ticket for that. Your quilting is (and ever has been) inspirational. Thank you for sharing your adventures…both fabric and travel.

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the pattern. It can be done in any colour you want. I may have to try it with some purple in it. Your colours are very striking, also. Seems easy enough to make even for me. You have been busy. Hope tomorrow will be sunny for your craft stall. Good luck. Do you have a lot of people stopping by??.
    Have a great weekend relax and enjoy your games, and of course Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. Glad you like the quilt pattern. As you say, it can be used as a scrappy quilt to use up smaller quantities of fabric. It doesn’t take long to make, either.

  4. Thank you so much for the patterns for the quilts and also for sharing your travels. I really enjoy it all. Wanted to just send you continuous joy and happiness your way.

  5. Thanks Rose for the quilt top.

  6. Linda Pearson says:

    Hi Rose
    I so enjoy your patterns and letting us know what is new in your life.
    I live in Canada but next July will be going to
    Birmingham for the quilt show was wondering if you will be there. Would love to meet you

    • Hi Linda. I hope you have a wonderful trip to the UK. Yes, I will definitely be going to the Festival of Quits. We;ll have to liaise nearer the time.

  7. Rose, this is a lovely quilt and one that could be made bigger
    without much trouble . The colours are lovely.
    Cardiff looks like a very interesting city your very good at taking
    photographs. I sincerely hope you have a great success with your
    crafts tomorrow.
    I’m intrigued about your next appearence on the sewing quarter.

    • Hi Mary. Thanks for your comments. This quilt could be made as big as you like – just keep adding rows and columns. Cardiff was lovely – I think I’ll definitely visit it again and see other parts of it this time. I will probably hear from Sewing Quarter next week with instructions and fabric.

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