FLAGSTONES FAT QUARTER QUILT PATTERN


Delaware flagstone fat quarter quilt

Delaware flagstone fat quarter quilt

 

I do love the spring time – the days are starting to lengthen, the snowdrops have come out and all the daffodils are pushing through.  I think it’s probably by favourite part of the year.  there’s also the prospect of all the spring quilt and craft fairs to come.  What’s not to like!

Fat quarters of fabric are wonderful for giving you the chance to have a huge variety of fabric.  Some of my fat quarters are picked up at random because I like the colour but there are also lots of co ordinated packs of fat quarters for sale these days.  These can give you great variety within your quilt and all the colour co ordination has been done for you.  The photo doesn’t do full justice to the variety of fabrics used in this fat quarter quilt pattern.

Cutting requirements

I used two packs of six fat quarters, one dark and one light from the same range but I actually used them as seven light and five dark.  In addition I used five 2.1/2″ strips of lilac fabric cut across the width of the fabric.  You will also need batting and backing fabric about 50″ square.

Making the fat quarter quilt blocks 

Two nine patch blocks make up the flagstones quilt block

Two nine patch blocks make up the flagstones quilt block

 

The flagstones quilt block that I used for this fat quarter quilt pattern is a nine patch quilt block made using five smaller nine patch quilt blocks and four snowball variation quilt blocks.  I made 2″ finished size patchwork squares which made up into an 18″ flagstones quilt block and I used four of these to make the quilt.

 

To begin with I selected one dark and one light fat quarter and cut three 2.1/2″ strips and three 2.7/8″ strips from each.  That gave me a good selection to start with and after that I just cut more of either width of strip depending on what I needed.

Sew three strips of fabric together

Sew three strips of fabric together

Make a nine patch unit

Make a nine patch unit

Sew together a strip of light, dark, light fabric and then another strip of dark, light, dark fabric.  Press and then cut these strips across at 2.1/2″ intervals.  These are used to make the nine patch part of the quilt block.  It is made as shown in the right hand photo by taking two strips of light, dark, light fabric, one strip of dark, light, dark and sewing them together to make a nine patch square.  You will need five of these for each fat quarter quilt blocks.

Cut the strips to make squares

Cut the strips to make squares

Mark a line along the diagonal

Mark a line along the diagonal

For the snowball part of the fat quarter quilt block you will need half square triangle units made using the 2.7/8″ strips.  Cut these at 2.7/8″ intervals and lay one dark square and one light square with right sides together.

Mark a line along the diagonal – as you can see it’s quicker to mark loads of them at one time.

 

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the snowball quilt block

Make the snowball quilt block

Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.

Cut a strip 2.1/2″ wide in both a light fabric from the fat quarters and from the lilac fabric.  Cut these into 2.1/2″ squares and place as shown with four of the half square triangle units.  Sew together in three rows and then sew the rows together.  You will need four of these for each fat quarter quilt block.

Four flagstone fat quarter quilt blocks

Four flagstone fat quarter quilt blocks

 

Lay the nine patch and snowball quilt blocks out as shown in three rows of three.  Sew the rows together and then sew the rows to each other.   Make four of these.  At this stage your fat quarter quilt measures 36.1/2″ square.

 

 

Quilt border for the flagstones fat quarter quilt

Two strips of sashing, one with a cornerstone

Two strips of sashing, one with a cornerstone

I decided to use the remainder of the fat quarter fabric in the border and binding so I made up four more nine patch units to use as cornerstones.  You can see on of these top right in the photo.  Then I sewed together any remaining squares and half square triangles into eight strips of eighteen squares.  Cut four 2.1/2″ wide strips of the lilac fabric and cut them to 36.1/2″ lengths.  Sew a length of squares to each side of the lilac strips so that you have four strips all 36.1/2″ long and 6.1/2″ wide.  Sew one of these strips to the top and one to the bottom of the fat quarter quilt.  Sew a nine patch cornerstone to both ends of the two remaining strips.  These can now be sewn to the sides of the fat quarter quilt.

 

The flagstones fat quarter quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of how to finish a quilt are found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

 

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Comments

  1. enjoyed seeing your site. especially liked the Delaware Flagstone. clever use of very similar, easy blocks. looks good.

    thanks

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