Good Enough Quilt

Good enough quilt

Good enough quilt

The Good Enough quilt is not named for what I think about the quilt – it’s based on the Good Enough quilt block.  In fact I played around with the quilt block design so much that it’s not really the same block now.  Please don’t think that it’s too complicated for you – it is only made with squares and half square triangles.

The quilt measures 52″ square, made with nine blocks which are 16″ square finished size.  I have used 3/4 yard each of red and light blue with 1 yard of white fabric and 1.1/2 yards of dark blue.  You may not agree with what I’ve called the colours, but I visualised the quilt with dark blue and light blue and then went off to choose some fabrics from my stash.  I thought that it would be clearer for you if I continued to call them dark blue and light blue.

As usual you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer, but for the next seven days I am also offering a 12% discount on everything in the shop (for orders over £5), so you actually get a massive 22% discount on the fabrics in the kit.  The discount will be applied automatically, so you don’t need to remember a coupon code.  Just click on this week’s quilt kit.

Good enough quilt block

Good enough quilt block

Cutting requirements for the good enough quilt

4.7/8″ squares:  thirty six dark blue, thirty six white

4.1/2″ squares:  eighteen dark blue, eighteen red

2.7/8″ squares:  eighteen each in red and white, eighteen each in light blue and white, eighteen each in dark blue and white, eighteen each in dark blue and light blue

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

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Making the good enough quilt block

The half square triangle units are made using the 4.7/8″ squares and also the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour pairings 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 give you two half square triangle units which are now either 4.1/2″ or 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.  In the photo the process is shown in the top left, while the rest of the photo shows the various colours needed for the half square triangles.

Central area of the quilt block

Central area of the quilt block

In order to make it more simple, I am showing you the central area of the quilt block first.  This is made entirely with 2.1/2″ half square triangle units made from the 2.7/8″ squares.  These are laid out in four rows of four.  Look for the larger shapes to check your placement – all the larger white triangles formed by two white triangles side by side and the stripes of the coloured fabrics, again formed by two triangles side by side.

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

Add the outer frame

Add the outer frame

Now it’s a simple matter to add the outer frame of the good enough quilt block.  Along each edge there’s a pair of dark blue/white half square triangles (the 4.1/2″ ones).  In the corners there are dark blue or red 4.1/2″ squares, placed diagonally opposite each other.

Make three columns

Make three columns

Sew the two squares above and below the central area together and then sew them to the central section of the block.  Sew the remaining squares into a column either side of the central area and then sew these to the block to complete it.

You will need to make nine of these blocks.

Assembling the good enough quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Check that you always have a red square in the top left of each block – otherwise you won’t get those four patch units of light blue and red forming when the blocks are sewn together.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the border I’ve used 2.1/2″ strips of dark blue.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the good enough 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:

My new sewing shed

My new sewing shed

Last week my new shed for Minnie, my longarm quilting machine, arrived.  I am so excited to see it there!  I can’t use it yet as I have to wait for it to dry out and for my electrician to put a power supply in for me, but at least I feel that I’m nearly there.  I’ve been accepted by Handmade at Amazon for selling my quilts, so I’ve plenty of quilting waiting for Minnie!

Don’t forget to take a look at my 12% discount sale (on orders over £5).