Hemingway Quilt – Free Pattern

Hemingway quilt

Hemingway quilt

I have named the Hemingway quilt after the fabric range rather than after the author Ernest Hemingway, using more of the Makower fabrics that I bought recently.  I’ve been asked to make more rectangular quilts, so this one is 60″ by 78″.

For the quilt I’ve used three different 9″ quilt blocks which are all very simple to make, using 2.1/4 yards of light blue fabric, 1.1/4 yards of dark blue and 1 yard each of yellow and red fabrics.  You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.




Three completed quilt blocks

Three completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the Hemingway quilt

3.1/2″ by 9.1/2″ rectangles:  twelve light blue, twelve dark blue, twelve yellow

3.1/2″ squares:  sixty four light blue, sixteen yellow

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty two light blue, thirty two yellow

6.7/8″ squares:  twenty light blue

5.3/8″ squares:  forty dark blue

For the border you will need seven 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the star block

Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares.  First place a light blue and a yellow 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 3.1/2″ squares.

Star block layout

Star block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out in three rows of three.  There’s a yellow square in the middle and a light blue square in each corner.  Finally place a half square triangle on each edge of the central square to make the star.

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

This should now be a 9.1/2″ square and you need to make sixteen of them.

Make the stripey blocks

Make the stripey blocks

Make the stripey block

A very simple block:  sew together 3.1/2″ strips of dark blue, yellow and light blue fabrics to make one panel.  Now cut this at 9.1/2″ intervals to make 9.1/2″ squares.  You need to make twelve of these.

Cut the dark blue squares

Cut the dark blue squares

Make the diamond in a square blocks

First of all cut the 5.3/8″ dark blue squares along one diagonal to make two triangles from each square.

Place one triangle on each edge

Place one triangle on each edge

Place one triangle on each edge of the 6.7/8″ light blue square.

Sew the triangles to two opposite edges of the square first.

Sew two opposite edges

Sew two opposite edges

Notice that the dark blue triangles stick out 1/4″ beyond the light blue square on each side.  Press the triangles away from the square and sew the remaining two triangles to the other edges of the square.

Finally press these triangles open and trim the middle of each edge where the triangle tips stick out.

This is now a 9.1/2″ square and you need to make twenty of these.

Rows 1 and 8

Rows 1 and 8

Assemble the Hemingway quilt

Sew the blocks together in eight rows of six blocks.  The first and eighth rows are made using six star blocks sewn together in a row.

Rows 2 and 7

Rows 2 and 7

Make rows two and seven with six diamond in square blocks sewn together in a row.

Row 3

Row 3

For the third row place a diamond block at each end with four stripey blocks between them.  Note that light blue stripe is on the top.

Rows 4 and 5

Rows 4 and 5

In the fourth and fifth rows there is a diamond block at each end with a stripey block inside them on each side and two star blocks in the middle.  The stripey blocks are placed vertically with the dark blue nearest the stars.

Row 6

Row 6

Row six is similar to row three, having a diamond block at each end with four stripey blocks between them, but this time the dark blue is on top.

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

Add the border

Add the border

Add the border

For the border use 3.1/2″ strips of red fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 54.1/2″ for the top and bottom together with two lengths of 78.1/2″ for the sides.

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

For some reason the ‘print’ button hasn’t appeared, so here’s a link for a pdf file:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxGZXN8CKTa_a0FOWGxzTUxOb0U/view?usp=sharing

Here’s the video:

My grand daughter

My grand daughter

I am delighted to confirm that I am now officially a Granny Smith!  My first grandchild, Holly Anna, is obviously the most delightful, beautiful and charming baby in all the world.  My son and his wife have done an amazing job of producing such a perfect little girl, making me a very proud grandmother.