Birmingham Library Quilt Pattern

 

Birmingham library quilt

Birmingham library quilt

The Birmingham Library quilt pattern is actually based on the paving outside the library where there are some lovely designs.  I have chosen one of the patterns for this quilt.  I’ve used 2.1/2″ strips so that you could use jelly roll strips to make it, and I’ve used fabrics from my stash.  So the quilt pattern ticks lots of boxes:  easy quilt, no triangles, jelly roll quilt and scrap quilt.

No quilt kit this week partly because I only used scraps but mainly because I’m having a sale:  17% off across everything until next Thursday (8th Oct).  No coupon required:  just click here.

Birmingham library paving

Birmingham library paving

When I was selecting fabrics, I tried to choose blue (dark) fabrics, pink (medium) fabrics and yellow/white (light) fabrics.  I don’t think that I quite achieved this because I kept thinking ‘ooh that’s pretty’ rather than looking more carefully at whether it was a dark, medium or light fabric.  That’s why I’m showing you the digital version of the quilt as well as the real one.

The quilt measures 68″ by 56″, using nine quilt blocks which are 20″ by 16″ finished size.  There are two different blocks and you’ll need six of the basic block and three of the alternate block.  Although I used lots of different fabrics from scrap, the overall fabric requirements are 1.1/2 yards of blue, 2 yards of pink and 1.1/4 yards of light fabric.

Completed basic and alternate quilt blocks

Completed basic and alternate quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the Birmingham library quilt

These are all 2.1/2″ wide strips, so I’ll just give the lengths here.

Blue fabric:  thirty 4.1/2″, twenty four 6.1/2″, six 8.1/2″, six 12.1/2″, eighteen 16.1/2″

Pink fabric:  twelve 2.1/2″, seventy two 4.1/2″, twenty four 6.1/2″, twelve 8.1/2″

Light fabric:  twelve 2.1/2″, twenty four 4.1/2″, twelve 8.1/2″

For the borders you’ll need to cut six 2.1/2″ strips each in pink and in light across the width of fabric.

Basic Birmingham library quilt block

Basic Birmingham library quilt block

Basic Birmingham library quilt block

Lay the strips out in eight rows for the central area, with a 16.1/2″ blue strip on either side.

Rows 1 and 8:  4.1/2″ pink with 6.1/2″ blue on either side

Rows 2 and 7:  8.1/2″ pink with 4.1/2″ blue on either side

Rows 3 and 6:  4.1/2″ light with 6.1/2″ pink on either side

Rows 4 and 5:  8.1/2″ light with 4.1/2″ pink on either side

Add the sides last

Add the sides last

Sew the strips together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Finally sew a 16.1/2″ blue strip to each side of the block.  You will need to make six of this block.

Blue fabrics for the alternate blocks

Blue fabrics for the alternate blocks

Alternate Birmingham library quilt block

The alternate block is for the middle row of the quilt.  This provides the same design, but shifted so that the blocks are not all in straight columns.  To make it more clear, I’ll show you the build up as the different fabrics are added.  Basically the blue strips are in the middle of the block rather than the edges.

Add the pink strips

Add the pink strips

The pink strips are then placed at each end of the blue strips.

Alternate Birmingham library quilt block layout

Alternate Birmingham library quilt block layout

Finally the light fabrics are added on the ends of the middle four rows.

So the final layout is:

Rows 1 and 8:  16.1/2″ blue with 2.1/2″ pink on either side

Rows 2 and 7:  12.1/2″ blue with 4.1/2″ pink on either side

Rows 3 and 6:  8.1/2″ blue with 4.1/2″ pink and 2.1/2″ light on either side

Rows 4 and 5:  4.1/2″ blue with 4.1/2″ pink and 4.1/2″ light on either side.

Sew the strips together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  The blocks are now 20.1/2″ by 16.1/2″ and you’ll need to make three of these.

Assembling the Birmingham library quilt

Rows one and three

Rows one and three

Row 2

Row 2

The blocks are sewn together in three rows of three.  Rows one and three are made with three basic blocks sewn together.  The second row is made using the three alternate quilt blocks sewn together.

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

Add the quilt borders

Add the quilt borders

Birmingham library quilt borders

I didn’t use scraps for the borders, choosing instead to have each border made from one fabric only.  The first border is made with 2.1/2″ strips of light fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 60.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

For the second border I used 2.1/2″ strips of pink fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 56.1/2″ for the sides.

Birmingham library quilt

Birmingham library quilt

That completes the top of the quilt.  Here you see the actual quilt – I love it even though I think the design shows up better in the digital version.  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:

Off to London this afternoon to meet up with a couple of school friends – who would have thought that we’d still be in touch after all these years!  Don’t forget to take a look at the fabric sale!

Scrap Quilt Pattern

Scrap quilt pattern

Scrap quilt pattern

This scrap quilt pattern has made a wonderful dent in my fabric stash – it’s a great feeling because it made me feel that the quilt had cost me very little money to make!  I tend to store my scrap fabric in boxes of squares – the sizes that I use frequently in quilts like 2.1/2″, 2.7/8″ and so on.  For this scrap quilt pattern I raided the 4.1/2″ and 4.7/8″ boxes.  As well as using scrap fabric within the quilt blocks, I have also used it for the piano keys border.  The quilt measures 52″ square.  I have used 1.1/4 yards of background fabric (I used a light green) and about 2 yards of stash fabric.




Cutting requirements for the scrap quilt pattern

4.1/2″ squares:  thirteen green, one hundred and two from stash (that is for both the quilt blocks and the piano keys border)

4.7/8″ squares:  eighteen green, eighteen from stash

For the first and third borders you will need nine 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making each block for the scrap quilt pattern

Make half square triangle units with the 4.7/8″ squares.  Place a green square and a scrap 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 4.1/2″ square.  Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Cut the squares into three

Cut the squares into three

For the rest of the quilt block you will need to do the usual quilting thing – cut your squares into bits and then sew them back together again!

Cut each scrap fabric square into three, to give you strips 1.1/2″ wide by 4.1/2″ long.  Of course if you are not using scrap squares, then you need to cut 1.1/2″ strips of fabric and cut them into 4.1/2″ lengths.

Sew the strips into fours

Sew the strips into fours

Sew the strips together first in pairs and then sew the pairs together to make fours.  These will now be 4.1/2″ squares.  You will need to make thirty six of these squares for the quilt blocks and forty of them for the piano keys border for the scrap quilt pattern.

Scrap quilt block layout

Scrap quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in three rows of three – you can see why I think that this is a really quick quilt to make.  There’s a green 4.1/2″ square in the middle, a half square triangle in each corner and a strip square everywhere else.  Note that the strips are placed vertically in the top and bottom squares but horizontally in the other two squares.

Completed scrap quilt block

Completed scrap quilt block

In the layout photo above I tried out using four half square triangles from the same fabric, but I decided against this and used different fabric for each corner of the quilt blocks.

Make nine of these blocks and sew them together in three rows of three for the scrap quilt pattern.

First quilt border

First quilt border

First quilt border

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

Squares for the piano keys quilt border

Squares for the piano keys quilt border

Piano keys quilt border

I thought that the piano keys quilt border would be ideal for this scrap quilt pattern because it uses the same squares as those used within each block.

Make forty of the same strip squares as used in the quilt blocks.  Sew them together side by side in four strips of ten squares each.  Make sure that all the strips are running from top to bottom rather than side to side.

Use green squares for the cornerstones

Use green squares for the cornerstones

Sew one strip to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.  Sew a 4.1/2″ green square to each end of the remaining two strips.  These are the cornerstones.  Sew one strip to each side of the quilt.

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

Third border for the scrap quilt pattern

Finally for the third border I have returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric.  You will need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the scrap quilt pattern top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section, towards the bottom of the page.

Here’s the video:

I have made the first section of a machine quilting sampler quilt, pulling together some ideas for straight line quilting.  I will be adding to this, using simple quilting designs that I hope you will find helpful.  You can see it here:  machine quilting sampler.