It’s July! that means it’s time for a summer blockbuster. This year I made my quilt with all the blocks I did for my monthly Quilter’s Book Club during this past school year. The quilt finishes 62″ square as shown.
This month, I will be posting a series of instructions to make a top like mine. If you have orphan blocks or old block-of-the-month blocks you never put together, this is a great opportunity to turn them into a finished quilt! I will add options whenever possible and offer alternatives to mine.
First, the blocks: I have nine pieced sampler blocks that finish 12″ (they were 12 1/2″ before sewing). I placed them on point alternating with squares of a light print “background”. This setting could also be made with 13 pieced blocks (eliminating the “background” fabric squares between the pieced blocks). You could make it smaller with only four pieced blocks plus one center “background” block, or with five pieced blocks. Hopefully, the cutting and piecing are simple enough for you to adapt to your own project! **If you blocks are smaller or bigger than mine, I will note the places where you will need to adjust a measurement to your block size. Look for the ** next to a measurement.
Fabric**: (for making a quilt like mine. If you are making a different size, skip to the cutting instructions to see what you need)
light background print, 1 3/4 yard
black/white polka dot (sashing), 2/3 yard
black (sashing), 1/3 yard
color stripe (sashing), 1/3 yard
Cutting**(if your blocks are smaller or bigger than mine, adjust the sashing strips to accommodate your block size)
Background**(adjust based on your block size) cut (4) 12 1/2″ squares, (2) 13 1/2″ squares, (2) 21 1/2″ squares
cut the 13 1/2″ squares in half diagonally to yield a total of four half-square triangles (these are the corners of the quilt)
cut the 21 1/2″ squares in half diagonally twice to yield a total of eight quarter-square triangles (these make up the outer edges of the quilt)
Black and White Polka Dot** cut (10) 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips and (10) 2 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strips
Black Sashing** cut (8) 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips, (4) 1 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ strips, and (4) 1 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ strips
color stripe sashing** cut (12) 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strips and (4) 1 1/2″ x 13 1/2″ strips
I hope you enjoy the pretty and bright colors on this. Next week, I’ll post the first sewing steps.