Practise your block making skills with lots of different
half square triangles to make this delightful baby quilt
All fabrics are from the Fabric Freedom Baby Love range
- One fat eighth blue butterflies F411
- One fat eighth white butterflies F411
- 25cm (3⁄8yd) pink butterflies F411
- One fat eighth ivory butterflies F411
- 25cm (3⁄8yd) blue teddies F412
- One fat eighth white teddies F412
- One fat eighth pink teddies F412
- One fat eighth ivory teddies F412
- One fat eighth blue hearts F413
- One fat eighth white hearts F413
- One fat eighth pink hearts F413
- One fat eighth ivory hearts F413
- One fat eighth blue rosebud F414
- One fat eighth white rosebud F414
- One fat eighth pink rosebud F414
- One fat eighth ivory rosebud F414
- 86 x 117cm (34 x 46in) backing fabric
- 86 x 117cm (34 x 46in) wadding
- Threads – Sally used Mako Aurifil pink (2479), blue (3660) and white (2024)
Finished quilt approx 76 x 107cm (30 x 42in)
Note: From the 25cm pink butterflies and 25cm blue teddies pieces, cut a 3 7⁄8in wide strip across the width of the fabric and cross-cut into the required number of 3 7⁄8in squares. See Cutting Instructions steps 2 and 3. Set aside the remainder for the binding.
- For each group of four, pair up the blue and white and pink and ivory fabrics.
- From two blue and white fabric pairs, cut nine 3 7⁄8in squares from each piece. From the remaining two blue and white fabric pairs, cut eight 3 7⁄8in squares from each piece. You will have a total of 34 blue and 34 white squares.
- From the pink and ivory fabric pairs, cut nine 3 7⁄8in squares from each piece. You will have a total of 36 pink and 36 ivory squares.
PIECING THE UNITS
- On the wrong side of each white and ivory square draw a diagonal line.
- With the white or ivory squares on top and right sides together, take your paired up blue and white and pink and ivory squares. Stitch 1⁄4in either side of the marked line, chain piecing to save time and thread. Cut apart on the marked line and press the seam allowance toward the blue and pink fabric. You will have 68 blue and white and 72 pink and ivory half square units in total.
- Take 16 blue and white and 20 pink and ivory half square triangles. Make four blue and white pinwheel blocks and five pink and ivory pinwheel blocks. See Figure 1.
- Take 28 blue and white and 28 pink and ivory half square triangles. Join into 14 blue and white and 14 pink and ivory pairs. Join the blue and white and pink and ivory pairs to make eight flying geese style units with the pink pairs at the top and six flying geese style units with the blue pairs at the top. See Figure 2.
- Take 24 blue and white and 24 pink and ivory half square triangles. Make 12 Broken Dishes blocks. Note that the pink triangles point towards the centre of the block and the blue ones to the corners. See Figure 3.
COMPLETING THE QUILT
- Referring to Figure 4 and the photograph, lay out the blocks as shown. Join the blocks in rows; join the rows to form the quilt centre. Press the seams of each row in the same direction, ensuring that alternate rows are pressed in opposite directions.
- Give your quilt top and backing a good press. Layer the quilt by placing the backing fabric wrong side up on a clean flat surface, followed by the wadding and then the quilt top, centrally and right side up. The backing and wadding are slightly larger than the quilt top. Pin or tack in place.
- To finish the quilt, Sally quilted in the ditch across the whole quilt so that the blue and pink fabrics almost popped out from the contrasting white and ivory.
- To bind the quilt, trim the excess backing and wadding level with the quilt top edges. From the pink
butterflies and blue teddies fabrics, cut two 21⁄4in strips across the width of each fabric; join at right angles, pressing the seams open to reduce bulk. Trim the ‘ears’ and fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Match the raw edges of the binding to the raw edges of the quilt
and sew in place, folding a mitre at each corner. See Figure 5. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and neatlyslipstitch in place by hand. Finally sign and date your work. Given the two colours of this quilt it would suit all newborns!
First published in Popular Patchwork May 2009