Wall Hangings (intermediate)
By Davina Thomas
This sparkling wall hanging was designed and made by Davina Thomas to brighten up a dull
corner of her workroom.
- 10cm each of Makower metallic texture in red, orange, peach, turquoise and yellow
- 1m of Makower metallic texture in royal blue, for background, borders, backing and
- Gütterman large star sequins
- Gütterman small star sequins
- Gütterman seed beads
- Gütterman bugle beads
- Variegated quilting thread (this quilt uses Valdini Jewel)
241⁄2in (62cm) square
This quilt uses free cutting techniques to achieve a whirling block and
is embellished with beads and sequins.
Figure 1: Layer the fabrics right side upwards
- Three 3in strips of royal blue and cut into thirty two 3in squares
- Ten 3in squares from red fabric
- Eight 3in squares from turquoise
- Eight 3in squares from peach
- Six 3in squares from yellow
You need 32 squares in total but you can
adjust the balance of colours. (Keep the
remaining fabric strips for the border).
- Match the squares into pairs with
RS upwards, one blue square to
each coloured square. Stack two pairs
- Cut each stack of four fabrics into two
at an angle. The angle can be different
for each stack but should not vary too
widely, shown in Figure 2.
- Keeping the stacks separate, take the
pieces and match into pairs as shown
in Figure 3.
Figure 2: Cut apart on an angle
- Sew into pairs and then arrange to
make a block. The seams will not
always match at the centre of the block. Trim
the blocks to the same size; these are trimmed
to 4 1⁄2in. If you have used a smaller seam
allowance in step 3 yours might be larger.
- Repeat for all the squares; you will
have 16 blocks. Lay the blocks into
a four by four arrangement. Check that
no two blocks are the same colour
in any row. Join into the central panel.
- Press well and measure across the
quilt top. Cut two 2in strips by this
measurement. Sew to two opposite sides
of the quilt RS together and edges even.
- Repeat step
6 for the
sides. Press towards
Borders and Finishing
The border is made by the same method as the squares using orange Makower Metallic Texture fabric in
addition to the other colours used.
- Layer up to four 3in strips RS uppermost, with the edges level. Make slanting cuts
as before through all the fabrics.
- Carefully remove the fabrics and arrange into rows, make sure no two fabrics the same are left
touching. Join the pieces made into long strips.
Figure 3: Piece into four units
Figure 4: Joining the units into one block
- Measure across the quilt top and using the strips made in step 2, cut four pieces to this measurement
plus 7in. Trim the long edges level if needed.
- Starting and stopping 1⁄4in from the corner sew the border strips in place. Mitre the corners by folding
one border section under to create the mitre and press well. Carefully open out the border and
pin on the pressed line. Continue the stitching line from the end of the border out along the pressed line to the edge.
Check that the border is correct and trim away any excess fabrics from the back. Repeat for the other corners.
- Quilt the blocks simply with a swirl moving from block to block. Alternatively you could quilt a spiral
starting at the centre of each block.
- To embellish the quilt sew bugle beads along the quilting lines of the outer blocks. As you reach the background
blue fabric sew star sequins in place to represent the shooting stars of the fireworks.
The easiest method of sewing the sequin in place is to come up through the centre hole, put a seed bead on the needle and
then go back down through the same hole. Repeat the embellishment round the edge blocks. Stitch in the ditch next
to the border.
- Cut strips of royal blue 1 1⁄4in wide and join into one piece for the binding. Sew in position on the edge of the quilt,
mitre the corners. Roll to the back and hand stitch in place.
First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 11 Number 11 - November 2003