Golden Days

Materials

  • 20cm of light brown fabric for blocks
  • 30cm of pale gold fabric for blocks
  • 2.1m of dark brown fabric for blocks, borders and binding
  • 90cm of cream fabric for blocks
  • 50cm of rust fabric for blocks and middle border
  • 137 x 168cm (54 x 66in) of backing fabric
  • 137 x 168cm (54 x 66in) of wadding

Finished Size

127 x 158cm (50 x 62in)

Skill Level

Intermediate

You can download a pdf copy of the original magazine pages for this project here, Golden Days

Making a quilt for the men in your life can be difficult. Here Anne has chosen a dramatic colour scheme to empahasis the pattern. The star block used in this quilt is a simplified variant of the 54-40 or fight block.

Star Blocks

Figure 1: Cutting the background triangles
Figure 1: Cutting the background triangles
  1. Cut the following:
    • One 3 1⁄4in strip across the width of the rust fabric; cut into twelve 3 1⁄4in squares. Cut on both diagonals to give forty eight triangles
    • Three 2 1⁄2in strips across the width of the light brown fabric; cut into forty four 2 1⁄2in squares
    • Two 2 1⁄2in strips across the width of the pale gold fabric; cut into thirty two 2 1⁄2in squares
    • Two 2 7⁄8in strips across the width of the pale gold fabric. Cut into twenty four 2 7⁄8in squares and then cut in half diagonally to give forty eight triangles
    • Three 4 7⁄8in strips across the width of the dark brown fabric. Cut into twenty four squares, and then cut in half diagonally to give forty eight triangles
    • Four 2 7⁄8in strips across the width of the cream fabric. Cut into forty eight squares, and then cut to give ninety six triangles
    • Four 5in strips across the width of the dark brown. Using the template cut forty eight wide triangles, see Figure 1
    • Four 5 3⁄8in strips across the width of the cream fabric. Cut into 2 5⁄8 x 5 3⁄8in rectangles, you need forty eight. Cut twenty four rectangles in one direction and twenty four rectangles in the other to give ninety six long triangles as shown in Figure 2. Try not to pull on the diagonal edges.
  2. For each centre you need one 2 1⁄2in light brown square and four rust triangles. Stitch a triangle to two opposite sides of the square. Press the seams outwards. Stitch two triangles to the other sides of the square. See Figure 3.
  3. To complete each block middle you need four pale gold triangles. Following the instructions in step 2, join the triangles to the block centre.
  4. Figure 2: Cutting the star point triangles
    Figure 2: Cutting the star point triangles
    Figure 3: Piecing the block centre
    Figure 3: Piecing the block centre
     
  5. Piece the corner units. For each block you need two 2 1⁄2in light brown squares, two 2 1⁄2in pale gold squares, four dark brown triangles and eight cream triangles. See Figure 4 for piecing order.
  6. Figure 4: Piecing the block corner units
    Figure 4: Piecing the block corner units
     
  7. Piece the star point units. For each block you need four dark brown wide triangles, four cream long triangles of one cutting direction and four cream long triangles of the other cutting direction. Matching up the points at the top point of the dark brown triangle, stitch a cream triangle to one side and press seam outwards; stitch a cream triangle to the other side. See Figure 5.
  8. Figure 5: Piecing the star point units
    Figure 5: Piecing the star point units
     
  9. Piece the block as shown in Figure 6. Join the pieces into rows. Join the rows and press. Repeat to make eleven blocks.
  10. To piece the corner border blocks, make four four-patch blocks using two 2 1⁄2in light brown squares and two 2 1⁄2in pale gold squares.
Figure 6: Piecing the block corner units
Figure 6: Piecing the block corner units

Quilt Assembly

  1. Lay out the blocks as shown in the photo. Join the blocks into the quilt centre.
  2. Measure across your quilt side to side and top to bottom. It should measure 36 1⁄2 x 48 1⁄2in. Adjust the measurements in step 4 below to fit if necessary.
  3. For the borders cut the following:
    • Five 1 1⁄2in strips of the dark brown fabric
    • Five 2 1⁄2in strips of rust fabric
    • Five 4 1⁄2in strips across the width of the dark brown fabric
    For each border join the fabric strips into one length.
  4. Each border needs two long and two short strips of each colour as follows:
    • Two strips 1 1⁄2 x 48 1⁄2in of dark brown
    • Two strips 1 1⁄2 x 38 1⁄2in of dark brown
    • Two strips 2 1⁄2 x 50 1⁄2in of rust
    • Two strips 2 1⁄2 x 42 1⁄2in of rust
    • Two strips 4 1⁄2 x 54 1⁄2in of dark brown
    • Two strips 4 1⁄2 x 42 1⁄2in of dark brown
  5. Sew the long 1 1⁄2in dark brown strips to each side of the quilt. Repeat for the top and bottom borders with the shorter 1 1⁄2in dark brown strips.
  6. Sew the long rust strips to each side of the quilt. Repeat for the top and bottom borders with the shorter rust strips.
  7. Sew the long 4 1⁄2in dark brown strips to each side of the quilt. Sew a four patch to the ends of the short strips and sew to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Quilting and Finishing

  1. Give your quilt top and backing a good press. Layer the quilt and quilt as desired.
  2. Bind the quilt using 2 1⁄4in folded strips.
  3. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and slipstitch in place. Finally, add a label.

First published in Popular Patchwork June 2000