Lilac Lattice

Materials

All fabrics are from the Lilac Lane range by Timeless Treasures

  • 20cm of pale lavender dot (9161 lavender) A
  • 20cm of pale green leaf (9163 dill) B
  • 20cm of multicolour on lilac (9170 lilac) C
  • 30cm of small flower on green (9167 dill) D
  • 30cm of small lavender flowers (9165 lavender) E
  • 40cm of dark green leaf (9163 moss) F
  • 40cm of medium lilac dot (9161 lilac) G
  • 40cm of multicolour on green (9170 sage) H
  • 40cm of medium lilac flowers (9165 lilac) I
  • 30cm of small flower on green (9167 cream) J 
  • 20cm of small flower of lavender (9167 lavender) K
  • 20cm of pale green dot (9161 celery) L
  • 50cm of marble mania grape for inner border and binding
  • 140cm of cream and lilac floral for outer border (if you don’t mind pieced borders then allow 80cm)
  • 150cm square of wadding 
  • 150cm of Timeless Treasures 108in wide backing fabric (or piece a 150cm square)

Note: As so many fabrics used have similar sounding names, throughout the project they will be referred to by their letter A, B etc. If you want to replace the fabrics it would probably help if you draw a chart with A–L and stick a small piece of your replacement fabrics in place to use as a reference.

Finished Size

142cm (56in) square

Skill Level

Experienced

Suppliers

Timeless Treasures fabrics are available at all good quilt shops. For your nearest stockist call 01494 514 088

Getting Started

  1. Cut the pieces following the table, starting by cutting a 6 7⁄8in strip from each of the fabrics. Label some polythene sandwich bags and keep all the pieces separate to save getting into a muddle.
    Fabric 6 7/8in square 6 1/2in x 2in 2 3/8in square
    A 1 4 3
    B 2 2 1
    C 3 2 1
    D 4 4 3
    E 5 6 4
    F 6 8 5
    G 6 10 6
    H 5 12 7
    I 4 12 7
    J 3 10 6
    K 2 8 5
    L 1 6 4

    You also need two 2in squares, one each from B and C.

    Figure 1: Cutting and sewing the half square triangles
    Figure 1: Cutting and sewing the half square triangles
  2. Cut the large squares into triangles, you will have one more than you need of each fabric. See Figure 1. Follow the chart in Figure 3 to see which two triangles make up each square. Sew each pair of triangles together and press the seams to the lilac.
  3. Sew the rows of half square triangles together using the sashing rectangles, referring to the chart in Figure 3 for placement. Note that you will sew green sashing between two green triangles and lilac between two lilac triangles. If you notice a sudden clash of colours, stop and check again. See Figure 2.
    Figure 2: Sewing the rows together
    Figure 2: Sewing the rows together
  4. Layout the 2 3⁄8in squares in alphabetical order. If you follow the chart from top right you will be joining C+D then D+E then E+F and so on. Draw a diagonal line across the WS of a square and lay it on top of the square it is to be paired with. Sew 1⁄4in either side of the drawn line. Cut apart and press to the lilac. You now have two squares one for the current row and one for the next row down.
    Quilt detail
  5. Join the half square triangles to the sashing rectangles. Note once again that green matches green and lilac matches lilac. Sew the whole quilt top together matching the diagram in Figure 3.
Figure 3: The layout plan
Figure 3: The layout plan

Borders and Finishing

  1. For the folded border cut five 1in strips across the fabric. Cut one strip into four equal pieces and join to each of the other four strips to give four strips. Fold the strips in half lengthwise, RS out and press. Stitch one strip to each edge of the quilt, raw edges together using an 1⁄8in seam. Trim the ends to match the pieced top.
  2. For the wide border, if you bought enough to use the length then cut 5in strips along the length of your fabric. Otherwise cut five 5in strips across the width and cut one into four and add a short piece to one end of each of the other four strips as before. Note: Check your measurements before you cut as you may need to cut six strips.
  3. Leave 6in extra at the beginning of the seam and start sewing about 3in down the side of the quilt. Continue sewing to the end of the side. Press and trim to match the quilt edge at the bottom only.
  4. Continue adding strips in this way until you reach the original edge. Finish off the first partial seam.
  5. Make a quilt sandwich with the backing and wadding. Pin or tack. Machine or hand quilt as desired.
  6. Cut six 2in strips for the binding. Join into one long strip. Fold in half lengthwise and press. Bind the outside of the quilt mitring the corners. Add a label and a hanging sleeve if desired.
Quilt detail

First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 14 Number 7 - July 2006