Poppy Patch

Materials

  • 20cm each of burgundy, red, red/orange and medium green for the blocks
  • 10cm each of red/pink, dark pink and light teal for the blocks
  • 60cm of dark green for the blocks, border and binding
  • 40cm of dark teal for the blocks and border
  • 30cm of medium teal for the blocks and border
  • 1m (40in) square of wadding
  • 1m (40in) of backing fabric

Note: For some colours you only need a few squares, so check the cutting instructions as you may have a suitable piece in your stash, but maybe an excuse for extra fabric is good! You could buy a selection of fat quarters for all the sections except the borders and binding

Finished Size

38in (97cm) square

Skill Level

Beginner

Where to Buy

The materials used to make this project are available from all good quilt shops

Some pencil sketches of poppies inspired Patricia to make this hanging. Having finished the sketches she then took a quarter section of one sketch and simplified it to make the design more geometric. Four identical blocks, each rotated through 90°, with borders added make up the wallhanging.

Blocks

TIP! Divide your fabric into four piles, one for each block; that way you will not accidentally use the wrong fabric in one block

Figure 1: Cutting the half square triangles
Figure 1: Cutting the half square triangles
  1. The pattern is made entirely from half square triangles. To make these triangles the squares are cut once on the diagonal to give two right angle triangles. See Figure 1.
  2. Cut the following:
    • Twelve 3 7⁄8in squares from burgundy fabric to give 24 triangles
    • Sixteen 3 7⁄8in squares from red to give 32 triangles
    • Sixteen 3 7⁄8in squares from red/orange fabric to give 32 triangles
    • Four 3 7⁄8in squares from red/pink to give eight triangles
    • Six 3 7⁄8in squares from dark pink to give 12 triangles
    • Six 3 7⁄8in squares from dark green to give 12 triangles
    • Fourteen 3 7⁄8in squares from medium green to give 28 triangles
    • Eight 3 7⁄8in squares from dark teal to give 16 triangles
    • Eight 3 7⁄8 squares from medium teal to give 16 triangles
    • Ten 3 7⁄8in squares from light teal to give 20 triangles
  3. Lay out the triangles for the block according to Figure 2. Stitch the triangles together to make squares and then stitch the squares together to make five rows as shown. Join the five rows to create one block. Try not to pull on the seam as you stitch, as this will distort the bias edge of the triangle. Repeat to make another three identical blocks. The blocks should measure 15 1⁄2in square.
  4. Lay out the blocks to make a radiating design. The light teal corner triangles form the centre of the design. Stitch the blocks together in pairs, press well and then stitch the pairs together to make the central part of the quilt (30 1⁄2in square). See Figure 3.
Figure 2: Piecing order and completed block
Figure 2: Piecing order and completed block
Figure 3: Four blocks arranged to create the flower centre
Figure 3: Four blocks arranged to create the flower centre

Borders

  1. From the medium teal border fabric cut four 1in strips across the width of the fabric. Cut two of the strips to 30 1⁄2in long and sew to two opposite sides of the central motif. Press towards the border. Cut the two remaining strips to 31 1⁄2in and sew to the remaining two opposite sides of the quilt. Press as before.
  2. From the dark teal border fabric cut four 2in wide strips across the width of the fabric. Cut two of the strips to 31 1⁄2in and sew to opposite sides of the quilt. Cut the two remaining strips to 34 1⁄2in and sew to the other two sides.
  3. From the dark green fabric cut four 2 1⁄2in wide strips across the width of the fabric and sew to the quilt. Cut two of the strips to 34 1⁄2in and sew to opposite sides of the quilt. Cut the two remaining strips to 38 1⁄2in and sew to the other two sides.
Figure 4: Quilt Layout with Borders Poppy Patch
Figure 4: Quilt Layout with Borders

Quilting

Figure 5: Quarter diagram showing quilting pattern. Note: Shown here on a plain background for clarity
Figure 5: Quarter diagram quilting pattern.
  1. Enlarge and trace the quilting template shown and cut one from card or template plastic. Using the quilting template, place the pointed end on the centre point of the quilt and draw round it with your chosen marking tool (check first to make sure you can remove the marks). Lift the template and rotate it clockwise so that the top edge of the template lines up with the bottom line of the drawn shape.
  2. Repeat 36 times to form a radiating floral shape. Check by eye as you are working, especially when you have nearly finished tracing the design, to ensure that you are not going to run out of space for the last shape. If that looks likely to happen then adjust the last few curves to take up slightly more or less space. See Figure 5.
  3. Make up the quilt sandwich by laying the backing WS uppermost on a flat surface then smooth the wadding on top. Finally add the quilt top RS up. Tack or pin to secure the layers for quilting, starting from the middle. Turn over and check there are no pleats or tucks on the back.
  4. Hand quilt, following the lines you have drawn. Finish by outline or echo quilting the floral shape in the four corners. To do this, sew a row following the previous line but about 1⁄4in away. Keep repeating this until you run out of space in the corners. Quilt in the ditch in the borders. This is a row of stitches just next to the seam; so try to press the seams so that you sew on the side with no seam allowances as this makes it easier to stitch through.

Binding

  1. Cut four 2in strips from the dark green fabric and press in half, WS together, along the length. Measure across the width of the quilt and cut two strips to this measurement.
  2. Sew to opposite sides of the quilt by placing the raw edges of the binding level with the raw edges of the quilt and stitching in place with a 1⁄4in seam allowance. Flip the binding to the WS of the quilt and hand stitch in place.
  3. Measure across the middle of the quilt again, from the bound edge of one border strip to the bound edge on the opposite side, add on 1in and cut the two remaining strips to this length. Sew to the remaining two sides of the quilt as above, turning in the excess fabric at the edges.
  4. Add a hanging sleeve to the back and hang in position.
Poppy patch

First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 13 Number 5 - May 2005