Serendipity

Materials

  • 2.5m (2.75yd) floral blue batik
  • 1m (1 1⁄8yd) light pink batik for background to smaller stars
  • 2m (2 1⁄4yd) cream/pink batik for remaining light backgrounds
  • 1.5m (1 3⁄4yd) dark green batik for setting strips and binding
  • Approximately 20 batik fat quarters or eighths in four different greens, deep pinks, oranges from bright to dark, deep yellows, turquoises, purples and deep reds
  • Approx 10m (11yd) in total of a large selection of patterned batik scraps
  • Backing fabric 235 x 235cm (92 x 92in)
  • Wadding 235 x 235cm (92 x 92in); Anja recommends cotton wadding
  • Foundation piecing medium of your choice
  • Template medium of your choice
  • Sewing thread for piecing
  • Metallic and invisible thread for quilting

Finished Size

Approx 229 x 229cm (90 x 90in)

Skill Level

Advanced

In this issue we add the long Flower Borders and Outer Borders, with more template and foundation piecing, to complete the quilt top.

FLOWER BORDER BLOCKS

  1. You will need to make four long Flower Borders in total. Carefully copy templates F, FB and FC, from the pattern sheet in issue 8 onto your foundation piecing medium. FT, FTR and FS are not foundation pieced - so whilst you will need templates they do not need to be on foundation medium. Select your fabrics, using the colour schemes given below and the colour picture for guidance.
  2. Following the Foundation Piecing Instructions given in Part 2, foundation piece 16 FB blocks from number 1 to number 7, in that order. Make four FB blocks in each of four different shades of green, or mix the shades as you prefer. Pieces 2, 3, 6 and 7 in cream/pink.
  3. Next, foundation piece 24 F blocks from number 1 to number 13, in that order. Make 12 F blocks with pieces 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 in mainly oranges and 12 more F blocks with pieces 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 in mainly pinks and purples. Pieces 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 13 in cream/pink.
  4. Now, foundation piece four FC blocks from number 1 to number 15, in that order. Make four FC blocks with pieces 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 11 in yellows and bright oranges and pieces 14 and 15 in two shades of green. Pieces 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12 and 13 in cream/pink.
  5. Carefully copy templates FS, FT and FTR from the pattern sheet onto your template card or plastic and cut out. Using the templates and cream/pink fabric, cut 24 FS pieces, 16 FT pieces and 16 FTR pieces.

FLOWER BORDER ASSEMBLY

  1. Lay out all the pieces to form the borders, taking care with colour placement.
  2. Following Figure 1 carefully, sew an F block to an FB block. Make four. Sew an FT block and an FTR block either side of the F piece on two F/FB blocks. Set aside.
  3. Sew an FS block to the FB sides of the two remaining F/FB blocks. Figure 1. Sew an FS block to the F sides. Lay out all the blocks as in Fig 1. Join the sections diagonally. Make four of these Flower Borders.
  4. Take the quilt centre made in Parts 1 and 2 of this series. Sew a Flower Border to the top and bottom of the quilt centre, taking care with the flower colours.
  5. Sew an FC block to either end of the two remaining Flower Borders as in Figure 2. Sew these borders to either side of the quilt centre.
  6. Measure the width of your quilt. Cut two long green strips 1 1⁄4 x 77in or the width of your quilt. Piece as necessary. Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt top. See Figure 3.
  7. Measure the height of your quilt including the top and bottom green strips. Cut two more green strips 1 1⁄4 x 78in or the height of your quilt. Piece as necessary. Aas shown in Figure 3, sew these to the sides of the quilt top.

Figure 1: Piecing diagram for long flower border

Figure 2: Add corner blocks

Figure 3: Piecing diagram for long flower borders

OUTER BORDER BLOCKS

  1. You will need 32 blocks in total to make the Outer Borders. Carefully copy template OBS from the pattern sheet onto your foundation piecing medium for each block.
  2. Select your fabrics for the blocks using the following colour scheme and the picture for guidance; piece 1 in blue, purples, pinks or reds, pieces 2, 3, 4 and 5 in yellows or light oranges, pieces 6, 7,
    8 and 9 in blues or greens and pieces 10, 11, 12 and 13 in reds, purples, oranges and deep pinks.
  3. Following the Foundation Piecing Instructions, foundation piece the 32 OBS blocks from number 1 to number 13, in that order. Use as many different fabrics as possible for a really scrappy look, with
    the main placement of yellows, blues and greens as in the colour picture.

SETTING TRIANGLES

Figure 4:Cutting diagram for large blue triangles

Figure 5: Cutting diagram for small blue triangles

Figure 6: Cutting diagram for blue corner triangles

Figure 7: Cutting diagram for cream/pink triangles

  1. Carefully cut six 12 x 12in squares of blue floral batik. Cut each one into quarters diagonally. See Figure 4. You will have 24 large blue setting triangles. These will be used in the outer borders.
  2. Carefully cut four 6 1⁄4 x 6 1⁄4in squares of blue floral batik. Cut each one in half diagonally. See Figure 5. You will have eight small blue setting triangles. These will be used for the ends of the borders.
  3. Carefully cut eight 3 5⁄8 x 3 5⁄8in squares of blue floral batik. Cut each one in half diagonally. See Figure 6. You will have 16 small blue corner triangles.
  4. Carefully cut 14 squares of cream/pink fabric 6 5⁄8 x 6 5⁄8in. Cut each one into quarters diagonally. See Figure 7. You will have 56 cream/pink triangles for the outer borders.

OUTER BORDER ASSEMBLY

Figure 8: Outer border assembly

Figure 9: Outer corner blocks

Figure 10: Add the outer corners

  1. Lay out the border blocks and setting triangles as in Figure 8 and the colour picture, using seven OBS blocks in each border, with the four remaining OBS blocks for the corners.
  2. Carefully cut eight green strips 1 1⁄4 x 5 7⁄8in. Sew the OBS blocks and cream/pink triangles into units, then add the blue triangles. Sew the green strips at the ends. See Figure 8.
  3. Assemble the outer corners using an OBS block and four blue corner triangles for each corner block, as shown in Figure 9. Add the outer corners to two of the assembled borders. See Figure 10.
  4. Sew the two short borders to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Sew the two long borders to the sides of the quilt top, as shown in Figure 11.
  5. Measure the width of your quilt. Cut two long green strips 1 1⁄4 x 89in or the width of your quilt. Piece as necessary. Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt top. See Figure 11.
  6. Measure the height of your quilt including the top and bottom green strips. Cut two more green strips 1 1⁄4 x 90in or the height of your quilt. Piece as necessary. Sew these to the sides of the quilt top, as shown in Figure 11.

Figure 11: Add the outer borders

Your Serendipity quilt top is finished!

COMING IN PART 4

In Part Four, the final part of our series, we will show you how to quilt and bind your beautiful Serendipity quilt.

First published in Popular Patchwork November 2007