Autumn Blooms Quilt
Posted by andyk on Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Happy Monday everyone! My name is Andy (www.abrightcorner.com) and I'm back with another quilt tutorial, this time using the lovely Marguerite by Cyndi Walker.
These colors just spoke to me! This time of year here in Utah the mountains are just gorgeous with all of the reds, oranges and yellows. I wanted to capture that Autumn color so it can cheer me up through those long, gray days of Winter.
This quilt is fairly easy - it consists of just two different blocks: the 8.5" blocks of the Marguerite Main Red print and blocks made from four stacked coins bordered with white strips on the sides.
Let's get started!
6 Fat Quarters**
1.5 yards of main print fabric (Marguerite Main Red)
3/4 yard outer border fabric (Basic Shades Lemon)
5/6 yard white fabric (Clean White)
1/2 yard binding fabric (Marguerite Dot Red)
**note: You can get away with using just four fat quarters, but I recommend six because it will add more variety and leave you with enough pieces to use on the quilt back. The FQ I used in this quilt are: Marguerite Calico Yellow, Stripe Yellow, Dot Red, Scallops Yellow, Basic Shades Flamingo, Basic Shades Lemon.
Main Print: Cut 6 strips that are 8.5" x WOF (width of fabric). Then cut those strips into 8.5" squares. You need 21 squares. Save the remainder fabric to use on the quilt back.
Fat Quarters: Follow the diagram below to cut 2.5" x 5.5" rectangles from each fat quarter. Cut 21 from each FQ (84 are used on the quilt front, and the rest on the quilt back.)
Cut 2 strips that are 8.5" x WOF. Then cut those strips into 2" x 8.5" rectangles. You need 24 total.
Cut 6 strips that are 2" x WOF. Set these aside to use for thin inner border.
Yellow Print (outer border):
Cut 6 strips that are 4.5" x WOF. Set these aside to use for wide outer border.
(all seams are 1/4")
We will begin by making the stacked coin blocks. Using the strips cut from the fat quarters, sew the strips into sets of four. Press seams to one side.
To each side sew one 2" x 8.5" white strip. Press seams as desired. (I prefer to press toward the white on this step.)
Next you are going to arrange all of the blocks as shown below. You will have seven rows of six blocks each. Stand back and look to see if you like the arrangement. I ended up moving a few of the coin blocks and rotating a couple of the main print blocks.
Now you are ready to sew your blocks into rows. Once you have your rows sewn, join rows together. As I sew the rows together I usually pin in several places to keep things nicely lined up. Once you have all of your rows sewn together, you are ready for the borders. See how quickly this is coming together?
The first border is made from the 2" wide white strips. Measure the sides of your quilt to determine the length of strips you need for this step. Mine were 56.5" long. Using the 2" wide white strips, sew three of them together end to end. From this one long strip, cut two that measure 56.5" long each. Sew these two borders to the sides of your quilt. Press.
Next measure the top and bottom of your quilt. Mine measured 51.5". Using the last three white strips, sew them together end to end. From this long strip cut two that measure 51.5" each. Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press.
Now for the last border! Repeating the technique used above, measure the sides of your quilt top. Mine measured 59.5". Using the 4.5" wide yellow strips, sew three of them together end to end. From this long strip cut two that measure 59.5" long. Sew these to the sides of the quilt.
Next measure the top and bottom of your quilt. Mine measured 59.5". Using the last three yellow strips, sew them together end to end. From this long strip cut two that measure 59.5". Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press.
Your quilt top is now complete!
For the quilt back I combined all of my leftover fabrics with 1 yard of the Marguerite Yellow Scallops and 1-5/6 yard of Basic Shades Lemon. For instructions to make the quilt back, see the "printer friendly pattern" link above.
The binding is done in the Marguerite Dot Red and I have to say that it's my favorite part of the entire quilt!
Are you not a fan of red and yellow? Here is the same pattern, but using the blue and green fabrics from the Marguerite line - equally as pretty!
Thanks for visiting the Cutting Corners College! If you'd like to make an Autumn Blooms quilt for yourself, stop by my blog - I'll be giving away a set of fat quarters to get you started!