Lately, my weekends have not allowed me to spend much time quilting. However this weekend was the winner! I was finally able to get back to my quilt top made with some Laurel Burch fabrics and I’m really happy with the result.
For some reason my pictures have been turning out really “soft” lately. I think my old camera is finally getting worn out. 🙂 Another thing that I don’t feel is clearly shown is the fact that many of the fabrics I used have patterns and texture to them. In person, that makes this quilt top even more fun to me!
So there you have it. I started with making a few “Economy blocks” for an online sew- along then morphed it into this quilt top.
Here is some information on how I made this quilt top if you are interested in doing something similar. I put instructions for how to make the blocks at the end of these directions. This is not an extremely detailed tutorial but I hope you find it helpful:
This finished to 47″ x 47″
Center A = 9 – 7 ½” x 7 ½” *Economy blocks – sew together 3 rows of 3 blocks for a 9-patch center.
Surround that by 4 -2 ½” wide strips the length needed to surround your nine-patch center (measure the right and left sides, sew on those strips, then measure the top and bottom, then sew on those strips)
Border B = 48 –2 ½” half square triangle blocks. Sew 12 together for the right side, then 12 for left side and sew both sides on first. For the top and bottom borders sew a 2 ½” square at the beginning and end of each 12 block row for a total of 14 blocks for each row.
Surround that with 4 – 2 ½” wide strips the length needed (measure the right and left sides, sew on those strips, then measure the top and bottom, then sew on those strips)
Border C = 28 – 5 ½” x 5 ½” *Diamond in Square blocks and 4 – 5 ½” x 1 ¼” spacer strips.
Make border C as follows: sew end-to-end 3 blocks, sew on 1 – 5 ½” x 1 ¼” strip then sew on three more blocks to make your right side border. Repeat to make your left side border. Sew those on to your quilt. The bottom and top borders are made up of 4 Diamond in Square blocks, then the spacer strip, then 4 more Diamond in Square blocks. You can see that I changed things up a bit by changing the color of the first and last block on the top and bottom border rows.
After you’ve sewn on Border C surround that with 4 – 3 ½” wide strips the length required for the final border (measure the right and left sides, sew on those strips, then measure the top and bottom, then sew on those strips).
*How to make the easy Diamond-in-Square and Economy blocks for this quilt size:
- Cut three 4 inch squares (one for your center, two for the outer triangles).
- Cut the two squares in half diagonally to get 4 triangles.
- Sew two of the triangles to your center square along the opposite sides (right sides together). The triangles will be larger than your square.
4. Press the triangles open then trim their sides down to meet the sides of the square.
5. Sew the other two triangles to the opposite sides of your square.
6. Press the triangles open, then square up your block to equal 5 ½”.
For the Economy block you follow these same steps but add one more layer of triangles. Cut two squares 6”. Cut those squares diagonally to get 4 more triangles. Sew them to the squared-up 5 ½” block, then square that up to 7 ½”.