Last week I posted a tutorial for this quilt using fabrics from the Spring Robins Collection by Clothworks. My quilt is off to a good start. I have a couple more rows to sew. I need to put a border on and it will be ready to sell in my Etsy shop or I will quilt it and give it away. I have a month to decide which.
Don't you just love the Spring Robins Collection by Clothworks? I love the greens, blues and purples in this collection and of course the adorable robins are truly the best.
I teach quilt classes and recently I had to come up with a simple pattern for a mystery quilt. I decided to use this block because it is so versatile. The finished block can be arranged in a few different ways to make different quilt top designs.
I'd love to share the block pattern with you.
You will need a light, a medium and a dark fabric. Here are the fabric amounts and cutting instructions to make a 36" by 36" lap quilt.
You will need: Light Fabric - 1-1/4 Yards Medium - 3/4 Yards Dark - 2 Yards
(5) 4-78" by WOF strips, Sub cut into (36) 4-7/8" squares then cut on the diagonal to make (72) triangles Medium
(9) 2.5 X WOF strips Dark
(5) 4-78" by WOF strips, Sub cut into (36) 4-7/8" squares then cut on the diagonal to make (72) triangles
(9) 2.5 X WOF strips
Sew your medium and dark strips together and cut into (144) 2.5" X 4.5" rectangles
Sew light half square triangles to dark half square triangles. You should have 72 blocks.
Sew your half square triangle blocks to your 4 square blocks as shown. You will have 36 of each of the two arrangements.
Sew these together to make 36 blocks.
You can arrange your blocks in different ways. Lay the blocks out on your design wall to figure out what layout you prefer.
I used this layout to make this quilt a few years ago.
A few more...
I chose the 'Jacob's Ladder' layout for my Spring Robins blocks.
If you love Kaffe Fassett I have just the fabric for you at Runnstitch.com. I LOVE these fabrics. While I can't have all of the collections in my shop, I can have a sample of each. These 10 inch squares are great for your next scrappy quilt. I also have this Cake Mix Quilt Book full of great ideas for your next patchwork project. Find the fabrics here, and find the book here. I also have Kaffe Fassett yardage in my shop that you can use for backgrounds and borders with these lovely precuts.
During my travels last winter I visited a fabric shop that sold everything Kaffe Fassett. I had to buy some but what? There were so many choices and options. As usual, I decided to purchase a jelly roll because of course, then I didn't have to choose only one or two fabrics. I know that you can make a twin sized quilt with a jelly roll and a border, so I thought I bet I can make two quilts with a jelly-roll and 4 yards of fabric. I thought I better pick out a couple of yards of two fabrics so I would have enough for my projects. When I brought the fabrics home, I just sat and looked at their lovely brightness. I knew I must do something with them because these fabrics were not going into my stash to be stored until who knows when.
I sat down with a piece of paper and started figuring. I decided to do a simple 16 patch and large square for one quilt...
And a half-square triangle and square block for the second quilt.
I actually needed more fabric for the borders because I bought the fabrics first and then decided what I was going to make with them. Not always a good idea if you are trying to be thrifty. I loved this fabric so much, I purchased some for my Run'n Stitch shop HERE
My shop is in my home, and while I'm open one day a week, I also encourage locals to call me to stop by for an appointment. People tend to be a little intimidated when it comes to going to the home of a stranger to purchase a product so I made this video to encourage Petersburg residents to stop by and take a look at my shop. I also encourage them to check out my class schedule on my website, Runnstitch.com
This video is also informative for people who purchase items from my on-line shop. You can see how my items are arranged and stored. All of my fabrics come from a clean, smoke-free home.