Highlight Your Fabric Quilt – Construction Notes

By | February 29, 2020

This quilt really highlights a focus fabric nicely. And in my case, helps use up some fabrics I found at a local thrift shop in a way that looks nicely coordinated.

I was wasting time  looking for inspiration on Pinterest a while ago and saw a picture of this quilt  which I liked enough to pin to one of my boards.  So, while going through Pinterest boards today to get some ideas for a quilt I came across the Pin and thought that it looked like an easy enough project and decided to make it.

Here it is before any borders have been added:

I really like how it turned out.

However, I had to do some work to create this as the Pin had no links to a pattern and a reverse image search didn’t help me find one either.

I decided I’d make my blocks 12″ finished. Here is a picture of a block.

The centre blocks are 6.5″ square unfinished, the corner blocks are cut at 3.5″ square unfinished and the narrow strips are cut at 2″x6.5″ unfinished.

For 12 blocks

  • cut 2 strips of focus fabric (A) at 6.5″ wide and WOF and cross cut into 6.5″ squares for a total of 12 squares (you’ll need more fabric if you fussy cut)
  • cut 8 – 2″ strips x WOF of each of the two non focus fabrics B & C
  • Cut 3 – 3.5″ strips x WOF of each of two non focus fabrics B & C, cut 24 3.5″ squares of each of fabric B & C

Sew being careful of your seams (mine could have been a bit more precise) a B & C 2″ strip together, and iron to the darker fabric, do this 8 times, sub cut into 48, 6.5″ x 3.5″ rectangles.

Choose which of B  or C will be in the top left hand corner of the square. Referring to the block above lay out your blocks and sew together.

It goes together fast. I did have some issue with nesting seams but I’m not quite sure how I would have avoided it other than changing the construction completely.

Tomorrow’s challenge is figuring out borders for this. I’m not sure I have enough red for an inner border, but I do have enough of the pale yellow for one so I may be using that followed by the floral. I have enough floral for a reasonable outer border.

7 thoughts on “Highlight Your Fabric Quilt – Construction Notes

  1. Dione Gardner-Stephen

    What a great block to make the most of your pretty focus fabric. Thanks for sharing at Colour & Inspiration Tuesday. 🙂

  2. Denise

    Oh this is so pretty and I love the fabric. Lucky you finding a perfect match at a thrift store. A friend of mine always comes across the greatest sewing items in thrift stores around her home. Perhaps I should start visiting the one in my area. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.


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