If you like quick big block quilts, check out my Giant Vintage Star Quilt Tutorial!
La Dee Da by Erin McMorris. She is one of my favorite designers, and I've been so excited for this collection. So that was the starting point. I knew I wanted to incorporate some basics from the line and found my color palette after looking around at what else would be available at the same time. Lucky for me, Lillybelle by Bari J and Grand Hotel by Jenean Morrison had some similar colors. From there, Art Gallery Elements were a no brainer! So here we have it! A palette of mustard, aqua, teal, and blue-gray.
Pinterest a few weeks back, and after seeing this Half-Rectangle Triangle tutorial on the Modern Quilt Guild Blog, I was sold! I paired my bundle with Kona White for the background, a vintage sheet for backing, and Art Gallery solids from my bundle for the binding. I used my go-to free motion loopy quilting to finish it up. I also used Pellon cotton batting for the first time, and it quilted up so nicely!
So, would you like to make one of your own? I'm calling this a mini tutorial, because I will not be showing how to make the half-triangle rectangles since there is a perfectly good tutorial already! Plus this was my first time making them, hehe! Just make sure you use the measurements found here for your rectangles! Here we go!
- 12 print fat quarters
- 2 1/4 yards of background fabric
- 4 yards of backing fabric (or a full size sheet)
- 72"x80" piece of batting
- 1/2 yard of binding (or 3 fat quarters like mine!)
- Coordinating thread
- Marking pen
Finished size: 64"x72"
From each of 12 print fabrics:
- Cut (2) 9"x13" rectangles, for a total of 24 pieces.
From background fabric:
- Cut (8) 9"x WOF strips
- From each 9" strip, cut (3) 9"x13" pieces for a total of 24 pieces.
From binding fabric:
- Cut (7) 2.5" x WOF strips
(If using fat quarters for binding, cut (6) 18"x2.5" strips from each of 3 fat quarters)
1. Separate your print and background pieces into two piles, making sure you have one of each print in both piles.
2. Use one pile to create 24 half-rectangle triangles according to the first part of this tutorial on the Modern Quilt Guild Blog. Square up blocks to 8.5"x12.5". Set aside.
3. Use the second pile to create 24 OPPOSITE half-rectangle triangles according to the second part of the tutorial. Square up blocks to 8.5"x12.5".
We create our half-triangle rectangles in two parts because each pair of print/background pieces creates two identical half-rectangle triangles. In order to create our flag pieces, we need two that go in different directions!
5. Once you have your layout how you like it, mark your rows (I simply use paper scraps and safety pins) so they don't get out of order! Sew together blocks in each row. Press your finished rows in alternating directions.
6. Sew your rows together, pressing seams open or in the same direction.
7. Baste, quilt, bind, and enjoy! :)
© 2015 Lauren Hunt for Lucky Spool Media.
Looking to experiment more with super sized blocks? Check out the Vast quilt from my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle.