Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
Happy Wednesday! I'm so happy to bring you the first of a series of quilt settings to accompany my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. I wanted to share something that would be a good add-on to the 60 Block Chart included in the book! The blocks in that section can be used in many ways, including in the final chapter of quilts in the book.

Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
Over the next few weeks/months I'll be sharing additional quilt settings (layouts!) that you could use with those blocks, blocks from my Simply Sampled or Half-Square Triangle Sampler patterns, or any 12" finished quilt blocks! The quilts will be different sizes, and take a different number of blocks. I'll be sharing instructions for the quilt setting only, not the blocks. I will however be sharing fabric requirements to help guide you on making the half-square triangle blocks from the book needed for each setting!

The first quilt setting I am sharing is a big one! It's mostly made up of blocks, so you don't have a lot of extra work to do after those are done!

Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
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Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
Sewing Level: Intermediate/Confident Beginner
Finished size: 60"x84"

- (27) 12.5" unfinished quilt blocks
- 1 1/4 yards of background fabric
- 5 1/4 yards of backing fabric
- 68" x 92" piece of batting
- 5/8 yard of binding
- Coordinating thread

WOF = Width of Fabric (42")
Fat Quarter = 18" x 21"

From background fabric:
- Cut (3) 12.5" x WOF strips
- From each strip, cut (3) 12.5" squares for a total of 8

From binding fabric:
- Cut (8) 2.5" x WOF strips

To make 27 half-square triangle quilt blocks, you'll need:
2-at-a-time HST method 4-at-a-time HST method 8-at-a-time HST method
Print fabric 11 fat quarters 12 fat quarters 14 fat quarters
Background fabric 2 1/2 yds 2 5/8 yds 2 1/2 yds
Cut print and background fabric into squares for 3" finished half-square triangles. Reference charts on pages 15-17 of Patchwork Essentials for cut square size and trimming information. Make a total of 432 half-square triangles. Sew half-square triangles into 27 blocks, use block chart on pages 85-99 for block layouts.

Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
*Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.*

1. Arrange blocks using the diagram.

2. Sew blocks together in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction every other row.

3. Sew rows together. Press seams open.

4. Cut backing yardage in half. Press. Trim off the selvedges and sew your pieces together lengthwise. Press seam open.

5. Basting: Using masking or painter’s tape, tape the backing to a clean, hard surface, right side down. Spread out your batting on top of the backing. Smooth out any wrinkles. Carefully spread out your quilt top on top of the batting, right side up. Pin your top, I like to use curved safety pins, spacing the pins a few inches apart. Make sure that your pins are going through all three layers.

6. Quilting: Quilt as desired, by machine or by hand. Trim away excess batting and backing fabric.

7. Binding: Trim off selvedges and sew your binding strips together to form one long strip, press seams open. Fold in half lengthwise, pressing with your iron as you fold. Attach binding using your preferred method. For a detailed tutorial on attaching your binding to both sides by machine, see here.

Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
Enjoy! Share your progress and finished quilt photos using the #patchworkessentials hashtag on social media or add it to the In Color Order Flickr Group!

Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
Happy Quilting!


  1. Wow, Jeni! What a great quilt--with sooo many different blocks from the same pieces. I love how the big purple squares pull your eye in.


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