Interlaced Sampler Quilt Setting Tutorial

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Happy Wednesday! I'm excited to bring you the final installment of a series of sampler 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. You can find the other setting tutorials here: Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial and Blockade Quilt Setting Tutorial.
Read more about the finished quilt here: Interlaced Quilt.

Interlaced Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
These quilt settings (layouts!) could be used with the block chart in my book, blocks from my Simply Sampled or Half-Square Triangle Sampler patterns, or any 12" finished quilt blocks! To make this quilt, you'll need 17 blocks. Below you'll find the instructions for the quilt setting only, not the blocks. There are fabric requirements to help guide you on making the half-square triangle blocks from the book needed for this setting.

Interlaced Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
Still need a copy of my book? Pick up a signed copy here: Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle!

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

- (17) 12.5" unfinished quilt blocks
- 2 1/4 yards of accent fabric
- 2 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 accent fabric:
- Cut (12) 6.5" x WOF strips
- From each strip, cut (6) 6.5" squares for a total of 72

From background fabric:
- Cut (6) 12.5" x WOF strips
- From each strip, cut (3) 12.5" squares for a total of 18

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

To make 17 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 7 fat quarters 8 fat quarters 9 fat quarters
Background fabric 1 5/8 yds 1 5/8 yds 1 5/8 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 272 half-square triangles. Sew half-square triangles into 17 blocks, use block chart on pages 85-99 for block layouts.

*Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.*
Interlaced Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
1. On the wrong side of your 6.5” accent squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner using a marking pen. Place an accent square right sides together lined up with one corner of a background square and pin in place. Sew on top of the marked line. Backstitch to secure your stitching. Trim off corner, leaving a 1/4” seam. Press accent fabric up and away. Turn block clockwise and repeat for remaining corners. Corner pieces will overlap by 1/4”. Trim block to 12.5" if necessary.

Make a total of 18 square in square blocks.

Interlaced Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
2. Arrange half-square triangle blocks and square in square blocks in 7 rows of 5 blocks each. Sew elements together in each row, press seams open. Sew blocks together in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction every other row. Sew rows together. Press seams open.

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

4. 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.

Interlaced Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
5. Quilting: Quilt as desired, by machine or by hand. Trim away excess batting and backing fabric.

6. 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.

Interlaced Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial! I have lots of other tutorials for everything from quilts, pillows, bags, and holiday items to informational series and techniques. Find all my tutorials here: Tutorials. My online shop is filled with patterns for quilts and bags. Find my patterns here: Jeni Baker Patterns

If you make something using one of my tutorials or patterns, I hope you'll tag me @jenib320 and use my hashtag #jenibaker on instagram!

Check out the other free quilt setting tutorials in this series:
Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
Over and Above Quilt Setting Tutorial

Blockade Quilt Setting Tutorial - In Color Order
Blockade Quilt Setting Tutorial

Happy Quilting!


  1. I like this setting a lot! I like that it feels cohesive and yet there is a fair amount of negative space to let all those cleverly sewn blocks 'breathe' a bit. Well done!

  2. I do have your book and I LOVE it. For anyone that loves HST it's a must have for your quilting library. These instructions will be a nice addition. Thank you.

  3. WOW, lovely colors and blocks. Jeni, this is a beauty
    Thank you so much for sharing your skills and creativity

  4. I have your book and have been wanting to try my hand at some HSTs. I really like this setting so maybe this is where I'll start.

  5. This setting is very appealing. Definitely one that appears complex, yet is surprisingly simple. Love that you did it scrappy.

  6. Gorgeous blocks with lively color.


Thanks for keeping this blog a positive place, I appreciate the time you are taking to leave a comment! I will answer any questions here in the comments section.

All comments are moderated to filter out spam. Your comment will appear after it has been approved.