Braidedlove

Materials

Based on fabric 132cm (52in) wide

  • 1m (1 1⁄8yds) fabric A
  • 30cm (3⁄8yd) fabric B
  • 1.3m (1 3⁄8yds) fabric C
  • 1.1m (1 1⁄4yds) fabric D
  • 30cm (3⁄8yd) fabric E
  • 80cm (7⁄8yd) fabric F
  • 50cm (1⁄2yd) fabric G
  • 30cm (3⁄8yd) fabric H
  • 30cm (3⁄8yd) fabric I
  • 178cm (70in) square backing fabric
  • 178cm (70in) square wadding

Finished Size

Approx 168cm (66in) square

Skill Level

Beginner

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. From fabric A, cut seven 4 7⁄8in strips across the width of the fabric; crosscut to give 55 4 7⁄8in squares. Trim six of the squares to 4 1⁄2in; cut the remaining squares once on the diagonal to give 98 triangles.
  2. From fabric B, cut two 4 7⁄8in strips across the width of the fabric; cross-cut to give 14 4 7⁄8in squares and cut once on the diagonal to give 28 triangles.
  3. From fabric C, cut the following:
    • Seven 4 7⁄8in strips across the width of the fabric; cross-cut to give 54 4 7⁄8in squares and cut once on the diagonal to give 108 triangles
    • Four 1 1⁄2in strips across the width of the fabric; join and set aside for side borders
    • Four 1 1⁄2in strips across the width of the fabric; join and set aside for top and bottom borders
  4. From fabric D, cut five 4 7⁄8in strips across the width of the fabric; crosscut to give 36 4 7⁄8in squares and cut once on the diagonal to give 72 triangles. Set the remaining fabric aside for the binding.
  5. From fabric E, cut two 4 7⁄8in strips across the width of the fabric; cross-cut to give 12 4 7⁄8in squares and cut once on the diagonal to give 24 triangles.
  6. From fabric F, cut the following:
    • Three 4 7⁄8in strips across the width of the fabric; cross-cut to give 24 4 7⁄8in squares and cut once on the diagonal to give 48 triangles
    • Three 4 1⁄2in strips across the width of the fabric; cross-cut to give 24 4 1⁄2in squares
  7. From fabric G, cut three 4 7⁄8in strips across the width of the fabric; crosscut to give 19 4 7⁄8in squares and cut once on the diagonal to give 38 triangles.
  8. From fabric H, cut two 4 7⁄8in strips across the width of the fabric; crosscut to give 9 4 7⁄8in squares and cut once on the diagonal to give 18 triangles.
  9. From fabric I, cut the following:
    • One 4 7⁄8in strip across the width of the fabric; cross-cut to give three 4 7⁄8in squares and cut once on the diagonal to give six triangles
    • One 4 1⁄2in strip across the width of the fabric; cross-cut to give six 4 1⁄2in squares

MAKING THE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE UNITS

Match up the following pairs of half square triangle units. With right sides of fabric togther, sew a scant 1/4in seam on the diagonal, press seam toward dark fabric. Make the number of blocks specified below.

  • A/B, 6 units
  • A/C, 38 units
  • A/D, 14 units
  • A/F, 24 units
  • A/G, 16 units
  • B/C, 16 units
  • B/I, 6 units
  • C/D, 34 units
  • C/F, 14 units
  • C/H, 6 units
  • D/E, 24 units
  • F/G, 10 units
  • G/H, 12 units

ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP

  1. Lay out all the squares and half square triangle units. Note: the quilt comprises four quadrants Q1-Q4: Q1 and Q4 are the same as are Q2 and Q3. See Fig 1.
  2. Join the units of quadrant Q1 in rows. Press the seams of each row in the same direction, ensuring that alternate rows are pressed in opposite directions. Join the rows to complete Q1. Repeat for quadrants Q2-Q4.
  3. Join Q1 - Q4 to complete the quilt centre.
  4. Take the joined side border strips of fabric C. Measure the centre of the quilt top from top to bottom and cut two border strips to this length (approx 64 1/2in). Stitch one strip to each side of the quilt centre. Press the seams towards the border.
  5. Take the joined top and bottom border strips of fabric C. Measure across the quilt top from side border to side border and cut the border strips to this length (approx 66 1/2in). Stitch one strip to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt centre. Press the seams towards the border.

FINISHING OFF

  1. Give your quilt top and backing a good press. Layer the quilt by placing the backing fabric wrong side up on a clean flat surface, followed by the wadding and then the quilt top, centrally and right side up. The backing and wadding are slightly larger than the quilt top. Pin or tack in place.
  2. Susan quilted wavy lines all over the quilt. You could emphasise the large diamond shape by quilting a different pattern in each diamond or echo quilt the flowers in the green and red fabrics.
  3. To bind the quilt, trim the excess backing and wadding level with the quilt top edges. Take the piece of fabric D set aside for the binding and cut seven 2in strips across the width of the fabric; join at right angles, pressing the seams open to reduce bulk. Trim the ears and fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Match the raw edge of the binding to the raw edges of the quilt and sew in place, folding a mitre at each comer. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and neatly slipstitch in place by hand. Finally sign and date your work . If a group of you decide to make this quilt for a friend then why not include all of your signatures!

First published in Popular Patchwork June 2009