Lawn Party

Materials

Based on fabric 132cm (52in) wide

  • 30cm each of plain fabrics; lilac, pink , yellow and pale green
  • 20cm each of print fabrics; A, B, C, D, E and F
  • 110 x 110cm for the backing
  • 110 x 110cm piece of wadding
  • 25cm of print fabric for the binding
  • Sewing and quilting threads)

Finished Size

103 x 103cm (40 1⁄2 x 40 1⁄2in)

Skill Level

Intermediate

Our Lawn Party quilt uses wider fabric than usual, but you can use normal width fabric if you prefer, increasing the quantities accordingly.

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. From the plain lilac fabric carefully cut the following pieces:
    • Eight 4 7⁄8in squares; cut in half on the diagonal
    • 32 smaller 2 7⁄8in squares; cut 16 in half on the diagonal
  2. From the plain pink fabric carefully cut the following pieces:
    • Seven 4 7⁄8in squares; cut in half on the diagonal
    • 28 smaller 2 7⁄8in squares; cut 14 in half on the diagonal
  3. From the plain yellow fabric carefully cut the following pieces:
    • Six 4 7⁄8in squares; cut in half on the diagonal
    • 24 smaller 2 7⁄8in squares; cut 12 in half on the diagonal
  4. From the plain green fabric carefully cut the following pieces:
    • Four 4 7⁄8in squares; cut in half on the diagonal
    • 16 smaller 2 7⁄8in squares; cut eight in half on the diagonal
  5. From the print fabric A carefully cut the following pieces:
    • Five 4 7⁄8in squares; cut in half on the diagonal
    • 20 smaller 2 7⁄8in squares; cut ten in half on the diagonal
  6. From the print fabrics B-F carefully cut the following pieces:
    • Four 4 7⁄8in squares; cut in half on the diagonal
    • 16 smaller 2 7⁄8in squares; cut eight in half on the diagonal

PREPARATION

Following the photograph for guidance, pair up the plain and print fabrics for each of the 25 blocks. For each block you need two large plain and two large print triangles, four small plain and four small print triangles, and two 2 7⁄8in plain and two 2 7⁄8in print squares.

HALF SQUARE TRIANGLES

  1. Make the quick-pieced half square triangles using the 2 7⁄8in squares. Take the plain squares and on the wrong side, using a sharp pencil, mark a line across the diagonal. Place each print square right sides together with a plain square. Stitch 1⁄4in either side of the marked line. To save time use chain piecing.
  2. To chain piece, stitch your pairs of patches together as in step 1, but at the end of each pair do not cut your threads or remove the patches from the sewing machine. Without lifting the presser foot, place the next pair of patches up to the foot and continue sewing. Each pair of patches is joined to the next by short lengths of thread. When you have completed your 'chain' of patches, snip the pairs apart.
  3. Cut along the marked line and open the units out. Press the seam allowance towards the print fabric and trim the ears at the seam ends. Figure 1.

PIECED TRIANGLE UNITS

  1. Make the pieced triangles using the half square triangles and two small triangles. Note: for each block there are two of each plain/print placement. Figure 2.
  2. Stitch the large plain triangles to the pieced triangles containing only one small plain triangle, Figure 3a. Stitch the large print triangles to the pieced triangles containing only one small print triangle, Figure 3b.

MAKING UP THE QUILT TOP

  1. Arrange the pieced triangle units into blocks. Join the top and lower pairs, pressing the seams in alternate directions, and then join these together. Figure 4.
  2. Lay out the blocks, taking care to place them so that the centre seams of each block in a row lie in alternate directions so that they butt up when joined. Figure 5.
  3. Join the blocks into rows, pressing the seams of each row in alternate directions. Join the rows together.

QUILTING AND FINISHING

  1. Press the quilt top and backing. 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. Using quilters' curved safety pins, pin the layers together.
  2. Quilt as desired. Anne used monofilament thread and quilted on the diagonal to give the illusion of squares on point.
  3. To bind the quilt, trim the excess backing and wadding level with the quilt top edges. Cut four 2 1⁄4in strips across the width of the binding fabric and join at right angles, pressing the seams open to reduce bulk. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. 4 Match the raw edges of the binding to the raw edges of the quilt top and sew in place, folding a mitre at each corner. If you are not familiar with sewing a mitred corner then sew each edge separately, making sure that all the raw ends of the binding are tucked away neatly. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and slipstitch in place.

First published in Popular Patchwork Issue 7 2007