Spring Fever

Materials

  • 40cm 626103 Muted grounds grape A
  • 70cm 626103 Muted grounds olive green B
  • 60cm 6250 Tossed rose C
  • 40cm 6252 Spring flowers D
  • fat 1/4 6251 Roses and pansies E
  • fat 1/4 6255 Muted watercolour daisy F
  • fat 1/8 6254 Tonal ground with dots G
  • 2 1/2m 6253 Monotone flowers H for backing and binding
  • 80cm 6249 Swallow with rose I
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  • 115 x 115cm 2 1/2oz polyester wadding or cotton equivalent

Finished Size

42 x 42"

Skill Level

Beginner

You can download a pdf copy of the original magazine pages for this project here, Spring Fever

TIP! To remember which fabric is which, cut a small swatch and label with its letter. Pin all the coded swatches on a piece of paper which you keep in front of you when sewing

Block One - Make Four Blocks

  1. From fabric C, cut twelve 3" squares and from fabric D, cut four 5 1/2" squares.
  2. From fabric C, cut four 6 1/4" squares, and cut diagonally to create 16 quarter square triangles (Figure 1).
  3. From fabric A, cut sixteen 3 3/8" squares, from fabric B, cut two 3 3/8" squares, from fabric C, cut two 3 3/8" squares. Cut all of these squares once diagonally to give half square triangles.
  4. Layout the patches as per Fig 2 to check placement. There should be 4 blocks.
  5. Sew the patches together with a 1/4" seam, using the sequence in Figure 3. Remember to iron after every seam, ironing towards the darker fabric.
Figure 1: Cut 6 1/4 twice diagonally to create quarter square triangles.
Figure 1: Cut 6 1/4" square twice diagonally to create quarter square triangles.
Figure 2: Layout of Block 1. Figure 3: Sewing sequence for star block.
Figure 2: Layout of Block 1.
Figure 3: Sewing sequence for star block.

Block Two - Make Four Blocks

Figure 4: Layout of Block 2.
Figure 4: Layout of Block 2.
  1. From fabric C, cut eight 3" squares, from fabric D and G, cut sixteen 1 3/4" squares and from fabric F, cut four 5 1/2" squares.
  2. From fabric C, cut three 6 1/4" squares and from fabric E, cut one 6 1/4" square. Cut twice diagonally to create quarter square triangles (Figure 1).
  3. From fabric B, cut sixteen 3 3/8" squares. Cut all of these squares once diagonally to give 32 half square triangles.
  4. Layout the patches as per Figure 4 to check placement. There should be 4 blocks.
  5. First sew the squares of D and G fabric together to create corner four patches. Sew the remaining patches together with a 1/4" seam using the sequence in Figure 3. Remember to iron after every seam, ironing towards the darker fabric

Block Three - Make One Block

Figure 5: Layout of Block 3.
Figure 5: Layout of Block 3.
  1. From fabric D, cut one 5 1/2" square.
  2. From fabric E, cut one 6 1/4" square and cut twice diagonally to create quarter square triangles (Figure 1).
  3. From fabric A, cut four 3 3/8" squares, from fabric B and E, cut two 3 3/8" squares. Cut all of these squares once diagonally to give half square triangles.
  4. Layout the patches as per Figure 5 to check placement.
  5. Sew the patches together with a 1/4" seam, using the sequence in Figure 3. Remember to iron after every seam, ironing towards the darker fabric.

Completing the Quilt Top

Layout all the blocks as per Figure 6 to check the correct placement. Sew together in rows and then sew the rows to each other.
Figure 6: Quilt Layout
Figure 6: Quilt Layout

Borders

  1. From fabric B, cut two strips 1 1/2" x 30 1/2" and two 1 1/2" x 32 1/2" for the first borders. Sew to top and bottom and the two sides
  2. From fabric B and I, cut eight 3" squares. Sew these squares together to make 4 four patch blocks for the corners.
  3. From fabric I, cut four strips 5 1/2" x 32 1/2". Sew two of the strips to the top and bottom. Sew the four patches to either end of the remaining borders and sew these to the sides of the quilt. Iron
Finished Quilt
Finished Quilt

Completing the Quilt

  1. Layer the quilt top, wadding and backing fabric H together. Pin, tack and quilt as desired. On this quilt, Lyn has machine quilted in the ditch and midway in the borders.
  2. Trim off any excess wadding and backing fabric after quilting.
  3. Using fabric H, cut strips for the binding, 2 1/2" wide and a total length of 200". Bind the quilt, mitring the corners and slip stitching onto the back of the quilt.

First published in Popular Patchwork June 2000