Because this month we were talking about half square triangles I really wanted to put together a quilt top that featured how fun half square triangles can be.
Soooo….I made this lap quilt using nothing but plain square blocks and a few half square triangles. And I really like how it turned out!
I’m calling it a “Sawtooth Sunburst” quilt top. (Even thought technically it’s not a sunburst design it reminds me of one so….)
It was really easy to make and it you’d like to make one as well just follow the instructions below!
What you will need is:
*112 colored squares that are 5 inches by 5 inches ( I used 7 different colors in this quilt and did a random number of each color.)
*4 white squares that are 5 inches by 5 inches
*22 colored squares cut 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches (again a random color assortment)
*22 white squares cut 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches
*Batting, Backing & Binding (The finished quilt top is 54.5 inches wide and 59 inches long so enough of those three items to finish off your quilt!)
Now like I said the quilt is all either solid blocks or half square triangles….so I would start by sewing up all of your half square triangle blocks. For these you will use the 22 white squares and the 22 colored squares that you cut to be 5.5 inches. And each of these squares will use a piece of the white and a piece of the colored fabric. If you need a good how to make a good half square triangle block then check out the tutorial that Elizabeth posted earlier in the month. You can find it here: HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE TUTORIAL.
So after you have those blocks sewn…square them up to be an even 5 inch by 5 inch square.
And now it’s time to assemble your quilt! This quilt is made up of 13 rows (from top to bottom) and each row has 12 blocks in it .
For ease I drew out the pattern for you to use. (If you want to cut and paste it to print out so that you have a hard copy to use while you work then do it! I always find hard copies helpful.) I just placed the plain colored blocks around randomly and as for the half square triangles you can see in the drawing where I have black triangles….those black triangles are your white half square triangle!
I always lay my quilt out on the floor to make sure I like the design so I suggest that you do that as well. Laying out the quilt means that you can figit with color placement and make sure all your half square triangles are going to be going the right direction.
Once you have approved your layout get sewing! (And I sewed this one up just like I was reading a book…top to bottom and left to right…)
This was a really fun sew for me…I like the pattern and have plans to use it again soon but with some patterned prints…and it would be a great quilt top to try if you are still just testing out the quilting waters.
The fabric I used for this quilt is a chambray bundle from Andover Fabrics and I’m telling you I fell in love with these fabrics. Aside from being soft as butter (which they are) they are just plain cool! My favorite is the blue with the orange threads…I want an entire bolt to make dresses for myself and my girls out of! It’s pure awesomeness!!!
So let’s see…you have the supply list, a brief explanation, and the pattern….hopefully you are good to go but if you have any questions please email! I’d be happy to answer….and meanwhile I’m going to get this sent of to the quilter so I can get it finished up and bound!
Have a good weekend everyone!