Sunday, 23 January 2011
The quilt block that I chose is called Lady of the White House. No, sorry, I haven't a clue why. Unusually, I couldn't find any other names for it either. It consists of a pinwheel block in the centre and either a nine patch block or a three stripe block on some edges.
For the white background fabric, I used about 1.1/2 yards of fabric cut into eight 6.1/2" strips and four 2.1/2" strips.
Cut along the line between the two seams and you will have two squares, each made up of one dark and one light triangle.
Sew the squares together in pairs and then sew two pairs together. Check against the photo to make sure that you have the triangles the right way round.
Sew together a strip of dark, light dark then a strip of light, dark, light and then another strip of dark, light, dark to make a nine patch square.
For the contrasting fabric I think a coffee colour would have looked better, but I was determined to use up fabric from my stash and this off white was the only one I had that was remotely suitable. Cut a 6.1/2" strip across the width of the white fabric and cut into 6.1/2" squares. You will need eight of these for each quilt block.
Sew a white square to one side of the nine patch block. These are now the main components of the fat quarter quilt block.
At this stage the fat quarter quilt top measures 48" by 72". Each strip measures 14" long. So to make a border along the short edges I need two strips of white 20" long by 2.1/2" wide (because that gives 14" plus 14" from the squares, plus 20" white to make 48" total). the strips I cut were 20.1/2" by 2.1/2" to include seam allowance.
I was really pleased with the way the fat quarter quilt turned out - especially as I didn't add any extra to my fabric stash! I hope you like it, too.
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