Etchings Quilt

Hi! I’m Andrea from Millions of Thoughts and I am so pleased to show off a beautiful line of fabric that I was able to work with in creating this quilt. There is no doubt that this colour combination and fabric is one of my new favourites. The Etchings by 3 Sisters line includes beautiful small and large florals, etching prints, and gorgeous French influences.
This quilt is easy to make, and if you are like me and need to fight over share a quilt with wee ones on movie night, then this quilt may be for you! A generous 72 x 84 size will fit a twin or double bed, or will be the perfect family snuggle quilt for very tall people like me!

2 Jelly Rolls – 3 Sisters Etchings (4060JR)

3/4 yard binding (4061-25)
6 yards backing (4061-26)

Separate jelly rolls into two piles, lights and darks.
From your strips choose:
  • 36 strips light/cream
  • 16 strips blue
  • 10 strips red
  • 10 strips grey

Cutting :
Small Blocks – cut each strip (lights and darks) following these measurements:
  • 2 – 2.5 x 4.5″
  • 2 – 2.5 x 8.5″
  • 1 – 2.5 x 12.5″

Keep cut strips organized by size and colour.

Foursome Block Sashing
  • 9 – 2.5 x 8.5″ dark strips from binding fabric (or any leftover dark strips)
  • 18 – 2.5 x 8.5″ light strips from backing fabric (or any leftover light strips)
Main Sashing between rows
  • 4 – 2.5″ x width of fabric of the backing fabric (light)
This quilt is comprised mainly of two similar blocks – a mirror reflection of each other.
The first block, block b looks like this:
(it looks a bit like a ‘b’ and the dark colour spirals out from the center in a clockwise path.)

The second block d, looks like this:
(looks a bit like a ‘d’ and the dark colour spirals out from the center in a counterclockwise path)

To assemble the quilt exactly as I have – you will need the following number of blocks per colour:
grey – make 6 ‘b‘ and 4 ‘d‘ blocks = 10 blocks grey
red – make 4 ‘b‘ and 6 ‘d‘ blocks = 10 blocks red
blue – make 8 ‘b‘ and 8 ‘d‘ blocks = 16 blocks blue
*All blocks are done slightly scrappy – mixing ‘like’ colours together. As you assemble the blocks, randomly choose light strips and dark (according to colour) strips.

*Pressing- always to the outside edge of the square
*Sewing – use 1/4″ seams

Instructions for making block b:
1. Sew a light 4.5″ strip to a dark 4.5″ strip.

2. Sew on a dark and light 4.5″ strip, following the placement diagram below:

3. Sew a light and dark 8.5″ strip, following the placement diagram below:

4. Sew a light and dark 8.5″ strip following the placement diagram below:

5. Sew a 12.5″ light and dark strip to complete the spiral b block, making it a 12.5″ block.

6. Completed block b:

Instructions for making block d:

Repeat the same steps as above for the mirror image block, called block d. The completed spiral looks like the letter d. To assemble block d, the colours go out from the center in a counterclockwise path. When starting step 1 for block d, the dark 4.5″ strip will be on the right side. Follow the diagram below as a guide:

Making the foursome blocks:

Pair up blocks b and d according to the colour combination you would like to make. You can choose an all over scrappy look – I chose a more distinct combination.
Sew b and d together to make a pair:
Arrange sewn pairs into a ‘foursome’ block, planning for the final quilt layout. Now we are ready to prepare the sashing for the foursome block.

Sew foursome block sashing together (two light 8.5″ strips and 1 dark 8.5″strip)
Attach sashing to the bottom pair of blocks:

Press towards sashing.

Attach matching pair to make the final foursome block. Press towards sashing.

Arrange your large foursome blocks to determine your final quilt layout. Sew blocks together to make three rows of large blocks.

Main Sashing:
Piece together 2.5″ x width of fabric strips and trim to to 2.5″ x 72.5″

Pin and sew sashing to rows, ensuring that seams between rows of blocks match.
Press towards sashing.
*optional – sew an additional sashing row to top and bottom of quilt, giving the appearance of a white frame around entire quilt
Attach batting and backing and quilt as desired. I spray basted this large size, and had no problems.

Cut and prepare binding for your quilt and sew according to your preferred method.

One large quilt 72″ x 82″ – this quilt could easily extend to a queen size bed quilt by adding outer borders.
Please stop by and say hello on my blog at Millions of Thoughts where you will find more photos, as well as a few details about other ways I envisioned, and re-visioned this quilt!

Andrea Harris
{Millions of Thoughts}

A Charming Maze Quilt

Hi, it is Kristy from HandmadeRetro back with another Moda Bakeshop recipe!

This quilt  has been a long time coming… the fabric was lost in the mail and then the replacement package got caught up with the recent mail delays between the US and Australia. So I have a heap of satisfaction to bring you this postage-stamp-style maze quilt!

2x charm packs of Little Apples by Aneela Hooey (because of the mail mix-up I have a layer cake pictured but two charm packs are all that are required for the recipe)

2 yards of Etchings Slate for maze path and binding

2 yards for border (Little Apples Aqua 18515 13)

5 yards for backing (Little Apples Lollipop 18510 11)

Step One: Cutting the fabric
From the charm squares
Cut each of the charm squares into 4 2.5″ squares
You will also need to cut an extra 11 2.5″ squares from a combination of the backing and border fabric

From the Solid fabric:
Cut 20 2.5″ strips, sub cut these into 2.5″ squares

Cut another 6 2.5″ strips and set these aside for the binding

From the border fabric (Little Apples Aqua)
Cut 4 strips down the length of the fabric 9.5″ wide and 65″ long

Step Two: Construct the maze.
The maze section of the quilt is made up of 9 uneven sections. Each block is constructed in the same manner and diagrams indicate which block goes where in the centre panel.

Construct each of the nine blocks one at a time.
I have gone through the step-by-step construction of a single block below. Each of the nine blocks will be constructed in the same way so I am not going to picture all the steps each time. The process of the block construction is pictured below but remember to refer to the individual block pictures/diagrams for colour placement.

Some tips to keep everything organised.
– Sew a small scrap of fabric to the first seam of each row to mark the block and the row number (this will also orient the left side of the block).
– Work with one block at a time. Sew one square to the right of the last added to build the row, chain piecing. 

1. Layout the 2.5″ squares using the diagram or photo to assist you. If using the diagram, the white squares refer to the solid (maze path) and the blue/grey squares are the print (maze wall).

2. Get ready to start sewing. To keep everything in order I paired the first square in each row by placing square two face down on the top of square one. I then stacked these pairs with the pair for the bottom row on the bottom of the stack. If using the row markers (see below) place these between the pairs.

3. Stack the remaining squares into piles for each row. You can see in this picture I started to stack them by placing the square on the right of the block on the bottom and stacking each square to the left on top. I was left with 10 stacks (11 for blocks 7-9).

4. Chain piece the first pairs of the rows, separating with the markers if you are using them.

5. Leaving the squares joined, take the next square to the right for each row. Stack with the square for row 10 (11) on the bottom and the square for row 1 on the top to get ready to piece. Chain piece these to square 2.

6. Continue until all squares are added, you will have a block that has all the rows sewn together and these joined with threads.

7. Working with two rows at a time, trim the threads between the rows and press all seams in the direction of the arrows. I leave the row markers on at this stage.

8. Nest seams and sew rows together, being careful to keep the row markers free.

9. Repeat with remaining rows, adding pairs of rows to the block as you go.

10. Blocks 1-6 will be 7 squares by 10 squares, blocks 7-9 will be 7 squares by 11 squares.

11. Press row seams to the bottom of the even numbered blocks and to the top of the odd numbered blocks. Trim the row markers off.

Individual Block Layouts

Constructing the Centre Panel
Sew the blocks together in rows, nesting seams again.  Press seams to the right in row 1 and 3 and the left in row 2.

Sew the rows together, matching nested seams. Press seams to the bottom of the panel.

Adding the Borders
Measure the panel vertically through the middle of the quilt. Trim two of the border strips to this measurement.  Find the centre of the border strips and panels by folding in half and marking with pins. Match centres and edges. Pin, sew, press seam towards the border.

Measure the quilt horizontally through the middle of the quilt. Trim the two remaining border strips to this measurement. Find the centre of the border strips and the quilt top by folding in half and marking with pins. Match Centres and edges. Pin, sew, press seam towards the border.

Prepare the Backing
I prepared my backing with a vertical join. I cut the backing fabric in half and removed selvedges and joined. See this useful tutorial here for how to match up prints.

Baste, quilt and bind
I basted in the ‘hedge’ to leave the ‘path’ free for my chosen quilting design.

I quilted my top on my domestic machine 1/4″ inside the ‘path’ with my walking foot. If you start from the beginning or ending square and follow around you will quilt the entire path (except for a small section you will need to do separately using the same technique.

I straight line quilted the border, pacing the lines 3/4″. I marked the corners with a Hera marker to make identifying the spot to turn a little easier.

One 60″x80″ quilt.