Monday, July 6, 2009

Tutorial: Flights of Fancy Quilt

I was asked about a pattern for my Flights of Fancy quilt, so I figured I might as well write a tutorial for it.  You know, it's the hip thing to do these days.  :)

Anyway.  Each block is a 6"x6" finished block with a 3" border making a 12"x12" finished (12.5"x12.5" unfinished) block. The quilt is 5 blocks wide by 6 blocks tall, making it approximately 60"x72".

To make this I used a fat quarter pack of the Flights of Fancy line that had around 14 fabrics in it.  I used less than half of each fat quarter (including the fabric for the back), so this really could be a good scrap quilt.  I also used about 3/4 yard of 4 Kona Cotton solids. 

Each center block has a solid in the center measuring 2.5"x6.5".  The outside strips are of matching prints of one of three different widths:
1.  Two 2.5"x6.5" unfinished strips.
2.  One 3"x6.5" and one 2"x6.5" unfinished strip
3.  One 3.5"x6.5" and one 1.5"x6.5" unfinished strip.

To finish the center blocks, cut two 3.5"x6.5" and two 12.5"x3.5" strips.  Sew them onto the center blocks.  Trim each block to 12.5"x12.5".

When laying out the blocks, I alternated every other block from having the strips vertical and horizontal.  I also arranged them such that each row alternated between two of the border colors.

Once you have your 30 blocks sewn together, viola!  You're finished with the quilt top!  Now you just need to quilt it and bind it

Please let me know if any of these steps were unclear.  I'll do my best to clarify anything that needs it!  Also, if you end up making a quilt similar, please let me know!  I'd love to see what you come up with! 


randi said...

What a great quilt! Thanks for the how-to!

Kristin said...

I love the colors and patterns you chose for the quilt - very cool :-)

Leslie said...

this is beautiful...i think i am going to have to try your tutorial and layout soon.

Anonymous said...

Great quilt and tutorial and I have to admit that I just can't believe how much I'm loving the colours.

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

Love this quilt. It's gorgeous!