Joannes Designs Week30 'Sticks and Stones Quilt' a design I created after being inspired by a similar quilt I saw on Pinterest.
This quilt has been designed with the beginner quilter in mind as well as the more seasoned quilter who has an ever increasing supply of fabric. With the very small squares in this quilt ( 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" including seam allowances) you will be able to delve into your box of wee pieces! This quilt can be made from scraps and there is no right number of fabrics to use. I have used 13 colored fabrics and black for the sashing. What holds this quilt together is the contrasting sashing - this would also look great with white sashing.
This quilt is best made by cutting your colored fabrics into 1 1/2" strips. Then cut your strips into 12 1/2" rectangles followed by cutting the remainder fabric into 1 1/2" squares. This is a very economical quilt to make with almost no fabric wastage (especially if you have delved into your stash!).
The black fabric needs to be cut into 2 1/2" wide strips and the corner stones into 2 1/2" squares.
There is a 3" wide border around this quilt as well as a binding in the same fabric as the sashing.
To download the pattern, rotary cutting block guide or the fabric guide click on the images below.
My advice when making this quilt:
Be bold and use up your stash - any fabrics will look great as it is the black or if you prefer white sashing that sets this quilt off. To see how a white sashing works check out my week 1 Greensleeves pattern.
If you need to buy the fabric then buying a 1/2 yard of each fabric will work nicely.
A very quick method to use to make the rows of small squares is outlined below:
1. Cut 12 lengths of fabric all 1 1/2" wide
2. Sew lengths together forming a block
3. Press so seam allowances are all in the same direction.
4. Cut across the rows at 1 1/2" wide intervals
When all your blocks have been sewn together, lay out your design on a flat surface - either a design wall, bed or floor. Add sashing and cornerstones. This is the time to determine whether black or white sashing looks best.
This quilt lends itself to using the strip piecing method and it would certainly speed up the time required to sew all the pieces together.
I hope you enjoyed Joannes Designs Week30. Just 22 patterns to go!
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