Joannes Designs Week17
Bright Squares Quilt 50" x 50"

Joannes Designs Week17 'Bright Squares Quilt' a design I created using the fabulous half square triangle. There seems to be an endless range of designs one can create using the HSTs. While designing this quilt I was reminded of the kaleidoscope I had when I was very young. It seems that every time I look at the design I see another kaleidoscope pattern.

To make this quilt you will need to make 16 blocks. Each block is 12" x 12" and is made using a lot of half square triangles. Fortunately the triangles are all the same size making this the perfect quilt to make using the strip piecing method.


For this quilt I have used seven different colored fabrics and one black. It would also look fantastic assembled from your stash! Have fun!


To download the pattern, quilt fabric guide or rotary cutting block guide click on the relevant image below.

My advice when making this quilt:


1. This quilt is best made using the strip piecing method. To begin cut your fabrics into 2 7/8" strips.

2. Cut each strip into 2 7/8" squares.

3. Cut each squares diagonally once. Check you have 640 black triangles and 512 colored triangles.

4. Layout your triangles to create one block. Adjust your color scheme at this point - no need to unpick if you do this now!!

5. Working across each row in turn, sew all the triangles together to form squares. Snip apart& press.

6. Rearrange the squares into the block.

7. Again working across each row sew the squares together. Now sew the rows together to form the 12" x 12" block.

8. Repeat to create sixteen 12" blocks. Then sew the blocks together in a four by four grid.

9. I have designed the binding to be double fold and allowed for this in the fabric yardage. Cut binding fabric into 2 1/2" wide strips.

I hope you enjoyed Joannes Designs Week17. Just 35 patterns to go!


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