Who doesn’t love all things Quilting?! You can’t wait to start a new quilt tutorial, so cheer up as the pattern is just incredible! It is named Refracted because it resembles the way that light comes out of a prism; it is super modern, chic and even better very easy! So ready to start?!
Final quilt size is 85 ″ x 85 ″
You will need:
- 25 Fat Quarters – Lori ‘Holts Daisy Cottage line was used for Riley Blake
- 1 1/8 Yard of solid fabric for sewing – You can use: Moda Bella Solid White
STEP 1- CUTTING THE BLOCKS
- Start by separating the 25 fat quarters into 5 piles of 5 fat quarters each. Be sure to get a good color and print mix in each pile.
- Now place the first set of (5) quarters of fat on your cutting mat stacked and aligned in the best possible way;
- It is necessary to cut all 5 pieces at the same time (Important: put a good sharp blade on the rotary cutter). Cut your quarters of fat, resulting in an 18 “square and a 2 1/2” x 18 “strip. Place the 2 1/2” strips aside. (They will be used for binding).
You are now ready to cut your angles (make sure to keep all (5) 18 ″ squares stacked).
- You need a starting point. Choose a point on the left side of the square that is at least 10 cm from each end and place your ruler along it;
- You need a full stop. Keeping the ruler along the starting point, place the other end of the ruler to a point at the top of the square, at least 10 cm on each side;
- Now just cut along the edge of the ruler; and your first pieces are cut.
- To create your second pieces, place the edge of the ruler at the same starting point;
- For the end point, align your ruler along a point on the right side of your square, at least 3 cm from the top and 9 cm from the bottom and cut along the edge of the ruler to create your second pieces.
- To create your third pieces place the edge of the ruler at the start point again and then pick an end point along the right hand side of the block that is at least 9″ down from the top and 3″ up from the bottom;
- Cut along the edge of your ruler to create your third pieces.
- Your final cut creates the fourth and fifth pieces;
- Align the edge of the ruler at the start point one last time and then pick an end point along the bottom of the block that is at least 4″ in from either side;
- Cut along the edge of the ruler to create your fourth and fifth pieces.
STEP 2 – SEWING THE BLOCKS
- Now that the pieces are all cut you need to mix them up;
- Create 5 sets of pieces that each have 5 different prints in them;
- This is a little like making a puzzle; once they are all mixed up you are ready to sew!;
- You can choose to chain stitch your 5 blocks assembly line style or piece each block one at a time (Whatever suits you best).
Lay the first piece onto the second piece with right sides together. Your edges should overlap 1/4″. Pin along the raw edge. Sew a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge. Remember, you are sewing on a bias so be careful not to pull or stretch the fabric. Press your seam up. And if your edges don’t line up perfectly, don’t worry, we will be trimming.
- Lay your third piece onto your sewn pieces with right sides together;
- Once again, overlap your edges 1/4″;
- The tails at the start point will line up and Pin and then sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge;
- Once again Press your seam up;
- You will notice that the points are not perfect at this stage (Don’t worry, that is the way it is supposed to be).
- Lay your fourth piece onto the sewn pieces with right sides together. This time the bottom fabric will be overlapping on the right hand side and once again, the tails will all line up at the point;
- Pin and sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge. This time press your seam down.
Note that now the white and grey angled come together perfect!
Now, to the last piece:
- Place the fifth piece onto the sewn pieces with right sides together;
- This time, the overlap tails will not line up at the point;
- Pin and sew a 1/4″ seam along the edge and then once again press down.
Notice how now the white, grey, and pink points all come together, and then we will trim the block to make them all perfect.
STEP 3 – TRIMMING THE BLOCKS
- Centering your block on your mat, trim the top and the bottom so that the block measures 16″ tall. There won’t be to much to trim so make sure before you cut that your block is centered and you can trim across the entire top and bottom of the block.
- Without moving your block, align your rulers horizontal lines along the top and bottom of your block (This will ensure your next cut is straight);
- Now slide your ruler towards the left until you have aligned the center point (where the white, grey, and pink all meet up) with the 1/4″ horizontal line on your ruler. Trim along the edge of your ruler.
- One final trim. First though, you will need to align your block so the left side, top, and bottom of your block are all aligned with lines on your mat. Now simply measure over 16″ from the left hand side, align your ruler, and trim your block to 16″ square.
- If you were chain stitching and trimming assembly line then you will now have 5 blocks done. If you are doing them individually repeat the steps to create the remaining 4 blocks in this set.
- Now, repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 for the remaining 4 sets of 5. Be sure when cutting your angles to select different start and end points (This will add variety to your quilt).
When you are finished you should have (25) 16″ square blocks.
STEP 4 – CUTTING THE YARDAGE
- Cut the 1 1/8 yard of solid fabric into (26) 1 1/2″ x WOF strips.
- Then sub-cut 10 strips into (20) 1 1/2″ x 16″ strips.
Note: the excess can go in your scrap bin.
- Trim the selvage from the remaining 16 WOF strips.
- Sew the strips in sets of 2, end to end, to create (8) 1 1/2″ x 86″ strips.
- Set the sashings aside.
STEP 5 – SEWING THE QUILT TOP
Now with your sashing and your blocks you are ready to put your quilt top together.
- Start by placing your blocks in a 5 x 5 layout;
- Spin your angles as much as you like to get lots of variety;
- Play with the layout until it is pleasing to the eye;
- Then add a 16″ sashing piece between each of the blocks in the 5 rows.
You can now sew as threads together!
- First: place the sewing pieces along the right side of the blocks with the right together and sew a 1/4 inch seam along the edge. Don’t mind pins, just align it as you go (photo in line 1);
- Second: press your expenses towards the banner (photo on line 2);
- Third: place block 2 in block 1 and block 4 in block 3, with the right sides together; sew a 1/4 inch seam again, without having to pay; then press again in the direction of the seam (photo in line 3);
- Fourth: place blocks 3 and 4 in blocks 1 and 2 with the right sides together, sew along the edge and press towards the strip. (photo in line 4);
- Finally: place block 5 at the end of your line with the right sides together, make a 1/4 ″ seam and press the direction of the strip (photo in line 5).
Repeat for all 5 lines
After your lines are created, you can sew them to create your top:
- This is the same process as the lines, only on a longer scale;
- Start by placing a strip between each of the lines and at the top and bottom of the quilt;
- Sew the bands, press and trim the excess;
- Sew threads 1 and 2 and threads 3 and 4 together; You must fix the threads to ensure that they are aligned (the only thing you should observe when sewing the threads is to take care to align the vertical bands);
- Repeat this to sew 1 and 2 to 3 and 4;
- Finally, add line 5 and make sure to always press towards the strip.
- And then all that’s left is to add a sash strip on both sides of the quilt to finish your border; just place the strips on the sides of the quilt with the right sides together and sew a 1/4 ″ seam, aligning it as you go.
Trim the excess and press towards the track and your top is complete!!
STEP 6 – FINISHING IT UP
- Now, to transform your quilt into a quilt, make your quilt sandwich.
- It is easier to do if you attach your quilt to a hard surface.
- Then sprinkle the quilt sandwich, using pins to sprinkle, but you can spray whatever you like!
- Now the quilting, in this case we chose the quilt each shape in the block with a straight echo quilt using the free-moving foot (If you want to glue them in the same way as you did, see the video tutorial below for a quick summary of how to do it!)
- Last, but not least, use 22 of the remaining 18 ″ print strips to create a binding strip and then bind your quilt.
READY YOU’RE FINISHED!!
Now just sit back and enjoy your beautiful Refracted Quilt, it’s perfect for summer picnics, a bedspread, or just to cuddle up with!