Friday, November 22, 2013

Evening Blooms quilt and tutorial

Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner

Happy Friday everyone!  Today I have a quilt tutorial to share with you!

Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner

I made this quilt using just the black and white prints from Carina Gardner's Evening Blooms fabric line.  I love the bold florals in Evening Blooms and when mixed with the geometric prints it’s the perfect combination.  It was so fun to design a quilt that focuses mainly on the value of a fabric (lightness / darkness).  This pattern works well with prints that have a high contrast to one another, and there’s just something so classic about black and white!

Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner


This quilt is made entirely from half square triangles (HSTs) but don't let that deter you!  I have a fast and easy way to make a ton of HSTs in no time at all.    If you'd prefer a handy printable version of this tutorial you can find it here on Craftsy.  Let's get started!


Here's what you'll need for this quilt:
1/4 yard each of 7 various dark prints (you can use 5, but 7 gives you more variety)
1/4 yard each of 5 various light prints (you can use 3, but 5 gives you more variety)
2 yards of white / background fabric
1/2 yard binding
3-1/2 yards backing fabric

Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner

From each of the prints (7 dark and 5 light) cut 3 squares that measure 8".  You'll need 36 total.

From the white / background fabric cut 8 strips that are 8" x width of fabric. Subcut those strips into 36 (8") squares

Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner

To create your half square triangles, pair up each print square with one white square.  Match edges, keeping right sides together.

Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner

Sew around all four outer edges using a consistent 1/4" seam.

Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner

Using your rotary cutter, cut diagonally through each block twice as shown in the photo.


Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner 

Being careful not to stretch it, press each HST.  I prefer to press the seam allowance toward the print.  Trim the little tails off of each HST.

If you are consistent with your seam allowances and careful to not stretch the HSTs you should not need to square them up.  If you find your HSTs to be varying in size, then square them each up to the same size (either 5.25" or 5" each).

Create all of your HSTs and then move on to the block layout.

Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner


Layout all of the HSTs you need for one block.  Notice in the quilt layout diagram at the end of the tutorial that not all blocks are the same.  The dark and light prints are alternated for the main part of each block and the corner HSTs are different depending on where in the quilt the block will be located.

Evening Blooms quilt tutorial from A Bright Corner

Sew HSTs together into rows using a 1/4" seam.  Then sew rows together, matching seams.  Press your block.


Half square triangle quilt block tutorial - and see what a whole quilt would look like!

Your block is done!   Now use the layout diagram to make the next 8 blocks.


In the layout diagram I used just two prints - one dark and one light so you can clearly see the placement of each HST.   This quilt will measure about 57" x 57".


Evening Blooms quilt tutorial by Andy Knowlton from A Bright Corner


You can find a handy printable version of the tutorial here.  And if you make an Evening Blooms quilt I'd love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram (@abrightcorner) and use  #eveningbloomsquilt and #abrightcorner


Want to see more tutorials from A Bright Corner?  Check these out!  Click on the photo to view tutorial.











7 comments:

  1. Love your black and white quilt. Thank you for the tutorial. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks for the tutorial! I love a black and white quilt - have one on my list to make someday.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It's beautiful! Good job, Andy.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have been thinking about doing a black and white quilt with HST too. Yours turned out beautifully.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love the black and white quilt! I love geometric designs that produce a secondary design.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love the black and white quilt! I love geometric designs that produce a secondary design.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Could this be done with 10" layer cake??? Love the contrast!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...