Thursday, June 20, 2013

Scotch Twist - Free Quilt Pattern

Time for another baby quilt! This one is off to Baby D, son of my friends Savva and Yanna. This is my original design. I have written out the pattern if you would like to make one for a little cherub in your neighborhood.

Scotch Twist
32" x 32"

Scotch Twist
Closer View of Center Square
Scotch Twist Quilt
Size: 32” x 32”
By Mary Lachman
Quilt designed by Mary Lachman
Quilt made by Mary Lachman

Materials Needed
·       2 dark fat quarters – chose floral, novelty or stripes to contrast with the light fabrics and sashing
·       2 light fat quarters
·       1/3 yard dark fabric for sashing
·       Scrap fabrics to blend with the dark and light fat quarters
·       ¼ yard for binding
·       1 yard backing fabric – or use the excess fabric from the fat quarters to piece the back
·       36” square quilt batting
·       Thread to match fabrics
·       Hand or machine quilting thread

Tools Needed
·       Ruler
·       Rotary cutter and mat
·       Scissors
·       pencil
·       Iron and ironing board

Cutting and Piecing Directions
Step One: Cut the Fabric Pieces
1.     All measurements include ¼” seam allowance.
2.     Cut out the fabric pieces
3.     Cut the fabric along the crosswise grain the total width of your fabric.
4.     Cut eighteen 4 7/8” squares from dark and light fat quarter ( note to self: can get 12- 4 7/8” squares out of each FQ).
5.     Cut eight 1 ½” strips from dark sashing fabric.
6.     Cut four 2 ½” strips from binding fabric.
7.     Cut remaining scraps into 2 ½”strips for pieced border

Step Two: Piece the Quilt Blocks Note: all dimensions on the cutting chart are cut size. The number at the top of each column is the width of each cut in that column
Make Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
1.     Layer one dark 4 7/8” square with one light 4 7/8” square, right sides facing.
2.     With a pencil, draw a diagonal line from one corner to another of the light square.
3.     Stitch a 1/4” on each side of the diagonal line.
4.     Use rotary cutter to divide the HST on diagonal pencil line. Each 4 7/8” square will yield two 4 ½” HST squares. Press seam toward dark fabric.

Make Pinwheel Blocks
1.     Arrange four, 4 ½”HST squares, alternating dark and light corners to form resemble pinwheels.
2.     Stitch two squares together. Press seam.
3.     Stitch other two squares together. Press seam.
4.     Stitch each of the two squares into a 4 square pinwheel unit. It should measure 8 ½” square.
5.     Arrange pinwheel blocks on design wall or floor to check arrangement.

Sash in Between Pinwheel Blocks
1.     Stitch 1 ½” strip to one side of six pinwheel blocks.
2.     Press seam toward 1 ½” strip.
3.     Align other side of 1 ½” strip on one block to un-sashed opposite side of another block. (You will be matching 3 to 3.)
4.     Stitch together.  (Your section of blocks will be: pinwheel-sash-Pinwheel-sash).
5.     Stitch another pinwheel block to the end sash of each line of blocks (pinwheel-sash-pinwheel-sash-pinwheel)
6.     Stitch two 1 ½” x 44” strip in between each row of pinwheel-sash-pinwheel-sash-pinwheel. Trim off excess of 44” strip even with the end of blocks.

Add Outer Borders
1.     Strip piece 2 ½” wide short lengths of medium and light scrap fabrics end to end until piece measures 24” long. Add a 2 ½” x 6” length of the same color of fabric to each end.  Make a total of 4 strips like this one.
2.     Stitch a 1 ½” x 44” strip to one of the scrappy strips made in the first step.
3.     Press toward the dark 1 ½” strip.
4.     Repeat steps 2 and 3, three more times.
5.     Stitch borders on, miter corners if you prefer.

 Make a Quilt Sandwich and Quilt
1.     Sandwich quilt top, batting and backing together.
2.     Pin to hold in place.
3.     Quilt as desired. The sample was quilted by hand ¼” from each of the seams.

1.     Stitch four 2 ½” fabric binding strips end to end. Press seams open.
2.     Fold and press the strip in half lengthwise.
3.     Place binding on right side of quilt matching raw edges of binding to edge of quilt.
4.     Stitch the binding onto the quilt ¼” from edge.
5.     Fold binding over to back of quilt.
6.     Finish by stitching binding to back by hand or machine.

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