The Showcase Quilt – a FREE pattern!
Oops, I’m a few days later than I promised! If you have some neat large prints, or panels or just fabric that you love and want to use large pieces of, this layout could work for you! I designed it around Robert Kaufman’s Discover Canada 1 and 2 lines, but it will definitely work for other prints and panels as long as you measure and cut carefully. And the top can be sewn up in a couple of hours. The finished size is 78″ x 91″ – so a full size bed quilt.
You will need:
- Around 3 yards of panels or feature fabric. Specifically 22 that fit a 10 1/2″ square, and one that fits 36 1/2″ wide x 23 1/2″ tall
- 1/2 yard complimentary fabric
- 2 1/2 yards of Kona black (or equivalent)
- 1 3/4 yards of Kona Canada Red (or equivalent)
Here’s a colouring sheet to download, and the piecing is very simple. I hope you don’t mind text instructions rather than diagrams, I’m having some health trouble and I’m very low on energy…
- Cut all of your smaller panels to 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ if you haven’t already.
- You will also need to cut all of the black into strips 3 1/2″ wide across the width of the fabric. From the strips, cut 16 lengths measuring 10 1/2″. Leave the rest aside for now.
- Your centre panel needs cutting down to 36 1/2″ x 23 1/2″ for this pattern.
- Curt two pieces 10 1/2″ wide x 13 1/2″ tall from your complimentary fabric.
- Cut 8 strips of the red across the width of the fabric, at 5 1/2″ wide.
- Start by deciding which panels you want where. Sew a row in the following order: panel, 10 1/2″ 3″ strip, panel, strip, panel, strip, panel, strip, panel. That’s a total of 5 panels and 4 sashing strips. Press seams towards the dark.
- Repeat to make four rows in total. You will have two square panels left over.
- Sew a leftover panel to the top of a complementary fabric piece. Repeat to make two units and press.
- From the black strips, cut two pieces measuring 23 1/2″ long. Decide which unit is on the left and which is on the right. For the left side unit, sew a strip to the right side. For the right side unit, sew the other to the left.
- Sew the large panel between these units so that it is symmetrical, the black sashing should be on either side of the panel. Press. All of your rows are now complete.
- For the horizontal sashing, you will need six black strips. Cut two of them in half so that you have four full lengths and four half lengths. Sew a half length to the end of each long length. Press.
- You can trim these to 62 1/2″ long at this point if you wish, or trim after you piece (my preferred method). Sew a strip between each row in this order: small panels row, sashing strip, small panels row, sashing strip, main panel row, sashing strip, small panels row, sashing strip, small panels row. Press.
- Once the centre is complete, there are two borders to add. Again, you can trim these before you stitch, or after. Start with the longest edges first. The black border sides are 75 1/2″ long, so you will need to sew two full black strips end to end for each side first, press, then attach and press again.
- The top and bottom black strips are 68 1/2″ long. Depending on what you have left over, you may need to piece differently. If you have three strips left, cut one in half and sew a half to each full strip. Sew to the top and bottom. Press.
- The red borders are last. Sew two strips end to end and repeat to make four. Press seams.
- Again, you can trim at this point, or trim after. Sew the side borders on first (81 1/2″ long), press and follow with the top and bottom (78 1/2″ long).
To read more about my finished quilt, Canada 151, please visit this post.