Wednesday, June 3, 2015

{Tutorial} Lattice quilt blocks

My current work-in-progress was inspired by a vintage Kansas Dugout quilt.  To avoid y-seams I simplified construction, bringing out the lattice-like design with simple, straight seams.  The resulting quilt block is easy enough for confident beginners!  Let me walk you through...

::Lattice quilt tutorial::

This tutorial yields (4) 6" finished blocks.  Sew all four blocks together to create a 12" finished "X" shape.  I am not joining my 6" blocks until the end so that I can rearrange blocks as desired.  To add variety, I may interrupt my quilt now and then with solid "background" blocks in either 6.5" or 12.5" cut squares.  Mix it up as you like! 

Lattice quilt tutorial

In this tutorial I use a 6.5" clear square quilting ruler.  If you like to quilt this is a worthwhile investment!  If that's not practical now, see if you can adapt another size quilting ruler to suit by using extra tape to mark off the 6.5" limits.

Step 1:  Cutting

from Background Fabric
  • Cut (4) 4.5" squares
  • Cut squares in half on diagonal, yielding 8 triangles
from Feature Fabric
  • Cut (4) 4.5" x 10" strips.  It's OK if the strips are longer than 10", as we will trim off the excess.
Lattice quilt tutorial

Step 2:  Sewing

Sew two background triangles on opposite sides of each feature fabric strip.  You will be matching the long, bias edge of the cut triangles to the long edge of the feature fabric strip.  Roughly center these triangles on the strip.  Don't worry about being precise!  As you place the triangles, just check that the center triangle points are roughly opposite.

Press seams open.  The straight grain edges of the background triangles should fall on the outer edges of the quilt block.

Lattice quilt tutorial

Step 3:  Trimming

Use masking tape or washi tape to place guides on your 6.5" square quilting ruler.

Lattice quilt tutorial

To place the tape, imagine a line running diagonally from corner to corner on the ruler.  (Your ruler may actually have such a line!)  Then, with another quilting ruler, measure 2" to the side of that center diagonal line.  Place tape at 2" from center on each side of the ruler's center diagonal line.

Lattice quilt tutorial

Use this rule to trim all blocks to 6.5" square.  Match the tape edge with the diagonal seams on each block.  Then trim all four edges of the block without shifting the ruler.

Lattice quilt tutorial

Step 4:  Assemble

After completing your 6.5" unfinished blocks, join in groups of four to create larger 12.5" unfinished "X" blocks.  Then join blocks into rows and join rows to complete your quilt top.

As this is a rather quick little block, I expect to have a quilt top to share within a week!  If you make a block or a quilt, I'd love to see at the Stitched in Color Flickr group!


23 comments:

  1. This is a better way of doing these blocks than how I have done them before. Thanks for sharing your method.

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    1. Oh, you're welcome! I just wanted something easy. No time in my life/brain for anything challenging at the moment =). Other times I'll be up for a challenge again!

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  2. Thank you! I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

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  3. So pretty! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial! I have been looking at this block as a possibility for an upcoming quilt and like the proportions you used. On some others the color piece in the middle seemed a little too chunky.

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    1. Thanks, Angela! Hopefully you will still like the proportions when these blocks are sewn together, as that will reduce the background a bit.

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  5. Thanks for sharing, I'll need to remember this one! :)

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  6. Love this tutorial and the method of making these type of blocks. and the quilt will be fabulous. blessings to you and yours dear and thank you.

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  7. This block is realy fast. I love the blue for the background. I need to buy an square ruler ;)

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    1. Yes, square rulers for all! Really, so useful. I use them for curved improv sewing, squaring up blocks and block segments and fussy cutting, etc.

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  8. Thank you for lovely and simple! Sometimes simple is all we can handle.

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  9. I like the way your brain works, Rachel.

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  10. Beautiful color palet.... Looks like a fun block, I like your version...

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  11. Ah, I had wondered how you got away with the 'no Y seam" ! Such a clever easy way... thanx for taking the time to post the tutorial!

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  12. Very clever. You are so talented.

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  13. Thank you for sharing your smartness with the rest of us :)
    I love the vintage feel of the mix of florals with the freshness of the soft aqua!

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  14. What a fun way to make this block! Its seems to have less scraps than using the squares to corner method. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Yes, this style doesn't create much fabric waste! Welcome =)

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  15. Thanks for sharing this! I'd like to give it a try and ordered some pretty Liberty quilting cottons from your sponsor jones and vandermeer.

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  16. I like this block and think I'll give it a try. Thanks for the tutorial. You make it look easy.

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  17. I can't figure out to download the free tutorial of this.

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