Saturday, November 13, 2010

Introducing - "Nicole's Journey" Pattern

Finished Size: 72" X 87"
Finished Blocks:
  • Center 15" square
  • Borders 6" x 15"
  • Corners 6" square
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS (I used Art Gallery Fabric, Color Splash Collection)

  • 5 yards of scraps (assuming 40 - 42" wide) for center and border blocks
  • 1 1/2 yards white for HST's (half square triangles) and block center squares
  • 3/4 yard for binding
  • Backing, 5 1/2 yards
  • Other - Easy Angle ruler by Sharon Hultgren if you use my method for cutting / assembly.

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS: Please read through all instructions first - you may have your own favorite way to make HST's and want to cut accordingly.

From White

  • 12 Strips 3 1/2" x LOF (length of fabric) for HST's
  • 2 Strips 3 1/2 x LOF, subcut into 20 - 3 1/2" squares

From Scraps (Assuming 42" wide)

  • 12 Strips 3 1/2" x LOF for HST's
  • 4 Strips 3 1/2" X LOF, subcut into 22 - 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
  • 17 Strips 6 1/2" x LOF, subcut into 98 - 6 1/2" squares for center and border blocks (Note: 80 - 6 1/2" squares for the center blocks and 18 for border blocks)

From Binding Fabric

  • Strips 2 1/2" x LOF, using 8 1/2 joined diagonally for the binding

Additional cutting:

  • Alternate layer of white strip and scrappy strip (right sides together), repeat so you have four layers (2-White, 2 Scrappy) (Note: Some of you are brave and stack 6 layers).
  • Using the Easy Angle, cut the triangles across the LOF, repeat until you have 240 sets. (There is a detailed tutorial found here.)


1. Sew the HST's, press towards the darker fabric, 240 total. Using 2 HST's to make a Triangle Set (TS), assemble and sew them as pictured below. You will need 120 TS. For the center, 80 TS, for the border 40 TS.

2. Attach one (1) TS to the top 6 1/2" square, repeat 80 times for the center blocks. You will need four rectangle units for each block.

3. Layout the 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangle unit around the 3 1/2" center square, to prepare for sewing the "half-seam method". A separate tutorial has been provided for those not familar with this method.

4. Below is the pressing layout of the finished block.

5. Below is the 15 1/2" block (finishes 15").

6. Arrange the 20 Center Blocks in a pleasing-to-the-eye layout. Sew the Center Blocks together. Four (4) across, five (5) down.

7. Assemble the border blocks. A TS is attached to both a 6 1/2" square and 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle. Below is the border block, total of 18 needed. (Measures 6 1/2" x 15 1/2")

8. Assemble the four corner blocks with a TS attached to four (4) remaining 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles. (Measures 6 1/2" square)

9. Add the border blocks to a design wall as pictured below with a partial assembly. STEP BACK AND VISABLY MAKE SURE YOU SEE ALL 20 FLOWERS. IF A FLOWER IS OFF -- THE BLOCK IS TURNED WRONG.

10. Sandwich, quilt as desired, bind.

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. If you find a mistake, please email me and I will update (email listed in profile). Feel free to use this pattern from L' Fair Quilts for yourself, charity, guilds and gift giving. Please do not commercially sell the patterns or quilts without permission.


Vicki W said...

That's a great pattern!

Judy D said...

Another fabulous design Jamie. Thanks for sharing great instructions. Makes my scrappy heart happy!

Sarah Craig said...

Beautiful design and a great tutorial, Jamie!! It's going on my list!!

Joan said...

I've been admiring this quilt as you've been working on it. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern! It's wonderful!

Linda said...

So nice of you to share this pattern Jamie. I will be trying this for sure. Great instructions!

QuiltSue said...

That's a beautiful quilt and it's so generous of you to put the pattern on here.

Linda said...

Thanks so much for all your work on this wonderful pattern. I really appreciate you generously sharing it with us. I've printed the pattern and I'm looking forward to making it. Your instructions are so clear and you make it sound so easy.
Thanks again.

Sheila said...

It's a beautiful quilt. I've loved watching it come together.

Angie @ CraftedAngles said...

Very very very pretty! I like the stars and your tutorial is great. I will be adding this to my bucket list!!

Angie -

Shasta said...

This is a beautiful pattern. thank you for sharing it.

Quiltsmiles said...

I Absolutely love this pattern! With the fabric line you picked, was it yardage? or fat quarters?

Your directions and tutorial are well done, thank you for sharing.
Am inspired by your crativity and frequent your blog often. It's always nice to have a cup of tea while visiting.