Pattern Play Baby Quilt

Thank you so much for your comments and kind words of encouragement regarding my first ever quilt block tutorial. I truly appreciate it.

I have wondered since my last post whether I am getting ahead of myself. What business do I have writing tutorials when I’m relatively new to quilting?

However, most of what I have learned has been due to the generosity of online bloggers who share their knowledge and creativity on a regular basis. I’m so grateful to these bloggers, as without them, I’d have never discovered this beautiful craft or the joy and fulfillment it brings to me and so many others.

I’d like to be able to share what I learn and discover on my own personal quilting journey.

Anyway, today I’m very excited to be able to show you what I have created using my block!

I made ten of these 12 inch quilt blocks – five pairs like shown above. (I did only use nine of these blocks in my baby quilt top.)

I chose varying shades of blue/aqua/teal and then discovered a nice variance when I changed the quadrants of each block around.

Pattern Play Quilt 2I actually like this new arrangement more than the original. I think it is playful and better embraces the name “Pattern Play”. However, I’ll leave you to make up your own mind!

I quilted a pinwheel in the centre of each block to highlight the primary pattern.

Pattern Play Quilt 3And then had some fun with a few other ideas.

Pattern Play Quilt 5Pattern Play Quilt 6The backing I chose is Windham Fabrics Ziggy by French Bull.Pattern Play Quilt 9.jpg I purchased 4 metres of this fabric at a half price sale quite some time ago. I think you’ll agree with me that it is a very usable backing fabric. Pattern Play Quilt 7The binding is a black polka dot from my stash which I think works perfectly with both the front and back of the quilt. Who doesn’t love spots?

Pattern Play Quilt 12I’m really pleased with how this little quilt has turned out and hope to make it again soon using a different colour scheme.Pattern Play Quilt 10Pattern Play Quilt 13Pattern Play Quilt 11If you decide to try my quilt block, and I really hope that you do, please link back to my blog somewhere in your post. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Deb 🙂

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Pattern Play Quilt Block Tutorial

About a month ago, my family and I visited our State Museum. There is a current exhibition there called Pattern Play, which showcases a variety of patterns, including those found in nature and kaleidoscopic art images.

I found this exhibition really evocative and it inspired me to create my first ever quilt block design “Pattern Play” which I would like to share with you today.Pattern Play

What you will need for one 12½ inch (unfinished) block:Pattern Play 1

  • 4 x 3½ inch squares (feature fabric – in this tutorial blue)
  • 4 rectangles 3½ x 2 inches (feature fabric)
  • 8 x 3½ inch squares (background fabric – in this tutorial white)
  • 4 rectangles 3½ x 2 inches (background fabric)
  • 4 x 2 inch squares (background fabric)
  • Use a quarter inch seam

The method:

  1. Sew a 3½ x 2 inch white rectangle to a 3½ x 2 inch blue rectangle to create a 3½ inch square. Press the seams towards the darker fabric. Make 4 of these units (A)Pattern Play 2Pattern Play 3
  2. Draw a diagonal line across each of the 2 inch background squaresPattern Play 4
  3. Place one of these squares on a corner of a 3½ inch feature square RST. Align the sides as shown and sew along the drawn linePattern Play 5
  4. Trim off the excess fabric as shown, leaving a quarter inch seamPattern Play 6
  5. Press towards the darker fabric. Make 4 of these units (B)Pattern Play 7
  6. You should by now have the following block piecesPattern Play 8
  7. Sew each pair of the white background 3½ inch squares together to make 4 rectangles, each measuring 3½ x 6½ inches (C)Pattern Play 12
  8. Sew anunit (step 1) to a B unit (steps 2-5)Pattern Play 9
  9. Make sure the colours are aligned and use a pin to carefully match the seamsPattern Play 10
  10. Make four of these units (D)Pattern Play 11
  11. Sew a C unit to a D unit as shownPattern Play 14
  12. Make four of these quadrantsPattern Play 15
  13. Sew these four quadrants together, rotating each one as shownPattern Play 16And there you have it – one completed Pattern Play block!Pattern Play 17Try swapping the feature and background fabrics for an alternative resultPattern Play 18

Let me know what you think of this block and my tutorial. I’m currently working on a project using this block and hope to share it with you real soon!

Deb 🙂

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