I guess a post on Valentine’s Day has to have love in the title somewhere, doesn’t it?
A quick discussion with my sister told me that she would probably appreciate something classic in a Tiffany blue, to match the little guy’s nursery. I’d wanted to turn this lattice design into a quilt block for a while and this seemed the perfect occasion.
I quilted it quite densely with freehand straight lines – just using the walking foot width as my guide.
It gives such a great texture.
For the back I went with a more traditional patchwork look.
I don’t think I have a fat quarter of light blue left in my stash now.
I cut circles in various neutral tones with my AccuQuilt Go! Baby fabric cutter and raw edge appliquéd them in place.
I really love the lattice pattern and hope that my sweet little nephew has a lot of fun dragging it around the house.
The design is created with two blocks: a plus block and another containing the hollow square. You have to be mindful of matching the white lines when sewing the blocks together, but that’s about the trickiest part. These blocks also lend themselves to chain piecing too, which I’m rather partial to.
1. Quarter inch seams are used throughout.
2. No more than two glasses of wine drunk at any one sewing sitting. No restrictions on chocolate.
It all begins with a bit of this:
Then you take the four strips created and sew them around the square:
The final block is a simple plus block using dimensions as follows:
Both blocks should be trimmed to 9.5 inches.
Then it’s as simple as sewing alternate blocks together until you get the size quilt you’d like.
I wouldn’t mind trying this on point at some stage, too. I think it makes for some interesting shapes:
Happy quilting and Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers!