I often sew patches together the wrong way round but usually I correct them before I show them to you. This time I can see that I have sewn several quarter blocks incorrectly and it’s going to be quite a big job to unpick and reser them. So, do I just say that this is an unusual design feature??
This is the basic quilt block that I used so you can see how I chose the quilt name. I knew that when several blocks were sewn together the brown fabric would provide a grid pattern across the quilt – although I hadn’t anticipated the lovely star that appeared in the middle.
I have made the flower trellis quilt using 3″ finished size squares giving 21″ blocks. The quilt measures 50″ square. You will need fractionally over 1/2 yard of brown fabric, 3/4 yard of dark blue, 1 yard of light blue and 3/4 yard of white fabric.
Cutting requirements for the flower trellis quilt
brown fabric: thirty two 3.1/2″ squares, sixteen 3.7/8″ squares
white fabric: sixteen rectangles 3.1/22 by 9.1/2″, thirty two 3.7/8″ squares, four 3.1/2″ squares
dark blue fabric: twenty 3.1/2″ squares, thirteen 1.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric
light blue fabric: thirty two 3.1/2″ squares, sixteen 3.7/8″ squares, nine 1.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric
Making the flower trellis quilt blocks
Make half square triangles with all the 3.7/8″ squares. Place two squares with right sides together, mark a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Use white squares with either brown or light blue for the half square triangles.
Each quarter of the flower trellis quilt block is constructed in the same way with the layout shown on the left. The four quarters are then combined using the white rectangles with a dark blue square in the middle.
Sew the three squares of each row together within each quarter. Sew the rows together to make a nine patch block. Sew one of these to each side of one of the white rectangles. You should now have a top panel and a bottom panel both consisting of two nine patch units sewn either side of a white rectangle. Sew the dark blue 3.1/2″ square between two white rectangles to make the central strip.
Sew the top and bottom panels to the central strip to complete one quilt block. Make four of these. Sew the four quilt blocks together (taking more care than I did to get them the right way round!). The quilt top at this stage measures 42.1/2″ square.
First border for the flower trellis quilt
I had planned on using a piano key border but wanted a frame for the quilt top first, so the first quilt border is a 1.1/2″ strip of dark blue fabric. You will need two strips 42.1/2″ long for the top and bottom and two strips 44.1/2″ long for the sides. The advantage of having this strip is to save having really bulky seams which might happen if you sewed the piano keys brder directly on to the quilt top.
Piano keys border for the flower trellis quilt
For the piano keys quilt border sew together 1.1/2″ strips of dark blue and light blue fabric: two panels of light, dark, light, two panels of dark, light, dark and two panels of just light and dark. Cut these at 3.1/2″ intervals and sew them together with the light and dark alternating to make four strips 44.1/2″ long (with forty four of the individual strips in each).
Sew two of these strips to the top and bottom of the flower trellis quilt top. Sew a 3.1/2″ white square to the top and bottom of both the remaining piano keys strips. Sew these to the sides to complete the quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting page.
Here’s the video: