Cherish was designed with that long-stashed, hard-to-cut-into collection in mind! It's perfect for displaying your big novelty prints or florals. Remember, your favourite fabric bundle is much more easily enjoyed in a beautiful quilt than sitting on the shelf!
Finished Quilt Size: 63" x 64"
What you'll need:
English paper pieces
Buy all the pieces here in the Cherish Quilt Kit!
(20) 4" Hexagons
(5) 4" Half Hexagons
(405) 2" 6 point Diamonds
(270) 2" Half Hexagons
(8) large edge triangles
(2) small edge triangles
For this quilt I used Heather Ross' Tiger Lily collection, made up of 23 fat quarters. I added 6 solids and a couple of other prints. As a guide, I used almost all this fabric to make this quilt.
4 yards of fabric for backing
1/2 yard for binding
71" x 72" batting
Hand-sewing needles (Bohin Milliners, size 9)
Fabric glue and/or Clover Wonder Clips for basting*
*See tutorial for more information on basting.
Metric Conversion Chart
1 inch 2.54cm
1 foot 30.48cm
1/2 yard 45.72cm
1 yard 91.44cm
For each whole block (there are 20), cut:
(1) 7 1/2” x 8 3/4” rectangle for 4” hexagon (or fussy cut 3/8” from the edge of the paper template)
(1) 2 1/2” x Width of Fabric (WOF) for first border of 2” diamonds. Use the template as a guide to cut (12) diamonds leaving a 3/8" seam allowance on all sides.
(1) 2 1/2” x 22” (Half Width of Fabric or full width of fat quarter) for centre diamonds. Use the template as a guide to cut (6) diamonds leaving a 3/8" seam allowance on all sides.
(2) 2 1/2” x WOF for final border of half hexagons. Use the template as a guide to cut (12) half hexagons leaving a 3/8" seam allowance on all sides.
For each half block (there are 5), cut:
(1) 4 1/2” x 8 3/4” rectangle for 4” half hexagon (or fussy cut 3/8” from the edge of the paper template)
(1) 2 1/2” x 22” (Half Width of Fabric or full width of fat quarter) for first border of 2” diamonds. Use the template as a guide to cut (6) diamonds leaving a 3/8" seam allowance on all sides.
(1) 2 1/2” x 22” (Half Width of Fabric or full width of fat quarter) for centre diamonds. Use the template as a guide to cut (3) diamonds leaving a 3/8" seam allowance on all sides.
(1) 2 1/2” x WOF for final border of half hexagons. Use the template as a guide to cut (6) half hexagons leaving a 3/8" seam allowance on all sides.
Stitching the whole blocks:
1. Prepare all the pieces for the quilt by basting the fabric to the paper templates. Arrange them into groups for each block or half block.
2. Lay out your whole block like the photo.
3. Place a 1st border diamond and a centre diamond right sides together and stitch from the wide angle to the sharp angle. Stitch twice to anchor the thread but don't break it. Open the shapes out and place another border diamond over the centre diamond and stitch along the next side.
4. Line the middle, short edge of the half hexagon up with the first diamond. Stitch from the outside towards the centre diamond. Continue around the corner, joining the half hexagon to the centre diamond. Add another half hexagon on the other side.
5. Repeat the above steps for the other 5 borders.
6. Stitch the border pieces around the hexagon. I used Clover Clips to keep the border pieces from budging.
7. Once you have stitched all around the hexagon, stitch along the seams between the border pieces.
8. Complete 20 whole blocks.
Stitching the Half blocks:
9. To stitch the half blocks, make only 3 border pieces according to the instructions above.
10. Stitch the border pieces around the 3 short sides of the 4" half hexagon.
11. Sew 5 half blocks.
Stitching the quilt top:
12. Lay out your quilt blocks in 5 columns of 4 whole blocks and 1 half block. Check for pleasing colour and print placement. Number the rows. Stitch the columns together.
13. Join the columns in numerical order. Place column 2 over column 1, right sides together. Using 3 stitches and a knot for anchoring the threads and small whipstitches for joining the fabric folds, sew the edges of the pieces together, bending the papers as needed to match the edges and corners.
14. Add the columns one at a time, and remove the papers, if desired, once they are completely surrounded. Doing so as you go makes the quilt a bit lighter to handle for sewing subsequent rows, but you can wait until the quilt is completed before removing papers if desired.
15. Stitch large edge triangles into the corners between the hexagons on the sides. Stitch small edge triangles to the top left and top right of the quilt.
16. Once the quilt is complete, remove any remaining papers and press the quilt top flat
17. Open out the turn-under of the outside edge pieces and press again.
18. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste the layers together. Quilt as desired. The featured quilt was machine quilted with random horizontal and diagonal lines.
19. Trim the excess quilt top, batting, and backing 1/4” beyond the seam line where the papers have been.
20. Sew the binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Press the binding in half wrong sides together.
21. Leaving an 8" tail of binding, sew the binding to the quilt through all layers, matching all raw edges. Miter corners. Stop approximately 12" from where you started. Lay both loose ends of binding flat along quilt edge. Where these two loose ends meet, fold them back on themselves and press to form a crease. Using this crease as your stitching line, sew the two open ends of the binding together right sides together. Trim seam to 1/4" and press open. Finish sewing binding to quilt.
22. Turn the binding to the back of quilt and hand-stitch in place.