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Lucy's Terrace Quilt

Lucy's Terrace is modern English Paper Pieced Quilt inspired by Lucy Boston's Patchwork of the Crosses.

Finished Quilt Size: 45" x 60"

What you'll need:


English paper pieces

Buy all the pieces here in the Lucy's Terrace Paper Pieces Kit!

590 (4 packs) 1 1/4" Honeycombs.
144 (1 pack) 1 1/4" Squares
17 (1 pack) 2 1/2" Squares
14 2 1/2" Half Square Triangles. (if you are buying the shapes separately, these can be cut from the leftover 2 1/2" squares)

1 1 1/4" Honeycomb Acrylic Template.

Fabric

This quilt uses fussy cutting which makes yardage requirements tricky to measure because the fabric needed depends on the size of the repeat and how many repeats of the pattern you need. For each block in this quilt, you need 2 prints with 4 repeats and 2 prints with 8. Small geometric prints will hold the same section of the pattern in a small strips, and can be used in other blocks. Large prints like florals or spread out novelty fabrics can need up to 1 yard (usually, it's good to double check), but can be used multiple times from different parts of the design. For my remake of this quilt, I am using Maureen Cracknell's Soulful Fabric collection. I purchased 1/2 yard of each print (20 in total). This wasn't enough for the big floral, but I've decided not to fussy cut them strictly. (For more information about fussy cutting and fabric repeats, click here!)

1 yard for joining fabric

3 yards of fabric for backing
1/2 yard for binding

Additional Supplies

Whiteboard Marker

53" x 68" batting
Rotary cutter/mat/ruler
Embroidery scissors
Hand-sewing needles (Bohin Milliners, size 9)
Thread
Fabric glue and/or Clover Wonder Clips for basting*
Sewing machine
Pressing tools
*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

Cutting Instructions:

For each whole block (there are 18), cut:

  • From print A, (4) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.
  • From Print B, (4) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.
  • From Print C, (8) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.
  • From Print D, (8) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.

For each half block (there are 10), cut:

  • From print A, (2) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.
  • From Print B, (3) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.
  • From Print C, (4) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.
  • From Print D, (4) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.

For each quarter block (there are 4), cut:

  • From print A, (1) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.
  • From Print B, (2) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.
  • From Print C, (2) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.
  • From Print D, (2) Honeycombs from the same section of the repeat, using the acrylic template as a guide.

Joining Fabric:
(7) 2” x WOF strips, recut into (144) 2” squares.
(2) 3 1/4” x WOF strips, recut into (17) 3 1/4” squares.
(2) 2 1/2” x WOF strips. Using the Half Square triangle template as a guide, cut (14) half square triangles with a 3/8” seam allowance, as shown in the diagram.

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. (or you can work one block at a time like I do!)

2. Stitch 2 Fabric A Honeycombs together to make a sideways V as shown in the picture. Then stitch the other 2 Fabric A Honeycombs together in the same manner. Stitch these 2 units together along the base of the V to make a Honeycomb 'X' block.

3. Sew the Fabric C Honeycombs next to each other into 4 units of 2 as shown in the photo in pink.

4. Sew a Fabric B Honeycomb in the gap of the Fabric A 'X'. When you get to the outside edge of the two pieces, continue around the 'X' by adding a Fabric C pair to the outer point. Without breaking the thread, continue around the outside edge of Fabric A, sewing Fabric B Honeycombs in the gaps, and Fabric C pairs on the outer points.

5. Stitch the seams together between the Fabric B pieces and Fabric C.

6. Sew the Fabric D Honeycombs together into 4 units of 2. Stitch them into the corners of the block.

7. Make 18 whole blocks.

Stitching the Half blocks:

8. Sew 2 Fabric A Honeycombs together to make a V.

9. Sew the Fabric C Honeycombs next to each other into 2 units of 2 as shown in the diagram. 

10. Sew a Fabric B Honeycomb to the bottom left of the V. When you get to the outside edge of the two pieces, continue around the top of the V by adding a Fabric C pair to the outer point. Without breaking the thread, continue around the outside edge of Fabric A, sewing Fabric B Honeycombs in the top gap, a Fabric C pair over the next point, and a Fabric B Honeycomb under the bottom right of the V.

11. Sew 2 of the Fabric D Honeycombs together into 1 unit of 2. Keep the other 2 separate.

12. Sew 1 Fabric D Honeycomb into the gap on the left corner and 1 on the right. Sew the D pair to the top corner of the block.

Stitching the quarter Blocks.

13. Sew the Fabric C Honeycombs next to each other into 1 unit of 2 side by side.

14. Sew a Fabric B Honeycomb to the left side of Fabric A Honeycomb. When you get to the outside edge of the two pieces, continue around the top of the Honeycomb by adding the Fabric C pair to the outer point. Without breaking the thread, continue down the right side of Fabric A, attaching a Fabric B Honeycomb.

15. Sew 1 Fabric D Honeycomb into the gap on the left and 1 on the right.

Stitching the quilt top:

16. Remove completely surrounded papers to make the blocks lighter and easier to wrangle.

17. Lay out your quilt blocks diagonal rows to check for balanced colour placement as shown in the diagram. Snap a photo on your phone to remember the layout.

18. Beginning in the top left corner, sew (3) 1 1/4" squares along the bottom right of the corner block. Put aside for later.

19. Add (3) 1 1/4" squares to the top right of the half block in the next diagonal row. Add (3) 1 1/4" squares to the top right of the complete block diagonally above the first half block. Sew the first half block to the whole block and the sew the last half block to the top right of the whole block. This completes your first row. 

20. Carefully make the remaining rows by first stitching (3) 1 1/4" squares to the top right of each block except the last, and then sewing the block together.

21. Once the rows are complete, sew the fill-in squares below the rows. Begin with (3) 1 1/4" squares below the first half block, and then a 2 1/2" square in the large gap, and so on along the row. 

22. Sew the top left corner block to the row below it. Then sew rows 2 and 3 together, 4 and 5, 6 and the bottom right corner piece.

23. Sew the 4 large pieces into 2 halves. Then sew the 2 halves of the quilt top together.

24. Fill in the gaps around the edge with the half square triangles.

25. Remove remaining papers and press the quilt top. Open out the turn-under of the outside edge pieces as you press.

FINISHING

26. Layer the backing (wrong side up), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Baste the layers together and quilt as desired. 

27. Trim the excess quilt top, batting, and backing 1/4” beyond the seam line where the papers have been.

28. Sew the binding strips together end to end using diagonal seams. Press the binding in half wrong sides together.

29. 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.

30. Turn the binding to the back of quilt and stitch in place.

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