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Concentric Squares Modern Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

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Modern Concentric Squares quilt

Workshop notes

Cut centre square 2 ½” (background fabric)
Cut strips of colour 1 ½” wide – by as long as you can
Use consistant seam allowance – ¼” is good but anything is fine

Use courthouse step style of construction: i.e. above and below square, and then the two sides.

 

Construction:

Add strip of contrast colour to the one side of the square – could be cut exactly to length if you want i.e. 2 ½”,  but otherwise just sew it on and then sew another piece to the opposite side;

Trim accurately

And then open and press – take care not to distort the fabric

Add strips of colour to the remaining two sides, sewing over the previous strips

Trim and Press (or press and trim whichever order gives you the best results)

If you are keeping the seams closed, press seams to the contrast strip so that the seams press outwards from the centre of the block.

Add Background strips – cut 2 ½” wide – in the same sewing sequence and in the same manner so that you have a square.

Add 2nd contrast strip all round

Add 2nd background strip all round

This completes your block

Make as many blocks as you fancy (workshop example had 9) and used different white tone-on-tone fabrics as background.

Make sure that all the blocks have ended up the same size – if necessary you can trim them square so that they match perfectly (but not too much and find out why they were different sizes for future reference!)

When putting the blocks together in rows think about the seams;  try and avoid having tram lines of seams across your quilt and you can do this by thinking of where the short sides live.

When the blocks are all together, cut for the borders  - the workshop sample had a contrast 1st border cut at 2” (giving 1 ½” finish) and then a larger white border cut 4” giving 3 ½” finish  - but all this is very arbitrary.

Make sure that when adding borders you measure the length of fabric you need;  if you aren’t sure about this we have a video on just that entitled ‘How to Measure and Pin Your Borders’ which will help.

 

 

 

Showcase the fabrics and make quilts quickly and easily; this quilt uses small quantities of bright fabric to great effect and the background is a mixture of tone-on-tone whites.   Greys are also used a lot in modern quilts as they too showcase the main fabrics.

Valerie shows you how to make the quilt with contrast strips in a square, but in the background you can see examples of starting with a rectangle - food for thought.

Quilting tends also to be simple - straight lines or something complimentary to the pattern, such as echo quilting - so the walking foot would be an excellent choice.

If you need help with that you could go to 'How to fit your walking foot' or 'Simple Wavy line quilting' .

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