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How striped fabric for binding adds interest to Boho Beach picnic quilt

How striped fabric for binding adds interest to Boho Beach picnic quilt

by Paul Leger

It’s Friday! That means the Boho Beach picnic quilt will be complete today!

I’m so pleased with the softness that the fabrics from the Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection bring to this comfy, cozy quilt.  

Colors of the Banyan Batik Boho Beach teal collection

So far this week, if my math adds up, we created:

  • (9) 16½” unfinished pinwheel blocks using (36) 8½” unfinished Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
  • (24) 8½” unfinished pinwheel blocks using (96) 4½” unfinished HSTs
  • (16) 4½” unfinished pinwheel blocks using (64) 2½” unfinished HSTs

Pinwheel blocks ready to be sewn into a quilt top.

In the next few steps, we’ll complete the remaining units for the quilt top.

Let’s start with the 8½” pinwheel blocks.

Step 1: Pair 2 pinwheel 8½” X 8½” blocks, right sides together and sew a ¼” seam to join them as shown.

8½” x 8½” pinwheel blocks

The result is (24) 8½”X 18 ½” blocks.

Two pinwheel blocks joined to create a 8½” x 16½” unit.

Step 2: Now, pair 4 pinwheel 4½” X 4½” blocks together, two by two.

4½” x 4½” pinwheels to create a 8½” x 8½” pinwheel unit.

Step 3: Sew pinwheel blocks to one another in pairs as in Step 1.

Sew two 4½” x 4½” pinwheels to make a 4½” x 8½” block.

Step 4: Sew both 4½” X 8½” block pairs together to make an 8½” X 8½” block. Repeat this process until all 4½” X 8½” pinwheel blocks are paired and sewn into larger units.

4½” x 8½” block pairs sewn to create a 8½” x 8½” pinwheel block.

After sewing all the separate units into blocks, the next step will be to join the blocks to make the 5 rows that will make the quilt top.

The first row I’ll construct is the 3rd row.

Combination of different pinwheel blocks used to create the quilt’s 3rd row

Once you’ve sewn the 3rd row blocks together, sew rows 1 and 5.

Note the placement of the larger 16½” x 16½” blocks in rows 1 and 5 as compared to row 3.

Combination of different pinwheel blocks used to create the quilt’s 1st and 5th row

The last 2 rows that require assembling and sewing are rows 2 and 4.

Sew these as shown as in the following photo using the smaller pinwheel blocks.

These similar size blocks will be used to make the quilt’s 2nd and 4th row.

Once all 5 rows are sewn, the last step is to sew each row to the next.

Using the layout in the photo that follows as a guide, sew all the strips together to make complete the quilt top.

Boho Beach picnic quilt design layout

Wow! Quilt top done!

Now, it’s time to quilt! I’ll leave that part up to your own creativity, imagination and resources.

After the quilting is done, the only sewing left to do is to add the binding to the edges of the quilt.

Using the Huqvarna Epic 980Q to quilt on each side of the seams.

Normally, I choose a fabric that is the most prominent color in the quilt top. This time I decided to get out of my comfort zone, so I selected this striped fabric from the Yellow colorway in the Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection.

I’ll cut across the stripes when preparing the binding strips.

Fabric 80218-52 from the yellow Boho Beach collection

With the quilting done and the binding added, the quilt is complete!

The vibrant fabrics from the Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection have definitely brought our picnic quilt come to life for this and many more picnicking seasons to come!

The Banyan Batiks Boho Beach quilt is the perfect summer quilt for enjoying in the park, the beach or on the front porch!

Thank you all for joining me this week on this summery quilting journey. Now, I hope someone brought lemonade! That sure was thirsty work!

Be sure to come back to QUILTsocial next week, I hear we’re reviewing batting!

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Making Half Square Triangles out of fabric strips

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Lori Morton June 23, 2019 - 8:39 pm

Love this Quilt!!& the fabrics you used. Haven’t started yet.. but have fabrics ready..and am in the process! 🙂 Thank you for such great Tutorials.. and Projects!! Sooooo appreciated 😀

Nicole Sender June 7, 2019 - 1:06 am

What a great idea for your quilt binding! Love the stripes!

Paul Leger June 9, 2019 - 7:53 am

They are fun aren’t they ?


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