What better time than now to gather and use fabrics from the Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection?
These light and airy fabrics will make a pretty and perfect picnic quilt, measuring approximately 64½” X 64½” before quilting.
Spring has sprung! Before you know it, summer vacations will begin! Whether your plans for summer include a “staycation” or far-flung travels, a gorgeous picnic quilt should definitely be part of those plans.
To really set off and highlight the Boho Beach collection fabrics, I’ll use Banyan Batiks White on White # 81200-10.
To put this quilt together, I used the following quantities of fabrics:
- (2) ¼ yd pieces of Boho Beach fabric
- (2) ½ yd pieces of Boho Beach fabric
- (2) ¾ yd pieces of Boho Beach fabric
- (1) ⅔ yd piece of Boho Beach fabric for binding
- (1) 5 yd piece of White on White as the background fabric
While considering a design for this quilt, feeling nostalgic, I started thinking about going back to basics. In this case, the basics will be half-square triangles. With that idea in mind, this week, I’ll show you 4 different ways to make half-square triangles.
The first method I’ll show you is the one that most of us learned when we began quilting. Never mind when that was! But, I digress.
To demonstrate the first method, we’ll cut our first squares from the (2) ⅓ yard pieces of Boho Beach fabric along with one-half yard of the background fabric.
When I took my first quilting class, I was told that to make perfect half-square triangles (HST), I needed 2 pieces of fabric, each cut ⅞” larger than the desired finished size of the HST block. In other words, if I wanted a 2” finished HST I had to cut my fabric pieces to measure: 2⅞” x 2⅞”.
TIP Over time, however, I’ve learned that as hard as I try, sometimes my seams are off. So, to make sure my HST are perfect every time, I begin instead by cutting (2) 3” square fabric pieces. Then, after I assemble my HST, I trim them down to a 2½” x 2½” unfinished HST.
You’ll need to cut (16) 2⅞” x 2⅞” squares (or, following the tip above, (16) 3” x 3” squares) from each ¼ yard piece of the 2 selected Boho Beach fabrics. You’ll also need to cut (32) 2⅞” x 2⅞” squares, or (72) 3” x 3” squares, of the background fabric.
After you’ve cut out all your squares, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the background fabric using a pencil.
Match a background fabric with an accent colored fabric right sides together. Once they are stacked sew a ¼” seam on each side of the pencil line.
After you’ve sewn all the diagonal seams on your squares, cut along the diagonal pencil line. Open the resulting half-square triangles and press the seams towards the darker fabric. Trim to 2½” x 2½”, if required.
It’ll take you a little while to complete the steps above, but when you’re done, you’ll be ready to try the next technique for making half-square triangles that I’ll share in tomorrow’s post using more Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection fabrics!
This is part 1 of 5 in this series.
Go to part 2: Making multiple Half Square Triangles using the grid method
Go to part 3: In quilting, some seams take you from squares to Half Square Triangles
Sorry, I couldn’t find the link to the pattern on this page. Do you know where it is? Thank-you
Hi Cinthia, the whole pattern is written from Monday through Friday. You can click on the link at the end of the Monday post, Part 2, to continue the instructions. At the same time Paul walks you through the pattern, he shows you the 4 methods to make HSTs and when to use each method depending on the fabrics you’re using. Thank you for visiting QUILTsocial!!
Thank you for the free pattern Paul, I will be using my own fabric to make this quilt. But I do love the fabric you are using. I appreciate you sharing all your tips and snips.
Have fun making the quilt. Very easy techniques.
Love your blog, lots of good ideas and great quilts
Thank you Barbara
Love the colors in this quilt!!
Aren’t they? I love playing with them.
In the instructions above, you said to cut 32 squares at 2 7/8″ or 72 squares at 3″. Is that just a typo?
Sharp eye, yes a typo, thanks for catching it. Sorry for the confusion.
Love the colors & patterns.
The colours in this quilt are so cheerful! Bravo!
What is the finished size of the quilt? Thank-you
Hi Cinthia, the pre quilting size is 64½” X 64½”.