Make a Wonderful One-Patch Quilt

Posted by Deirdre Quirk on Aug 14th 2018

Marci Baker and Sara Nephew's Wonderful One-Patch Quilts are stunning! Make your own with this free project from their book. 

Made by Sara Nephew, quilted by Pam J. Cope. Finished block: 6 ̋ × 10 1/2 ̋ • Finished quilt: 63 ̋ × 72 ̋

This quilt started with a blue batik fabric that had a checkered look. It ended, however, with a full assortment of solids—all combining to create sunshine, sky, red sails, the color of mountains, and so on. Like a Thousand Pyramids quilt, this quilt has triangle halves that build the illusion of larger shapes because of the color-value placement. The checkered border echoes the look of the original batik fabric.

YARDAGE

Light to light-medium: 1/4 yard of at least 11 fabrics or 11 or more fat quarters

Medium-dark to dark: 1/4 yard of at least 11 fabrics or 11 or more fat quarters

Border: 1 1/4 yards

Binding: 3/4 yard

Backing: 4 1/2 yards

Batting: 71 ̋ × 80 ̋

CUTTING

Light to light-medium

Cut a total of 11 strips 6 1/2 ̋ × width of fabric. If using fat quarters, cut 22 strips 6 1/2 ̋ × 20 ̋. From these strips, cut 108 rectangles 3 3/4 ̋ × 6 1/2 ̋.

Medium-dark to dark

Cut a total of 11 strips 6 1/2 ̋ × width of fabric. If using fat quarters, cut 22 strips 6 1/2 ̋ × 20 ̋. From these strips, cut 108 rectangles 3 3/4 ̋ × 6 1/2 ̋. Subcut 108 left and 108 right triangle halves. 

Border

Cut 7 strips 5 ̋ × width of fabric.

Binding

Calculate the size needed for your style of binding. Cut 8 width-of-fabric strips in that size.

CONSTRUCTION

Seam allowances are 1/4 ̋ unless otherwise noted.

Piece the Blocks

Follow the arrows for pressing direction.

Make the Half Block

1. Sew the light to light-medium rectangles in pairs down both lengthwise sides. Cut 108 half-triangles.

2. Sew the medium-dark to dark triangle halves to the 2 corners of the half-triangles. This half-block should measure 6 1/2 ̋ × 5 3/4 ̋.

Make the Full Block

Pair the half-blocks to create the sails. Sew the pairs to make 54 blocks 6 1/2 ̋ × 11 ̋. To reduce the bulk where the 4 pieces come together in the center, unstitch the last few stitches of the center vertical seams that are within the horizontal seam allowance, and press the horizontal seam half up and half down. This will allow the center seam to spin and be flat.

Piece the Quilt

1. Lay out the blocks to create a pleasing arrangement of values and colors. To reduce the size of the pieces to handle, sew the blocks into 9 sections. Sew these sections together into the finished quilt top.

2. Add the borders.

Finish the Quilt

Layer, quilt, and bind to complete your quilt. Here is one suggestion for quilting that avoids the seam intersections.

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