This is the first time that I made a quilt without using a pattern. (I can't count the ones I made by sewing 5 inch squares together in rows, though). In fact, I was dependent on patterns. Once, I was looking at a display quilt while shopping at my local quilt shop and someone walked up to me and rattled off how to make it without buying the pattern. I, of course, bought the pattern. So, this is a milestone for me. This quilt is easy for less experienced quilters. So I will explain how to make it.
You will need one layer cake or 42 10 x 10 squares.
2 1/2 yards of fabric for the sashing.
fabric for borders, binding and backing.
Cut each 10 x 10 square into 3 pieces. Piece one, 10 x 4. Piece two, 6 x 4 and Piece three, 6 x 6. Cut the sashing strips into 1 7/8 WOF. Separate your layer cake pieces and make 42 blocks exactly as shown above. Trim apx. 1/4 inch off of piece 3 at the bottom.
Each row has 6 blocks with a sashing between each block. Start with Row 1 and place block one with piece 1 first. Add sashing and then add block 2 with piece 3 on the top. Block 3 will have be placed like block one. Alternate this pattern. You will end the row with piece one on the end. There are 6 blocks in each row.
This illustration shows that row 1 starts with piece one and the next row starts with piece 3 over piece 2. Row 3 will be the same as row 1. Row 4 will be the same as row 2, etc.
Piece two WOF strips together to make sashing between rows.
This illustration shows that the odd number rows are the same and even numbered rows are alike. You can make 7 rows with the 42 blocks and add borders as desired. I know this is pretty simple stuff. It's not rocket science but it's my first quilt made without a pattern. I'm happy how it turned out and glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone.
This quilt is added in the Bloggers-Quilt Festival under Original Design. I hope to inspire other less experienced quilters who, like me, are in awe of so many talented quilters yet nervous to take it to the next level. Let's go for it! Thanks for visiting. Mary