Free pattern and tutorial: Emmajané’s Arrows Quilt
We’re thrilled to have a new free pattern for you today from Emmajané of Stitch and Pieces. Her lovely new Arrows Quilt is now gracing the new window display at our West Hampstead shop. When we posted a sneak peak on Instagram, you guys went wild for this quilt, so I know you’re going to be exited to get your hands on this pattern! Take it away, Emmajané!
I love half rectangle triangles and I have found a way of creating them without use of fancy rulers. This quilt uses half rectangle triangles and rectangles to create arrows.
*24 fat quarters (the list of the Kona Cotton Solids I used is given later in the cutting instructions)
*300cm of fabric for the backing and border
*50cm of fabric for the binding
*I used a double size piece of wadding, which is 96” x 93”
Finished quilt size 60” x 82”.
Seam allowance is ¼” throughout.
When making the half rectangle triangles press the lighter fabric seam over the darker fabric seam.
WOF refers to width of fabric.
Cutting and Preparation:
Cut the following fabrics to create 6” x 4” rectangles. The letters in brackets indicate what the fabrics will be referred to afterwards in the cutting instructions and in the pattern. The number at the side tells you how many 6” x 4” rectangles to cut. These will be used to create the half rectangle triangles.
Cut the following fabrics to create 5” x 3” rectangles.
Cut the following fabrics to create 5” x 1¾” rectangles. These will be the small rectangles at the beginning and end of the rectangle rows.
You need to cut 7 strips 3” x WOF for the border of the quilt. (I used the same as my backing, Plum).
You will also need to cut 7 strips 2½” x WOF for the binding. (I used Shadow).
Making the Half Rectangle Triangles (HRT):
There are two types of half rectangle triangle blocks to make. For ease these are going to be called 1 or 2.
HRT 1 uses Fabrics A and B. This is how the finished block is finished:
To make the HRT 1:
Take the two of the 6” x 4” rectangles from the correct colours. These will be called Fabric A and Fabric B. The fabric which will be on the left hand side will be right side up (here this is grey) and the fabric which will be on the right hand side will be wrong side up (here this is pink).
Then using the half inch mark on your quilter’s ruler, with a fabric pen mark a half inch on the grey fabric in the bottom left corner and top right corner. Mark a half inch on the pink fabric in the in the top left corner and bottom right corner. Then still using the fabric marker, join the dots with the quilter’s ruler.
Now place the wrong side fabric on top of the right side fabric, taking care to match the dots and line with one another.
Pin and then sew a ¼” seam either side of the line.
Using your rotary cutter, cut down the line.
Press the two blocks, ready to trim
This is where it gets tricky! You are going to trim these blocks to create a 5” x 3” block, but in order to get points that are perfect when you start sewing blocks together you need to cut accurately.
It’s best to trim the shorter sides first. Make sure that there is enough fabric to cut a 5” side, but make sure that ⅛” is in the bottom fabric.
Check that at the other side you have the angle at the correct point so that you get ⅛” of the other fabric there as well.
When you then trim the longer 5” edge you need to make sure that there is ⅛” of each fabric included in your trimming. It’s a bit fiddly, but you will get the hang of it.
Done correctly your block should look like this:
It does look like you’ve gone wrong because there is a blunt point, but you are going to need it like that for later (trust me).
This table shows you the combinations to pair together to make the HRT 1 blocks:
Once you’ve got the hang of this, making the HRT 2 should be straightforward, but here are some photos and an explanation to help out:
Making HRT 2:
HRT 2 uses Fabrics C and D. This is how the finished block is finished:
This time our wrong side facing fabric will have the quarter inch dots at the bottom left and top right. The right side facing fabric will have the quarter inch dots at the top left and bottom right. Like before draw a line using a fabric pen on both fabrics to join the dots.
Match the lines as before and pin. Then sew a ¼” seam either side of the line. Then use the rotary cutter to create the two blocks.
Once again, press the seams and get ready for the tricky business of trimming!
Use the same technique as before. Make sure you trim with a ⅛” as you did previously.
This table shows you the combinations to pair together to make the HRT 2 blocks:
The hard work is now done! It’s time to get piecing this quilt. Starting from top to bottom the pieces need sewing together like this:
Once all the pieces have been sewn into rows, sew the rows together as you would with any other quilt. I then sewed my border strips together and sewed these around the arrows section.
It’s now time to press the quilt top really well and remove any loose threads.
Basting and Quilting:
Make the quilt sandwich, using your preferred method. Quilt as desired. I quilted each of the arrows with my walking foot. I quilted the arrows in threads to match the fabric colour.
Trim the quilt in preparation for attaching the binding.
Sew the seven strips together. Fold in half and press. Attach using a ¼” foot and then either hand or machine finish.
Thank you, Emmajane!