Contest-winning quilt block combines gorgeous detailing and harvest theme.
- Printable Patterns (Below)
- 44-in-wide 100% cotton fabric: 1/3 yd. light-blue mottled print for background; scraps or 1/8 yd. light-brown print and 1/8 yd. dark-brown print for wheat heads; scraps or 1/8 yd. dark-brown print for leaves
- Rotary cutter and mat
- Quilter’s ruler
- Black fine-line permanent marker (optional)
- 10-1/2-in. square quilt batting
- 10-1/2-in. square backing fabric
- All-purpose thread to match fabrics
- Standard sewing supplies
- Download and print quilt block pattern here.
- Wash all fabrics as many times as needed until rinse water runs clear. Dry and press all fabrics.
- From light-blue mottled print, cut two 1-1/4-in. x 9-in. strips and two 1-1/4-in. x 10-1/2-in. strips for outer border. Set aside.
- Use photocopier to enlarge and print patterns A through D as directed.
- Follow the pattern color chart for fabrics M1, M2, D and L as indicated.
- Fabrics are placed on the wrong side of the photocopied patterns. Stitching is done on the right side of the photocopied patterns. Use permanent marker to transfer pattern lines to opposite side of enlarged patterns if needed to make lines more visible. Label these as right side of pattern.
- Cut a piece of medium-brown print at least ¼ in. larger on all sides than pattern piece 1. Place fabric piece right side up on right side of area 1 of pattern, as shown in Fig. 1. Hold pattern up to a light to make sure that the fabric piece is centered over area 1 and that it extends at least 1/4 in. outside the pattern lines. Pin fabric in place.
- Cut a piece of medium-brown print at least 1/4 in. larger on all sides than pattern piece 2. Place fabric piece 2 right side down on fabric piece 1 so the raw edges are matching ¼ in. from the line between pattern areas 1 and 2, as shown in Fig. 2. Hold the pattern up to the light and flip fabric 2 over to make sure there is enough fabric on all edges of the pattern 2 area. Flip back and pin to hold. Turn pattern over. With a short straight stitch, sew on the pattern line between areas 1 and 2, extending the stitching a couple of stitches beyond the pattern line. Remove pins and trim to a narrow seam allowance. Open and press fabric 2 over area 2 as shown in Fig. 3.
- In the same way, add M1 and M2 fabrics 3 through 21.
- Add fabrics L 22 through 27.
- Add fabrics D 28 and L 29.
- Following the same technique as in section A, piece M1 and M2 fabrics 1 through 20, fabrics L 21 through 26, fabrics D 27 and 29, fabric L 28 and 30 and fabric D 31.
- Following the same technique as in section A, piece M1 and M2 fabrics 1 through 20, fabrics L 21 through 26, fabrics D 27, 29 and 30, and fabric L 28.
- Following the same technique as in section A, piece L 1 and D 2, add D 3, L 4, L 5 and D 6.
- Trim sections A through D, leaving a ¼ seam allowance on outer edges as shown on the patterns.
- Referring to whole pattern, join A and B sections with a 1/4-in. seam. In the same way, join D and C sections. Then join sections A/B to D/C. Press seams to one side.
- With design centered, trim pieced block to a 9-in. square.
- With matching thread and a 1/4-in. seam, sew a 1-1/4-in. x 9-in. border strip to opposite sides of the block. Then sew the two 1-1/4-in. x 10-1/2-in. border strips to the top and bottom of the block.
- Remove tear-away stabilizer from back of block.
- Center batting on top of backing and completed block on top of batting. Quilt as desired.
- With design centered, trim block to 10-in. square.
Contest winning quilt block originally sent in by Marie Minaudier of St. Claude, Manitoba.