I fell in love with Saffron Craig's Banksia Bloom fabrics as soon as I saw them, and (how lucky am I?) Saffron generously sent me a lovely bundle of the complete range! Kookaburras are my favourite bird, and so I was particularly thrilled when I saw how beautiful the fabrics looked (and felt) up close. I must admit, I was nervous cutting them up as many of them are bigger prints and I wanted her designs to shine, but I think they look fabulous against the Kona Ash background. I've kept back some of the large kookaburra fabric to make a couple of matching throw cushions for the couch.
So I've pushed myself to get this tutorial out before easter as a little present to you. I even made up a short video explaining a quick way of putting the blocks together. At the bottom of this post is instructions on how to modify the pattern for a baby sized Frequency quilt.
This throw size quilt its actually bigger than intended. I meant to make 10 patterned zig zags, but accidentally made 11. For the tutorial I'll use my original size of 10 zigzags (size: 60" x 77", 153cm x 195cm).
What you need:
- 10 fat quarters of patterned fabric (if using american fat quarters - 18" x 22" - you will need to cut carefully as you will only just have enough). Alternatively you could use 13" (35cm) each of 10 patterned fabrics - you will have quite a bit of fabric left over for the back.
- 75" (1.9m) of plain background fabric
- neutral thread for piecing, rotary cutter, ruler and mat, sewing machine with 1/4" foot
- from each of the 10 patterned fabrics cut eight 6" x 6.5" rectangles (if cutting from an american fat quarter cut three 6" x 22" strips and then cross-cut these into eight 6.5" x 6" rectangles.)
- from the plain background fabric cut 12, 6" strips, selvedge to selvedge, and then cross-cut these strips into 80, 6.5" x 6" rectangles.
Putting the blocks together:
Take a patterned and a plain rectangle (they should be exactly the same size)...
To see an alternatively (even quicker) way to cut and put these blocks together check out this little video I put together. A couple of things I forgot to mention in the video:
- Arrange the rectangles so that the longest edge is horizontal.
- If your background fabric has a right side, make sure the first piece you lay down is facing down and the second one is facing up.
- It doesn't matter which way you cut the fabric (slanting to the right or left)
Using this method you will end up with two R blocks and two L blocks.
You can organise the blocks in a number of ways to make your quilt but I have shown two here. For a more subdued look you may like this way - alternate R and L blocks (you can see how it looks in the baby size here.)
It's really easy to adjust the pattern to whatever size you like. You can change the size of the blocks (just make sure one side is 1/2" longer than the other) and/or change the number of blocks.
- 5" (13cm) each of eight different patterned fabrics
- 33" (85cm) of plain background fabric.
- seven 4.5" x 5" rectangles from each of the eight different patterned fabrics and
- 56, 4.5" x 5" rectangles of plain fabric (cut seven 4.5" strips, selvedge to selvedge, and cross cut into 5" x 4.5" rectangles.)
I hope it all makes sense. Happy Easter everybody!