Are you looking for a simple quilt pattern to start? Then you may like this Sundance Quilt Tutorial. It’s a quick quilt to stitch up as it’s just one giant Squash Blossom Quilt Block!
I feel like I should subtitle this post, “and now for something completely different!” — The projects on the blog go, pink, pink, pink, mint, gold, pink, pink then RED and GRAY LOL!! I definitely have a color scheme that I like to stick to but was excited for this project to work on something a little bit different.
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Southwest Inspired Quilt Pattern
Last December (as in, 3 weeks ago) I was absolutely and completely stumped as to what to get my in-laws for Christmas. I’ve been stumped before, but have always managed to find something for them.
This year I started thinking about it in October and tried not to worry, assuming that something would come to me by December, but it didn’t. I’d been toying around with the idea to make them a quilt for a year or two, but kept telling myself “don’t be crazy Melissa and try to make a quilt during December.”
I don’t always handle holiday stress well *wink*. I finally reached the conclusion on about December 15th that I had NO idea at all what to get them so I should just make a quilt.
My inlaws have a home in Utah near Sundance. They love to visit it as often as they have the opportunity. The inside of the home is decorated in a southwest style, with rich woods, deep reds and lots of neutrals.
We’ve stayed at the house before and I always thought that the couch in the living room could use a quilt. The last time we stayed my kids fought over the throw blanket all week and it drove me bananas! (They eventually pulled the quilt off of a bed that wasn’t being used and parked it in the living room for the week, don’t tell my mother-in-law *wink*).
Since I was limited on time, I knew that if I made them a quilt it needed to be a simple pattern. I also knew that their tastes were pretty sophisticated and thought that a quilt in all solid fabrics would be the best way to go.
I managed to stitch up this quilt and quilt it MYSELF on my home machine in a matter of days (I used a ruler to help keep my curves even). It was finished just in time to send it to Utah before Christmas (they were at the house for Christmas, we stayed in Kentucky).
About the Squash Blossom Quilt Block
After I finished the quilt, I took it outside and snapped a few photos. I originally thought that I’d just post a photo of it and say “it’s just a big squash blossom quilt block” you can figure out how to make it. Then I remembered, the last time I did that. Let’s just say I was answering a million questions via email for weeks.
This quilt is very simple, it is based on a squash blossom quilt block. It’s actually one giant quilt block with borders on the top and bottom to make it a bit longer. Before I get to the tutorial, let me say, I didn’t “invent” this, and I’m not claiming I did. I’ve seen other many other giant squash blossom quilts floating around.
I am writing a tutorial for the quilt the way I made it, in case you’d like to make one yourself. If you’d like a more detailed quilt pattern or one with a larger variety of blocks, you can easily find many variations of online.
Okay, are you ready to start?
Squash Blossom Quilt Pattern
58” x 74”
Before you get started you’re going to need (contains affiliate links):
1 ½ Yards Riley Blake Confetti Cottons; Charcoal
Binding: ⅝ Yard
Backing: 5 yards.
Basic Quilting Supplies
From Gray Fabric (Riley Blake Charcoal):
8 pieces 9 ½” x 9 ½”
8 pieces 10” x 10”
4 pieces 2 ½” x 29 ½”
From Ivory Solid Fabric (Riley Blake Putty):
12 pieces 9 ½” x 9 ½”
6 pieces 10” x 10”
4 pieces 1 ½” x 29 ½”
4 pieces 4 ½” x 29 ½”
From Red Fabric (Riley Blake Cranberry):
2 pieces 10” x 10”
4 pieces 2 ½” x 29 ½”
All seams are ¼″.
This quilt uses Half Square Triangles. I’ve covered how to make them in detail here.
If you’re not super familiar with how to construct a Half Square Triangle you can CLICK here for a detailed tutorial.
Using the six 10” x 10” square of ivory fabric and 6 of the 10” x 10” square of gray fabric, create 12 Ivory and Gray Half Square Triangles (HST’s).
Trim and square up to 9 ½” x 9 ½”
Using 2 of the 10” x 10” squares of gray fabric and the two 10” x 10 squares of red fabric, create 4 Half Square Triangles.
Trim and square up to 9 ½” x 9 ½”
To assemble the quilt:
Begin assembling the quilt by rows according to the diagram below.
Lay out all of the blocks in row 1 and stitch together.
Repeat with rows 2-6.
Press the seams of the odd rows to the left and the even rows to the right.
Stitch row 1 to row 2, row 3 to row 3 etc.
Press seams to one side.
To create top and bottom borders:
Stitch two 4 ½” x 29 ½” ivory pieces together along the 4 ½” sides. Press seams to one side.
Stitch two 1 ½” x 29 ½” ivory pieces together, right sides facing along 1 ½” sides. Press seams to one side.
Stitch two 2 ½” x 29 ½” gray pieces together along the 2 ½” sides. Press seams to one side.
Stitch two 2 ½” x 29 ½” red pieces together along the 2 ½” sides. Press seams to one side.
Stitch one 4 ½” ivory row to one 2 ½” wide red row. Press. Being careful not to distort the seams as you press.
Stitch the 1 ½” ivory row to the red row. Press.
Stitch the 2 ½” gray row to the ivory row. Press.
Stitch the top of the quilt. The wide ivory row will be on the bottom, and the gray row will be on the top.
Repeat, and stitch to the bottom of the quilt. This time the ivory row will be on the top and the gray row will be on the bottom. Refer to the photo of the finished quilt as needed.
That’s it! Pretty simple huh! If you leave the borders off of this quilt it’s the perfect size for a baby quilt. Wouldn’t it be cute stitched up in blues or pinks?