Monday, January 28, 2013

Joe's Quilt - Free Quilt Pattern

Joe’s Quilt

Size:  Approximately 46"x90"
By Mary Lachman
Quilt designed and made by Mary Lachman

Materials Needed:
  •       Dark and medium fabric scraps or fat quarters – choose a variety of large, medium and small florals and patterns (flannels works well) 
  • 2 yards of light fabric
  •     ½ yard for binding fabric
  •       3 yards backing fabric
  •       quilt batting of your choice
  •  Thread to match fabrics

Cutting and Piecing Directions:

Four-Patch "Bricks":
  • Cut 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles from dark and medium fabrics.
  • Sew two of the 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles together along the 4 1/2" edge, press toward the darker.
  • Sew two more 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles together along the 4 1/2" edge, press toward the darker.
  • Sew each set together along shorter edge. 
  • The Four-Patch Brick should measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
 Light Bricks:
  • Cut 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles from light fabric

  • Sew Four-Patch Bricks and Light Bricks together in rows, alternating each brick.
  • As shown, the quilt is 9 bricks (width) and 11 bricks (length) but you could make it any size you wish. 
  • Once the top is completed, layer backing, batting and top. 
  • Quilt as desired and bind. Make sure to label your finished artistry with your name and date of completion!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Quilt Envy

Eight years ago, when a friend gave birth to her second child,  I presented her with a handmaded scrappy baby quilt. She adored it and so did her son. For years since she has repeatedly told me how much she and Alex enjoy looking at the colors and patterns.

Interestingly Alex has become a very artistic boy who is always drawing and painting pictures. Recently his mom asked me to stop by for tea and cake.  I  took along a few quilts to share with her and Alex. Alex showed me his paintings and gave me a tour of his bedroom, which he shares with his brother, Joe. There at the end of Alex's bed was the baby quilt I had presented him with 8 year ago---a little faded, but clearly loved.

It was clear to me Alex needed another quilt, a bigger one, now that he was a big boy, and I thought I had the perfect one at home that I finished last November. I told my friend of my plan and if it would be ok to give Alex a quilt, but not Joe. She assured me that it would be fine.

So, a few days later I presented her with a scrappy flannel quilt made from 4 1/2 inch squares. Here is a picture of Alex curled up on top of his new quilt!

Alex's Quilt
But sometimes one is not enough!

Alex's older brother, Joe (10 years old) was mesmerized by the new quilt on his brother's bed (too his mother's surprise) and it just happened that I had another recently flannel quilt in the closet. Just the trick for a belated birthday present!

Joe's Quilt

Check back to the blog in the next week or so and I will share my patterns for both of these quilts.