March 30, 2013

Charm Madness! Lattice Quilt Tutorial

I am so excited to be today's stop on the Sew Lux Fabric Charm Madness Blog Hop.  I've got a really fun project for you- we are going to make an adorable stroller/car seat quilt. 

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Charm Madness at Sew Lux FabricI have loved Honey, Honey by Kate Spain since its debut and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to cut into some.  Sew Lux Fabric carries the whole line! I suggest for this project two fabrics with a decent amount of contrast - as you will see below, it enhances the lattice effect of the quilt.  

You can definitely start with precut charm packs - solids would be great, or you can cut your own charms from yardage, like I did. You will need:

OK, let's get cutting!

You are going to cut all of your quilt top fabric into charm squares.  There are some great tutorials out there about cutting charm squares from yardage - one of the best is by Elizabeth Hartman and it can be found here.  This project will use 120 charms, (40 from each fabric). If you cut the entire yard into charms,  you may have a few extra at the end but I always like to have a few spares just in case I need them.

As with many techniques in quilting, there are several different methods to make Half Square Triangles (HST).  For this quilt, I use my favorite HST method and two of my favorite notions.

For this method, you place two charms, right sides together and mark a line across the diagonal of the wrong side of one charm. If you have a Fons&Porter Quarter-Inch seam marker like I do, you simply put the line of the  seam marker on the diagonal of the wrong side of one charm square and use a Frixion Pen (or other marking device) to mark the lines- 1/4" on either side of the center line.  You sew directly on the lines and them cut down the center to produce 2 HST.  If you don't have a seam marker one, simply draw a diagonal line across the charm square and then sew 1/4" on either side of the line to produce 2 HST. 

Create your first batch of HST's by placing a pink charm and white charm right sides together. Draw your line and sew as illustrated below. Chain piecing helps here - make 20 (to produce 40 HST).  

Your finished HST should measure 4 1/2". Trim as needed.

  Repeat with orange charms paired with white charms - make 20 (to produce 40 HST).

Next, cut each HST diagonally to create Quarter-Square Triangles (QST).  For this project, we will only use the units shown below with the white to the left and pink to the right (Solid/Pattern).  For the white/orange pairs, we will be using the orange to the left, and white to the right (Pattern/Solid).  
Set aside the others and I will show you a quick way to use these at the end. They won't go to waste - promise :)

Next, get 20 orange charms and 20 pink charms. We need to trim our charms that we are going to pair with our QST's down to 4 1/2 inches and cut them diagonally.

Pair an orange triangle with a pink/white QST (layout is important here - you want white on top and pink on bottom as pictured here).  Sew together to create "Unit A" which should measure 4 inches. Trim as needed.
Repeat with a pink triangle and an orange/white QST (again, make sure orange is on top here).   Sew together to create "Unit B".  

And those are the only two units you need to make the lattice quilt.  Now, it's all about the layout from here.  You will want to make use of a design wall and refer to it often to make sure you are assembling the blocks correctly.  

Take 2 Unit A's and 2 Unit B's and combine them as shown here to create the lattice block. This block measures 7 inches unfinished . 

I know, it doesn't look like much alone.  But when you combine it with her friends, the result is pretty fun!

Sewing a perfect 1/4 inch seam is VERY important in this block to ensure that all of your points line up.  Don't be afraid to pin, pin, pin to make sure your seams are lining up for you.

My finished quilt is a total of 80 units combined into 20 blocks (4 blocks across, 5 down).  

 Rather than use a traditional binding, I made a ruffle and added it instead.  You can add the binding of your choice and quilt as desired.  I chose simple straight line quilting.

You will have left over quarter square triangles left over from this project, ready to be used for another purpose.  It just so happens that one of our fellow Charm Madness hoppers last week posted a tutorial using an hourglass block, which is what you will get if you sew together your left over QST...  Check out Jenelle's tutorial here at Echinops and Aster.

Here is the full schedule for the  Charm Madness blog hop:

Tuesday 3/19 - Jennie at Clover & Violet
Wednesday, 3/20 - Jess at Sew Crafty Jess
Thursday, 3/21 - Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap
Friday, 3/22 - Jenelle at Echinops &Aster
Sunday, 3/24 - Week 1 Giveaway Post

Tuesday, 3/26 - Lori at Lori H Designs
Wednesday, 3/27 - Kelsey at Kelsey Sews
Thursday, 3/28 - Lindsay at CraftBuds/LindsaySews
Friday - 3/29 - Jennifer at That Girl, ThatQuilt
Saturday, 3/30 - Stacey at The Tilted Quilt
Sunday, 3/31 - Leona at Leona's Quilting Adventure & Week 2 Giveaway Post

Monday, 4/1 - Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts 
Tuesday, 4/2 - Wendi at prsd4tim2
Wednesday, 4/3 - Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy
Thursday, 4/4 - Ginny at Fish Creek Studio
Saturday, 4/6 - Last day to enter projects on the Linky Post
Sunday, 4/7 - Week 3 Giveaway Post

Three Ways to Win Prizes

  • Enter the three weekly giveaway drawings on Sundays during the blog hop here at the Sew Lux blog.
  • Link up your own charm project -  Linky post will be open for entries between 3/28 – 4/6.
  • Enter the Grand Prize Winner Giveaway by counting the total number of charms used in all the blog hop tutorials.  Complete the entry form on 4/7 or 4/8.  Keep track with our tracker sheet.

All entry posts for prizes will be on the Sew Lux blog

Thanks for stopping in today - Happy Easter!!

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  1. Soooo cute! Love the fabrics!!!

    There may be a funny little autocorrect near the beginning of your post ;)

  2. I love Honey Honey! Very nice quilt and tutorial

  3. Wow, that's lovely! Thank you for an amazing tutorial.

  4. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  5. It`s fabulous and hope to try it.Thanks for the great tutorial!!

  6. Ah, How wonderful. You make it much simpler to construct than I would have thought. Just love it!

  7. Happy Easter Stacey, what a very pretty quilt and great tutorial.

  8. Love this lattice pattern. I'm one of the weird people that love making them and trimming them down, I find it easy, peaceful work. The kid and spouse leave me along because they are scared of me if I have the Rotary cutter in my hand. Ok, that made me sound like a slasher! lol
    But we know I love Hexies, so therefor I am weird. Back to your pattern! This is definitely going on my growing list of "wannado's"! Maybe I need to stop reading blogs!!! HA!

  9. What a fun looking quilt. Thanks for the tut; I am going to remember this. Love that you did a ruffle rather than a regular binding. Super!

  10. really neat quilt and great tutorial!

  11. Very pretty and I LOVE the colors.

  12. What a pretty quilt! It's so pretty I pinned it for future reference!

  13. Love it! This is a winner for sure, such a neat pattern. Love the orange and pink together. Thank you for a great tutorial and your photos. I'm one that looks at photos first and then reads directions, hehe. How did you do your ruffle binding? Do you have that shown somewhere? Thanks for being part of the hop and sharing your charming quilt, awesome job!


  14. Stacey, what a beautiful quilt!! You did such a great job! I couldn't resist and just posted a link to it on my Facebook page. So many thanks for sharing your creativity in this fun tutorial. Happy sewing to you! xo

  15. What a nice tutorial. :D Sure love these fabrics together. Hey - I'm *still* not able to get into my Flikr. REally driving me nuts. So I came over to comment on your BOM star that you linked up. It's cool - like you said, reminiscent of a kaleidoscope. I wouldn't redo it at this point. It looks good with the group, and as you go along, you can do a couple others that read as strongly as that one to get a nice balance. Or, as Elita was saying, if at the end of it all, it just doesn't seem right to you, replace it and use it for a pillow. :) Or part of the back. But I like it!

  16. This is adorable! What is the finished quilt size? Thanks!

  17. This is adorable! What is the finished quilt size? Thanks!

    1. With the ruffle it was approximately 28 x 34 - a small baby quilt or car seat quilt. Enjoy!

  18. I need to make several baby quilts & this will definitely be one of them! Thanks so much!

  19. Can you tell me how to add a ruffle to a baby quilt. I made the quilt purchased a ruffle binding & now I cannot figure how to get the ends together so can hand sew binding to back of quilt. I got the binding sewed around quilt to front but when I got to the beginning I am lost how to join so it doesn't seem botched.

    1. I added my binding BEFORE I quilted it:
      The way I did it was to layer my quilt sandwich as follows, from top to bottom:
      (1) Quilt back – right side down
      (2) Ruffle – pinned with the raw edge along the outside of the quilt front. I hand stitched the two ends of the ruffle to connect them – placing one ruffle end into the other ruffle end. I used a LOT of pins to make sure that everything stayed secure.
      (3) Quilt front, right side up
      (4) Batting
      Then I stitched a ¼ inch along the entire perimeter of the quilt, leaving a 4-5” gap so I could turn the quilt right side out. I then hand stitched the closing. Next, I topstitched about ½” around the entire perimeter of the quilt to flatten and define the edges.
      Finally, I quilted the quilt – yes, after the binding was attached. I didn’t do a whole lot of detailed quilting, just some straight lines.

      I'm not sure if this is a perfect technique, but it worked for me. Good luck!

  20. Is there a reason you chose to use the pieced HST instead of just using the square charms, set on the diagonal? Just curious.

    1. You certainly could do it that way - but I enjoyed the visual effect of the patchwork pattern and sometimes setting things on point and having to deal with setting triangles that would be required can be just as much work. These blocks were chain pieced and went together pretty quickly. Thanks for visiting :)


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