And its on time! Yeah! Let me add a little disclaimer before we start. I'm only human should you find mistake please let me know so I can correct it for other quilters. My suggestion would be to cut and make one block, just in case. Also there's tons of scrap with this quilt. If you don't like working with leftover HSTS this quilt block isn't for you. However I will be doing a tutorial later using some of the leftovers. Also the seam allowance is the standard quarter inch seam unless otherwise stated.
Also I've been featured with this quilt! I was so excited when I checked my mail this morning and Connie from Free Motion By the River had sent me an e-mail letting me know that she featured the Cherry on Top Picnic quilt on her Linky Tuesdays. So hop on over and see what others are linking up, you never know what surprises you'll find.
So lets get started
(120) 1.5" squares
(15) 1.5" x 5"
(60) 2" squares
(30) 2.5"x 3.5"
(30) 3.5" squares
(30) 3" squares
(30) 1.5" x 10.5"
(30) 1.5" x 12.5"
(30) 5" squares for cherries( I used 2 different reds, 15 each)
(30) 3.5" squares
(30) 5.5" x 3"
What you'll need for one block
|The pic above shows (4) 2.5, it should read (4) 2" squares. And|
(2) 1.5 x 10 should read (2) 1.5 x 10.5
Here's how one block is laid out before piecing. Of course chain piecing is the best way to go. But this will give you an idea of how all the pieces come into play.
Lets sew all the corners on the cherry unit. Sew each corner by marking a line down the middle of the 1.5 white squares and sewing on that line or just sew corner to corner like below. Sew all four corners the same.
After all for corners are sewn, trim and press. The picture below shows two seams per corner. After doing this I decide to scrap these small scraps so there's no need for you to do that unless you're more adventuresome than I!
Okay lets do the green 5.5x 3 , Now I make those two seams on each corner, we'll save that scrap for another quilt. Cut between the two seams. Make sure you have them in the proper corners!
Press seams open.
Now take the brown 3.5 square and the white 3.5 square and sew from corner to corner. Then make that second stitch if you plan to use the scraps.
Cut between the seams and save the larger section. Press the seams open on the larger section. That's the one we'll use for this quilt.
Lay the 3" square on top of the brown HST lining up to the brown side.
Again stitch from corner to corner and then make the second stitch for the leftover HST. Cut in between the two seams, toss the extra piece aside and press the seams open.
TADA! I know there's tons of waste, but really these cherries are so worth it.
Sew these 2 stem units together. Pinning ensures accuracy of the seams.
Press the seam open, then add a 2.5 x 3.5 to each side and press.
We're on the home stretch! Now all we need to do is sew all these units together.
Sew the 1.5 x 5 white to the cherry unit.
Press towards the white
Sew the second cherry on to the 1.5 strip and press again towards the white.
Alrighty lets speed through the next few steps.
You should have 3 sections that look like this. Sew'em together..
Add the 1.5 x 10 strips to the right and the left of the block. Press towards the white
Finally add the 1.5 x 12.5 strip to the top and bottom and press towards the white. YEAH!
It should measure 12.5. Now you can go ahead and put the body of this quilt together alternating blocks. I'll post the borders in a few days. You can find the directions for the alternating block here and the yardage requirements for the entire quilt. And my finished quilt is posted here.
If you make this patter I'd love see pictures and share them with others!