Bountiful Harvest Quilt

Finished Size: 48” x 60”

As colorful and beautiful as an arboretum in October, this quilt will remind you of the glories of autumn and the bounty of the harvest season. Easy quarter-square triangles are the building blocks for this sensational quilt.

Fabric Requirements and Cutting Instructions

Read all instructions before beginning and use 1/4"-wide seam allowances throughout. Read Cutting Strips and Pieces prior to cutting fabrics.

Helpful Hint

Sixteen fat quarters are used to make these blocks. Select and cut three 8" squares of each fabric and place in four color combinations to make Blocks 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Getting Started

Simple blocks made of quarter-square triangles form this colorful quilt. The top consists of forty-eight blocks measuring 6 1/2" square unfinished. This simple block is made in four different color combinations. Each combination is repeated twelve times–half of which are a mirror image. It is important to sew an accurate seam allowance. Whenever possible, use the Assembly Line Method. Press all block seams open.

 

Cutting Chart

Making the Blocks

  1. Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of one 8" Block 1, Fabric A square. Place marked Fabric A square and one 8" Block 1, Fabric B square, right sides together. Sew scant 1/4" away from drawn line on both sides to make half-square triangles. Make three matching units. Cut on drawn line and press seams open. This will make six half-square A/B triangles for Block 1 unit.

  2. Repeat step 1 to make six half-square triangles for each A/B combination for Block 2, Block 3, and Block 4 units.

  3. Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of one 8" Block 1, Fabric C square. Place marked Fabric C square and one 8" Block 1, Fabric D square right sides together. Sew scant 1/4" away from drawn line on both sides to make half-square triangles. Make three matching units. Cut on drawn line and press seams open. This will make six half-square C/D triangles for Block 1 units.

  4. Repeat step 3 to make six half-square triangles for each C/D combination for Block 2, Block 3, and Block 4 units.

  5. Draw a diagonal line on wrong side of one Block 1 unit from step 1 in opposite direction from seam as shown. Place marked unit, right sides together with one Block 1 unit from step 3 placing Fabric A triangle on top of Fabric C triangle. Sew scant 1/4" away from drawn line on both sides. Make six using Block 1 units. Cut on drawn line and press seams open. Square to 6 1/2". This will make twelve quarter-square triangles, six of each combination. Sort and label blocks, Block 1 and Block 1 R (reversed) as shown.

  6. Repeat step 5 to make quarter-square triangles using units from steps 2 and 4 for Block 2, Block 3, and Block 4. Sort and label each combination Block 2, 2R, 3, 3R, 4, or 4R as shown.

Assembly

  1. Referring to photo and layout, arrange and sew blocks together to make eight horizontal rows of six blocks each. Press seams in opposite directions from row to row.
  2. Referring to photo and layout, sew rows together. Press seams in one direction.

Adding the Borders

  1. Sew 2" x 42" Accent Border strips together end-to-end to make one continuous 2"-wide Accent Border strip. Press. Refer to Adding the Borders . Measure quilt through center from side to side. Trim two 2"-wide Accent Border strips to that measurement. Sew to top and bottom of quilt. Press seams toward border.
  2. Measure quilt through center from top to bottom including borders just added. Trim two 2"-wide Accent Border strips to this measurement. Sew to sides of quilt and press.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to join, measure, trim, and sew 4 1/2"-wide Outside Border strips to top, bottom, and sides of quilt. Press.

Layering & Finishing

  1. Cut backing in half crosswise. Sew pieces together to make one 54" x 80" (approximate) backing piece. Press and trim to 54" x 66".
  2. Arrange and baste backing, batting, and top together referring to Layering the Quilt .
  3. Machine or hand quilt as desired.
  4. Sew 2 3/4" binding strips end-to-end to make one continuous 2 3/4"-wide strip. Refer to Binding the Quilt and bind quilt to finish.