Sun and Shadow Wall Quilt

Finished size 41" x 29"

A play of soft and strong colors create sunshine and shadows on this striking wall quilt. Use fabrics from your stash to create strip sets which are then cut on the diagonal to form the blocks. Diagonal cuts create a sewing challenge, but are easily handled with our sewing tips.

Read all instructions before beginning and use 1/4”-wide seam allowances throughout.

Read Cutting Strips and Pieces prior to cutting fabric.

Getting Started

Strip-pieced units cut into triangles and joined together make shaded blocks, 6 1/2" square unfinished. Assorted fabrics alternated from unit to unit give the appearance of a scrap quilt. Two strips of twenty different fabrics make the strip-pieced units. Use an assortment of ten light fabrics, five medium value fabrics, and five dark fabrics to make ten light strip sets and ten medium/dark strip sets. Since the triangles are cut on the bias, the use of a walking foot is recommended for joining the blocks.

Refer to Accurate Seam Allowance. Whenever possible, use the Assembly Line Method. Press seams in direction of arrows.

Making the Blocks

  1. Arrange Fabric A strips in stacks of four, alternating placement and order of fabrics.
  2. Arrange Fabric B and C strips in stacks of four, alternating placement and order of fabrics.
  3. Sew Fabric A strips together in sets of four as shown. Press. Make ten strip sets. Sew Fabric B and C strips in sets of four. Press. Make ten strip sets.

  4. On a large piece of template plastic, draw a right triangle with two sides 7-3/8” long as shown. Cut out template and use to mark triangles on each strip set from step 3. From each strip set, cut two or three triangles to equal twenty-four light triangles and twenty-four medium/dark triangles.

    Note: If template is slightly too deep, it shouldn’t affect completed blocks. Make sure to mark right angle of template on fabric strip as shown. If fabric strip doesn’t extend to bottom edge of template, don’t be too concerned, there should be enough fabric to square unit to 6 1/2” after piecing. Make one, testing for size before continuing.

  5. Sew one light triangle to one dark triangle to make a square as shown. Press. Make twenty-four. Square to 6 1/2".

  6. Referring to photo above and layout below, determine layout of quilt by arranging units in four rows of six units each. Press seams in direction of arrows for each section as shown prior to assembling 12-1/2” blocks.

  7. Using a walking foot to minimize stretching, sew two units from step 6 together as shown. Press carefully to avoid stretching. Make twelve and press seams according to diagram in step 6. If a walking foot isn't available, stay-stitch a scant ¼ inch from edges of each unit before sewing units together. This will help to maintain the shape of each unit when sewing diagonal edges together.

  8. Sew two units from step 7 together as shown, rotating blocks so seams fall opposite each other at intersections.. Press. Make six.

  9. Referring to photo above and layout below, sew units from step 8 together to make quilt top. Press.

Adding the Borders

  1. Refer to Adding the Borders. Measure quilt through center from side to side. Cut two 2 1/2"-wide Outside 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. Cut two 2 1/2" -wide Outside Border strips to that measurement. Sew to sides of quilt. Press.

Layering and Finishing

  1. Cut backing fabric to 33" x 45". Arrange and baste backing, batting, and top together referring to Layering the Quilt. Hand or machine quilt as desired.
  2. Sew 2 3/4" binding strips end-to-end to make one continuous 2 3/4"-wide binding strip. Refer to Binding the Quilt and bind quilt to finish.