Pair a dynamic patterned fabric with a decor-friendly neutral. Then, for something unexpected, let loose and choose a gorgeous backing fabric, making the quilt reversible. For a quilt like this, accuracy in cutting is vital, so use a rotary cutter and quilting mat. It will save you hours in cutting time! You can order these fabrics as a kit from www.materialobsession.com.au, which comes with a plastic template to make cutting easier.
Gather your supplies
Restraint Kit (containing 2.9m similar current Amy Butler designed fabric for top, 3.1m cream quilter’s muslin, 55cm binding fabric, custom parallelogram acrylic template)
4.7m backing fabric
230 x 210cm wadding
NOTE: The parallelogram acrylic template can be purchased separately if you are not purchasing the fabric kit.
Finished size: about 190 x 213cm (75 x 84ʺ)
- Step 1: CUTTING
- From print fabric, cut 49 strips, 2¼ʺ wide across width of fabric. Using template from kit, cut 6 parallelograms from each of 45 strips – 270 parallelograms total. The blunt tip of template makes piecing long strips accurate. From remaining 4 strips, cut 28 half-square triangles from each strip, using end of template as marked in Lazy Days Diagram 1 (below) – 90 triangles total.
- From cream quilter's muslin fabric, cut 53 strips, 2¼ʺ wide across width of fabric. Use template to cut 6 parallelograms from each strip. Total of 315 parallelograms.
- From binding, fabric cut eight 2½ʺ strips. Set aside.
- Step 2: ASSEMBLING QUILT TOP
This quilt is made up of 45 columns sewn together. The parallelograms are sewn together using a diagonal seam, as you would stitch quiltbinding. See Diagram 2 (below). The acrylic template makes it easier to align the 2 fabrics accurately.
With solid fabric on top and print fabric underneath, and right sides together, stitch parallelograms together into pairs as shown in Diagram 1 (below). Make 270 sets
- Step 3: Sew remaining 45 solid parallelograms to a ½-square triangle in print fabric. See Diagram 3 (below).
- Step 4: Sew 6 pairs of parallelograms together with one parallelogram/half-square triangle section at the end to make a strip of 7 solid, and 6 print parallelograms, with a triangle on one end. Make 45 long strips this way. Sew a printed Â½-square triangle to the solid parallelogram at the other end of each of the 45 strips to complete the strips.
- Step 5: Match middle of strips, then ends and pin along length at each join, ensuring ends are matched exactly. Sew strips into pairs, ensuring strips are stitched together in the same direction. Next sew pairs together into fours, stitching in the opposite direction. Sew sets of four together in opposite direction again, and so on until all strips are sewn together.
- Step 6: Following Assembling The Quilt instructions, quilt as desired. This quilt is professionally machine quilted using a feathery pattern.
- Step 7: Following How To Bind Your Quilt instructions, join all eight 2½ʺ binding strips into one long strip. Leaving 3ʺ at the start, sew binding in place, mitring corners as you go. Fold beginning edge into itself, then tuck strip end into folded section.