This quilt would be a perfect gift gift for someone who is enduring a challenging time in their life. The words bring inspiration and uplift everyone. What is better than pure Hope and Love in hard times? For me this quilt reminds me of my many blessings and to be ever-thankful. I hope it does for you as well.
Kits for this special quilt can be purchased HERE through Craft Town Fabrics.
1 Pure by Sweetwater Layer Cake 1 yard Background Fabric White Vintage #5432-11 1/2 yard EACH of 5433-12 Argyle and 5430-14 Simple in Latte for the small squares in each block 1/2 yard Ampersand in Cocoa #5438-18 for block letters 1/2 yard Sweet in Cocoa #5435-20 for the inner border 1 1/4 yards Simple in Splash #5430-17 for the outer border 5/8 yard Baby Dots in Cocoa #5436-20 for the binding 4 yards Snuggle Solid in light Blue for the backing 1 yard Heat n’Bond Lite or Wonder Under fusible web for the Block Letters
Thread to match the letters, Click Here to download or print the Letter Templates
1. Choose 20 Layer Cake squares to use for the quilt. These should be a broad mix of colors from the pack. Then trim to 9″ square. (Set aside the remaining 20 squares. Those you will not need for the quilt top, but can certainly be used for the backing.)
2. From the white vintage fabric cut (80) 4″ squares, then cut these squares in half diagonally once yielding 160 triangles. You will use 8 per block.
3. From the Argyle and Simple fabrics cut (40) 3 1/2″ squares of each.
4. Choose 12 of the Layer Cake squares to be used for the letters. These should be lighter in coloring than the Brown Ampersand fabric so the letters stand out a little.
5. Trace the letters on to the paper side of the fusible web.
6. With a hot iron fuse the fusible web on the wrong side of the Ampersand fabric. Leave the paper in place until you have cut out the letters.
7. Remove the paper and center one letter on each of the 9″ squares. Iron to fuse the letters in place. Using a matching thread buttonhole stitch (or any decorative stitch will do) around the edge of each of the letters. Now all your block pieces are ready for piecing.
8. Take 2 of each of the 3 1/2″ squares and 8 triangles. Lay out 1 triangle on each side of one of the 3 1/2″ squares.
9. Pin and sew one triangle to the right side of each square. Press the seams toward the triangle.
10. Take the 4 triangles and pin and sew to the side of the square as you can see in the photo. The right angles of the square and rectangle at the bottom of the photo are lined up. This is important so you keep your 1/4″ seam where the triangles match up.
11. Press the seam toward the triangle
12. You should have 4 setting triangles, two in each color.
13. Fold the center square in half and then in half again. Finger press along the folded edges to make a slight crease. Note the yellow pencil mark in the photo below. This is the center of one side of the square.
Unfold the square and lay one setting triangle at the center fold of the square. The point of the square should line up with the crease.
14. Pin and sew two matching setting triangles on to the square.
15. Press toward the square.
16. Place the 2 remaining setting triangles on to the sides of the square and line up the crease marks with the center of each triangle. Pin, sew and press. Make sure the argyle print squares always have the same placement so the secondary design of four-patch blocks comes through.
17. Trim the block to 12 1/2″ square. Repeat steps 8-17 for the remaining 19 blocks.
Layout the blocks in 5 rows of 4 blocks each. The top row should spell out HOPE, then is a blank row, then the center row spells out PURE, then another blank row, the last row spells out LOVE. Pin and sew the blocks into rows and then pin the rows together to create the quilt top.
18. Cut (7) 2 1/2″ x width of fabric (WOF) strips for the inner borders. Piece the strips together end to end. Measure the quilt top through the center horizontally to determine the top and bottom measurement. Cut two inner border strips to that measurement. Pin and sew to the quilt top. Measure the quilt top vertically to determine the side measurements. Cut the side inner borders to that measurement and pin and sew to the quilt top.
19. Cut (7) 5 1/2″ x WOF strips for the outer borders. Repeat step 18 in the same manner for cutting and sewing the outer borders to the quilt top.
Now the quilt is ready for quilting and binding!
I chose to use the Snuggle solid in light blue for the backing.