Tunnel Visions




Hi folks! I'm Mary from the Tulip Patch and today I have a vintage pattern redo for you. This pattern is based on the Box Quilt from Quilter's Cache. I modified the pattern size and composition to make it layer cake friendly and re-arrangeable. I love it when a pattern from over 50 years ago still looks fresh and cute. Talk about timeless!


1 layer cake (Hoopla)
1/2 yard binding fabric- (32235 27)
1 1/2 yards background fabric - (32246 34)
3 yards backing fabric - (2 yds 32412 27; 1 yd 32416 33)

For this particular quilt, you will need 35 tunnel blocks.  Each layer cake can produce up to 42 tunnel blocks.

Cut 35 4" squares of background fabric.  We will be using these to construct Half Square Triangles (HSTs).  Cut 35  3.5"x4" rectangles from your background fabric.  These will form the center of your block.


Separate your fabric pieces into 2 piles.  One pile will be for busy, bold, or dark fabrics.  The next pile is for subtle prints or light colors.  The bold pile will be used to create your tunnel exteriors.  The subtle pile will be your tunnel interiors.  Each bold fabric can create pieces for 2 tunnels.  Each subtle fabric can create pieces for 3 tunnels.
 
Cut the pieces from your bold stack into:
(2) 3" x 3.5" pieces
(2) 3" x 6.5" pieces
(2) 4" squares

You will have a 2"x4" scrap piece remaining


Take your 4" printed square and your 4" background squares and create 2 matching HSTs per block.  I made 70 HST pairs for my 35 block quilt.


Trim down your HSTs to 3" square.


Cut your subtle fabric pieces for your tunnel interiors.  Each square will yield:
(3) 3"x3.5" rectangles
(3) 3"x6.5" rectangles
(1) 1"x10" scrap


Arrange the pieces to create your block.  Try to pair of fabrics that have some contrast for the best optical illusion.


Sew each row together.  Press your inner row seams outward.  Press the seams on your top and bottom row inward.


Sew your top, middle, and bottom rows together and press.  Trim into a 8"x8.5" block.
Arrange your blocks and sew into rows, then sew rows together.  I used a 5x7 block layout. 
Now cut 4.5" strips from your background fabric.  Sew as borders on your quilt.


Construct your backing & binding.
Baste, quilt, bind, enjoy!



A bright and cheery 45.75" x 64.25" quilt


If you've got some time, stop by my blog and see what's going on over there!

Mary Lane Brown
{the Tulip Patch}

35 comments:

Carol said...

Oh my gosh, I love your quilt. I like the background for your picture. It is snowing so hard here right now that I could barely see to drive home tonight.

Simone de Klerk said...

I really love this quilt! Thank you for the recipe!

Duff said...

I never would have guessed that your quilt is comprised one one layer cake and a little yardage--you have vision!

Annie said...

Great pattern, thank you for sharing it! I love having layer cake friendly patters, and this one is extra yummy!

Colleen said...

I have a layer cake I want to use with this. BTW whe will the printer friendly link be enabled?

Tanzie said...

Once again, you have amazed me with your talent and "vision"... thank you for sharing this recipe with us!!!! I love it

Janette said...

I love this unique quilt! Thank you!

Alicia said...

Thanks for such an awesome tutorial!

Candy said...

Love the colors and pattern of this quilt. It's fun to look at too.

Muddling Through said...

What a great quilt! You've done such a beautiful job of bringing that old pattern right into the NOW!

Sherry said...

Wow, I love this quilt. Your's looks great. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

lissa said...

Mary, fantastic, love it. I can't wait to make one also.

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alane_77 said...

A timeless quilt with wonderful patterns, great colors, and an excellent tutorial. You are an awesome quilter.

Jan said...

Brilliant.

Holly said...

wonderful design. I LOVE the colors.

Holly said...

wonderful design. I LOVE the colors.

AMKreations said...

That is so beautiful! Thank you for a tutorial too!

SDQUILTER1760 said...

i really like this quilt....you did a great job. thanks for the recipe.

Kim said...

Adorable :0)

Happy Sewing and Merry Christmas

Shannon said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks so much for sharing:)

S said...

What an excellent way to use a layer cake. I love your pattern, simple and stunning, what a great combo. Can't wait to make one.

Marguerite said...

Beautiful quilt and wonderful colors. Very intriquing pattern

gr82have5 said...

What a cool look! You did a great job! Cute, cute!

Candy said...

Great job on the tutorial. =)

Gena's Garden said...

I think this quilt is just darling. And I LOVE the straight line quilting! :)

Jennifer said...

Amazing! I want to make this quilt... I have a Bliss layer cake just waiting!

Jennifer :)

MomtoNigel said...

I love this! The quilt is beautiful and your Tutorial is so easy to understand, it makes me want to start a quilt tomorrow :)

Fabric Warrior said...

I love the bright colors and the optical illusion of this quilt. So original!

AJ said...

I love the look of these 3-D type quilts!

The Tulip Patch said...

Thanks everyone!!!

mlih.hain said...

love you quilt pattern. can't wait to make it

Connie said...

Fantastic quilt! Thanks for the great tutorial and recipe, I really want to make this!

Kim Walus said...

This is a great quilt with a lot of visual appeal. I love it.

Tuija said...

I have seen this recipe before and have just got a layer cake I wanted to use for it but I can't see any pictures anymore, what's wrong?

T.

Jenny Garland said...

We'll figure out what's going on and get it fixed. Thank you!