Date Night Quilt

 


I was a little girl in the 1960s and 70s, when women got dressed up to go shopping.  I can remember shopping with my Mom and grandmom.  It was a big deal.  We would take all day and have lunch in a restaurant - not a fast food joint - a real restaurant with dishes and linen napkins and metal silverware.  Drinks were served in glass glasses and poured from a fountain, not from a can.
In those days, my parents belonged to a country club and went to formal dances.  Men wore blazers, women wore skirts.  No flip flops, t-shirts, and basketball shorts ever graced the dinning room at the country club.
I have fond memories of lying at the foot of my parents' big bed, watching my Mom get ready for the evening.  Hose,....dress,....shoes,....a touch of make up and a splash of cologne,....now jewelry.

Should she wear gems or pearls?

This time I couldn't decide.  This simple grey quilt wears both!  I hope you enjoy "Date Night!" Whether it is for a little girl's day dreaming or snuggling under after you dance all night, it is sure to please.


A 74" x 92" magic carpet for all destinations romantic and fun.  Its size is convenient for undercover work as a coverlet for a twin sized bed.

6 Candy Charm packs (2 1/2" squares) for gems
1 1/4 yard for pearls (I used Bella # 9900 200)
5 yards for background (I used Bella #9900 219 Platinum)

5/8 yard for binding (I used #27132 14)
5 1/2 yards for backing (I used #27130 14)


This quilt is made of 20 identically pieced, 18" blocks.  There are no borders and no sashing.  The blocks are arranged in a 4 x 5 grid.




Cutting Instructions:

From background fabric:
  •  cut 10, 4 1/2" x width of fabric (wof) strips
    • sub cut wof strips into 16, 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles each for a total of 160 rectangles
  • cut 10, 2 1/2" x wof strips
    • sub cut wof strips into 16, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares each for a total of 160 squares
  • cut 4, 6 1/2" x wof strips
    • sub cut  3 wof strips into 6, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares each for a total of 18 squares
    • cut 2, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares from fourth wof strip
    • put remainder of strip in scrap bin
  • cut 5, 6 1/2" x wof strips
    • sub cut wof strips into 16, 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles each for a total of 80 rectangles
  • cut 15, 2 1/2" x wof strips and set aside
From pearls fabric:
  • cut 15, 2 1/2" x wof strips and set aside
From Charms:
  •  240, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.  No cutting required if you are using Candy Charm packs.
"Date Night" blocks are basically nine-patch blocks. There are four corner patches, made from charms, and four edge patches made from yardage. You can't very well strip piece a charm (thus all of the little pieces I just asked you to cut out), but you can yardage!  Reach for the 15, 2 1/2" x wof background strips and the 15, 2 1/2" x wof pearls strips and lets get started.

Strip piecing:
  • Sew 1 background 2 1/2" x wof strip to 1 pearls 2 1/2" x wof strip along the long edge.
  • Iron seam allowance toward background fabric
  • Cut 16, 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" units from pieced strips
  • Repeat 14 times for a total of 240 units.

Break time!  Please don't start right into sewing.  It takes a lot of energy to cut all of this up.  Have a cookie or two, on a plate with a glass of milk in a glass glass.  (No drinking out of the carton!)   Recharge yourself.


Piecing Instructions:

Corner Patches:
  • You need to make 4 of these patches for each block in the quilt, for a total of 80 patches.
  • Pieces needed:
    • 160, 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles of background fabric
    • 240, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" charms
    • 80, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares of background fabric.
  • Sew 160, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" charms to the short side of 160 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
  • Iron seam allowance toward background fabric
  • Sew 80, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" charms to 80, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares of background fabric.
  • Iron seam allowance toward background fabric.
  • Sew 80, 2 1/2"x 2 1/2" square of background fabric to charms, parallel to the seam just made.
  • Iron seam allowance toward background fabric.
  • Sew units together to make 80 patches with charms progressing diagonally across patch.


Edge Patches:


  • You need to make 4 of these patches for each block in the quilt, for a total of 80 patches.
  • Pieces needed:
    • 80, 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles of background fabric
    • 240, pieced 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" units.
  • Sew 80, pieced units to 80 pieced units along the long edge.
  • Pop seam and iron seam allowance in a spiral.
  • Sew remaining 80, pieced units to 80 pieced squares.
  • Iron seams flat.
  • Sew 80, 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles of background fabric to 80 pieced rectangles along long edge being careful to keep the two squares of background fabric next to the rectangle.  The patch should look like "C-" not "K"
  • Iron seam allowance toward rectangle of background fabric.
Blocks:


 You need to make 20 blocks.


Quilt: 

These blocks are very random, well not the one I drew for you, but yours should be.  Because of this there really is no need to use a design wall for this project.  Go ahead and finish your top without looking at where the colored blocks fall in relation to each other as far as color goes.
  • Gather
    • 20 Date Night blocks
  • Being careful to snuggle up the seams where you can, sew
    •  10 sets of 2 blocks
    •  5 sets of 4 blocks.
    •  5 rows of 4 blocks each together along their long edges to finish top.
  • Iron row seams open.  (If you quilt turned out like mine, some of the seams didn't snuggle at all.  In order to minimise the lumps for quilting iron these seam allowances open.)
Layer and Quilt as desired.

 

Be sure to drop by Tops to Treasures, my blog and visit a spell.  I'd love to have you.  You are also welcome to add a picture of your quilt to my Flickr group of the same name...Tops to Treasures.

Cindy Sharp
{topstotreasures.blogspot.com}

17 comments:

Quiltjane said...

Great quilt and very entertaining tutorial.

justacraftymom said...

I have always know that I was born in the wrong era!!! I wish I was a girl of the 50's & 60's....that was the life. cool cars, music, fashion and life was, well great! I love your quilt, but love even more how you described what it meant to you!!!! I am going to make this quilt and when I wrap up in it I will teleport myself back the 60's! thank you for sharing!!!

trish said...

Your quilt is stunning!
And such a fabulous tutorial.

Gill said...

Wow!
I love this!

Carla said...

It's gorgeous!

Kelli said...

Wow! Love this one!!

jan said...

Very pretty!

Katie B. said...

This is gorgeous, Cindy!

Unknown said...

This one reminds me of a quilt I made years ago - mine is beige with navy blue and little squares of Asian fabrics.
I should get it out of the cupboard and snuggle....

P.S. You did a very good tutorial!

Karen said...

What a sweet trip down memory lane! I had forgotten all about watching my Mama getting all dressed up to go out for the evening. Getting to peek at her jewelry box before she made her selection and put it away (safe from the inquisitive fingers os her four daughters).

A lovely quilt, too. Good work!

traceyjay said...

such a great design!
Thank you for the tutorial!

Cole and Mindy Smith said...

I found your tutorial for The Emeile and Matt Flats on Pinterest, and have been meaning to make them for about a year now! My daughter is just old enough now to appreciate them, and so I was going to make them for her for Christmas. I went to get the list of things I need on the website, but the tutorial is GONE! HELP! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them, and would love to have all the help I can in making them. Please e-mail me back at your convenience! mindymsmith9@gmail.com

Moda Fabrics said...

Hi Mandy! So glad you stopped by the Moda Bake Shop. The Emelie and Matt Flats was available for a limited time only, but be on the lookout for a new release of the Flats in 2013.

Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) said...

So beautiful! I love it, and I can't wait to make it. : )

Margaret said...

Really wonderful- this goes on the short list of Quilts I Need to Make- thank you so muchfor sharing it!
Margaret

Sutphin Denae said...

*my needle was a regular 'ol needle (but make sure you have a THIMBLE, it's murder on the finger without!)
*and I used "Mettler" cotton silk finished thread (it's sturdy) if you don't that have just use quilting thread or sturdy thread. buy facebook fans

I am Just One Mom said...

Not sure how I missed this MBS quilt but I love it! I am thinking of doing it in Navy, Khaki, and Red.

Thank you!