Urban Shades Quilt

Hi everyone!  I'm Andrea Harris and  I'm excited to share this tutorial with you today.  It uses Sweetwater's Mama Said Sew collection, and can be assembled quickly and easily.    If you have any questions or if you make your own "Urban Shades Quilt", please feel free to email me or contact me through my blog at Millions of Thoughts .  I would love to hear from you!

1 Fat Quarter bundle -  Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater
1/2 yard 5498-23  black zigzag stripe for binding
4 yards coordinating fabric for backing

Separate and organize the fat quarter bundle:

9 Grey fat quarters - choose the boldest greys in the bunch. There was a gingham and a dot fabric that    
                                 technically were black, but appeared better as a grey
4 Black fat quarters
1 Red fat quarter
12 Cream print fat quarters
2 Cream 'solid' fat quarters
**Set aside remaining fat quarters.
Press open all fat quarters before cutting.

From each grey / black fat quarter cut:
4 -  4.5" x 6.5"

4 -  2.5" x 6.5"
2.5" x 2.5" (only need 4 assorted blacks and 9 assorted greys)
2.5" x 14.5" (only need 6 assorted greys and 6 assorted blacks)

Red Print  -  cut 4 - 2.5" x 6.5" 

Cream Solid -  cut 22 - 2.5" x 6.5"

From each of the 12 cream print fat quarters cut:
2  -  6.5" x 14.5"
2  -  2.5" x 6.5"  (cut one additional pair from a random cream print to make a total of 26 strips)

This quilt is made up of two blocks, A & B, and can be assembled in a scrappy or matched way.  For this tutorial, I have written instructions as the quilt is pictured, with colours in a particular organized order:

Block A Sewing Instructions: (14.5"block)

You will make 9 grey blocks and 4 black blocks.   Of the 9 grey blocks,  two will have a red accent center, rather than the cream.  

**pressing note: all steps press to the dark side

1. Sew a 2.5" x 6.5" cream 'solid' strip to a dark 2.5"x 6.5" strip:   
    (For a red accent block, sew a 2.5"x 6.5" red strip to a grey 2.5" x 6.5" strip and continue steps 2-4)

2. Sew a matching 2.5" x 6.5" dark strip to the block:

3. Sew a 4.5" x 6.5" matching dark strip as shown:

4. Sew a 4.5" x  6.5" matching dark strip to complete the rectangle block:

**Repeat steps 1-4 to make two rectangles.  

For steps 5 through 8, I coordinated black 2.5" squares with a cream/red/black print and grey squares with plain cream/grey/black.  For the two red/grey accent blocks, I matched a red/cream print with a grey.  See photos for examples.

5. Sew a 2.5" x 2.5" dark square to a 2.5" x 6.5" cream PRINT:

6. Sew a 2.5" x 6.5" cream PRINT to complete the center strip:

7. Sew the center strip to one of the rectangle blocks:  

8. Sew a matching rectangle to complete Block A:

Block B Sewing Instructions: (14.5"block)

1.  Sew a 2.5"x 14.5" dark strip to a 6.5"x 14.5" cream print:
(I matched the light prints with red in them to the 2.5" x 14.5" black strips. Light prints with grey/black were matched with grey strips) 

2.  Sew the matching 6.5" x 14.5" cream print to complete the block:

Once your blocks are all complete, arrange them in an alternating pattern and sew your rows together.  You can choose to do this in a random pattern, but I chose to group black accent blocks together and grey accent blocks together :

Assemble your quilt sandwich using your preferred method, and quilt.  I chose a horizontal meander:

Bind quilt with the coordinating zig zag stripe:


70" square quilt.

*My quilt shrank quite a bit in the dryer, turning it into a 65" quilt! But you can see the gorgeous puckering in the photo below:

Andrea Harris


Radka said...

Very, very smart looking quilt, I love it :-)

Quiltjane said...

Fantastic modern pattern. I love it.

KaHolly said...

This is the perfect pattern for a new quilt for my daughter!!

Suzanne said...

Wow, you did a great job on your tutorial. Nice clear directions and lots of crisp photos. Those really attract me to your project and make me want to make your quilt a reality.

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Deb said...

Beautiful quilt, love the modern colours and pattern.

Cindy Sharp said...

That would make an awesome signature quilt.

The Reader said...

Gorgeous!!! Totally love it!

Pip said...

So glad to see another of your patterns! They are not only beautiful but also so carefully explained. Thank you! I love them : )


MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Love it!

schmidt1016 said...

I just adore this quilt! I know I have to make one of them. Thanks for a fantastic pattern and tute.

carol fun said...

Another amazing quilt from Cindy! Such talent! I can see this design made up in many different Moda fabrics and all of them would be wonderful!

Jackie T said...

Oh how fun!! I just bought some of this fabric Thursday not knowing there is this awesome pattern to use with this wonderful fabric!! I know now how I will use it! Love it!

Border Collie Lipstick said...

Great pattern and choice of materials! I left a comment on your blog about the tension trouble you were having. Did you know there is a little screw at the top of your bobbin that controls its tension? Your hammer in the pic cracked me up because I felt the same way until I tried this.
Here is the link for anyone else interested:

Mandy said...

Love it! Definitely a possibility for my stash..... hmmm....

JRPackie said...

A friend was making this at a retreat, and I fell in love. Wonderful quilt!

CraftyDeb said...

I wanted to say that I finished my version of this quilt... I mixed it up a bit and love the outcome - not that I didn't like the way it was. I just can't leave well enough alone!! Here's a link to my blog post about it. I think the top came out awesome :) http://yarn-or-fabric.weebly.com/1/post/2012/10/spiderman-spidermanquilt.html I'm using it for the flip side of my Spiderman quilt for my hubby - I have to add a border to it still but so far, so good!

Aimee said...

Did you use all of the fat quarters from the bundle or just certain ones? Love the pattern, printed and in my notebook to use soon!

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

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