Holiday Road Quilt

Hi, my name is Alison Tudor of Sew and Tell Quilts.  Holiday Road was inspired by the Summer Vacation Batiks line and my love of  3D and geometric designs.  I used yardage for my version, but fat quarters would make for a scrappier version.

Summer Vacation Batiks by Moda Fabrics
3/8 yd Ocean 4328-14
2-1/8 yds Ocean 4328-19
3/8 yd Sunset 4328-33
3/8 yd Sunset 4328-36
2-7/8 yds Sand 4328-41
3/8 yd Sunset 4328-35
1/4 yd Sunset 4328-32
4 yards backing fabric of your choice
1/2 yd your choice of binding fabric
68″ x 68″ batting
Foundation patterns


Cutting Directions

  • From the Sand background fabric cut 144 strips 2-3/4″ x 8″ for the star paper pieced blocks. Cut 72
  • 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ squares and 36 5″ x 2-3/4″ strips for the alternating pieced blocks
  • From Ocean blue Cut:  24 2-3/4″ x 8″ strips for the paper pieced star blocks and  72  2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ squares and 36 5″ x 2-3/4″ strips for the alternating pieced blocks
  • From Sunset 4328-36 cut 32 2-3/4″ x 8″ strips for the paper pieced star blocks.
  • From Ocean 4328-14 cut 32 2-3/4″ x 8″ strips for the paper pieced star blocks.
  • From Sunset 4328-33 cut 32 2-3/4″ x 8″ strips for the paper pieced star blocks.
  • From Sunset 4328-32 cut 24 2-3/4″ x 8″ strips for the paper pieced star blocks.
  • For the Inner border cut six 2″ x WOF strips
  • For the Outer border cut seven 4-1/2″ x WOF strips
  • For binding cut seven strips 2-1/2″ x WOF

Piecing the Blocks
This quilt is made with two blocks.  Block 1 is a paper pieced block. Find the templates  {here}.

Block 1 Assembly:

  1. Make 18 copies of each of the paper-foundation pattern pieces and trim the pattern to a comfortable size, leaving at least 1/4˝ around the outside cutting line.  Tape the pieces together to make two identical halves, A and B.
  2. Place a 8” x  2-3/4”  printed rectangle right side up on the blank (unmarked) side of the pattern. Make sure the fabric covers the entire area by at least 1/4˝ on all sides and pin in place. Place a 8” x 2-3/4” white rectangle on top of  the print rectangle, right sides together. With the marked side of the paper foundation up and the fabrics on the bottom, sew on the line between areas A1 and A2.
  3. Fold the paper pattern back and trim the seam allowance to 1/4˝. Open the fabrics so that both pieces are right side up and press.
  4.  Fold the paper back along the next seam line, between areas A2 and A3. Trim the fabric so that it extends 1/4˝ past the folded line. This trimming creates a straight edge upon which you can line up your next fabric piece, making the placement easier.
  5.  Repeat step 4  adding white and print rectangles in numerical order until the pattern is completely covered with fabric pieces. Press the unit.
  6.  Use a rotary cutter to trim away the excess fabric around the block, leaving a 1/4˝ seam allowance all around the outer sewing line Do this for both halves of each block.   To finish the block place the right sides together, carefully line up the two halves and sew a 1/4″ seam across the long side to complete the block.. The block should measure 9-1/2” square.  Make 18 of these blocks paying close attention to the layout diagram for color placement.
Paper pieced block

Block 2 Assembly:
  1. Sew a white 2-3/4″ square to a blue 2-3/4″ square.  
  2. Paying close attention to the block color layout, sew this unit to 5″ x 2-3/4″ rectangle.  Make four of these, two with a white corner and two with a blue corner. 
  3. Sew the quarters together to make two halves
  4. Sew the halves together to finish the block. 
  5. Square to 9-1/2″.  Make 18 of these blocks.
Alternating pieced block layout

Quilt Assembly:

  1. Following the layout diagram, sew blocks 1 and 2 side to side making sure to line up the seams.  Alternate blocks to make a row.   
  2. Sew the rows together, matching your seams to complete the quilt top center.
Borders:
  1. For the inner border, sew two 2″ x WOF strips end to end, cut to 54-1/2″.  Sew these to the sides of the quilt center.
  2. Sew two 2″  x WOF strips end to end, cut to 57-1/2″.  Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt center to finish the inner border.
  3. For the outer border, sew two 4-1/2″  x WOF strips end to end, cut to 57-1/2″.  Sew these to the sides of the quilt center.
  4. Sew two 4-1/2″  x WOF strips end to end, cut to 65″.  Sew these to the top and bottom of the quilt center to complete the quilt top.

 

Layer, baste, quilt and bind to complete the quilt.  I quilted this one in an overall spiral pattern.
Quilt Layout Diagram
Holiday Road two tone

Here is what this quilt would look like using just the blue and white for those interested.  Yardage for quilt top would be 2-1/2 yards white, 3-1/8 yards blue.  You might want to bump yardage up a bit to account for paper piecing.

Finished quilt = 65″ x 65″
36 – 9″ blocks

Alison Tudor
{www.sewandtellquilts.com}

Alison Tudor

I'm driven by a passion for transforming beautiful and unique geometric images into colorful quilts.The making of memorial or bereavement quilts, memory quilts and T-shirt quilts has become my specialty.These memorial quilts are often made from the clothes of the loved one that make it a one of a kind treasure and a valuable aid in healing. I'm a also a quilt designer for a textile manufacturer and have been published in several quilting magazines. When not quilting I enjoy gardening, cooking, rockhounding, and home improvement projects.I live with my partner and our muttley crew of dogs in Central Texas.

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