Little Ruby Joy Quilt

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Summer time in the fabric world means…seasonal sewing! All of our Christmas lines will pop up at your favorite shops over the next few months. This month we are sharing a sweet little quilt made with sweet small-scale prints from Bonnie and Camille’s upcoming Little Ruby line.

This quilt finishes at 72″ x 80″.

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16 assorted Fat Quarters {Little Ruby by Bonnie and Camille}
3½ yards background and inner border fabric
1⅛ yard outer border border fabric
¾ yards binding fabric
5½ yards backing fabric

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There are two different rows in this quilt. The pinwheels in Row A rotate in one direction and the pinwheels in Row B spin in the opposite direction. Note: You will be using each of the 16 prints twice.

Cutting

From each of 16 fat quarters, cut:

  • 4 – 4⅞” squares
  • 4 – 4½” x 8½” rectangles

From background and inner border fabric, cut:

  • 8 – 4⅞” x WOF strips; subcut into 64 – 4⅞” squares cut once on the diagonal
  • 16 – 4½” x WOF strips. Cut 8 strips into 64 – 4½” squares. Sew 4 sets of 2 strips together end-to-end and cut into 2 – 4½” x 64½” strips and 2 – 4½” x 72½”

From outer border fabric, cut:

  • 8 – 4½” x WOF strips; sewn end-to-end and cut into 2 – 4½” x 72½” and 2 – 4½” x 80½” strips

From binding fabric, cut:

  • 8 – 2½” x WOF strips; sewn end-to-end on the diagonal

 

Row A Blocks
(A) Select from one print:

2 – 4⅞” squares
2 – 4½” x 8½” rectangles

Carefully cut the 2 – 4⅞” squares on the diagonal as shown. Note the direction of the print.

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(B) Combine the print triangles with a 4⅞” Background triangle to make 4 half square triangles.

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(C) Sew the half square triangles together to make one Pinwheel block. Press the seams open.

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(D) Draw a diagonal line on the back of one 4½” Background square. Layer the Background  square and one 4½” x 8½’ print right sides together as shown. Stitch on the diagonal line. Trim ¼” away from the stitching. Press to the corner to form a triangle. Repeat with the second print rectangle as shown.

Set aside the Pinwheel and 2 rectangles together.

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Row B Blocks:

(A) Select from one print:

2 – 4⅞” squares
2 – 4½” x 8½” rectangles

Carefully cut the 2 – 4⅞” squares on the diagonal as shown. Note the direction of the print.

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(B) Combine the print triangles with a 4⅞” Background triangle to make 4 half square triangles.

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(C) Sew the half square triangles together to make one Pinwheel block. Press the seams open.

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(D) Draw a diagonal line on the back of one 4½” Background square. Layer the Background  square and one 4½” x 8½’ print right sides together as shown. Stitch on the diagonal line. Trim ¼” away from the stitching. Press to the corner to form a triangle. Repeat with the second print rectangle as shown.

Set aside the Pinwheel and 2 rectangles together.

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Assemble the Quilt Top

Make sure you have the 1 Pinwheel & 2 rectangles sets in the correct row, either Row A or Row B. Layout the entire quilt top before you start sewing. A pattern is created by the placement of the blocks.

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Sew the rectangles together first and then sew the row together. Keep checking to make sure you are making the patterns in each of the rows. Press away from the pinwheel blocks. You will have some leftover rectangles.

Add the Borders

Always press away from the center of the quilt top.

Add the 2 – 4½” x 64½” Background Borders to the sides.
Add the 2 – 4½”x 72½” Background Borders to the top and bottom.
Add the 2 – 4½” x 72½” Final Borders to the sides.
Add the 2 – 4½” x 80½” Final Borders to the top and bottom.

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Sew the 8 – 2½” x WOF Binding strips together. Layer, quilt and bind. ENJOY!

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This quilt finishes at 72″ x 80″.

Oda May
{modabakeshop.com}

Adapted from Joy by Kate Spain

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19 comments on “Little Ruby Joy Quilt

  1. Looking forward to making this quilt and the challenge of getting all the correct pieces in the correct place ! Looks fun
    First fun part will be finding the 16 fat quarters in my stash !!

  2. Woooohoooo! This is a really stunning pinwheels quilt! I can safely say it’s shooting right to the top of my list! Georgeousness! Nicely done! So crazy difficult looking and I love the optical illusions! Wow!

  3. Kathleen says:

    Question here — This looks like a fun challenge to me! I do have a question though: You mention to be careful of the direction of the prints when making the diagonal cuts. Is it necessary to have a directional print for those blocks? Or can those parts be just another tiny print?
    Thank you.

    • Kathleen, I think she’s really pointing out that if, as in this case, you do have a directional print it’s important to carefully cut each angle so that the prints continue to flow when you piece the rectangles back to them. Because the pinwheel’s HST and the rectangle touch, not just surrounded by a neutral background on each side. I think it would be Georgeous made in Bella Solids, Marbles, something unidirectional, or anything else Moda! Just have fun and make it something that YOU love!

      If I am wrong here, somebody please jump in on this and educate me! I had to read the instructions a few times to get the “why” of making the cuts each way until it clicked. It’s a detail that I would probably have missed until it was too late, but that’s why I love to read these and learn! Details! Details! Details!

      Happy Quilting! Enjoy!
      Gayle

    • Lisa Calle says:

      Gayle’s answer is spot on! Little Ruby is a great line for this quilt because with the tiny prints you really don’t have to worry about directional prints.

      • Kathleen says:

        Thanks for the clarification ladies! I will download this and add it to my loooooong list!

  4. Rosemaryflower says:

    This is a lovely pattern. I love it.
    And I feel there are many possibilities with this one, Can you imagine putting these blocks on a diagonal?
    Thank you so much for sharing Oda May

  5. kaholly says:

    Quite cute!

  6. Heather Sipe says:

    I love this pattern. This is probably a stupid question but I was wondering if there is a way that I could make the pinwheels by using the quarter square triangle blocks instead of sewing each triangle…I sometimes have a hard time with the points and my feed dogs.

    • Lisa Calle says:

      Absolutely! The squares are sized so you can create HSTs using either method – diagonal cutting or mark and sew to make 2 from each square.

  7. Donna says:

    Maybe I am missing something, but how does the quilt end up to be 80 inches long if all the border strips are 72 1/2″ long?

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Donna, agree with you. The body of the quilt is 7 x 8 blocks, 8″ per block, so there is no way the white inner border can measure 64″ on all four sides.

  9. Lisa Calle says:

    Post and Printer Friendly Version updated with corrected border dimensions.

  10. kimist says:

    Did i miss how many 4.5 inch squares of white to cut? I see cutting instructions for inner border…

  11. Janet says:

    The cutting instructions do not include the 4 1/2 inch squares that are to be sewn onto the rectangles, and I don’t think that the 3 1/2 yards of background is enough to cut these squares. May be another yard is required.

  12. Susan L Parrish says:

    So cute can’t wait to make one.

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