Tutorial – How to Make Our Mantle Quilt
During the Christmas in July blog hop, we shared our finished mantle/chest quilt. We had been working on a tutorial or pattern for how we completed this project, and we share it with you today. Click Christmas in July Mantle Quilt to print the instructions.
EQ8 Mantle Quilt Design
Sue has been learning and working in EQ8 and I asked her if she could quantify our design so that it would be easy to share. We used the sawtooth block and turned it on point for this pattern.
Finished Size: 45. 5” x 12” (plus 19” for the chest width)
Mantle Quilt Fabric Requirements:
- Burgundy: 1/3 yard
- Cream: 1/3 yard
- Green: fat ¼ yard (plus additional for width of mantle/chest)
Mantle Quilt Cutting Directions:
- 16 – 2.5” squares
- 16 – 3-3/8” squares for HSTs (half square triangles)
- 4 – 4.5” squares
- 16 – 3 3/8 “squares for HSTs
- 1 – 6 ½“ square cut in half diagonally
- 1 – 12 ½” square cut in 4ths diagonally (only 3 are used)
- **1 – 46″ x 19.5″ (**or the depth of your mantle plus .5″)
Mantle Quilt Assembly Directions:
Construct the four sawtooth star blocks:
Place 3-3/8” burgundy and cream squares right sides together. Draw a line diagonally corner to corner. Sew ¼” on BOTH sides of the line. Cut on the drawn line. Press seam open, then trim to 2.5” square. Make 32.
Layout the squares for each sawtooth star as follows:
- 1st Row: 5”, HST, HST, B2.5”
- 2nd Row: HST, C4.5”, HST
- 3rd Row: HST, (C4.5”), HST
- 4th Row: 5”, HST, HST, B2.5”
***Be sure to place the HST the correct way!***
- Sew row 1 pieces together. Press seam open between HSTs, press other two seams toward burgundy.
- Individually sew row 2 and 3 HSTs together on each side of C4.5” square. Press seam open.
- Sew HSTs to each opposite side of C4.5” square. Press seam toward cream
- Repeat the process for row 4 pieces, sewing together the same as row 1.
- Finally, sew row 1 to row 2/3. Then add row 4 to rows 1/2/3. Press as desired.
Bringing the Mantle Quilt to Life
Add the larger green triangles:
- Layout a large triangle and two stars
- On each of the larger green triangles mark ¼” in from the 90-degree corner on the wrong side
- Line up one 90-degree edge to one side of a star, right sides together, starting at the ¼” mark – pin if desired (I did) and then stitch
- A small point will extend past the edge of the star
- Line up the other side of the 90-degree triangle on the second star. You will be starting ¼” away from the edge again (which is the seam from the first star block)
- Continue these steps using only three of the triangles
- Your two triangles should meet something like this with the star blocks on point
Add the small triangles to each end star
- Fold the triangle in half along the long edge, matching the points
- Crease with your finger on the wrong side (I marked with a pin)
- Match that center crease of the triangle with the seam between the two HSTs on the star (the center of the star block) putting right sides together
- Tack with a pin so the triangle doesn’t move; add a few more pins if desired
- Stitch – there will be triangle points hanging off each side
- Press toward the green fabric
- Repeat these steps on the other end star block
Determine the depth of your mantle
- Our mantle depth is 7” but we chose to make this covering for a chest instead. The chest was a hope chest that belonged to my mother and is almost 100 years old. The depth of the chest is 19”. We used that number plus ½” for seam allowances for our piece to add to the stars.
- We cut a piece of the green fabric 46” x 19.5”
- With right sides together, layer the star-pieced-green triangles with this rectangle
- Sew the seam the length of the rectangle
- I sewed with the star side on the top so that I could ensure the points were not cut off
Finishing the Mantle Quilt
Here is our mantle quilt prior to quilting and layering. We chose to add a binding as finishing, but you may choose an alternative method.
- The next step is to layer and quilt as desired
- We chose straight-line lengthwise on the green fabric, and in the opposite direction on the four stars
- A matching green thread was used for quilting on the green fabric, while a light yellow was used on the stars
- We added a green binding around the entire piece and hand tacked it to the wrong side
- A tip for the interior corners on the binding is to clip the inside corner just less than ¼”. Then when you are stitching down the binding, pull the 90° angle straight. You will need to gather the bulk of the quilt away from the pressor foot. Then when you tack the binding down it will fold into a mitered corner like usual.
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