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By the Pond Quilt

Finished size: 36” x 36”


1 Metre of yellow with red flowers (FAB1)

1 Metre peach with flowers (FAB2)

0.5 Metres purple swans (FAB3)

0.5 Metres blue swans (FAB4)

FQ of flowers on white (FAB5)

1 Metre solid white also avalible from Craft Cotton (FAB6)

40” x 40” Heritage Premium quilt wadding by Craft cotton

Haberdashery items Iron-away marker pen Quilters ruler, rotary cutter/scissors Iron Cutting mat Basic sewing supplies By the Pond templates

Cardstock to make your template Bias Binding (150”)


Making the Quilt Step 1: Cutting (this quilt is made of 9 blocks, below is how to make 1 of these block, each block measures 12 ½”) Begin by making the template and cut this out on cardstock. Take a 4 ½” square piece of paper, draw ¼” seam all the way around. Measure along the top LHS (from the very corner) 2 1/8” and mark. Draw a line form this point to the bottom RHS. Mark a point 2 1/8” down form the top LHS and draw a line from this point to the bottom RHS. Cut out the centre diamond, inclusive of the seam allowance in the top left hand corner and copy onto cardstock

• Four 4 ½” squares from FAB1 • Eight 3” x 5 ½” pieces from FAB5 • Two 4 ½” squares Fussy cut swans from FAB3 - 1 in each direction • Two 4 ½” squares Fussy cut swans from FAB4 - 1 in each direction • Sixteen 2 ½” squares, Cut from a strip of FAB6 • Four 2 7/8” squares from FAB2 • Four 2 7/8” squares from FAB6

Assembling each of the 9 mini blocks from your cut out pieces, to create your first of nine main blocks.

Block 1: The centre block Draw a line diagonally across the wrong side of the 2 7/8” squares of FAB2, using a heat erasable marker

Pin a piece of FAB2 and FAB6 (2 7/8” square) RST and sew ¼” either side of the drawn line, use a rotary cutter to cut along the drawn edge, repeat this process. Press seams towards FAB2. Using ¼” seam allowance, sew the four blocks together to create your pinwheel effect, nesting your seams together

Block 2, 3, 4 and 5: The Swans Draw diagonal line across each of the 2 ½” squares in FAB6, take one of the 4 ½” fussy cut swans, and place the FAB6 RST in one corner, sew along your drawn line, and trim using a rotary cutter ¼” to the right of the stitches. Turn the new corner out and press

Repeat this process on the three other corners

Repeat this process, until you have 4 swans, two of each colour

Block 6,7,8 and 9 – template blocks Using your template, draw along each long edge on the reverse of FAB1 squares

Take a FAB5 rectangle and lay RST, see photo for placement. Sew along the drawn line Open out the fabric, and press seam, repeat process for the other side

Trim to leave a 4 ½” block – see photo below

Trim all 9 of the mini blocks to 4 ½” squares and join in rows using ¼” seam allowance, then join the rows to complete your first main block. Make a further 8 main blocks to create your 36” x36” quilt. Note: On the four main corners of the quilt I replaced the mini block with a 4 ½” FAB2 block – this is optional Baste your quilt to the wadding, and let’s make the backing…

Backing: Cut a piece of FAB1 37” x 27” and a piece of FAB2 37” x 10” Join with RST using ¼” seam allowance to create a 37” square, baste to create your quilt sandwich. After quilting, trim your quilt to measure 36” x 36” and add binding to finish.

To Quilt, I used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine, and framed each of the swans – well they are the star of the show, or quilt in this case :)

This ‘By the Pond’ quilt tutorial has been designed and created by me - creativeblonde for The Craft Cotton Company 2018 To see more of my tutorials, you can follow my blog and/or Instagram page and

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