Winterberry Quilt Tutorial
Project by Sarah at SJStitchery
A pretty winter quilt project using a Double Wrench Pattern.
Quilt size 42x42 inches
You will need;
Light Tone Fabric – 0.5m
Mid Tone Fabric – 0.5m
Dark Tone Fabric – 0.5m
1.5m fabric for quilt backing
Quilt batting of your choice (I used Bosal Acadia Autumn 80/20)
Rotary cutter and Ruler
Quilting Safety Pins/Thread/Needle
1. Select three fabrics you would like to use for your blocks. You are going to use a light tone, mid tone and dark tone range of cottons.
2. You will be starting your quilt design with a collection of 36 x 6 inch blocks, which will eventually be sewn into blocks of 4 to make nine 11.5 inch blocks.
3. Decide whether you want all your blocks to look exactly the same. I decided to mix my patterns, so I made 12 blocks of my 3 colour ways but you could just make all 36 blocks exactly the same if you wish.
4. When you have decided your colour choice, using a ruler and rotary cutter, cut the following pieces from your fabric selection;
FABRIC A (light) – 5 x 1.5 inch squares
2 x 2 7/8 inch squares
FABRIC B (mid) - 2 x 2 7/8 inch squares
FABRIC C (dark) – 4 x 1.5 inch square
5. When you have cut the pieces for your block, take two of the 2 7/8 inch squares. Place Fabric A and Fabric B right sides together and mark a line diagonally on the back of one of the squares. Repeat this for the other pair of 2 7/8 inch squares.
6. Sew down either side of the diagonal line and then carefully cut along the line to make two half square triangles.
7. Press with an iron.
8. Sew two pairs x 1.5 inch squares together in pairs alternating Fabric A and Fabric B.
9. Sew the remaining 5 x 1.5 inch squares into a strip. Press with an iron.
10. Start sewing the block together by placing a two square strip between each of the half square triangles as shown, keeping pattern direction correct. Make both the top and bottom of the block in this way.
11. Sew the 5 square strip between the middle of the 2 blocks, ensuring to line up the seams as you go.
12. Trim away all excess threads and press with an iron, making sure that all seams are as flat as possible.
You now have a Double Wrench quilt square.
13. Using a rotary cutter, trim you finished block to a neat 6 inch square.
14. Repeat this process to make as many blocks as you like for your quilt.
Have a play around with the different colour ways - it is quite surprising how the pattern changes, depending on the colours and patterns used.
15. Take 4 blocks of the same pattern and stitch them together into one large 11.5 inch block. Press with an iron.
16. Repeat this process with all of your sets of 4 blocks – I made 9 11.5 inch blocks.
17. To outline the block I have used a neutral colour fabric.
Cut 4 1.25 inch wide strips of fabric. With right sides together sew along the edges of the block - try to ensure all of the vertical and horizontal strips are placed in exactly the same way on each side of the patch, as shown below.
18. Press seams flat.
19. Repeat for all 9 blocks.
20. When you have completed this process lay out all of your blocks on a flat surface. Decide your pattern layout for your quilt.
It is a good idea to take a photo at this stage - this means you can see your quilt at a different angle but also you have a reference photograph to refer to when you are constructing your quilt.
21. Using 0.25 seam allowance, sew all your quilt blocks together to complete your quilt top.
I made 3 panels of 3 11.5 inch blocks for my quilt pattern.
22. Your quilt is ready for basting. Decide on your quilt batting. I used a Bosal Acadia Autumn 80/20.
23. Smooth your quilt top over the batting, taking time to ensure the layers are completely flat and baste or pin into place.
24. Complete the same process with the quilt backing. You should now have your 3 layers of quilt.
25. Quilt in place as you like.
26. When you have completed quilting your quilt, trim the edges of the quilt and remove an excess batting or backing fabric.
27. Decide on the edging you want for your quilt.
28. Cut length long strips of 2.25 inch wide fabric. Sew strips together and press with an iron and fold to make a bias binding.
29. Sew one fold of the bias binding to the front edges of the quilt, mitring the corners as you go.
30. Fold the bias binding over the edge of the quilt and slip stitch into place.
31. Remove any excess threads and tie any loose ends that are remaining.
Your quilt is now complete.
Made by Sarah Holliman for The Craft Cotton Company 2021