New Abbie's Garden Quilt
Updated: Jun 5, 2020
If you follow my Instagram you may have already figured out by now that I am absolutely in love with the new Abbie line called Abbie's Garden by Sue Daley Designs with Gabrielle Neil for Riley Blake Designs. I just finished up making a quilt using the month by month panel, check it out:
This quilt ends up being about 60" by 60". It is made up of 10.5 inch squares (10 inches finished). For 12 of the squares I fussy cut the month panel in the fabric line into 10.5 inch squares.
For the other 13 blocks I made Diamond Star blocks. I have to tell you that I am big fan of both Electric Quilt 8 and AccuQuilt Go Cutters. I designed the quilt in EQ8 and was super happy with how it came out. I picked a block that I knew I would be able to cut with my AccuQuilt Go Cutter. (No, I don't get paid to say that...I just say it because I'm so happy I didn't have to cut all those triangles.)
I used the cutters I have in the Go Qube Mix & Match 10 inch Block set I and followed the instructions for the Go! Diamond Star Pattern. I also cut (6) 2 inch strips for the inner border and (6) 3.5 inch strips for the outer border.
Here is how I pieced the stars together:
First take the biggest square and sew a smaller half-square triangle to each side. After sewing each side on, iron it before sewing the next side on (or you could iron 2 opposite sides, iron, and do the other two sides.) I ironed all my seams open when making these diamond star squares. I tried a few different ways and felt it was smoother sewing it together when all the seams where pressed open.
Then make the 4 flying geese units by attaching two smaller half-square triangles to one of the bigger quarter square triangles. Once those are attached, sew a smaller square to the side of two of them. Again, ironing all seams open.
Now it is time to sew the flying geese units to the sides of the square in square unit. I put a pin at the very tip of the QST and aligned it so it will align with the point of the square.
Now you have your finished block! Make that 12 more times and then you can put your rows together and add your borders!
I think it came out absolutely adorable!! What do you think?
If you wanted to make this with your scraps I used the following amounts of fabric:
Pink w/ white flowers - 3/4 yard
Charcoal with white - 3/4 yard
Aqua with white flowers - 1 1/4 yards (this includes fabric for outer border)
Charcoal with flowers - 1/4 yard
Pink with dark flowers - 1/4 yard - (this includes fabric for inner border)
Aqua with stripes - 1/4 yard
Pink with stripes - 1/4
Binding - 1/2 yard
Backing - 3 1/2 yards
Here are the sizes I cut based on the picture below:
Fabric 1 (1 per block) = 4 1/16" (3 9/16 finished)
Fabric 2 (4 per block) =Take a 3 1/2" square and cut into half square triangles
Fabric 3 (8 per block) = Take a 3 1/2" square and cut into half square triangles
Fabric 4 (4 per block) = Take a 6 1/2" square and cut into quarter square triangles
Fabric 5 (4 per block) = 3" square (2 1/2" finished)
The flying geese units should be trimmed to 3" wide by 5 1/2" long and then attached to squares.
The square on point unit center unit with triangles should be trimmed to 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" and then attached to flying geese units.
The whole block should be 10 1/2" unfinished and then you can sew it to your 10 1/2" fussy cut panel blocks and you have a quilt with 10" finished blocks.
Here is a blank layout in case you wanted to print and do some coloring to try out different styles.
Stay tuned for the next Abbie quilt I am working on. I'm doing some more fussy cutting and using 5" squares!!
Also, check out my shop as I have quilt kits for this and guess what?!?!?!?!? I cut all those triangles for you!!! If you buy the quilt kit it comes with all the pieces for the Variable Star blocks already cut for you!!
Thanks for reading!!
P.S. I also made this cute pillow for my daughter from part of the other panel in this fabric line. Whips up super fast and she sleeps with it every night. :)