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Sweet Retreat Bed Quilt

Treat yourself to a room makeover complete with a pieced coverlet in flirty florals, dainty checks, and pretty prairie points.

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Assemble Irish Chain Blocks


1. Referring to Diagram 9, sew together a dark pink tone-on-tone 1-1/2x42" strip, white tone-on-tone 6-1/2x42" strip, and pink tone-on-tone 1-1/2x42" strip to make Strip Set G. Press seams away from white strip.
           
2. Cut G strip set into twenty-five 1-1/2"-wide G segments total.

3. Join four white tone-on-tone 1-1/2x42" strips, one dark pink tone-on-tone 1-1/2x42" strip, one pink tone-on-tone 1-1/2x42" strip, and one small floral 2-1/2x42" strip to make Strip Set H (Diagram 10). Press seams away from white strips.
           
4. Cut H strip set into twenty-five 1-1/2"-wide H segments total.

5. Sew together three white tone-on-tone 2-1/2x42" strips, one dark pink tone-on-tone 1-1/2x42" strip, and one pink tone-on-tone 1-1/2x42" strip to make Strip Set I (Diagram 11). Press seams away from white strips.
           
6. Cut I strip set into twenty-five 1-1/2"-wide I segments total.

7. Referring to Diagram 12, lay out two each of G, H, I, and wide F segments; and one dark pink Four-Patch unit in vertical rows. Sew together pieces in middle row; press seams toward Four-Patch unit. Join rows to make a dark pink Irish Chain block. Press seams in one direction. The block should be 8-1/2" square including seam allowances.

8. Repeat Step 7 to make 10 dark pink Irish Chain blocks total.

9. Referring to Diagram 13, lay out one each of E, G, H, and I segments, and two narrow F segments in horizontal rows. Sew together pieces in bottom row. Join rows to make a dark pink half block. Press seams in one direction. The half block should be 8-1/2x4-1/2" including seam allowances.

10. Repeat Step 9 to make five dark pink half blocks total.

11. Using pink tone-on-tone instead of dark pink tone-on-tone and pink gingham instead of pink tone-on-tone, repeat steps 1 through 10 to make 10 pink Irish Chain blocks (Diagram 14) and five pink half blocks.

12. Using gold tone-on-tone instead of dark pink tone-on-tone and gold gingham instead of pink tone-on-tone, repeat Step 1 to make two G strip sets. Cut into fifty 1-1/2"-wide G segments total.

13. Using gold tone-on-tone instead of dark pink tone-on-tone and gold gingham instead of pink tone-on-tone, repeat Step 3 to make two H strip sets. Cut into fifty 1-1/2"-wide H segments total.

14. Using gold tone-on-tone instead of dark pink tone-on-tone and gold gingham instead of pink tone-on-tone, repeat Step 5 to make two I strip sets. Cut into fifty 1-1/2"-wide I segments total.

15. Referring to Diagram 15, repeat Step 7 to make 20 gold Irish Chain blocks total.

16. Repeat Step 9 to make 10 gold half blocks total.

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