Asian-Inspired Wall Hanging
Inspired by "Steeped in Tradition" from designers Diana McClun and Laura Nownes
Quiltmaker: Laura Boehnke
- 1/2 yard yellow print (teacup blocks)
- 17--5" squares assorted geometric prints (teacup blocks)
- 2/3 yard black print (teacup blocks, border, binding)
- 1/4 yard each of orange, olive green, and blue prints (teacup and Rail Fence blocks)
- 1/8 yard each of turquoise, gold, and burgundy prints (Rail Fence blocks)
- 1-1/3 yards backing fabric
- 41x47" batting
Finished quilt: 34-1/2x40-1/2"
Finished blocks: 6" square
Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabric. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Cut pieces in the following order.
From yellow print, cut:
- 6--3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles
- 42--1-3/4x3-1/2" rectangles
- 42--1-1/2" squares
From assorted geometric prints, cut:
- 17--3-1/2x4" rectangles
From black print, cut:
- 4--2-1/2x42" binding strips
- 2--2-1/2x36-1/2" border strips
- 2--2-1/2x34-1/2" border strips
- 4--3-1/2x4" rectangles
From each of the orange, olive green, and blue prints, cut:
- 1--2-1/2x22" strip
- 5--3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles
From each of the turquoise, gold, and burgundy prints, cut:
- 1--2-1/2x42" strip
Assemble Teacup Blocks
1. Use a pencil to mark a diagonal line on wrong side of each yellow print 1-1/2" square.
2. Align marked yellow print squares with adjacent corners of a geometric or black print 3-1/2x4" rectangle (Diagram 1; note direction of marked line). Sew on drawn lines. Trim seam allowances to 1/4". Press open attached triangles.
3. Add yellow print 1-3/4x3-1/2" rectangles to short edges of Step 2 unit to make a teacup unit (Diagram 2). Press seams toward geometric or black print rectangles. The teacup unit should be 6-1/2x3-1/2" including seam allowances.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 21 teacup units total.
5. Sew a yellow print 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangle to top edge of a teacup unit to make a yellow teacup block (Diagram 3). Press seam toward teacup unit. The block should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make a second, matching yellow teacup block.
6. Using black print teacup units, repeat Step 5 to make four more yellow teacup blocks.
7. Sew an orange print 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangle to top edge of a teacup unit to make an orange teacup block A (Diagram 4). Press seam toward rectangle. Repeat to make three total of orange teacup block A.
8. Add an orange print 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangle to bottom edge of a teacup unit to make an orange teacup block B (Diagram 4). Repeat to make two total of orange teacup block B.
9. Using olive green print 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles, repeat steps 7 and 8 to make three olive green teacup A blocks and two olive green teacup B blocks.
10. Using blue print 3-1/2x6-1/2" rectangles, repeat steps 7 and 8 to make three blue teacup A blocks and two blue teacup B blocks.
Assemble Rail Fence Blocks
1. Referring to Diagram 5, sew together one 2-1/2x42" strip each from turquoise, gold, and burgundy prints to make strip set A. Press seams in one direction.
2. Cut strip set A into 6-1/2"-wide segments to make six turquoise Rail Fence blocks (Diagram 5). Each block should be 6-1/2" square including seam allowances.
3. Using blue, orange, and olive green print 2-1/2x22" strips, repeat Step 1 to make strip set B. Repeat Step 2 to cut strip set B into three blue Rail Fence blocks (Diagram 6).
Assemble Quilt Center
1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out teacup blocks and Rail Fence blocks in six horizontal rows.
2. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row. Join rows to make quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 30-1/2x36-1/2" including seam allowances.
Sew long black print border strips to side edges of quilt center. Add short black print border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward border.
1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.
2. Bind with black print binding strips.