City Map Wall Hanging
A novelty Italian map print is the focal point of this bright wall hanging. Latticework blocks in the middle border mimic the look of crisscrossing streets. Fabrics are from the Va Bene! collection from Dear Stella.
Inspired by Garden Stroll from designer Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts
Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
1 yard solid white (middle border blocks)
3⁄8 yard tan stripe (middle border blocks)
3⁄8 yard tan print (middle border blocks)
8-9x21" pieces (fat eighths) assorted prints and solids in gray, yellow, blue, orange, and red (middle border blocks)
7⁄8 yard multicolor stripe (inner border, binding)
1⁄2 yard novelty map print (quilt center)
1-1⁄2 yards red dot (outer border)
3-1⁄2 yards backing fabric
62" square batting
Finished: 53-1⁄2" square
Finished block: 8" square
Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.
Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Cut pieces in following order.
From solid white, cut:
From tan stripe, cut:
From tan print, cut:
From each assorted print and solid, cut:
3-1-1⁄2x21" strips (you will have 2 of the 24 total strips cut left over)
From multicolor stripe, cut:
6-2-1⁄2x42" binding strips
2-4-1⁄2x24-1⁄2" inner border strips
2-4-1⁄2×16-1⁄2" inner border strips
From novelty map print, cut:
From red dot, cut:
6-7x42" strips for outer border
1. Use a pencil to draw a diagonal line on wrong side of each solid white 2-7⁄8" square.
2. Layer a marked solid white square atop a tan stripe or tan print 2-7⁄8" square. Referring to Diagram 1, sew each pair together with two seams, stitching 1⁄4" on each side of drawn line. Cut pair apart on drawn line and press open, pressing seam away from white print, to make two triangle-squares. Each should be 2-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 128 triangle-squares total (64 with tan stripe and 64 with tan print).
Assemble Middle Border Blocks
1. Aligning long edges, sew together a solid white 1-1⁄2x21" strip and an assorted print or solid 1-1⁄2x21" strip to make a strip set. Press seam away from white print. Repeat to make 22 strip sets total.
2. Cut each strip set into twelve 1-1⁄2"-wide segments (Diagram 2).
3. Join two nonmatching 1-1⁄2"-wide segments to make a Four-Patch unit (Diagram 3). Press seams in one direction. The unit should be 2-1⁄2" square including seam allowances. Repeat to make 128 Four-Patch units total. (You will have eight segments left over.)
4. Referring to Diagram 4 for placement, lay out four tan stripe triangle-squares, four tan print triangle-squares, and eight Four-Patch units in four horizontal rows.
5. Sew together pieces in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row.
6. Join rows to make a border block. Press seams in one direction. The block should be 8-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.
7. Repeat steps 4–6 to make 16 border blocks total.
Assemble Quilt Top
1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, sew multicolor stripe 4-1⁄2x16-1⁄2" inner border strips to opposite edges of novelty map print 16-1⁄2" square. Add multicolor stripe 4-1⁄2x24-1⁄2" inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border. The quilt center now should be 24-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.
2. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, join three border blocks to make a short middle border strip. Press seams in one direction. Repeat to make a second short middle border strip. Sew short middle border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Press seams toward inner border.
3. Join five border blocks to make a long middle border strip. Press seams in one direction. Repeat to make a second long middle border strip. Sew long middle border strips to remaining edges of quilt center. Press seams toward inner border. The quilt center now should be 40-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.
4. Cut and piece red dot 7x42" strips to make:
2-7x53-1⁄2" outer border strips
2-7x40-1⁄2" outer border strips
5. Sew short outer border strips to opposite edges of quilt center. Add long outer border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward outer border.
1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.
2. Bind with multicolor stripe binding strips.