Flannel Rectangles Wall Quilt
Inspired by Fabric Fusion from designers Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle of Fun Quilts/Modern Quilts Studio
Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
1-1/3 yards total assorted flannel prints and plaids in green, brown, and gold (blocks)
1-1/4 yards solid brown (sashing, border, binding)
2-1/2 yards backing fabric
Finished quilt: 36-1/2x44"
Finished block: 6-1/2x8"
Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Tips on Sewing Flannel
Prewash flannel because it tends to shrink. Since flannel is a medium-weight fabric, use a larger needle, such as 90/14. Flannel also has a tendency to stretch, so pin more than you normally would or stitch with a walking foot.
Cut pieces in the following order.
From assorted flannel prints and plaids, cut:
From solid brown, cut:
5-2-1/2x42" binding strips
4-1-1/4x42" strips for border
4-1x35" sashing strips
20-1x8-1/2" sashing rectangles
1. Referring to Diagram 1, sew all assorted flannel print and plaid 2x3-1/2" rectangles to solid brown 1x42" strips, leaving about 1/4" between rectangles and chain-piecing. (Use as many solid brown strips as necessary.) To chain-piece, sew pieces together one after the other, without lifting the presser foot or clipping threads between units.
2. Press seams open. Trim solid brown strips even with edges of flannel print and plaid 2x3-1/2" rectangles (Diagram 2).
3. Referring to Diagram 3, join a Step 2 unit and a flannel print or plaid 3-1/2x5" rectangle to make Unit A. Press seam open. The unit should be 3-1/2x7" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 25 total of Unit A.
4. Referring to Diagram 4, sew together a Step 2 unit and a flannel print or plaid 3x3-1/2" rectangle to make Unit B. Press seam open. The unit should be 3-1/2x5" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 25 total of Unit B.
5. Referring to Diagram 5, sew all A units to additional solid brown 1x42" strips, leaving about 1/4" between units and chain-piecing; note placement of each Unit A on strip.
6. Press seams open. Trim solid brown strips even with edges of each Unit A to make 25 sashed A units (Diagram 6).
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with remaining solid brown 1x42" strips and all B units to make 25 sashed B units (Diagrams 7 and 8).
8. Referring to Diagram 9, sew together a sashed Unit B and a remaining flannel print or plaid 3-1/2x5" rectangle to make Unit C. Press seam open. Repeat to make 25 total of Unit C.
9. Join a sashed Unit A and a Unit C to make a block (Diagram 10). Press seam open. The block should be 7x8-1/2" including seam allowances. Repeat to make 25 blocks total.
Assemble Quilt Center
1. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out five horizontal rows of five blocks and four solid brown 1x8-1/2" sashing rectangles each, rotating every other block 180º. Sew together pieces in each block row. Press seams open.
2. Join pieced rows and solid brown 1x35" sashing strips to make quilt center. Press seams open. The quilt center should be 35x42-1/2" including seam allowances.
1. Cut and piece solid brown 1-1/4x42" strips to make:
• 2-1-1/4x4-21/2" border strips
• 2-11/4X361/2" border strips
2. Sew long solid brown border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add short solid brown border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward border strip.
1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.
2. Bind with solid brown binding strips.