This is part of a series of posts about the quilts from Modern Patchwork. I'm highlighting a different quilt each month, and will be remaking each of the book quilts in some way. This month, I'm making a variation on the Fire Drill quilt.
Last week, I talked about my plan for making a "back-as-front" version of my Fire Drill quilt. The quilt top I ended up making is still based on the back of Fire Drill, but I switched things up a little bit (including going with a white background instead of the linen I had planned to use).
This is the quilt top I made. It measures about 50" x 70" and is super-easy to make from scraps.
Note: As with the book instructions, the instructions for this variation assume you are sewing with 1/4" seams pressed open.
To make a quilt like mine, you'll need a total of 30 pieced stacks, 15 Regular and 15 Mirror-Image. Refer to the chart on Page 61 to cut the following:
- 80 x Back1 in print fabrics
- 30 x Back2 in print fabrics
- 40 x Back1 in solid fabrics
- 60 x Back2 in solid fabrics
Use the Back1 print fabric pieces and the Back2 solid fabric pieces with the directions on Pages 59-60 to make 20 pieced stacks, 10 of which are Regular and 10 of which are Mirror-Image. These stacks will become Zigzags 1 and 3.
Use the Back1 solid fabric pieces and the Back2 print fabric pieces with the directions on Pages 59-60 to make 10 pieced stacks, 5 of which are Regular and 5 of which are Mirror-Image. These stacks will become Zigzag 2.
Important Note: When making the pieced stacks, omit Steps 5 and 10 (i.e. do not sew each stack to a strip of solid fabric).
Place one of the folded strips on your cutting mat, as shown in the above photo. Use a ruler with angled markings to cut a 60° angle near the fold. Make a second cut, parallel to and 5-1/2" away from the angled cut, creating 2 diamonds. Trim the selvage from the remaining fabric, leaving 2 longer pieces 5-1/2" wide, each with one square end and one angled end. (These longer pieces will be squared off eventually, so it's fine if they're not all exactly the same length now.)
Note: If you're not familiar with how to use the angled markings on your ruler, refer to the photo and explanation on Page 129.
Repeat this process with the remaining strips to cut a total of 20 diamonds and 20 longer pieces. In theory, you will have cut 10 regular and 10 mirror-image in each shape. However, if you're using a quilting solid like Kona where both sides of the fabric are the same, it's not really necessary to keep track of which are which.
Refer to the diagrams above to make the 10 columns. Columns 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are Regular Columns. Columns 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 are Mirror-Image Columns.
Note: If you're not familiar with how to match angled pieces like these, refer to the diagram and explanation on Page 58.
And that's it. Easy peasy!