Gathering Quilt

Gathering Quilt Pattern Image

80″ x 80″

by Betsey Langford

Fabric Requirements

White – 2¼ yards
Olive – 1¾ yards
Coral – 1½ yards
Gold – 1½ yards
Dark Green – 1½ yards
Backing – 8⅝ yards
Binding – ⅔ yard

Cutting Instructions

From the white fabric, cut:
(2) 17½″ x 17½″
(20) 9″ x 9″
(4) 8½″ x 8½″

From the olive fabric, cut:
(1) 17½″ x 17½″
(8) 9″ x 9″
(8) 8½″ x 8½″

From the coral fabric, cut:
(1) 16½″ x 16½″
(4) 9″ x 9″
(2) 8½″ x 32½″
(2) 8½″ x 16½″

From the gold fabric, cut:
(1) 17½″ x 17½″
(10) 9″ x 9″

From the dark green fabric, cut:
(18) 9″ x 9″

Color Ideas

We have some ideas for different color ways below. Get inspired to create your own color ways and plan out your fabrics with a handy planning page!

Click Here to download the Gathering Color & Fabric Planner.

Gathering is such a fun quilt for showing off prints, playing with color, and experimenting with value.

Prints can really make the design sparkle.

Choose fabrics all in the same color family for a cohesive look.

Change where the light, medium, and dark values live in the quilt to create different emphasis.

The Pattern

Unit Assembly

Half Square Triangles (HST)

Mark the wrong side of the white 9″ squares in half diagonally once. Lay a marked square over a dark green 9″ square, right sides together.

Sew ¼″ from each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line. Trim unit to 8½″ square. Make 32 dark green/white HST.

Repeat to make the following 8½″HST:

  • (16) Olive/Gold
  • (8) Coral/White
  • (4) Dark Green/Gold

Repeat with the white, olive, and gold 17½″ [13½″] squares, but skip the trimming step, to make the following HST for the next unit:

  • (2) Olive/White
  • (2) Gold/White

Quarter Square Triangles (QST)

Mark the wrong side of one of the gold/white HSTs from the previous step in half diagonally once. Lay a marked HST over an olive/white HST with opposite colors facing each other. Sew ¼″ from each side of the marked line.

Cut apart on the marked line to make 2 gold/white/olive QST. Trim QST unit to 16½″ square. Make 4 QST.

Square In A Square

Mark the wrong side of the white 8½″ squares in half diagonally once. Lay a marked square over the coral 16½″ square, right sides together.

Sew on the marked line. Trim a ¼″ seam and press. Repeat on all the corners. Square in a Square unit measures 16½″ x 16½″ unfinished.

Top Left Double Row

Referring to the diagram below, arrange the following pieces as shown. An olive 8½″ square, three olive/gold HST, a dark green/gold HST, a coral/white HST, and two dark green/white HST.

Sew the pieces together into two rows, then sew the rows together. The unit measures 16½″ x 32½ unfinished. Make 2 Top Left Double Rows.

Top Right Double Row

Referring to the diagram below, arrange the following pieces as shown. An olive 8½″ square, three olive/gold HST, a dark green/gold HST, a coral/white HST, and two dark green/white HST.

Sew the pieces together into two rows, then sew the rows together. The unit measures 16½″ x 32½″ unfinished. Make 2 Top Right Double Rows.

Row Assembly

Row A

Referring to the diagram below, arrange the following pieces as shown. Two olive 8½″squares, and eight dark green/white 8½″ HST.

Sew the pieces into a row. Row A measures 8½″ x 80½″ unfinished. Make 2.

Row B

Referring to the diagram below, arrange the following pieces as shown. A top left double row, a top right double row, and a QST unit.

Sew the pieces into a row. Row B measures 16½″ x 80½″ unfinished. Make 2.

Row C

Referring to the diagram below, arrange the following pieces as shown. Two dark green/white 8½″ HST, two olive/gold 8½″ HST, two coral/white 8½″ HST, and a coral 8½″ x 32½″  rectangle.

Sew the pieces into a row. Row C measures 8½″ x 80½″ unfinished. Make 2.

Row D

Referring to the diagram below, arrange the following pieces as shown. Four dark green/white 8½″HST, two QST, two coral 8½″ x 16½″ rectangles, and the Square in a Square unit.

Sew the dark green/white HST into pairs. Sew the pieces into a row. Row D measures 16½″ x 80½″ unfinished. Make 1.

Quilt Assembly

Following the diagram below, arrange the rows as shown. Sew the rows together to complete the quilt center.

Gathering quilt measures 80½″ x 80½″ unfinished.

Quilting Gathering Ideas

A simple grid is one of the easiest designs to quilt and great for quick finishes. Use a walking foot and be sure to change directions from line to line, so if you start top to bottom, quilt the next row bottom to top. Try marking the quilt with painter's tape, following the tape's edge for your straight line while quilting.

On-point grids are a beautiful traditional options that can be produced on the sewing machine or with hand quilting. Try different design combinations for beautiful results.

Orange Peel is a popular and classic fill quilting design of interlocking circles. This design can be used to fill specific areas or as an all-over design. Mark a scrap quilt sandwich with the design and practice freemotion quilting it on your machine. It's also great for hand quilting.

This design uses all straight lines to create flow from one area to another. The quilting pushes and pulls the eye to focus on different parts of the quilt.

Vertical wavy lines are a fun, easy all-over design for quilting Gathering. Depending on the height of the waves, it's totally possible to quilt the design with a walking foot.

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