Letter Home is such a fun quilt for showing off prints, playing with color, and experimenting with value. What are your ideas?
Here it is in reds and white.
Try a darker background with pop!
Looking for a softer look? Play with corals and greens.
The coral and grey option give a classy look.
Taupe and blues give a whole new look.
Half Square Triangles
Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the backside of each background 7″ square.
Lay a marked background 7″ square on a teal 7″ square, right sides together. Sew a quarter inch from each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line.
Trim unit to measure 6 1/2″ square. Make 16.
Repeat with four background and teal 13″ squares. Trim units to measure 12 1/2″ square. Make 8.
Repeat with four background and orange 7″ squares.
Trim units to measure 6 1/2″ square. Make 4.
Quarter Square Triangles
Draw a diagonal line on the back of a background 13 1/2″ square from corner to corner.
Lay a marked background square on an orange 13 1/2″ square right sides together. Sew a 1/4″ seam on each side of the diagonal line.
Cut apart on the diagonal line and press the seam toward the orange fabric.
Repeat this process with a background and yellow 13 1/2″ squares to make two more Half Square Triangles.
Mark the back of the background/orange Half Square Triangles diagonally from corner to corner crossing the seam. Layer with the background/yellow Half Square Triangles right sides together opposite of each other.
Sew a 1/4″ seam on each side of the diagonal line. Cut apart on the diagonal line.
Press the unit and trim evenly to 12 1/2″. Make 4.
Sew a background/orange and a background/orange 6 1/2″ Half Square Triangle to each other as shown below.
Sew a background/teal 6 1/2″ Half Square Triangle to an orange 6 1/2″ square as shown below.
Sew the two previous units together as shown below.
Unit measures 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ square. Make 4.
Outer Middle Unit
Sew two teal/background 6 1/2″ Half Square Triangles together as shown below.
Sew a background 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle to the top of the previous unit.
Outer Middle Unit measures 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ square. Make 4.
Center Corner Unit
Cut a 7″ orange square in half diagonally to make two triangles.
Sew an orange triangle to the top and side of an 6 ½” background square.
Trim the resulting triangle so the seam allowance along the long side of the triangle is 1/4″ from the corner of the square.
Cut a 13 1/2″ background squares in half diagonally once to make two triangles. (Save the other triangle to use on the other Center Corner Unit)
Sew the background triangle to the pieced triangle as shown below.
Trim unit to measure 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ square. Make 4.
Following the diagram below, sew the units together along with the 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ orange square to to make the quilt.
Making a Quilt Sandwich
Lay the backing down on a flat surface, wrong side up. Place the batting in the center of the backing. Center the quilt on top of the batting right side up. Baste with spray, pins, large stitches, or any other method you prefer.
In a quilt with a focused design like Letter Home, there are so many ways to emphasize the piecing with quilting. You can use all kinds of curves and fills, but you can create a lot of visual impact with straight lines. Experiment with echoing shapes, gridding, and density of quilting to emphasize different areas. Straight line designs are easy to quilt on a machine by using a walking foot, or they can be quilted by hand.
Above is a simple radiating line design. Below illustrates another straight line design.
Below, illustrates a curved line shape softening some of the geometric shapes adding a floral note. From there, fill could be added to the remainder of the quilt such as a meander-type quilting design.