Sunshine Lattice Quilt Tutorial

Jenny Doan

Sunshine Lattice Quilt Tutorial

Quilt Size: 88" x 96"
Jenny Doan demonstrates how to make a beautiful Sunshine Lattice quilt using 10-inch squares of precut fabric (layer cakes). For this project, Jenny used "Jardin Du Soleil" 10 Karat Crystals by Lola Molina for Wilmington Prints.
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Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. And I’ve got a fun project for you today. Take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this interesting? This is just a really fun quilt. And these bright sunflowers, how cheerful is this? So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is one packet of ten inch squares. And we have used Jardin Deux Soleil. Now wait a minute, let me try again. I’m a Swedish girl from the Midwest. It’s terrible what happens to me when French words come in. Alright let me try again. Jardin Deux Soleil, maybe? Closer? Anyway it’s a beautiful line of fabric. It’s by Lola Molina for Wilmington Prints. And you’re also going to need one packet of those ten inch squares of print and one packet of ten inch squares of background fabric. You’re also going to need a little more background fabric than that because we have these little, this inner border right here and we have these little squares. And so you’re going to need a yard and a half additional background fabric. Your outer border is a 6 ½ inch outer border out here. And so you’re going to need for that you’re going to need a yard and ¾. Our backing, this is a big quilt. 88 by 96. Let me show you our backing right here. And see that sunflower quilting on there. It’s just so pretty. The other thing I want to point out is that in this line they have this darling stripe. And I wanted to use that stripe for our binding. I love a stripe on the binding because it just, I just think it pops. It makes it look so cute. So for the binding you’re going to need ¾ of a yard. Usually we don’t talk about the binding too much but when we have a print like that let’s talk about it. Alright let me show you how to make this.

So we’re going to take our two ten inch squares and I’m going to stack them like this. And you know, on this, on this line there’s definite fronts and backs so you want to be aware of that. I’m going to take my ruler and because it’s five inches I can just cut it, cut these blocks right in half just like this. And I’m going to separate these two and then I’m going to take my background fabric out. And I’m going to draw a line corner to corner. This is made with the long, it’s like a half rectangle triangle. So I’m going to put one line going this way. And you want to make sure they’re going two different directions. So I’m just going to take my pencil and I’m going to draw corner to corner. And then I’m going to draw this line going corner to corner this way. Alright so now what I’m going to do is I’m going to take my five by ten inch rectangle and my other rectangle and I’m going to turn this so that it lines up this way. So I’m matching this corner and this corner. Then what I’m going to do is I’m going to sew on both sides of the line on both of these pieces. So let’s do this one first. I”ve got it lined up. My presser foot is lined up on the line. I”m sewing down and I’m turning around and I’m coming back up the other side. And I’m just going to leave this for a minute because we’re going to do that again on this piece. And again, you know, when you lay it on here you’ve got to turn it so that it goes, the line goes corner to corner like this. And we’re going to sew on both sides of this one. This is going to give us rectangles that go both directions. Alright let me make sure this is still at the corner and zoom it around. Oop don’t let your fabric fold. Then you’ll have to get out that seam ripper if you do that. We don’t want that to happen. Alrighty.

Now what we’re going to do is we’re going to cut these both in half like this and this one as well. And then we’re going to press them to the dark side. So I’m going to bring these over here. I’m going to put my dark fabric on the top and just press it open like this. And you have a rectangle triangle. And then we’ll do this one and they should go two different directions. We’ll find that out in just a minute when I lay them over here. Alright so let’s see if they worked. Yep. So two different directions. See how those are going, opposite ways. That’s what you’re for. Ok so now what we want to do is we want to square these blocks. Sometimes when you’re sewing them, you know, on that diagonal they get a little wonky. So we just want to look at it. We want to make sure that it’s 4 ½ inches wide. And square that up. And so mine is just a little bit big. So I’m just going to trim it off the white side right here. And then we’re going to turn it and make sure that it’s, it should still be ten inches but most of mine did not work out that way so we’re going to square this to 9 ½. So let’s count, one, two, three, four, five, wait, I can’t count on those squares. When it goes to little squares my eyes just get fuzzy. So let me do this one right here, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and a half. So I’m barely a half, I’m just barely over a half inch mark on this. So I’m going to lay my half inch on right here. Let me get this out so I can make sure you can see it. Right on here. We’re going 9 ½. So see how it’s just barely a little bit that I’m trimming them up. But if you make them so they’re all the same size and anytime we do something a little, a little different you want to make sure that your blocks are the same size.

So then what you’re going to want to do is just make sure you square all your blocks. And you want to make sure they’re all the same. And so this one I’m going to trim off again. We’re going to go with the 9 ½ right here. I’m just going to come and trim this little bit off down here. And then I’m going to make sure this is 4 ½ inches wide. So I lay my ruler on here and I come over to 4 ½. And I think I’m going to trim all on the white side. I just think that, that’s, you know, it’s kind of good to be consistent that way. And so then your blocks should be pretty much the same. So then what we’re going to do is we are going to take and snowball this one corner. I just, you know, I wanted to see what would happen if I snowballed the corner. So I have a little 2 ½ inch square here and I’m going to iron a sew line. And I’m just going to place this on this corner right here and I’m just going to sew across that. So right on the line, square it up in your corner and just sew across. Alright now if you want to know if your sew line is good you just want to roll that square back and make sure that it squares up with the square underneath. And you’ll know that you did a good job on that line. And we’re just going to trim this off. And then I’m going to press it back.

So once you get all your pieces done and they look like this, you’re ready to put them together. Now you should have two stacks, one where they go this way and one where they go this way. And they’re all going to be sewn the same. So these two we’re going to put them together like this. And sew these two together in the middle. So I’m going to lay this on top of here. And I’m just going to sew this one quarter of an inch right up this seam, right here. And I’m just going to watch where those points come together and make them fit as best as I can. On a quilt like this, you know, it’s ok. It’s going to be ok either way. So this is now half your block. So this is the top half. And we have to create the bottom half. The bottom half of the block is going to be created by sewing our wide parts of the fabric together like this. So we’re going to take this block over like this and sew the wide part. And then what we want to do is press this like this. And let me show you this finished block right here. So this is the look we’re going for. This is really what it is right here. And so once you get one of these done if you’re angley challenged like me it will help you to have that beginner one. So once you get one of these done you look at it and you see that, you see this pattern right here. And you’re just going to sew these together. The important place to match is that center seam. So I’m going to go ahead and sew these a quarter of an inch right down the side like this and match up my center seam. Make sure that I’m lined up pretty close. There we go. And then you can just kind of sail down that side because it’s long straight pieces. Alrighty. And this is your block. This is the block for making this. I tended to want to put them together as diamonds but you kind of lose, you know the shape of the movement of them. This has this kind of a movement to it. And you lose that shape when they, when you put them together wrong. Let me just tell you. Although you have a whole new quilt right, it’s a whole new design.

Alright so then what you’re going to do is you’re going to start laying these out in rows like this. So let me show you how this fits into the quilt. I’m going to take it up here. And you can see all of our fabrics are different. You know, what I’m saying is we didn’t use, like I have the same two right here. You probably don’t want to do that. So it’s going to fit in here like this. And then the next row, when you go to put it together it’s going to go together like this. So then this second row, you’re just going to flip over and sew them together. They end up going together like this and gives you that cool movement of doing this. So when I hung this quilt up here to film it, the camera guys were like oh my gosh this would look perfect in solids because it has this little arrow block up here. They really liked that added bit to it. And so don’t be afraid to change your fabric out or try different things. Do a pattern as you see it. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Sunshine Lattice quilt from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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