Lately, my time to sew has been limited; so when I do get a chance to create, my goal has been to focus on patterns that are uncomplicated but still unique and beautiful. With that in mind, I designed this quilt to be impactful and yet quick and easy to piece together.
I made my version of this Dear Diary quilt over a couple of weekends, but you could easily make it in one; making it the perfect idea for a last minute baby shower gift, or for someone who enjoys smaller projects.
Because it was so much fun for me to make, I wanted to share this Dear Diary quilt pattern with all of you. So without further ado, today I am sharing the instructions for Block A…
Dear Diary Quilt Notes:
- Read instructions thoroughly before beginning.
- The seam allowance is included in the cutting size given.
- Use a 1/4-inch seam allowance throughout.
- RST = Right Sides Together
- WOF = Width of Fabric
- Press in the direction of the arrows when indicated.
- The yardage specified for this project is based on usable 42-inch wide fabric. If your fabric width is different you may need to adjust the number of strips cut throughout the instructions.
- Unit dimensions are given Width x Height.
From (5) PATTERNED fabrics for BLOCK A:
Cut (1) 3-1/2” x WOF strip. Subcut,
- (4) 3-1/2” squares (A)
- (4) 3-1/2” x 5” units (B)
Cut (1) 2” x WOF strip. Subcut,
- (4) 2” squares (C)
- (4) 2” x 3-1/2” units (D)
From FUSSY CUT fabric for BLOCK A:
Cut (5) 6-1/2” squares (FC)
From BACKGROUND fabric:
Cut (8) 2” x WOF strips. Subcut,
- (20) 2” x 5” units (H)
- (40) 2” x 3-1/2” units (I)
- (20) 2” squares (J)
Piecing Block A
Each BLOCK A requires the following pieces:
- (4) A units
- (4) B units
- (4) C units
- (4) D units
- (1) FC unit
- (4) H units
- (8) I units
- (4) J units
Step 1. Sew together C and I along the short edge. Press toward C. Make 4
Step 2. Sew together H and B along the long edge. Press toward B. Make 4
Step 3. Sew together A and I along the long edge. Press toward A. Make 4
Step 4. Sew together J and D along the short edge. Press toward D. Make 4
Step 5. Sew together (1) unit from step 3 and (2) units from step 4 as shown. Press toward the centre AI unit. Make 2
Step 6. Referring to the block assembly diagram below, lay out the units created in steps 1-5, and the FC centre unit as shown. Sew the units together in horizontal rows. Press. Sew the rows together. Press.
At this point you block should measure 15-1/2″ x 15-1/2″. Make 5 blocks.
Next week I will share the instructions for Block B. Update: The instructions for Block B can be found here.
If you can’t wait that long, or you would like the complete pattern for your collection, you can purchase the PDF pattern for $5AUD in the shop now :).
Don’t forget to share your quilt on Instagram using #aquapaisleystudio & #deardiaryquilt, and tag me @aqua_paisley so I can see your work!