In Part Two of this quilt tutorial we completed our four large blocks. We are now ready to put our quilt top together with lattice and border. I chose solid white Kona cotton for this stage of the quilt simply because the pink blocks looked so pristine and feminine against the white background.
For the lattice, you will be constructing five (5) four-patches. One will be in the center of the quilt, the other four at the corners. For complete instructions on how to make these, please refer to the tutorial on four-patches. Here is a condensed version for this particular quilt.
Cut three 3 ½” light squares.
Cut three 3 ½” dark squares.
Place one light and one dark square right sides together and chain piece the units by sewing down the left and right sides.
Clip the units apart. With a quilting ruler, cut the units in half parallel to the seam allowances. Place two of the units right sides together, alternating the darks and lights as shown.
Match up the seam allowances on each side by butting them up against each other. Pin each side. (When seam allowances are pressed in opposite directions, you will feel a slight resistance when they come together.) Chain piece the units, sewing down the left and right sides perpendicular to the previous seam allowances.
Clip the units apart and cut them down the middle parallel to the seam allowance. Press open and set aside. (You will have one extra four-patch.)
For the inner lattice, cut four (4) white strips 3 ½” x 12 ½”.
Sew lattice between the two upper blocks and the two lower blocks.
For the center lattice, position one (1) four-patch between two lattice strips and sew together.
Place the center lattice between the upper and lower blocks. Pin the lattice strip to the upper block unit, right sides together, matching the seam allowances on both sides of the four-patch. Sew together. Repeat this step with the lower block unit. Press.
Fold your quilt center in half vertically and then horizontally to make sure the sides are even and you quilt top is square before sewing on the outer lattice.
For the outer lattice, cut two (2) white strips 3 ½’ x 27”. Sew these strips to the left and right sides of the quilt center.
Cut two (2) white lattice strips 3 ½” x 27 ½”.
Sew a four-patch to each end of the lattice strips.
Pin the upper and lower lattice in place, right sides together, matching the seam allowances. Sew them to the quilt top. Press.
For the borders, cut two (2) white strips 3 ½” x 34 ½”. Sew these to the left and right sides of your quilt top.
Cut two (2) white strips 3 ½” x 40 ½”. Sew these to the top and bottom of your quilt top.
Your quilt top is now complete. Choose a pretty backing fabric and put together your quilt sandwich. Here is mine, which I put together with 505 Spray and Fix. Remember, only use spray adhesives in a well ventilated area.
I hope to finish the free motion quilting today and have some pictures posted of the completed quilt soon.