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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.

Chain Piece Squares

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.

Alternate Darks and Lights

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.

Chain Piece Light/Dark Units

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.)

Cut Units in Half and Press Open

For the inner lattice, cut four (4) white strips 3 ½” x 12 ½”.

Cut Inner Lattice Strips

Sew lattice between the two upper blocks and the two lower blocks.

Sew Lattice Between Upper and Lower Block Units

Quilt Block Units

Upper and Lower Quilt Block Units

For the center lattice, position one (1) four-patch between two lattice strips and sew together.

Lattice Strips and Four-Patch

Center Lattice Strips with Four-Patch

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.

Center Lattice

Lattice Between Upper and Lower Block Units

Sew Center Lattice

Sew Center Lattice to Block Units

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.

Outer Lattice Strips

Sew Outer Lattice to Sides of Quilt Top

Cut two (2) white lattice strips 3 ½” x 27 ½”.

Sew a four-patch to each end of the lattice strips.

Four-Patches on Ends of Lattice

Sew Four-Patches to Ends of Lattice

Pin the upper and lower lattice in place, right sides together, matching the seam allowances.  Sew them to the quilt top.  Press.

Four-Patch Lattice

Sew Four-Patch Lattice to Top and Bottom of Quilt Top

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.

Quilt Borders

Sew Borders

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.

Quilt Sandwich

Meet You in the Middle Quilt Sandwich

I hope to finish the free motion quilting today and have some pictures posted of the completed quilt soon.

Happy quilting!



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Revelation 19:6-7

Lattice, sometimes called sashing, serves many functions in quilt making.  At the most basic level, a plain lattice can separate and frame your quilt blocks.  Plain lattice often has a square unit at the intersections.

Additionally, lattice can be used to form a secondary pattern when combined with your quilt blocks.  Small blocks or appliques can be interspersed within your lattice to add visual interest.  The rule of thumb is to use more complex lattice to enhance plain blocks and plain lattice to frame complex blocks.

Since lattice strips are added vertically and horizontally between blocks and rows, it always adds size to your quilt top.  Depending on whether you’ve chosen to include a border, lattice may also surround your main block setting.  Of course, you can always use both lattice and borders in your quilt design.

In this tutorial, I’ve chosen a plain lattice with intersecting squares for my block settings.  I decided to use inner lattice, not a surrounding outer lattice, since I will be adding borders.  The square blocks measure 8 ½” square.

Lattice and Borders

First, cut ten (10) lattice strips 8 ½” x 2 ½”.  You will probably want to use a plain fabric that differs from those within your block.

Cut Lattice Strips

Cut three (3) 2 ½” squares for the intersections.

Center Squares

Lay out your blocks with the yellow 4-strip section facing north-east.  You will create four rows (top to bottom) with 2 blocks in each row.

Chain piece a lattice strip to each block in the left hand row.  

Tip: Since my blocks have sharp points, I like to sew on the block side rather than the lattice side.  When I come to a point, I sew about two threads into the seam allowance.  This makes allowance for the rollover effect and keeps my points sharp on the front of the quilt.

Press your strips open, with seam allowances toward the lattice.  Now place the right hand blocks on the raw edges of the lattice strips, right sides together, and chain piece.  Press open.

Press Lattice Strips

Sharp Points

For the lattice between the rows, lay out your strips and center squares as shown.

Lay Out Lattice Strips and Squares

Flip each of the center squares to the left and onto the adjacent strips, lining up the edges. Chain piece them together.  Press open, with seam allowances toward the lattice strips.

Sew Center Square to Lattice

Align the remaining strips with the raw edges of the center squares, right sides together, and chain piece.  Press open.

Sew Remaining Lattice Strips

The direction of seam allowances is an important factor in the construction of a quilt top, especially when working with more complex designs.  Planning ahead takes some extra time, but it’s well worth it in the end.

Now align the seam intersections of the first block row with a lattice row, right sides together.  Pin in place and sew together.

Pin Rows to Lattice and Sew Together

Notice how the seam allowances face in opposite directions, allowing you to match them easily as they butt up against each other and evenly distribute the bulk.

Align the second block row with the first lattice strip, pin, and sew together.  Continue until you have finished sewing all of your block rows to lattice rows.

First Row of Lattice

The main section of your quilt top is now complete. Doesn’t lattice set the blocks off nicely?

To complete the quilt top, I added 6 ½” borders to the left and right sides of the quilt, and then added 2 ½” borders to the top and bottom.  These borders were cut from a plain blue fabric.  When that was completed, I added an additional 5″ border to the left and right sides.  I cut this from a darker blue dragonfly print that also appears within my blocks.

Completed Quilt Top


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