3.07.2011

Rainy Days Quilt

Remember these fabrics I bought last month when I went on my business trip? Well, I finally used them! Living in Seattle, this Rainy Days quilt seemed very appropriate. :) I wanted to share this pattern with you in case you wanted to make one. It's a super-duper easy pattern (seriously, only 3 steps below!). If you want to use the same fabric collection that I used, I recommend buying them here (Rainy Days and Mondays is an older collection so most places don't sell them anymore).

Finished quilt top size: 47.5" x 57"

Materials:
  • Eight 1/4 yard cuts of varying prints (fat quarters work too)
  • 1 1/4 yards solid white fabric (I used white muslin)
  • 1/3 yard binding
  • 3 yards backing

Step 1
(Cutting) - From each 1/4 yard print of fabric, cut four 6"x10" rectangles. You will need a total of 30 rectangles, so choose one print where you will only cut two rectangles from it.

Next, from your 1 1/4 yards of white fabric, cut (70) 2.5"x10" rectangles.

The quickest way to cut all 70 rectangles is to fold your 1.25 yards of fabric in half lengthwise so that it measures roughly 22"x45" (it should already be folded like this when you buy it from the bolt). And then fold it in half lengthwise again so that it measures roughly 11"x45". With a ruler and rotary cutter, cut 2.5" strips along the length as shown below, until you have a total of (18) 2.5"x44" strips. Then, sub-cut each strip into four 2.5"x10" rectangles.


Step 2 (Piece together your blocks) - One block is made up of one 6"x 10" rectangle, and two 2.5"x 10" rectangles.

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew each 2.5"x 10" strip to the 6"x 10" rectangle as shown below. (Sew with the correct sides facing each other, and then press open with an iron).

Repeat the above until you have a total of 30 finished blocks.


Step 3 (assemble the quilt top) - As shown below, arrange all 30 blocks into 6 rows of 5 blocks each, making sure to alternate the position of each block. Click image below to enlarge.


Lastly, sew all 5 blocks together in each row, and then sew each row together. (Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew with the correct sides facing each other, and then press open with an iron).

I told you it was easy ;-) If you end up making this quilt, I'd love to see it! (quiltingintherain@gmail.com)

Happy Quilting!

32 comments:

  1. SCRUMPTIOUS! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thanks! I think I will have to try this one

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  3. Great pattern! Perfect for those fabrics you don't want to cut up into tiny pieces. I have a Parisville bundle that would work quite nicely. Thanks so much!

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  4. That's awesome, I think I'll try it.

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  5. Nice and easy pattern - thank you for sharing! I'm bookmarking your page - I have some really pretty fabric that I've purchased lately and it would work great with this pattern :) Thanks!!

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  6. i am totally going to make this next weekend! Thanks for the easy pattern!

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  7. Lovely pattern and much easier than it looks. By the way, I love your blog. Thanks.

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  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This may be just what I'm looking for. I have a quilt to make and need to do it fast. Love it.

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  9. I have a fat quarter bundle of soul blossoms that has been waiting for the perfect pattern, I think this might be it.

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  10. This sure is a good looking pattern. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. hi, does that pattern have a name? I like it alot! must try this soon. sue

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  12. Oh I love it and I love the fabric too!!!!

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  13. I can't wait to cut into some fabric. Great pattern.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt tutorial. I have posted about it on my Freebies blog if thats okay...hugs Khris

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  15. This is so pretty...love the colours,
    Susan x

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  16. ohhh!! I love it !! :DDD thanks.. hugs from mexico :D

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  17. I love this and have the perfect fabrics to make it. Thanks for the pattern!

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  18. I'm returning to quilting after a 20 year hiatus, and my teenage daughter has requested a "horse" quilt. This pattern is perfect for the large horse scenes she wants me to cut from the material we are finding. Thanks so much. I wish I had your talent. The tutorial is awesome.

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  19. The design is so simple yet perfect for a day indoors, thank you for sharing it with me :)

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  20. Beautiful fabric!! Thanks for the link. Also, I love the Strawberry Field..I think I may have to make that one.
    Thanks for the inspiration

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  21. I can't tell = how did you bind it just to the edge?

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  22. Hello Jera!. I've just discovered your blog and it's fantastic!!. I live in the VERY SUNNY Canary Islands, Spain, and sometimes i wish there were "rainy days" just to keep at home and sew a little more, :)... All your works are great, current and beautifully designed. And I love your fabrics!. Since today, you've get another fan. Thank your for the tutorials. We'll keep in touch.

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  23. This is really a wonderful quilt! Thanks for the tutorial. I jumped over her from Madame Samm.

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  24. LOVE this Quilt!!! Thanks sooooooo much for sharing the directions.......and making it so easy to understand!!

    Think it's a perfect Beginner project!!

    I am a new Follower to your Blog!! :)

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  25. So I'm going to give this a try, totally new quilter..just wondering do I use the muslin for the backing? and all the stiching on the front do you do that before you put the quilt together?

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  26. A new follower just checking in. I love this! It looks like a quick 'n easy one!

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  27. I am getting ready to do "a house divided" football quilt for a couple who have two different favorite teams. I was searching for a pattern that would display both team fabrics nicely. This will be perfect! I will send pics when I am finished. Thanks for posting!

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  28. This is such a nice pattern! I made a small version with 12 blocks as a wall hanging for our living room and it was a really quick, really satisfying make :)

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  29. I love this and will probably be making it with my granddaughter over the summer!

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  30. I love this pattern I will make it for my son he just had triple bi pass its a great pattern for laying on sofa resting while he heals

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  31. I just made this quilt and it was unbelievably easy! Your directions were just awesome. I am donating this quilt to my sister's church fall festival. They have always been so kind and generous when we lost our Dad and when my mom has been in the hospital. I wanted to do something for them but didn't have a lot of time. I did this quilt including the cutting out in 24 hrs. I just have to quilt now but that should take long either. Again, thanks for the pattern and awesome directions. Love, Love your blog!

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  32. I made this in cream, blues and browns to be a lap quilt for when I watch TV and I love it. It was such a success, I started a different quilt and may be hooked on quilting. Thank you so much.

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