May 14, 2013

Angle Quilt Tutorial

I have had many requests for a pattern for my Angle Quilt, so today I am happy to share a tutorial with you!
For my quilt, I used Kona Cotton Solids in White, Coal, Chartreuse, Orange and Lake. The finished quilt size is 32" x 40". One of the most important parts when planning this quilt, is having fabrics with varying values. The in addition to color, the value (lightness or darkness) of the fabric is what creates the movement in this quilt.
I find that the easiest way to see value in fabrics, is to turn a photo of the fabrics to a grayscale. Your camera or editing program might have this function. Mine doesn't, so I decreased the saturation on my photo to 0. Compare the two photos below.
The value of the colors I chose going from light to dark are white (light), lake (medium light), chartreuse (medium), orange (medium dark), coal (dark). You can see how the value in addition to the varying shapes causes your eye to move around the quilt.
If in doubt on color choices, find a multi colored print with a color scheme that you like. Pick solids to match the colors in that fabric. Many multi-colored fabrics have colors with a wide range of values. You could also use the black and white photo method to evaluate value in the print fabric. And you already know that the color scheme is pleasing to the eye!
Once you choose your fabric colors, here's how you put it together:
     rotary cutter
     cutting mat
     quilting ruler
     marking pen/chalk/hera marker (Use whatever method you like to mark your fabric.)
     coordinating thread
For the quilt top:
     5/8 yard white
     1/3 yard orange
     1/3 yard chartreuse
     1/3 yard coal
     1/3 yard lake
For finishing the quilt:
     1 yard for the back
     crib size batting
     1/4 yard for binding
9" x 9" squares
     5- white (light)
     3- coal (dark)
     3- chartreuse (medium)
     3- orange (medium dark)
     2- lake (medium light)
9.5" x 9.5" squares
     1- chartreuse (medium)
     1-lake (medium light)
     2- white (light)
Making the Blocks
Block 1
You will be making two different blocks for this quilt. Finished blocks measure 8.5" x 8.5" square. For the first block you will use the 9" x 9" squares.

1.  Place two 9" x 9" squares right sides together. (I love that Kona doesn't have right or wrong sides!) Using your marking pen, draw a line diagonally down the center of the square. Then draw a line 1/4" from the center line on both sides of the center line.

2.  Sew across the square on both outside lines. 

3.  Once your seams are sewn, cut the square in half along the center line.

4.  Press the blocks open. You can press seams open or to the side- however you prefer. I pressed mine towards the darker fabric. 

You should end up with two blocks that look like the one below. Square up your blocks. I like to use the 45 degree diagonal lines on my cutting mat to help with squaring up.

To do this, I align the seam with the 45 degree marking on my mat and the top and right edges of the block with the inch lines on the mat. They might be a little crooked, but just get them close. Then I trim the right and top if I need to, to get them straight. Then trim the left and bottom of the block to 8.5" x 8.5" square. The photo below shows how I line my block up for trimming.

 Repeat 5 times  (6 total) for a total of 12 finished blocks.

Block 2

1.  Using the 9.5" squares, follow the directions for Block 1, but when you trim and square up the blocks in step 4, trim the blocks to 9" x 9" square, not 8.5".

2.  Take one 9" square and one of the 9" blocks you just made in step 1.

 Place them right sides together and mark them like you did before, making your marks perpendicular to the seam. You can see my markings in the photos below.

3.  Sew across the block on both of the outside lines. Then cut the block in half on the center line.

4.  Press your the block open. You should end up with two blocks that are mirror images of each other and look like the one below. Trim this block to 8.5" x 8.5" square.

I know they have rulers for this sort of thing, but I don't have one, so if you have a square ruler, go ahead and use that. If you don't, I'll tell you how I squared mine up.

For this one, I line up all three seams with the 45 degree angle markings on my mat. The place where the 45 degree markings intersect should line up with the center of your block. In order to trim the block to 8.5" x 8.5", trim the left and right side of the block 4 1/4 inches from the center of the block, by lining up your ruler with the vertical line on your mat that runs through the center of the block. Trim the top and bottom sides of the block 4 1/4 inches from the center of the block, by lining up your ruler with the horizontal line on your mat that runs through the center of the block.

(I know that was really wordy- please let me know if you have any questions on this technique. It tried a couple different methods, but this is the one that was easiest for me.)

Repeat 3 more times, (4 total) for a total of 8 blocks).

You should end up with a total of 20 blocks.

 Putting It All Together
I made my blocks to match the design that my husband made. There are not two of each block in my quilt and I had a lot of waste. The amount of fabric you need will vary if you make the quilt exactly as I did.
When piecing your blocks, sew your fabrics together randomly, using two different colors for Block 1 and three different colors for Block 2. Mine is only two different fabrics because I used scraps for this tutorial, and perhaps it could work with two, but I used three different colors for block 2 in my quilt.
Once you have your blocks made, lay them out on your design wall (or floor, or table, or wherever you'd like) and rearrange the blocks until you get the look you're after. You might want to use the black and white photo method to evaluate balance and movement. It is one of my favorite methods to use when putting together blocks into a quilt. Sew the blocks together in 5 rows of 4 blocks.
The final step in making this quilt, is sharing your finished quilt with me! You can post it to my Flickr group or post a link in the comments to your blog post, if you have a blog. I would love to see your interpretation of this tutorial!
Happy Sewing! I can't wait to see your Angle Quilts!

NOTE: This tutorial is for individual use only. Please do not sell quilts made using this tutorial. Feel free to link to this tutorial, but please don't copy content and re-publish. Photos may be used with permission only. Contact me at kyndra{at}sewlio{dot}com if you have any questions regarding appropriate use of this tutorial.


  1. I have long wanted to make one of these quilts and this is so helpful - thanks!

  2. Thanks so much for generously sharing this great pattern with us! :)

  3. Great tutorial, Kyndra! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for taking the time to create and post this tutorial! I'm anxious to make one!

  5. Thank you for taking the time to write and post this tutorial. I'm anxious to make one of these - love the design!

  6. A beauty. Kyndra hope you and yours are okay. I read on Hyacinth's blog
    that your home was nearly destroyed when a tornado ripped through the area.
    I'm in the process of making my first quilt. Hopefully yours
    will be my next one. Thank you for providing a very good tutorial.
    Sincerely hope you'll soon be back in your home.

  7. Thank you for this tutorial!!!

  8. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I love the idea of converting to black and whites to check for value. I just finished a Halloween quilt using your tutorial, although the size of my block was just a little different. You can see it here

  9. Thank-for giving this information to us to use, can't wait to get one started.

  10. Your time you gave so freely to do this great Tutorial is very much appreciated! I am looking forward to doing up some baby quilts with this design! Going to also try throwing in some printed fabric, on some! have 7 to do! Thanks so much for sharing

  11. Thanks for time you gave in doing this great tutorial, I plan on using it for some of the seven baby quilts I need to do, plan on trying to add a printed fabric in as well to one of them, thanks