Monday, August 18, 2014

Don't Tread On Me - New Free Quilt Pattern

Since I will be on our family vacation next week, and am not certain if I will be able to share any new posts until I return home, I've decided to share with you my newest design!  I'm SO excited about this quilt and hope you like it also.

The name of this quilt design is DON'T TREAD ON ME.  When I look at the design photo, I can see two different "reasons" why this name seemed perfect.  What do YOU see?  I'm really interested to know if anyone else can see what I see.

Don't Tread On Me designed by Theresa Litz c2014

Construction is extremely simple and works wonderfully as a Leader/Ender project while you work on other quilt tops.

The entire quilt center is made up of scrappy Half-Square Triangle Blocks with a common neutral color (in this case I'm using Kona Black).


Directions and fabric requirements will be provided for your choice of two different sizes, both a Lap Size and a Queen/King size (depending on the size triangles you use).  I will also provide cutting directions for both traditional means and when using an Accuquilt Go.

Let's begin, shall we?

For a LAP SIZE VERSION
With Borders - 72" x 76"
Without Borders - 60" x 64"
HST Blocks - 4 1/2" unfinished, 4" finished

Fabric Required for Lap Size:
1)  Black for HST's - 2 1/2 yards
2)  Assorted scraps in all colors for HST's - approx. 2 1/2 yards
3)  Black for Inner Border - 3/4 yard (2" wide finished border)
4)  Blue for Outer Border - 1 1/2 yards (4" wide finished border)

Cutting Instructions:  
1)  If using an Accuquilt Go - You will need Die # 55031 (Half Square Triangle - 4" Finished Square)
2)  If using an Easy Angle Ruler and rotary cutter - you will need to cut your fabrics into strips that are                 4 1/2" wide, then line up your ruler using the 4 1/2" line.
3)  OR you can cut both your Black fabric and your scrap fabrics into 4 7/8" squares, then cut in half on the          diagonal to create 2 triangles.
4)  For Inner Border, cut strips Width of Fabric - 2 1/2" wide for a finished 2" border
5)  For Outer Border, cut strips Width of Fabric -  4 1/2" wide for a finished 4" border

You will need a TOTAL of
280 Black Triangles
280 Scrappy Triangles

***Note:  If you have chosen to cut 4 7/8" squares, then cut in half on the diagonal - you will only need to cut 140 Black Squares and 140 Scrappy Squares to produce the needed 280 triangles for each color.

Use 1/4" seam allowance.  Sew a Black triangle to a Scrappy triangle, press towards the black side.  Once triangles are sewn together, you should have a Total of 280 Half-Square Triangle Blocks measuring 4 1/2" unfinished square (4" finished square).

Arrange your 280 HST Blocks using the top photo in this post as your guide.

Layout is 15 HST Blocks across x 16 HST Blocks down.

For a QUEEN/KING VERSION
With Borders - 106" x 112"
Without Borders - 90" x 96"
HST Blocks - 6 1/2" unfinished, 6" finished

Fabric Required for Queen/King Size:
1)  Black for HST's - 5 yards
2)  Assorted scraps in all colors for HST's - approx. 5 yards
3)  Black for Inner Border - 3/4 yard (2" wide finished border)
4)  Blue for Outer Border - 2 1/2" yards (6" wide finished border)

Cutting Instructions:
1)  If using an Accuquilt Go - You will need Die # 55001 (Half Square Triangle - 6" Finished Square)
2)  If using an Easy Angle Ruler and rotary cutter - you will need to cut your fabric into strips that are                   6 1/2" wide, then line up your ruler using the 6 1/2" line.
3)  OR you can cut both your Black fabric and your scrap fabrics into 6 7/8" squares, then cut in half on the          diagonal to create 2 triangles.
4)  For Inner Border, cut strips Width of Fabric - 2 1/2" wide for a 2" finished border
5)  For Outer Border, cut strips Width of Fabric - 6 1/2" wide for a 6" finished border
Your will need a TOTAL of
280 Black Triangles
280 Scrappy Triangles

***Note:  If you have chosen to cut 6 7/8" squares, then cut in half on diagonal - you will only need to cut 140 Black Squares and 140 Scrappy Squares to produce the needed 280 triangles for each color.

Use 1/4" seam allowance.  Sew a Black triangle to a Scrappy triangle, press towards the black side.  Once triangles are sewn together, you should have a Total of 280 Half-Square Triangle Blocks measuring 6 1/2" unfinished square (6" finished square).

Arrange your 280 HST Blocks using the top photo in this post as your guide.

Layout is 15 HST Blocks across x 16 HST Blocks down.

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Here's a photo of some of my completed HST blocks once I had sewn the black triangles to scrappy triangles.....


Here's my design wall with about 1/3 of my blocks arranged.....


I decided to go ahead and sew together the first five rows.....working in smaller segments made things easier for me especially since I was using the assembly of these blocks as my Leader/Enders while I worked on other projects.

A few days later, I placed another group of completed blocks (for the middle of the quilt) on my design wall.....you can see the top portion that I had sewn together earlier hanging on the lower part of my design wall.


Then I sewed these rows together....then attached them to the bottom of the first section....


I'm REALLY liking how this is starting to turn out.  I already have the remainder of my 280 needed HST Blocks pieced, pressed and ready to arrange on the design wall.  Then I will just need to sew the rows together and attach to the bottom of the section above.

Maybe I should have waited to share this new design until I had actually completed my own example....but I was just too excited to wait any longer.

Please, please share photos with me if you decide to make a Don't Tread On Me quilt of your very own.

Hope everyone has a great and productive day that includes sewing!

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