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Amethyst Quilt

by Joy Hoffman

33" square

Image of Amethyst Quilt Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 yd. Pale Aqua
  • 1 yd. Blue and Purple Mottled Print
  • 1/2 yd. Dark Purple
  • 1/2 yd. Purple Batik
  • 1 yd. Backing
  • 1 yd. Batting

Cutting Instructions

Fabrics Cut Yield
Pale Aqua 82" strips36Tri-Mate triangles
36Companion Angle triangles
362" squares
Blue & Purple Mottle 63 1/2" strips43 1/2" x 36" borders
4Easy Center squares*
20Pairs of Recs triangles
12" strip202" squares
41 1/4" stripsSingle fold straight of grain binding
22Large leaf appliqués
Dark Purple 13 1/2" strip16Pairs of Recs triangles
32" strips60Easy Angle triangles
162" squares
12Small leaf appliques
Purple Batik 22 1/2" strips5Easy Center Squares*
48Easy Angle triangles
11 1/2" strips41 1/2" x 36" borders

*Cut these squares using the Easy Center Square for the strip width measurement.

Assembly Instructions

schematic of center of blockSew together a block center using a blue and purple mottled print Easy Center Square and four purple batik Easy Angle triangles (illustration 1). Repeat to make four of this color combination. Sew together the remaining five centers, using the purple batik Easy Center Squares and the dark purple Easy Angle triangles. Press the seams open, being careful not to distort the block.

schematic of flying goose unitStitch a flying goose unit using a pale aqua Companion Angle triangle and the two dark purple Easy Angle triangles (illustration 2). Press towards the Easy Angle triangles, and trim the "dog ears". Repeat to make twenty units. Use the purple batik Easy Angle triangles with the remaining sixteen pale aqua Companion Angle triangles to complete the flying goose units of the second color combination.

schematic of combining flying goose units with squaresAdd a pale aqua square to each end of ten flying goose units made with dark purple Easy Angles (illustration 3). Add a pale aqua square to each end of eight flying goose units made with batik Easy Angles. Press towards the squares.

schematic of first step in completing quilt blockStitch the remaining flying geese units to the sides of the block centers. Match the color of the Easy Angles in the flying goose units with the Easy Angles in the center squares. Press towards the center square. Complete the star as shown in the diagram (illustration 4), pressing the final seams open.

block borders: part 1Assemble pieced rectangles using a pale aqua Tri-Mate triangle with a pair of blue and purple mottled Recs triangles (illustration 5). Press towards the Recs triangles. Repeat to make twenty of this color combination. The second color combination uses pale aqua Tri-Mate triangles with dark purple Recs triangles. Repeat to make sixteen of this color combination.

block borders: part 2Sew a blue and purple mottled square to each end of ten of the pieced rectangles made with the blue and purple mottled fabric as the Recs triangles (illustration 6). Add a dark purple square to each end of eight pieced rectangles made with the dark purple Recs triangles. Press towards the squares.

completed quilt blockAdd these pieced rectangles to the sides of the stars, completing the block as shown (illustration 7).

Assemble wall hanging by sewing the nine blocks together in horizontal rows of three, alternating the two colors of blocks, pressing the seams open. Join the rows to complete the quilt center.

Stitch a batik narrow border to a wider blue and purple mottled border strip. Repeat to make 4 pieced borders. Add these borders to the sides, top and bottom edges of the quilt. Stop the stitching 1/4" from the corner. Miter the corners and trim the excess border length. Press towards each border.

Using the single fold bias tape, applique a vine gently curving as desired around the border of the quilt. Applique various leaves in a random manner along the vine.

Quilt as desired, bind with single fold, straight of grain binding made from 1 1/4" strips of the blue and purple mottled fabric.

Appliqué Technique


  • · Appliqué Sharps
  • · Recessed top thimble
  • · Needle threader
  • · Bamboo Pointer and Creaser
  • · Sharp, fine pins
  • · No Melt Mylar template plastic
  • · Sharp pencil or fine point fabric marker for marking appliqué placement (silver or white works well for dark fabrics, gray for lighter fabrics)

To Applique

  1. Print out the pattern for the leaves
  2. Trace appliqué pattern onto no melt template plastic. Cut along line.
  3. Place the appliqué template onto right side of fabric. Lightly trace shape using fine point fabric marker or very sharp silver pencil.
  4. Flip the template over and trace to get designs that face the opposite direction.
  5. Cut out appliqué adding 1/4" seam allowance.
  6. Crease seam allowance with Bamboo Pointer and Creaser.
  7. Sew to fabric by hand using blind stitch or blanket stitch, or by machine using a decorative stitch.

Appliqué Tips

  • · Pin appliqués from the wrong side to avoid tangling the thread on pins.
  • · A small pillow in your lap will support the work and improve posture and can act as a pincushion as well when stitching by hand.
  • · Use thread to match the appliqué, not the background fabric.
  • · Stitches should be no farther apart than 1/8" - any farther and unsightly gaps may occur.

Don't forget to sign and date your quilt! Enjoy!Amethyst Quilt Grid

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