Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Daisy Chain quilt tutorial

I have had a couple of enquiries about the Daisy Chain quilt I made for my daughter (see previous posts here and here). I have put a quick tutorial together on how I made this quilt, and what cutting measurements I used.

Cut 4.75" strips across the width of your chosen solid and print fabrics. You can use as many print fabrics as you like. I think I used about 20 different prints. You will need at least 98" (2.75 yards or 2.5m) solid fabric.

Sew half of your fabric strips together as shown below. Crosscut these strip sets at a 45 degree angle into 6.5" units (as shown). If you piece and cut carefully, you should be able to cut four units from each strip set.

Sew the other half of your fabric strips together and crosscut as shown below.

You will need 80 units. Lay your blocks out in ten columns of eight units each until you are happy with the placement. Join the units to form vertical columns.

Unpick the top solid fabric parallelogram from each of the odd-numbered columns, flip the parallelogram over and sew to the bottom of each of the even-numbered columns. 

Join the ten columns together. Square up the top and bottom edges of the quilt by trimming the excess as shown.

These measurements will yield a quilt 60" wide by 84" long.


  1. It's a beautiful quilt and one I would like to try. Thanks for putting the time and effort into the tutorial.

  2. I love this quilt Ros. Both the design and fabric choices are delightful. I am making a variation using half square triangles, and in similar fabrics for my nieces 18th. It's a style of fabric I have never used, so thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Thanks Ros, this is the second tutorial you've put together when I've asked questions, {it was me who asked how to cut dresden plate wedges from charm squares :) }. I really appreciate the time & effort you put in to helping us newbies. And I love your quilt in Australian Homespun magazine! Thanks, Kym

  4. I really like this quilt Ros. It looks simple to make but packs a punch. Thank you, Kathi

  5. Wow your quilt is gorgeous - your tutorial looks great - one of these days I am going to have to try my hand at quilting, but for now I will just admire yours.

  6. Thanks for a great tutorial. I'm in the process of making it and I'm surprised how fast and easy it comes together.

  7. Thanks for the tutorial. It's great not to have to sew 1/2 square triangles to make this pretty quilt.

  8. This is very pretty! I must find the time to make it. Thanks for the idea.

  9. Thank you for posting this tutorial! I am hoping to use this tutorial to make a twin sized quilt for my son. About how much printed fabric did you use to make the quilt top?

  10. Are there any tricks to sewing the blocks together to form your columns? Also, how do you deal with the bias edges and keeping everything straight?


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