Firework Quilt Tutorial

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Happy July friends!
Today I'm sharing another red, white, and blue quilt with you.
I just can't get enough of this summery, patriotic color combo!

I've been wanting to do something with the
 triangle cutoffs from my Glory quilt for a while now. 

So I used them to make 
3" finished Hourglass blocks.

And paired them with some coordinating 
solid squares that I cut from my stash.

I used 97 Hourglass blocks and 98 solid squares in this quilt.
I did a 13 x 15 layout so the finished size is 39-1/2" x 45 1/2".  
A nice baby-size quilt!  Are there any 4th of July babies out there?!?
I know a couple...

I had the backing fabric (leftover from another quilt back)
+ the binding fabric in my stash so I didn't buy anything
specifically for this project.  That always feels so good!

Jen Ostler in Highland, Utah quilted it for me.
She always quilts in an extra little motif for the
recipient to find; this time it was a heart.  So cute!
The panto Jen used is called Groovy Stars by Melissa Kelley.

If you want to make this baby-size quilt but don't have cutoffs 
from the Glory quilt, you will need:

Approximately 2-1/2 yards of red/blue scraps
1-1/2 yards of white fabric
1-1/2 yards of backing fabric
1/2 yard of binding fabric (cut five 2-1/2" x 40" strips)

To make (2) 3" finished Hourglass blocks, cut:
(1) red/blue 4-1/2" square and 
(1) white 4-1/2" square to make 

Here's a quick little step-by-step tutorial 
on how to make Hourglass blocks:

Step 1: Place (1) red/blue 4-1/2" square and (1) white 4-1/2" square on top of each other,
right sides together.  Mark a diagonal line on the top (white) square
going from corner to corner in both directions.  Sew 1/4" away
from one of those diagonal lines on both sides of the marked line.

Step 2: Cut through the squares on
both of the marked diagonal lines.

3.  Press the seam allowances toward the red/blue triangles
and then mix and match the units so two red/blue
triangles are opposite each other.  Sew the units together 
along the long edges (nesting the seams) to make
2 Hourglass blocks.

Step 4. Trim each block to 3-1/2".
(The center point of the block should be
the 1-3/4" mark on your ruler.)

Of course, you can make a 
Firework quilt as big or as small as you want.
Make as many Hourglass blocks as you need
for your desired quilt size.  

Click HERE if you want a Firework Quilt Coloring Sheet.
(There are extra squares on it if you want to make a bigger quilt!)

Also, if you're looking for more red, white, and blue
inspiration - check out THIS post featuring all 
the red, white, and blue quilts I've ever made!

What fun plans do you have in July?
We're going to Bear Lake at the end of the month.  Can't wait!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial today.
Let me know if you have any questions and happy quilting!