Yay! A new pattern on the Sugaridoo website. Aaand it’s free! I made a video about a super fun and fast pencil quilt. In two weeks I’ll continue with this quilt on my channel to quilt it and show how I put a binding on a quilt.

To make the quilt, first watch the video and then look for further instructions and measurements in this post. Who will you make this quilt for?

Materials

For fabric you will need the following. (WOF = width of fabric)

  • Background fabric
    • 4 strips of 2.5″ x WOF
    • about 11″ x 24″ for the triangles for the pencil tips
    • Extra fabric if you want to make a border around the quilt.
  • Pink
    • Dark: 2 strips of 3.5″ x WOF
    • Light: 1 strip of 3.5″ x WOF + little piece for the pencil tip
  • Yellow/Orange
    • Light: 2 strips of 3.5″ x WOF
    • Dark: 1 strip of 3.5″ x WOF + little piece for the pencil tip
  • Green
    • Light: 2 strips of 3.5″ x WOF
    • Dark: 1 strip of 3.5″ x WOF + little piece for the pencil tip
  • Blue/turquoise
    • Dark: 2 strips of 3.5″ x WOF
    • Light: 1 strip of 3.5″ x WOF + little piece for the pencil tip
  • Pencil tip fabric: about 7″ x 36″ for the trapezoid shaped pieces of the pencil tips

Pattern

For the pencil tips I used a foundation paper piecing pattern on freezer paper. In this tutorial you can see exactly how this method works.

You can download the pattern for the pencil tips over here. This block to be 9 x 9″ when it’s finished, or 9.5 x 9.5 including seam allowance.

Making some pencils

Sew the strips of the same color together to make the pencils. Pink – light pink – pink, Yellow – Orange – Yellow etc. When these are done you trim off the edges to make both sides of the pencil straight. Trim all pencils to the size of your smallest pencil.

Now make the pencil tips with the paper piecing pattern.

Sew the tips to the pencils.

Now take the 2.5″ background strips and sew them together in to one long strip. Cut from that very long strip 3 strips that are as long as the finished pencils. Sew these strips in between the pencils. Make sure to alternate the direction of the pencils. Some are pointing up and some down.

Border

Now your pencil quilt is done. But if you want you can add borders to it. I added borders to the sides of 3.5″ and to the top and bottom of 4″.

This make my quilt 48 x 60″. That is a great size to donate the quilt to the Regenboogboom, a Dutch foundation that hands out quilt to children who are very ill or go through a tough time. Are you from The Netherlands? Please take a look at www.regenboogboom.nl to learn more about the organisation and maybe you can make a quilt for them as well!

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