This lovely range, Eleanor by Anna Griffin arrived in our shop last week and we made some lovely wheels containing 14 fat eighths.  I knew I wanted to make a quilt with it so I gave myself a challenge – to make a quick modern looking quilt.   Time was of the essence so it had to be done this weekend.  So here you are…how to make a quick contemporary quilt in no time at all!

Step 1 – Just opened the wheel – how gorgeous are these fabrics!

Eleanor Wheel by Anna Griffin

Open the wheel


Step 2 – Choose two of the fat eighths and cut each into strips.  I cut mine into five strips each – one 6.5in, three 3.5in and then the balance.  You can cut the strips how you like as we are going to sew them together alternating them to make a striped rectangle.

step 2


Step 3 – Here is the sewn rectangle.



Step 4 – Now take the remaining 12 fat eighths and sew them into a continuous length, inserting the striped rectangle at some point.  I put mine between the fourth and fifth fat eighths but it doesn’t really matter.



Step 5 –  Measure the continuous length of the fat eighths.  Divide this by five and then cut five equal lengths.  I cut five lengths of 56 inches.



Step 6 – When you are happy with how the lengths look next to each other, sew them together and hey presto you have your quilt.  This will be longarm quilted on Wednesday and if you are visiting Sandown Quilt show at the weekend you can see it quilted and bound.  Phew – time now for a cup of tea – or possibly something stronger!