I Love This Quilt! Saddle Tramp

 

Sherri’s pick for the I Love This Quilt! page, Saddle Tramp by Marcie Patch, appears in the November/December 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.

Download the free scrappy Saddle Tramp quilt pattern here, and read on about Sherri’s adaptation of the pattern for 10″ layer cake fabric squares!

 

Saddle Tramp 600px I Love This Quilt! Saddle Tramp

A fabric 500px I Love This Quilt! Saddle TrampI LOVE this Saddle Tramp quilt and I LOVE this group of fabrics! This is a Layer Cake (group of 10” squares) from the Polka-Dots & Paisleys collection designed by Minick & Simpson for Moda. Don’t you just love these prints? I thought they would provide a great starting point for the quilt, and I can pull some other fabrics from my stash that will blend beautifully with these prints. I think most reds go together beautifully, and ditto for cream prints and tans! I may need to be a bit more careful with the blues as I’ll be making the star backgrounds and the larger rectangles scrappy too. I want to be sure any additional blues used here are dark enough to make the other fabrics stand out. To use these 10” squares, the cutting for the stars and backgrounds will be different than the published pattern, and sewing the star-point units will be different too. But this will also mean you’ll have less fabric waste!

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From a blue print 10” square, cut (in the order listed):

Background patches for Star Block
1 square 5 3/4” x 5 3/4”, cut in half twice diagonally to make 4 quarter-square triangles
4 squares 2 3/4” x 2 3/4”
For Strip-Pieced Block
1 strip 10” long and as wide as possible

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Here are the patches organized for your block. The smaller pieces at the bottom of the photo won’t be used in the quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

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From a white or tan print 10” square, cut (in the order listed):

Patches for star
1 square 5″ x 5”
4 squares 3 1/8” x 3 1/8”, cut in half diagonally to make 8 half-square triangles
For Strip-Pieced Block
1 strip 10” long and as wide as possible

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Same patches are spread out a bit. You can get a lot of patches from a 10″ square of fabric!

 

 

 

 

 

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Here are the patches organized for your block. The smaller pieces at the bottom right side of the photo won’t be used in the quilt.

 

 

 

 

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And now the patches are organized for one Star Block.

 

 

 

 

HIJ 600px I Love This Quilt! Saddle TrampFor a star-point unit place white half-square triangle on the blue quarter-square triangle, right sides together as you see here and align the sharp points. The other sharp point on the light triangle will extend beyond the blue triangle. Sew using an accurate 1/4” seam allowance.

KLM 600px I Love This Quilt! Saddle TrampOpen the light triangle and press. Then add the 2nd light triangle the same way. This is what the back of the star-point unit will look like:

N 400px I Love This Quilt! Saddle TrampMake 4 of these for your Star Block. Go to Step 4 of the pattern to finish your block.

O 500px I Love This Quilt! Saddle TrampHere’s my first one! In the next blog I’ll show you how many I get done and which pretty prints I combine. I hope you like this method for making star point units. I like not having to mark sewing lines and not having the waste from trimming off the corners!

Sherri

Download the Saddle Tramp twin size quilt pattern here.

Read Part Two of Sherri’s Saddle Tramp blog post here.

Read Part Three of Sherri’s blog here.

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