The summer tourist quilt pattern is an extract from Sew Organized for the Busy Girl: Tips to Make the Most of Your Time and Space by Heid Staples (aka. Fabric Mutt) published by Stash Books. This book has lots of tips to help you fit sewing into your life, as well as 23 sewing projects too.
Summer Tourist Quilt
44˝ × 44˝, 12˝ blocks
Making the Quilt
Cut your fabric into 2 1/2 inch squares
1) Arrange the 36 squares for each color group into a 6 × 6 grid, alternating saturated and low-volume prints. Sew the squares into 6 rows of 6 squares each, pressing each row in alternating directions
2) Sew the 6 rows together to form a 36-Square block.
3) Sew a 2 1/2˝ × 40 1/2˝ border to the top and bottom of the quilt.
Sew a 2 1/2˝ × 44 1/2˝ border to the top and bottom.
1) Arrange the blocks into a 3 × 3 grid. Sew
a 2 1/2˝ × 12 1/2˝ white solid strip between the blocks in each row.
2) Sew a 2 1/2˝ × 40 1/2˝ strip between each row.
Finishing the Summer Tourist Quilt
1) Cut the 3-yard piece of black-and-white print in half along the crosswise grain. Trim off the selvages and sew the 2 halves together along the lengthwise grain to make a rectangle
54˝ high by twice the width of fabric. Trim to 54˝ square.
2) Stack the quilt backing (right side down), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Quilt and bind as desired.
To make this lively mini quilt, start with nine-patch blocks that finish at 6˝. Place the saturated squares at the center and corners of each block and the low-volume prints in between. A text print for the sashing and border adds even more interest.