Five Points Quilt Tutorial - Part 1

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I am so excited to introduce the Five Points Quilt and tutorial. I love how it is the perfect balance of a traditional design and a really modern look.

You can see the Echino back peaking out from the bottom corner.
And here is the back - it is Echino Winter Bird Stripe and Dots.

Although it doesn't feel like it in a lot of places right now, spring is around the corner. With thoughts of warmer weather in mind, we picked these gorgeous spring colors for this quilt. The custom fat quarter set is available here.

Fabricworm Custom Bundle Five Points Quilt Fat Quarters, 10 Total

The quilt is done on point, with the center squares set as diamonds. It is a nice change from my usual tops and something I have been meaning to try. It was super fun and a little strange working on a diagonal but after getting used to it, I am hooked.

This quilt measures approximately 80" x 80". It is perfect for a full or queen size bed. The best part is that we used Echino's Winter Bird Stripe and Winter Dots for the back so it is reversible!

10 fat quarters or quarter yards of coordinating fabrics.

4 yards of Kona Snow

3/4 of a yard for the binding of Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen Aqua

2 1/2 yards of Echino Winter Bird Stripe Green

1 1/2 yards of Echino Winter Dots Green

90" x 90" cotton batting

1. Cut 100 9" x 3" strips of the coordinating prints - 10 pieces per print.
2. Cut 60 3" x 3" cornerstones of the coordinating prints - 6 pieces per print.
3. Cut 41 9" x 9" squares of Kona Snow.
4. For the side triangles, cut 8 11 1/2" squares. Then cut the squares in half on the diagonal.
5. For the corner triangles, cut 2 10 1/4" squares. Then cut the squares in half on the diagonal.

Here are the pieces laid out and looking pretty. I couldn't resist swapping out one piece of sashing for a piece of the Echino Bird Stripe.

Making the Quilt Top
1. Take 4 of each pattern of the 9" x 3" strips and sew one to each 9" x 9" square. Since there are 41 squares, you will need to use one extra 9" x 3" strip from one of the prints.

2. Press the seams open.

3. Following the picture below, lay out 9 blocks on a diagonal. Use one of each print. By using 10 different prints, you can easily lay out these blocks, sashing pieces and cornerstones without having any prints right next to each other.

4. On each side of the 9 block column, lay out 7 blocks, then 5 blocks, then 3 blocks and finally one block. Be sure to leave space between each column of blocks for the sashing pieces and cornerstones.

5. Following the picture below, lay out the pieces of sashing between the blocks. Be sure to leave room for the cornerstones.

6. Following the picture below, lay out the cornerstones between the blocks and the sashing.

7. Take a look at your prints and make sure you like the way the prints are laid out and balanced.

8. With the 9 block column in the center, pin each block column and sashing/cornerstone column so you can transfer them to your sewing machine without messing up your design.

9. Mark the top of each block and sashing column with a pin. Trust me, they are going to start looking alike so having a marker to orient the columns once they are sewn is going to be very helpful. You can see my little pin markers below.

10. Starting with the left block corner, sew the 2 cornerstones to the 9" x 3" sashing. Then sew the 9" x 3" sashing to the block. Take the time to align each row together so your seams line up. Press the seams open and then sew the sashing column to the block column. Be sure to sew the sashing column to the leftside of the block column.

11. Sew one of the corner triangles to the sashing row. Start with the tip of the triangle 1/5" over the end of the cornerstone.

12. Align the side triangle to the top of the column and sew. Repeat on the bottom.

And here is what the finished corner will look like when you are done.

13. Working your way in towards the center, sew the next column of sashing to the 3 block column.

Next, sew the side triangles to the top and bottom of the column, making sure that the hypotenuse of the triangle is in the correct direction. Continue with the 5 blocks column and the 7 block column.

14. For the center 9 block column, sew the sashing columns to the left side and to the right side first. Then sew the two corner triangles to either end.

15. Repeat the steps above for the second half of the quilt top. Be sure to sew the sashing to the right side of the block columns.

16. Once the columns are finished, sew them together. Take your time to align the rows so your sashing and cornerstones line up.

And here is what the quilt top will look when you are finished. This picture was taken right before I basted the three layers. Don't worry, we will talk about basting in the second part of this tutorial.
Congratulations! You are halfway done!

Quilt and Tutorial by Fabricworm's favorite Sewist, Melissa Lunden (Melissa won't sign her name, so we are signing it for her, she deserves all the credit! Thanks again Melissa, for another fabulous tutorial!)


Stephanie said…
Wow... I love this!
Brooke said…
Oh fantastic. Love everything about this one...the colors, the pattern, and the setting.

Especially love the way the yellows and blues play together in these fabrics...the mix of warm and cool colors draws me in.

Thumbs up!
Marg said…
It's absolutely stunning, I love it.
Unknown said…
I will have to make one of these. I love it!
Sarah said…
Oh thanks!!! I have been trying to come up with the design i wanted for a quilt on my bed and this will be perfect.
sam said…
Beautiful quilt and step-by-step Melissa!
Jacqueline said…
I love it--- made my purchase and am TOTALLY in!!! I'll be cutting the fabric next week, YAY!!!
What a lovely design, so effective !
pamela said…
Love this!!! I will have to make this as soon as I tackle a few other projects that are on the board!!!! Wonderful tutorial..
Nanci D. Byers said…
This quilt is so fresh and lovely. Thanks for sharing!!!

Meraki Soap said…
Awesome tutorial, you are inspring me to take something like this on. I haven't made a quilt before, only mini-art quilts but I think I could do this.
SewCalGal said…
Great job Melissa.

manybooks said…
That is a wonderful pattern and yours turned out lovely. The colors are perfect together, and with the white :) THANK YOU for a great tutorial!
kelly said…
Melissa makes it seem so easy- what a great tutorial, thx!
Hugh and Crye said…
I've been warned that having bias edges running along the outside edge of the quilt will cause problems, and that I should use another method of cutting those setting triangles. I would be interested to hear if anyone has made this quilt and encountered any difficulties with the bias edges.
Chelsea Strong said…
Thank you thank you for this tutorial! I was 1/4 way through quilting when I got a call that my sister was in the hospital with a brain tumor. In the hours until I was able to see her, I quilted my little heart out, and was able to get the finished quilt to her for the remainder of her week-long stay at UCSF.

I just blogged about it here:

I'll have a followup post with a full photo of the quilt (fabrics are from a huge FW bundle splurge earlier this year!) but I just had to thank you for the inspiration.
Anonymous said…
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I cut out all the fabric and couldn't understand how to attach the side triangles. Now I see that you have to attach the sashing first then the triangles after. I thought that's how it went together but you confirmed I was on the right track. I love your quilt and will definitely be making one with the light centre blocks.