Peaches & Dreams

Peaches & Dreams – 92” x 104”

This quilt can easily be made smaller by making fewer blocks. By keeping the non-pieced borders the same width as those for the larger size, the pieced border will fit, you’ll just use fewer blocks.  The border blocks are 4″ so for every 12″ main block you don’t use, you’ll use 3 less border blocks per border.

Because this is meant to be a stash busting project, fabric requirements are not given.  Use a variety of fabrics!  For whatever color you choose to use (what color is the predominant color in your stash?) . . orange, pink, blue, green . . use a variety of lights, mediums and darks, and throw in some ecrus or whites.  The more variety used, the easier to avoid getting the same colors next to each other.

For the borders, use a combination of lights in each border or make one border using one light and the next light border using a different light or make all your light borders from the same fabrics.  Have fun and use the stash!

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Blocks are 12” finished.
Border blocks are 4” finished.

The Block:
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These sections can be made any size you wish but here’s how I made mine:

For each block, make one of the following units.

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The center piece – 2-1/2″ x 8-1/2 rectangle.
The next round (ecru pieces) – Sides are cut 1-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Top and bottom are cut 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.
Outer round – Sides are cut 1-1/2″ x 10-1/2″.  Top and bottom are cut 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.
These units should be 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ unfinished.

For each block, make 2 of the following units.

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This section is made of the following: (these are the cutting sizes; not finished sizes)
Center section – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
Outer strips are cut 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ (sides and top and bottom).

For each block, make 1 of the following units. By making this one with the seams in different places, you can stick it in between the other two and there will be no seams to have to match.

pc5This section is made of the following: (these are the cutting sizes; not the finished sizes)
Center section – 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
Outer strips – top and bottom – cut 2″ x 3-1/2″.  Sides cut 2″ x 4-1/2″.

Sew those three sections together:

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Sew to the larger section:

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You can alternate colors (light vs. dark) in some of the blocks.

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Sew the blocks together randomly, trying to avoid having the blocks facing the same direction next to each other. Make 6 rows of 5 blocks.

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Once the rows are all sewn together, the top should measure (60-1/2” x 72-1/2”), including seam allowances.

Borders – For all non-pieced borders, attach to the sides first, then to the top and bottom.

1. Sew the 2” background fabric border strips together. The side strips should measure 2” x 72-1/2”. The top and bottom strips should measure 2” x 63-1/2”. After addition of these borders, the top should now measure 63-1/2” x 75-1/2”, including seam allowances.
2. Sew the 1-1/2” orange border strips together. The side strips should measure 1-1/2” x 75-1/2”. The top and bottom strips should measure 1-1/2” x 65-1/2”. After addition of these borders, the top should now measure 66-1/2” x 77-1/2”, including seam allowances.

3. Sew the 2” background fabric border strips together. The side strips should measure 2” x 77-1/2”. The top and bottom strips should measure 2” x 68-1/2”. After addition of these borders, the top should now measure 68-1/2” x 80-1/2”, including seam allowances.

4. Make 78 – 4-1/2” border blocks. The more variety used with the fabric, the easier it will be to put the borders together without having similar blocks next to each other. Use some light centers/dark borders and some dark centers/light borders.

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The center is a 2-1/2″ square.  The sides are cut 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″. The top and bottom strips are cut 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Join 20 blocks for each of the side borders; attach to the top.If you turn the blocks in alternating directions, it results in not having to match any seams.

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Join 19 blocks for the top and bottom borders. Attach to the quilt.

At this point, add borders any size you want.  When I made Bobby’s quilt, I was tired of adding borders and kept trying to convince myself to leave off some of the outer borders.  In the end, I didn’t give up and I’m so glad I added all the borders.  If you want to make yours as shown, these are the border strips to add.

5. Sew the 2” background fabric border strips together. The side strips should measure 2” x 88-1/2”. The top and bottom strips should measure 2” x 80-1/2”.
6. Sew the 1-1/2” orange border strips together. The side strips should measure 2” x 92-1/2”. The top and bottom strips should measure 1-1/2” x 82-1/2”.
7. Sew the 3-1/2” background fabric border strips together. The side strips should measure 3-1/2” x 94-1/2”. The top and bottom strips should measure 3-1/2” x 88-1/2”.
8. Sew the 2-1/2” orange border strips together. The side strips should measure 2-1/2” x 100-1/2”. The top and bottom strips should measure 2-1/2” x 92-1/2”.

Binding – 11 – 2-1/2″ strips.

©2009, Judy Laquidara

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    It’s your Birthday and you give us a present… how nice of you. Hope you have some plans for fun today, you worked extra hard this week. Happy Birthday!!!

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    says

    Happy Birthday to another June baby!!! And thanks for sharing how to make this quilt. YOU are a “peach”. 🙂

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    says

    I love this quilt. It’s just the pattern for the pink and orange fabrics I’ve been collecting. Thanks for the nice tutorial.

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    Becky I says

    Thank You! I am not sure if it is the color or the pattern but I really like this quilt!

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    Mary says

    Happy Birthday to me and to you! I love, love, love this quilt! I don’t have much orange and am tempted to buy lots to make this quilt, but may just go with fabric from the stash. Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

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    Ardelia says

    I love this quilt. Thank you for all the hard work you do and then give out the pattern for free. Happy Birthday!!

  7. 10

    Helene says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDY! And thank you very much for being so generous with your talents. May you have many, many more happy years – and may we benefit from sharing them with you!

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    says

    Judy,

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I was trying to ‘figure out’ the pattern from your earlier post and now my brain can relax.

    You are truly a treasure to share this with us. I’ve decided to make one using my myriad of blues…….. I think I’ll call it Blueberry Hill LOL

    Hugs,
    nancy

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    Jean Foglein says

    Hey Judy – HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL – YOU ROCK

    Great quilt – thanks for the pattern – I think it would look awesome in greens (since I have a whole big box of greens)

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    Lydia says

    Happy Birthday, Judy! And thank you so much for sharing how you made this wonderful quilt! I love the way that just a few different units end up creating this completely random look as they’re arranged across the quilt top. And I have to say, as much as I don’t enjoy adding borders, the many, many borders are an important element here. They really add something special! I’m torn between doing a monochromatic one in greens (my favorite color! And then I would deplete some of them, and have to buy more green 😉 or trying a multicolored scrappy one. I have a whole collection of fabrics that I’ve hand-dyed, and this might be a great place to use them. Either way, this is on my “going to make it” list! Thanks for being so gracious and sharing it with us. Have a great weekend!

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    Carol R says

    Thanks so much for posting this pattern. I don’t know when I’ll get it made but your name will be on the label as designer.

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    says

    Happy Birthday! I’d have a piece of cake in your honor, but I also just read your “cow” posting, and that reminded me to eat more fruits and vegetables. Without sauce. Or butter. (I held on to a size 4 cream pant suit from the early ’70s forever because it was the only size 4 I ever owned.) Have a wonderful day, and thank you for the pattern. Love that quilt.

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    says

    Thank you so much for posting this Judy! Since I don’t have a large stash, I most likely will have to purchase most of the fabric. If you were guessing, how much fabric would you suggest? Sorry to bother you about it.

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    Donna (in MI) says

    Happy Birthday!

    Thanks for the pattern. I am seeing this done in blues because tha is what is in my stash.

    Donna

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    Another Linda says

    It’s your birthday?!! Well happy birthday!!! Many wishes for continued good health and much happiness and time well spent with family and friends. Happy Birthday to the other June birthday folks too!

    Thanks for this pattern and sharing it with us. It is just so pretty!

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    says

    Happy birthday Judy!! Hope you are having a very special day with your family and friends.
    Thank you for sharing Peach & Dream pattern quilt with us.

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    Bessie H. says

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I see it in browns and teals
    for my son and his wife. Sort of a fifties retro look. It will go on
    my to-do-soon list. Have a great birthday and enjoy yourself as you
    are. You seem happy and healthy- probably more so than when you
    fit into that dress.

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    says

    Thanks for sharing, again! I think I’m going to order that 1.5 inch strip cutter for the GO. I’m into all these framed squares and rectangles!

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    Robin says

    Happy Birthday and thanks for posting this pattern- can’t wait to try it someday!!

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski says

    Just and awesome quilt pattern! Thank your and happy birthday.

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    says

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I’ve printed it out for future reference. While I love your orange quilt, I think it would look great made out of batiks and hand-dyes as well……..maybe my batik collection can be put to use…and I could get busy & make some hand-dyes, all my “good” colors are pretty much used up.

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    Alexandra says

    Thank you Judy, once again you have given a fabulous pattern with wonderfully clear and thorough instructions. You are a gem, I am glad you haven’t let anyone’s nastiness stop you. The binding tutorial was excellent, I do mine by machine but iron it in place but I am going to give you technique a whirl.

    I should let you know that you are my home page. I just wish I was as productive as you. When I grow up and have more time look out world!!

    Have a wonderful day from one crazy cow in Australia!

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    Judi says

    Thank you for sharing this pattern and Happy Birthday I hope you had a wonderful day!!! Today is my grandson’s birthday he was born 6-6-06

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    says

    I already fall in love with this quilt when I saw it on your design wall. Thanks for sharing this pattern and the detailed instruction. I already know where this quilt fits in my house. I only need to piece it…
    Regards Katja

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    says

    Love the Peaches-n-Dreams Quilt!! I started one similar with purple batiks….I had a plan but kind of got tired of it. Now I know how to finish it! You are very talented Judy! thanks for sharing with us and have a wonderful birthday!

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    says

    Happy Birthday! Love this quilt, and as usual, being the caring, sharing person you are you have given us instructions on how to make it.

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    Allyson Carneal says

    Hi. Thanks for posting these instructions. The quilt is beautiful! I started cutting out all my fabric to make one but I am confused about the cutting sizes. I haven’t figured out how you manage to piece them together to make each individual set of rectangles. For example, the first three fabrics for the large rectangle: in what order do you sew them so that the seams line up correctly? If the inner rectangle is fabric A, the middle is fabric B, and the outer is fabric C, the two short sides of each B rectangle (the top and bottom) aren’t long enough to make a complete rectangle after you’ve sewed the 2 long sides of fabric B to A.
    Any clarification would be appreciated! I just cut out a bunch of fabric to make this beautiful quilt. Thanks again for posting the pattern!