Designer Amy Friend of duringquiettime.com
The quilt pictured is 56” square and uses Blitzen fabric by BasicGrey. This quilt can just
as easily be made from scraps, charm squares or jelly rolls. More rows can be added to
make a larger quilt.
HeatnBond® Batting Tape
SpraynBond® Basting Adhesive
How to Construct the Quilt Top
The front of this quilt is made using a traditional block pattern called the Cogwheel.
To create an individual cogwheel, you will need to cut a 4 ½” square and four 2 ½”
squares. Group your fabrics into major color groups and then begin laying them out
selecting from a different color group for adjacent cogs. Contrast between adjacent
cogwheels is important for a successful design.
This is a sample layout of a 12” square area.
As you can see, you will be creating rows of alternating squares and four patches. I
began sewing from left to right, one row at a time. I sewed the top two 2 ½” blocks
together and ironed my seams to the right. I stitched the bottom two 2 ½” blocks together
and ironed my seams to the left. I then sewed the four patch blocks together. When I
stitched the four patches to the adjacent full squares, I ironed the seams toward the full
squares, away from the four patches. This makes it easy to match up the seams when you
sew the rows together.
How to Construct the Pieced Backing Block
The backing of my Christmas Cogs quilt includes a large pieced block measuring 27” finished.
To make this block, cut:
Thirteen 3 ½” blocks of the fabric you are using for the light aqua areas.
Twelve 3 ½” blocks of the fabric you are using for the darker aqua areas.
Sixteen 4” squares each of the light aqua and red. Make half square triangle units
from these pairs as shown in this diagram:
Trim units to 3 ½” square.
Four 9 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles of red.
Four 21 ½” x 3 ½” rectangles of your outer border material.
This pattern was originally featured on the BasicGrey blog.
Copyright Amy Friend 2012