How to Make the Watermelon Vortex Quilt

by Morgan | June 26, 2018

As quilters, we love anything that's going to make our lives simpler, which is why we adore pre-cuts. Pre-cut fabrics let us get to the sewing/quilting part much faster, and save some of the frustration of measuring and cutting along the way. This quilt uses 3 pre-cut packs from Wilmington Fabrics and the colors remind us of delicious, refreshing watermelon on warm summer days. 

Join us in making this Watermelon Vortex quilt! 

Learn how to make the quilt

Visit the Free Downloads page to get the pattern, generously provided by Wilmington Prints to our readers. 

What'll you'll need to make the quilt

1- Essential Gems Emerald Forest Strip Pack from Wilmington Prints (available in our kit)

1- Essential Gems Ruby Days Strip Pack from Wilmington Prints (available in our kit))

1-  Essential Gems White Out Strip Pack from Wilmington Prints (available in our kit)


Ruler (we love the Creative Grids 6.5" x 12.5" ruler)

Rotary Cutter (this is our favorite - the Olfa Splash 45mm Rotary Cutter - Pink)

Cutting Mat 

Pins (we used  the Clover Patchwork Pins (Fine) - 100ct Size 30 - 1½") 

Sewing Machine (We're using our Bernina 770QE).

How to make the Watermelon Vortex Quilt

  1. Cut your red fabric (Fabric A) into
    • From each of 21 strips cut:
      • (2) 2.5" x 8.5" strips
      • (2) 2.5" x 6.5" strips
      • (2) 2.5" x 4.5" strips
      • (1) 2.5" square
    • From remaining 3 strips cut (21) 2.5" square

  2. Cut the same thing for your green fabric.

  3. Set aside 7 white strips for binding. 
  4. Out of the remaining 17 strips, cut (210) 2.5" squares
  5. Lay out the block according to the diagram:

  6. Stitch rows RST (right sides together) using a 1/4" seam allowance. 

  7. Set the seam and press toward the red (don't press toward the white)

  8. Continue stitching each row. 

  9. Place rows RST and nest seams. Sew rows together. 

  10. Press the seam open.

  11. Repeat this step for each row until you've finished the block. Your block should look like this:

    Notice the seams are pressed open. This is because you'll  turn these blocks to make the pattern in the quilt, and open seams make it easier for you to nest your seams. 

  12. Repeat these steps to make all 42 blocks, and place them according to the download diagram. (Get it on our Free Downloads page). 
  13. Unfinished quilt measures 60.5" x 70.5". Your backing should be at least 8" larger than the top. 
  14. Your finished quilt will look like this


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