Anne of Green Gables quilt

DIY Anne of Green Gables quilt {Heather's Handmade Life}

I’ve always loved Anne of Green Gables, so when Penny Rose Fabrics released an entire collection dedicated to P.E.I.’s whimsical redhead, I knew I had to make an Anne quilt. A “quilt of shining colours,” as Anne might call it.

I pawed through the bolts and narrowed it down to my eight favourites: two greens, three blues and three pinks. Most were printed with flowers (my favourite), but one had teacups (another favourite) and another was printed with delicately scripted quotes from the books.

DIY Anne of Green Gables quilt {Heather's Handmade Life}
Eight different fabrics: 1/2 metre of each!

Now, I’m often asked how to figure out how much fabric to buy when you’re making a quilt. Luckily, I’ve developed a system that’s been working well.

People who sew use a term called a “fat quarter,” which refers to a quarter-metre of fabric if you cut it into squares instead of strips. Fabric stores even sell pre-cut “fat quarters” because they’re handy for making small projects. If you were to buy a quarter-metre off a bolt, it would be a long skinny strip instead of one fat square. Make sense?

Since I was making the quilt for our guest room, which has a double bed, I knew I could get by with half a metre of each fabric — four metres of fabric, total. Since I’d cut each piece of fabric in half, it was like I was buying 16 fat quarters.

DIY Anne of Green Gables quilt {Heather's Handmade Life}
16 squares cut from eight fabrics (two squares per fabric)

So if you want an easy formula for making a quilt that fits a double bed, either buy 16 fat quarters or eight half-metres of different fabrics. (If you only want to use four fabrics, just buy one metre of each.)

Once I’d washed and dried the fabric — always important if you’re making something that will be washed and dried in the future — I roughly cut each piece of fabric down the middle, giving me 16 fat quarters.

I could have stopped here and sewn them into a 4×4 grid of squares to make a patchwork-style quilt, but I wanted to go a step further and turn these squares into what are called “half-square triangles” or “HSTs.” (They’re easier and more fun than taxes, I promise.)

I ironed the squares well, then drew a diagonal line through the middle of each (using an iron-away fabric pen) and cut them into 32 triangles. Then it was just a matter of matching up different triangles — pink against green, blue against pink, etc. — by putting the good sides together.

Once I had a stack of doubled-up triangles, I sewed the pairs together along one side — giving me 16 squares again, except this time each square was two different colours. They were still rough squares, so the next step was using my clear square quilting ruler to trim the edges and make them all even.

The finished squares were trimmed to be 18″ wide/tall.

When I sewed the 16 squares together using a 1/4″ seam allowance, the squares measured 17 1/2″ across.

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home — it includes a video tutorial!

DIY Anne of Green Gables quilt {Heather's Handmade Life}
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16 Comments on “Anne of Green Gables quilt

  1. Love the Anne of Green Gables bed cover. Would like to make one for a twin bed

    • Thank you, Brenda! It would be sweet in a twin size. I’d probably do a 3×4 instead of a 4×4 if I was doing a twin-sized quilt.

  2. Splendid! Anne Shirley is one of my favorite heroines! Thank you for the Green Gables pattern.

  3. This is beautiful! It doesn’t look like Penny Rose carries this collection anymore. 🙁 I’ll have to keep an eye out for similar fabrics so I can make my own some day! 🙂

    • Thank you, Mal! I hope Penny Rose brings the collection back!

  4. What do I think? I think it’s beautiful. I never made a quilt, so I hope when I do start to quilt I will be able to make one as lovely as yours. Thank you.

    • Thank you, Barbara! xo I really hope you try quilting — it’s easy and SO much fun!

  5. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! We are in love with this book! I have a preteen that will be making as her first sewing project with no help. Can you please tell me what the size of each block should be in inches? We have found some very delicate floral prints that we are hoping can do justice to this quilt.

    • Thank you, Leslie! That’s wonderful that your preteen will be making her own quilt! When I made the half-square triangles, I trimmed them down and they measured about 18.5″ — so the finished quilt shows them as 17.5″ after the seam allowances.

  6. Don’t know if my earlier transmission happened so I’m sending again. Would love to get this pattern. Please tell me how to obtain a copy so I can make it for my granddaughter who loves Anne of Green Gable.

    • Hi Tammy! There isn’t a pattern per se, just this tutorial that explains how I made the cuts and what I did. Hope that helps!

    • Hi there! There isn’t a pattern per se, just this tutorial that explains how I made the cuts and what I did. Hope that helps!

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