Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Free Quilt Pattern: Equalizer Quilt

Remember the Equalizer Quilt? I had the best intentions of writing a free pattern or tutorial for this quilt, and never got around to it . . . until now!

Free Quilt Pattern: Equalizer Quilt

It's been nearly a year in the making, but I'm happy to say that I've written a pattern for this beginner friendly quilt, which I'll share here!

Equalizer Quilt: Free Quilt Pattern

This quilt sample is made with Habitat fabric by Jay McCarroll. You'll need 4 fat quarters and 8 fat eighths of assorted prints and 3 yards of solid background fabric. Download the PDF pattern for free at Pellon or follow the tutorial below.

Finished Quilt Size:  60” x 78”. All seam allowances are 1/4.”


Materials Needed

-4 fat quarters (18” x 22”) of assorted print fabric

-6 fat eighths (9” x 22”) of assorted print fabric

-3 yards of solid navy fabric for quilt top

-3 3/8 fabric for backing

-1/2 yard fabric for binding

- Pellon Nature's Touch quilt batting (Twin Size)


Tools Needed

- Sewing Machine

- Rotary Cutter, mat and ruler


Cutting Directions

From print fabrics (I used Habitat by Jay McCarroll for FreeSpirit and two coordinating solids):

1) Cut 91 assorted strips 2-1/2” x 8-3/4”. From fat quarters, cut: (15) Purple leaf, (11) Striped slash, (10) Pink solid, (14) Purple solid. From fat eighths, cut: (7) Aqua dot, (7) Medium dot, (8) Red orbs, (7) Purple paint splotch, (6) Blue pixels, (6) Orange stripe.

From background fabric:

1) Cut 4 strips 8-3/4” x WOF for pieced units. Subcut each strip into 24 units, 1-3/4” x 8-3/4”. You’ll use 91 for this pattern.

2) Cut 10 strips 2-1/4” x WOF for vertical sashing. Piecing WOF strips end to end, and cut into 7 strips 60” x 2-1/4”.

3) Cut 5 strips 8-3/4” x WOF for background pieces A-V (206” total needed). Subcut 8-3/4” strips into the following lengths, which can also be viewed on the cutting diagram:

Column 1: (A) 7”                  (B) 19”                (C) 9-1/2”

Column 2: (D) 4”                  (E) 2-1/2”          (F) 13-1/2”

Column 3: (G) 4”                  (H) 11-1/2”

Column 4: (I) 4”                   (J) 2-1/2”           (K) 6-1/2”

Column 5: (L) 7”                   (M) 18-1/2”

Column 6: (N) 3-1/2”          (O) 20-1/2”        (P) 5”

Column 7: (Q) 7”                  (R) 5-1/2”          (S) 14”

Column 8: (T) 5”                  (U) 20-1/2”        (V) 15”


From binding fabric:

1) Cut 7 strips 2-1/2” x WOF, and join end to end.


Quilt Assembly

1) Pair one 8-3/4” solid strip with one 8-3/4” print strip. With right sides facing, stitch together across long edge. This makes one pieced strip, which measures 8-3/4” x 3-3/4”. Repeat until you have 91 total pieced strips.

2) Press seams open. Be sure to lift your iron up and down while pressing, rather than moving from side to side, which can distort the fabric. This is especially helpful when piecing a bold, geometric design with lots of straight lines.

3) Arrange pieced strips according to the quilt diagram, with like prints grouped together. The design can echo that of a music equalizer, with vertical bars that vary in height. You may leave negative space in the design, which will later be filled in with background fabric.

4) Once the pieced strips are arranged into columns, stitch together the pieced units in each column, with right sides facing. 


5) Again, press seams open.

6) Arrange the background units A-U as pictured in the diagram, to complete the columns. Variation: If you do not wish to follow the diagram exactly, you may cut background strips of various widths and piece them in as you wish. Press seams open.

7) The columns may vary slightly in height. Trim each column to 60”, by trimming background fabric from the top as needed.

8) Between each of the eight columns, stitch a vertical sashing strip. Press seams open.

9) Baste, quilt, and bind as desired.

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  1. Thanks you for this great pattern - such a fabulous quilt!

  2. The pattern's not there anymore :(

  3. For anyone thinking of following the free pattern: Pieces R & S are missing from the cutting instructions and the labeled diagram skips over the E piece and mislabels the rest of the quilt. I didn't notice this before cutting, so I'm glad I had some extra background fabric. It definitely took my a lot more time in the planning stage than I thought it would as a result. I usually follow a pattern when I don't want to do quilt math. I ended up doing the math just to make sure the mislabeled pieces created even columns and to figure out the two missing pieces.


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