Daybreak Quilt – Free Pattern

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Make the Daybreak quilt with this free pattern! Large-scale units make this quilt fly together.

Daybreak Quilt

60″ x 60″

by Emily Cross

Fabric Requirements

Background – 1¼ yards
Light Coral – ¾ yard
Dark Coral – ¾ yard
Light Yellow – 1⅜ yards
Medium Yellow – ¾ yard
Dark Yellow – ⅝ yard
Binding – ½ yard

Cutting Instructions

From the background fabric, cut:
(2) 11½″ x 11½″
(4) 11¼″ x 11¼″
(4) 5½″ x 5½″
(4) 5½″ x 10½″

From the light coral fabric, cut:
(1) 11½″ x 11½″
(4) 11¼″ x 11¼″
(4) 5½″ x 5½″

From the dark coral fabric, cut:
(1) 11½″ x 11½″
(4) 11¼″ x 11¼″

From the light yellow fabric, cut:
(2) 11½″ x 11½″
(2) 11¼″ x 11¼″
(4) 10½″ x 20½″

From the medium yellow fabric, cut:
(4) 10½″ x 10½″

From the dark yellow fabric, cut:
(16) 5½″ x 5½″

Assembly

Half Square Triangles

Mark the wrong side of the background 11¼″ squares in half diagonally once. Lay a marked background square over a dark coral 11¼″ square, right sides together.

Sew a quarter inch from each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line.
Trim unit to 10½″ square. Make 8.

Split Quarter Square Pairs

Mark the wrong side of a background 11½″ square in half diagonally once. Lay a marked square over a light yellow 11½″ square, right sides together.

Sew a ¼″ from each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line.

Mark the wrong side of a light coral 11¼″ square in half diagonally once. Lay a marked square over a background/yellow HST so the marked line intersects the HST seam.

Sew a ¼″ from each side of the marked line. Cut apart on the marked line.
Trim unit to 10½″ square. Make 8 Split QST. Note that half will have the background triangle on top and half on the side.

Sew two of the QST together, as shown. Make 4 pairs.

Split Quarter Square Triangles for Center Pinwheel

To make the Split QST for the center pinwheel, cut a light yellow 11¼″ square in half diagonally once. Cut a dark coral and a light coral 11½″ square in half diagonally twice. Arrange the pieces into a Split QST, as shown below.

Sew the smaller triangles together and then add the larger triangle.
Trim unit to 10½″ square. Make 4 Split QST.

Arrange the Split QST as shown above. Sew together in pairs, and then sew the pairs together. Make 1 for the Center Pinwheel.

Corner Units

Sew a light coral 5½″ square to a background 5½″ square, and press. Sew a 5½″ x 10½″ background rectangle to the pair.

Unit measures 10½″ square. Make 4.

Flip Units

Mark the back of the dark yellow 5½″ squares from corner to corner. Place in the corner of a light yellow 10½″ x 20½″ rectangle. Sew on the marked line. Trim away the excess fabric leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance and press. Repeat for all four corners.

Flip unit measures 10½″ x 20½″ unfinished. Make 4.

Quilt Assembly

Lay the units out in rows. Sew the units together to complete the rows. Sew the rows together to complete the quilt top.
Layer with batting and backing. Quilt as desired and bind.

Colorway Ideas

Look for inspiration in different regional styles. This quilt is inspired by Southwestern wool blankets.

daybreak quilt

Change the values in the quilt by using a dark color for the background fabric.

daybreak quilt

Colors from the same family, or analogous, are fun, but push for the family relationship to be more like cousins than siblings for some extra punch. Here we have greens that verge on neon yellow, an earthy-toned olive, all the way to teals which are almost blue. It’s a family reunion of the Green family and everyone showed up for the party.

daybreak quilt

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Bernadette

Love this quilt. Thought I saw it could be done as an 80 x 80. Where do I find those directions ?