The Birds Hill Quilt Pattern by @theblanketstatement is a fun, modern twist on a simple, versatile, quilt block – the Half Square Triangle, also known as the “HST”. For anyone new to quilting, the HST is a total staple and one of my BFF quilt blocks.
I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for Erin on this project and I am really thrilled with how my baby size Birds Hill Quilt turned out! I’m writing this blog post for you so I can share my experience with the pattern, tips & tricks to make it easier, AND how to make it SUPER easy by cutting the pieces with an AccuQuilt Go! fabric cutting machine.
The Birds Hill Quilt Pattern comes in SIX different sizes which results in a ton of different options. I personally decided my size based on looking through the fabric in my stash and choosing which fabrics I wanted to use – then ended up making the baby size because it lent well to the fabric cuts I had chosen. The baby size quilt pattern finishes as 36″ x 48″ and is the smallest option on this pattern. The largest size is King finishing at 108″ x 108″, and as you can guess, the other 4 sizes fall in between these two!
For picking out your fabrics, I suggest selecting 3 prints that look amazing together and then one solid/neutral to pull them all together. Of course, it also looks great in all solids and I am sure you can make it work with all prints. For mine, I picked 3 different prints made by @cottonandsteel and they are all SO SOFT and seriously SO PRETTY and I pulled it together with a solid neutral from my stash and honestly have no idea what brand/color it is (so I have linked a similar one below). I also picked a slightly darker coordinating print to use as the binding. Fun fabric tip: use darker fabrics for binding, as that part of the quilt is likely to get dirtier faster!
- Solid Linen
- Rifle Paper Co. Petite Garden Party
- Stitch & Repeat – Sorbet
- Mish Mesh – Tea Cup
- Binding: Clover and Over
Since this quilt top is composed primarily of Half Square Triangle blocks, there are some tried & true shortcuts that help make this quilt come together super easily and kind of quick too! Purchase the pattern here to see what I mean, and follow these HST trimming tips to make the process even smoother:
- Get this HST Trimming Ruler
- Trim all your HSTs on the top and right sides
- Rotate the whole stack (and rotate the ruler too) and then trim the other two sides of your HSTs
If you hate trimming quilt blocks as much as I do, you might consider using an AccuQuilt Go! to cut your pieces.
The AccuQuilt die cutting system makes your blocks so precise trimming is completely unnecessary!! If you are unfamiliar with AccuQuilt, click here to read my original product review from when I first got my “Ready, Set, GO!” and click here to read about the very first project I ever made with it!
Making the Birds Hill Quilt Pattern with an AccuQuilt
Do you want to know how to convert the Birds Hill Quilt Pattern into something you can cut with your AccuQuilt?! It’s actually quite simple, and here are the steps you need to follow:
- Purchase the Birds Hill Quilt Pattern from The Blanket Statement (this is a very important step!) and then READ through the whole pattern to make sure you understand the original method fully. CLICK HERE to buy the pattern!
- On page 3 you will find the fabric requirements – I always suggest having a bit extra, especially when using the AccuQuilt!
- Pay very close attention to the table on the top of page 4, but go ahead and skip the cutting diagrams since you’ll be doing it a different method.
- Make sure you have the dies you need, as well as the cutting machine. Personally, I used my AccuQuilt Go! (hand crank machine) and dies from the 12″ Qube. If you do not already have the dies you need for this pattern, I totally recommend getting the 12″ Qube die set to get the most bang for your buck. If you want to purchase the dies individually, you can determine which dies you need by looking at the unfinished block sizes on the top of page 8. If using the 12″ Qube, you will use dies 2, 3 and 5.
- Cut your fabrics with the corresponding dies and the amounts. The easy way to determine how many you need would be to simply take the numbers on page 4 and multiply by 8 to find how many total HSTs to make; if you use this method you will have a few extras. Another way is to determine how many you need per block and multiply by how many blocks you’ll have total.)
- Piece your HSTs together, and then pick up the quilt pattern instructions on page 8 in the section called “Assembling the blocks”
Please reach out to me directly if you need help with the specifics of converting this pattern into an AccuQuilt-friendly quilt pattern! I am here to answer any and all questions! To see another quilt pattern that I converted into AccuQuilt instructions, check out my Indian Summer Quilt conversion blog post.
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