3 Yard Chandelier Quilt Pattern!

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Sew a beautiful Chandelier Quilt Pattern with just 3 yards of fabric! This fabulous quilt design is so popular, but I couldn’t find a single pattern for a 3 yard Chandelier quilt… until now! I had so much fun designing a Chandelier quilt for you that only takes 3 yards of fabric. This free quilt pattern makes a throw quilt that is approximately 48” x 59” with 8” Chandelier quilt blocks.

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What size quilt does 3 yards make?

Most 3 yard quilts are throw quilts or lap quilts because they don’t require a lot of fabric. This pattern would also make a darling baby quilt with 3 yards of fabric. Since this type of quilt isn’t very big, you can finish your quilt quickly and give it as a gift or use it in your home. Because of the size, throw quilts like this one are easy to quilt on a domestic sewing machine.

This Chandelier Quilt pattern shows you how to make proper half-blocks and corner pieces instead of just cutting up full blocks. This way you’ll save all your perfectly pieced points and the sides and top and bottom of your quilt top will have fewer bias edge pieces, which can make quilting it easier (less chance of wonkiness!).

You’ll have enough fabric to finish the quilt top including 18 blocks, 10 half-blocks, 4 corners, and 2 borders More fabric is required for the binding and quilt back.

If you love to use your AccuQuilt fabric cutter like I do, I’ll share the optional cutting die numbers to make this pattern Accuquilt-friendly. Using an Accuquilt is optional, but I love it! See all my Accuquilt-friendly quilts. Look under the cutting dimensions below for a list of fabric-cutting dies you may use instead.

Except for the strips, all of the dies I used for this quilt were in the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8″ Block set.

How to Choose the Right 3 Yards of Fabric

All my 3 Yard Quilt Patterns make it really easy to pick your fabric. First find a beautiful ‘focus fabric’ in your stash or at your local quilt shop. This should be a fabric that really sings to you – or that makes you think of the intended recipient of the quilt.

After you have chosen your focus fabric, choose one coordinating fabric that is lighter and one coordinating fabric that is darker.

Wouldn’t this quilt pattern make a beautiful blue and cream quilt too? I often use my EQ8 Quilt Design Software to see what my quilts would look like in other color ways.

If you follow these instructions for choosing your fabrics, you can’t go wrong, and you probably already have 3 fabrics in your stash that will make a beautiful quilt.

Chandelier Free Three-Yard Quilt Pattern

This free quilt pattern includes instructions for a chandelier quilt block in two different color patterns. The blocks are set on point. I will share instructions for making the side blocks and the corner pieces. There are a total of 18 – 8” blocks, 10 half-blocks, and 4 corner pieces in this quilt.

Including the borders, this finished throw quilt is approximately 48” x 59”. It’s perfect for snuggling on the couch or donating to Project Linus or another worthy organization.

Let’s get creative and sew a fast and easy quilt today!

Important note: This pattern squeezes as much as possible out of each yard of fabric. The width of each piece must have 42 1/2” of usable fabric. Most fabric printed in the last 5-10 years will work great because it’s 44” wide, including the selvages so it is 42-43” wide after you cut off the selvage. Please measure the width of your fabric pieces before getting started to make sure and follow the cutting charts below carefully.

You will need:

  • 3 one yard cuts of fabric (a main focus fabric, one darker fabric, and one lighter fabric)*
  • a rotary cutter acrylic ruler, and mat
  • sewing machine
  • thread (I suggest thread matching the lighter fabric)
  • ironing board and iron
  • pencil or fabric marking pen

*Note: You will need a few inches of extra fabric if you are using an AccuQuilt fabric cutter.

To sew the quilt top into a finished quilt, you will also need:

  • 3 yards of backing fabric (or enough to piece together a 53” x 64” or larger quilt back)
  • a piece of quilt batting at least 53” x 64”
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the binding

Cutting:

Fabric layout for 1 yard of focus fabric.

Fabric A is your focus fabric. From this fabric, cut:

  • 24 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • 12 squares 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • 5 strips 4 1/2” x 42”
Optional Accuquilt cutting instructions:
  • The 2 1/2” squares may be cut with die 55709 (in the 8” Qube set)
  • The 4 1/2” squares may be cut with die 55708 (in the 8” Qube set)
  • The border strips may be cut with the 4 1/2” strip cutter die 55054
Fabric layout for 1 yard of darker fabric.

Fabric B is the darker fabric. From this fabric, cut:

  • 32 squares 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • 6 squares 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • 2 squares 3 5/8” x 3 5/8”
  • 3 squares 7” x 7”
  • 5 strips 3 1/2” x 42”
Optional Accuquilt cutting instructions:
  • The 2 1/2” squares may be cut with die 55709 (in the 8” Qube set)
  • The 4 1/2” squares may be cut with die 55708 (in the 8” Qube set)
  • The border strips may be cut with the 3 1/2” strip cutter die 55032
Fabric layout for 1 yard of lighter fabric.

Fabric C is the lighter fabric. From this fabric, cut:

  • 56 rectangles 2 1/2” x 6 1/2”
  • 42 rectangles 2 1/2” x 4 1/2”
Optional Accuquilt cutting instructions:
  • The 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles squares may be cut with die 55715 (in the 8” Qube set)
  • You may find the 2 1/2” strip cutter die (55017) helpful too

Quilt Piecing

Use a 1/4’’ seam allowance and a regular stitch length such as 2 – 2.5.

How to Sew the Chandelier Quilt Block

1. Sew two 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” Fabric C rectangles to the side edges of a 4 1/2” Fabric A square.

Repeat to make 12 pieces.

2. Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” Fabric C rectangle to a 2 1/2” Fabric A square.

Repeat to make 24 pieces.

3. Sew three pieces together as shown to make 1 chandelier block using Fabrics A and C.

Repeat to make 12 blocks.

4. Sew two 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” Fabric C rectangles to the side edges of a 4 1/2” Fabric B square.

Repeat to make 6 pieces.

5. Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” Fabric C rectangle to a 2 1/2” Fabric B square.

Repeat to make 24 pieces.

6. Sew three pieces together as shown to make 1 chandelier block using Fabrics A and B.

Repeat to make 6 blocks.

You will have 12 of pieces leftover.

Make 6 Half-Chandelier Blocks For the Sides of the Quilt

1.Sew a 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” Fabric C rectangle to a 2 1/2” Fabric B square.

Repeat to make 6 pieces.

2. Cut the three 7” squares in half diagonally twice to make 12 quarter square triangles. Save 2 of the triangles for a different project. You will need 10 for this quilt.

3. Sew a piece with a 4 1/2” Fabric C rectangle and a 2 1/2” Fabric B square to one of the shorter edges of a quarter square triangle as shown.

4. Sew a piece with a 6 1/2” Fabric C rectangle and a 2 1/2” Fabric B square to the other shorter edge of the quarter square triangle as shown.

5. Line the straight edge of your ruler up with the long edge of the quarter square triangle. Cut away the excess fabric as shown.

Repeat to make 6 half-blocks for the side edges of your quilt.

Make 4 Half-Chandelier Blocks For the Top and Bottom of the Quilt

1.Sew a 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” Fabric C rectangle to a shorter edge of one of the quarter square triangles remaining from Step 2 above.

Repeat to make 4 pieces.

2. Sew a piece with a 6 1/2” Fabric C rectangle and a 2 1/2” Fabric B square to the other shorter edge of the quarter square triangle as shown.

3. Line the straight edge of your ruler up with the long edge of the quarter square triangle. Cut away the excess fabric as shown.

Repeat to make 4 half-blocks for the top and bottom edges of your quilt.

Make 4 Pieces For the Corners of the Quilt

1. Cut the two 3 5/8” squares in half diagonally to make 4 half square triangles.

2. Fold the half square triangles in half and press lightly to mark the center, or use a fabric marking pen.

Also fold the 4 remaining pieces with a 6 1/2” Fabric C rectangle and a 2 1/2” Fabric B square in half and press to mark the center.

3. Sew the rectangle piece to the long edge of the half square triangle, matching up the center marks.

4. Line the straight edge of your ruler up with one of the short edges of the half square triangle. Cut away the excess fabric as shown.

5. Now line the straight edge of your ruler up with the other short edge of the half square triangle. Cut away the excess fabric.

Repeat to make 2 pieces.

Then make two more corner triangles, this time with the Fabric B piece on the opposite side.

Assemble the Chandelier 3 Yard Quilt Top

1. Arrange the 18 quilt blocks, 10 half-blocks, and 4 corner pieces on a large table, a quilt design wall, or the floor. They should be on-point (arranged diagonally).

2. Carefully sew the blocks together to make 6 rows.

3. Sew the quilt block rows together.

Measure and Sew the Inner Border

1. Piece together 3 of the 3 1/2” strips of the darker fabric (Fabric B) to make the side pieces of the inner border.

The expected length of the side border pieces is 45 1/4”. I highly recommend measuring the quilt top and cutting all border pieces to the correct size. See how to cut the correct size quilt borders. Attach the side borders.

2. The expected length of the top and bottom border pieces is 40”. Measure your quilt and cut 2 strips for the top and bottom border. Attach the top and bottom border pieces.

Measure and Sew the Outer Border

1. Piece together the five 4 1/2” wide strips of fabric A for your outer border.

Measure your quilt top with the inner border. The expected length of the outer side border pieces is 51 1/4”. Cut two strips the required length. Attach the side border pieces.

2. The expected length of the top and bottom border pieces is 48”. Measure your quilt and cut 2 strips for the top and bottom border. Attach the top and bottom outer border pieces.

Finishing the Chandelier Three Yard Quilt Pattern

1. Cut or piece together a 53” x 64” or larger piece of quilt backing fabric and make a quilt sandwich with the backing, batting, and top.

2. Baste together with fusible batting, pins or basting spray.

3. Quilt as desired. Straight line quilting or cross hatch quilting with your walking foot would be fast and easy.

4. Cut 5 binding strips and bind using your favorite method. This is my favorite quilt binding method.

As always, I love seeing the quilts you make with my free sewing patterns. Please post a picture to Instagram and tag me @sewcanshe so I can take a look!

xoxo,

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