Created by: Sarah Marrone @flashbulbsbroken
Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Summer is the perfect time for fun sunglasses and this free pattern includes just that; three pairs of vintage-inspired sunglasses to make a bright, cheery wall hanging!
This is a great pattern to try out paper piecing if you haven’t before. You can be bold with your color choices, mix prints, and the lenses are the perfect spots for a large-scale print or for fussy cutting.
- 1 yard Background fabric (we used Kona Cotton Shadow)
- 1/2 yard Frames fabric (we used Kona Cotton White)
- 1/2 yard Lenses fabric (we used Art Gallery Here Comes the Fun Improv Strokes Berry)
- 1/2 yard Backing fabric (we used Art Gallery Here Comes the Fun Happy Whisper)
- Batting (we used Warm & Natural Cotton Batting Baby/Crib Size)
Strips for Paper Piecing (not necessary, but can help speed up construction):
- Frames fabric: (5-6) 2 1/2" WOF
- Background fabric: (6) 3" WOF
- Lenses fabric: (6) fussy cut squares
- Print fabric: (2) 22" x 1” and (2) 15 1/2" x 1"
- Background fabric: (2) 23 1/4" x 2" and (2) 18 1/2" x 2"
- Double Fold Binding: (4) 2" WOF strips
Click HERE to download the Fun in the Sun quilt free pattern!
Print the pattern on letter paper (8.5 x 11”) - you can also scale the pattern larger or smaller depending on what size you’d like the finished project to be (the fabric cuts would just need to be adjusted).
Piece the left, right, and center pieces, and then attach each side to the center. Remember to shorten your stitch length, to make it easier to remove the papers later. To help minimize the stitches from showing when you press the seam, I like to loosen up the paper that is along the seam.
Once all the sunglasses are done, remove the papers. A tweezers will help get the smaller
pieces. Attach the three sunglasses together, press the seams to one side, and trim the edges if needed.
Next attach the borders, starting with the 1” decorative border. Attach the sides, and then the top and bottom. Do the same with the background border.
Press the top and make your quilt sandwich. Baste and quilt (big stitch quilting with a bright thread could be a lot of fun with this pattern!)
Finish up with the binding and you have a fun wallhanging to brighten the end of summer!
Be sure to share your quilts by using #madewithfabric and #funinthesunquilt!