Making a Cleopatra's Fan Quilt Looks Hard, But It Isn't

Jun 21, 2018 5:00:12 AM / by Connie Campbell

Have you ever wondered if it would be hard to make a quilt design like the Cleopatra's Fan? Using the new Cleopatra's Fan-12" Finished Studio Die from AccuQuilt will make it easy!

If you have been hesitant to work with curved seams, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to make the Cleopatra's Fan blocks! Each piece on the die has little notches that help you match up the pieces.

Cleopatra's Fan Wall hanging

Hi, I'm Connie from Freemotion by the River and I will show you how easy it is to make a wall hanging or a table topper using the Cleopatra's Fan Die.

Cleopatra's Fan table topper

Cleopatra's Fan Table Topper/Wall Hanging
29" x 29"

Cutter and Accessories:

Studio 2 Fabric Cutter

Studio Die Tray Super Giant 15½" x 27"

Cutting Plastic - Super Giant 14½" x 26½"

 

AccuQuilt Studio 2 Cutter

Studio Dies:

Studio Cleopatra's Fan Die

Studio Strip Cutter-3½" (3" finished strips)

 

Fabric:

  • Peach - ½ yard
  • Teal - 1 ⅔ yard (includes border and binding)
  • Cream - ⅔ yard
  • Backing - 1 yard

 

Cutting Directions for blocks:

  • Peach - cut a strip of fabric 16½" x WOF (width of fabric) - sub cut eight 16½" x 3½" pieces.
  • Teal - cut a strip of fabric 21" x WOF - sub cut eight 21" x 3¾" pieces.
  • Cream - cut a strip of fabric 14¾" x WOF - sub cut eight 14¾" x 4¾" pieces.

 

Place 2 layers of each color of your fabric on the Cleopatra's Fan die with wrong sides together. You can cut up to 10 layers of fabric at a time on the Studio 2 Cutter so you'll want to put the fabrics with wrong sides together 4 times for a total of 8 layers of fabric.

For this project, I recommend cutting fabric for a single block to begin with as that will make it much easier to keep track of the pieces.

Sew with a ¼" seam allowance and press your seams to the darker fabric if possible.

Cutting pieces of Cleopatra's Fan

Step 1: There are directions that come with the Cleopatra's Fan die and it numbers each of the pieces on the die. You could use little self-stick notepads and write the letter for each piece to help you keep track of the pieces. The pattern uses 5 different fabrics in each block but I want to show you how to make it with just 3 colors.

Cutting pieces of Cleopatra's Fan

Step 2: Sew piece A to piece B - you will make 2 of these for each block - notice they go in reverse directions.

Step 3: Sew piece C to piece D - you will make 2 of these for each block - notice they go in reverse directions.

Step 4: Sew your C/D piece from step 3 to piece E - you will make 2 of these for each block - notice they go in reverse directions.

Step 5: Sew piece F to piece G - you will make 2 of these for each block - notice they go in reverse directions.

Step 6: Sew your F/G piece from step 5 to piece H - you will make 2 of these for each block - notice they go in reverse directions.

Step 7: Sew your F/G/H piece from step 6 to piece I - you will make 2 of these for each block - notice they go in reverse directions.

Step 8: Sew your F/G/H/I piece from step 7 to piece J - you will make 2 of these for each block - notice they go in reverse directions.

Step 9: Sew your A/B piece from step 2 to C/D/E from step 4 - you will make 2 of these for each block - notice they go in reverse directions.

Step 10: Sew piece A/B/C/D/E from step 9 to piece F/G/H/I/J from step 8 - you will make 2 of these for each block - notice they go in reverse directions.

You now have both halves of the block completed!

Step 11: Sew both sides of the block together. Your block should measure 12½" x 12½".

Repeat all of the steps for your other 3 blocks.

Sew the blocks together.

Your piece should measure 24½" x 24½". Sew the 3½" x 24½" borders to the sides and then add the 3½" x 29½" top and bottom borders.  Add batting and backing, quilt as desired and bind.

I hope you decide to make the Cleopatra's Fan block, I know I plan to use it again.

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Topics: Studio Project Tutorials

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