Periodic Table Quilt – Finished!

Periodic Table Quilt

The Periodic Table quilt is finished! It does come together quickly since the most intense piecing is just squares and then a lot of long seams.

I used 3 1/2″ squares, so this quilt finishes at around 48″ x 66″, a decent sized lap quilt.  I had originally planned to use a gray for the background, but didn’t have enough yardage of a single gray to make that work, but the brown sets off the colors just as well. You’ll need around 2 yards of background fabric to make your own version.

Quilting... for SCIENCE!

The colors and square counts are on the graph paper to the left, but for those that can’t read my handwriting, you’ll need:

  • 13 yellow
  • 7 blue
  • 7 medium green
  • 11 orange
  • 38 aqua
  • 6 purple
  • 6 pink
  • 16 lime green
  • 16 red

To piece the various sections, I sewed the following chunks:

  • The pink column (plus one blue square) – leftmost column
  • The purple column – 2nd left column
  • Aqua middle chunk (with 1 lime green and 1 red square)
  • Right chunk with blue, orange, medium green, and one column of yellow
  • The yellow column – rightmost
  • Red / green rows – bottom

Then I cut the background fabric, mostly on the lengthwise grain so the long stretches don’t have any piecing in them (I think the 6 1/2″ x 30 1/2″ piece was the only one cut WOF). Once the color “element” chunks are pieced and pressed, here’s how it goes together:

  1. Aqua chunk sewed to a 6 1/2″ x 54 1/2″ piece of background fabric.
  2. Attached purple column and right chunk to either side of aqua/background chunk.
  3. Attach 3 1/2″ x 48 1/2″ piece of background to top of middle chunk.
  4. Attach leftmost pink column and rightmost yellow column to either side of middle chunk.
  5. Attach 9 1/2″x 54 1/2″ piece of background fabric to top of middle chunk.
  6. Attach 3 1/2″x 54 1/2″ piece of background fabric to bottom of middle chunk.
  7. Attach 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of background fabric to left side of red/green row (make sure green is on top).  Attach 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of background to right side of red/green row.
  8. Attach red/green chunk to bottom of middle chunk.
  9. Attach 9 1/2″x 54 1/2″ piece of background fabric to bottom of chunk below red/green rows.
  10. Attach two pieces 6 1/2″ x 48 1/2″ of background fabric to either side, completing the quilt top.

Periodic Table Quilt

Then you can figure out a backing -I went a little crazy and went with a rainbow theme! I quilted with one thread color in the elements, and a different color in the background.

And bonus picture of Nina. Assuming you can find her, as she is a mistress of camouflage!

The Quilter's Cat, in its natural habitat...

6 Replies to “Periodic Table Quilt – Finished!”

  1. an intriguing quilt. Its been a long time since I did science at high school but my dh and 3 of my 4 kids all did senior science and loved it. I think they all did chemistry too… or did my daughter just do physics… can’t remember. Its lovely. Might have to file it away in the “to be done” file in my mind. One son is currently studying to be a chemistry teacher so it has potential there….thanks for the pattern

  2. It’s a fantastic looking quilt, Pam! The colors are so vibrant and fun, it’s so cheerful! And the back looks really cool with the columns of the different shades of the same color. And Dear Nina… 🙂 If only her tale wasn’t sticking out :))))

  3. Pam, after listening to your podcast, I just had to see the finished quilt. Really clever idea and I am sure the teacher will appreciate it! Like Laura, I majored in chemistry, working for many years in the coatings industry as a color matcher and paint formulator.

  4. I LOVE this! Thanks for the instructions – my oldest science loving kid is getting his first apartment in a few months, and this is just calling his name!

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