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Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

By: Marinda Stewart for Michael Miller Fabrics

The Desert Sunset Wall Quilt proves that you can still do piecework when making panel quilts. Slice up a Desert Nite panel and add purple and orange fabrics for a fiery quilt that incorporates the most beautiful colors of the desert. Wall quilts made with this pattern will give a Southwest feel to any room. You can find the specific fabric codes before the instructions to get the right colors and prints for this gorgeous quilt pattern. The abstract yet artsy quilt pattern will really pop on a plain wall. 

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt
This image courtesy of michaelmillerfabrics.com

Project Type: Make a Project

Quilt Size: 42 inches wide x 50 inches long

Time to complete: A week or two

Primary Technique: Pieced

Difficulty Level: Easy

This was one of our most popular projects from 2012. See our collection of the 100 Best Quilt Patterns for Free for other reader favorites!

Note: This quilt is designed using fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics. Fabrics are coded in materials list.

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt
  CX4459 Nite Desert Nite 2/3 yard

 Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

CX3534 Orange
Circle Circle
1/8 yard

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

1/8 yard

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

1/6 yard

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

1-1/8 yards

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

DC4032 Blue
Dottie Grid
1/8 yard

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

1/8 yard

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

1/8 yard

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

Jet Black
1/4 yard




 Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

Fat 1/4

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

1/6 yard

Desert Sunset Wall Quilt

1/6 yard









Desert Sunset Wall Quilt Materials

Additional Materials:

  • 46” x 54” Backing
  • 46” x 54” Batting
  • Threads to match
  • Straight Pins
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • OPTIONAL : Masking Tape


  1. Refer to the cutting diagram and cut CX4459 into 1-1/2”, 2 1/2”, and 3-1/2” strips following the diagram. Cut the strips in order 1 to 18. It’s helpful to number each strip with a small piece of masking tape to keep the sequence in order.
  2. To assemble the quilt top - follow the placement guide. Sew “C” - 6-1/2” piece to the bottom of row 1. Sew “I” - 10-1/2” piece to the top. Repeat for each row across the quilt. Each row is 36 1/2” long.
  3. Sew rows together in sequence to complete the bargello quilt top. Finished piece is 34-1/2” X 36-1/2”. Remove masking tape if used.
  4. Sew Jet Black 34-1/2” strip to the top and bottom of the quilt. Sew Jet Black 38-1/2” strip to each side.
  5. For the top border - sew K1146, K1148, K1143 1-1/4” strips together lengthwise. Cut (12) right square triangles from the strip inverting every other point. Cut (6) K2276 4” squares in half diagonally to make (12) right square triangles. Sew one K2276 and one striped triangle together to make one square. Trim to an accurate 3-1/2” square. Make (12) total.

    Desert Sunset Wall Quilt
  6. Sew together as shown to make zigzag border. Sew to the top of the quilt.
  7. Repeat Step #5 for the bottom border using K1267, K1265, K1275 for the stripes. Sew completed border to the bottom of the quilt.
  8. Sew K2276 36-1/2” piece to the top and bottom of the quilt. Sew K2276 pieced for length 50-1/2” strips to each side. Layer backing, batting, and quilt top. Baste.
  9. Quilt as desired.
  10. Bind using K2276 pieced as needed for length.


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Desert Sunset Wall Quilt


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Please let me know where to purchase the fabric for the Desert Sunset Quilt. I have been searching for months. Thanks!

Hello! The fabric for this quilt may be unavailable now. Please visit http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com for more information. - Editor of FaveQuilts

Where can I purchase the fabric for the Desert Sunset Wall Quilt?

Hello! The fabric for this quilt may be unavailable now. Please visit http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com for more information. - Editor of FaveQuilts

How is this quilt pattern printable?

I really like this quilt and would like to be able to print it for a quilt a year from now. Do you have a "print" function so I can save it? Thanks

I have this panel and never knew what to do with it. My son went to college in AZ and I love this. Thank you. Now, I will look at panels in a whole new light!


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