As promised, here is my version of the "Triple Squared Quilt" tutorial I originally planned for the Moda Bake Shop. If you need to catch up on the story behind the tutorial, read this post. I just want to say that Moda has been very kind and gracious throughout this little debacle, but regrets they won't be able to re-post it. Thank you all so much for your supportive words, I'm really happy so many of you still wanted the tute, so here it is! And of course we all know there are dozens of different variations on this design floating around out there, my little version is just engineered to help you get the most variety of print and color combinations out of ten inch squares of fabric.
If you want to whip one up out of your favorite layer cake, here is what you'll need:
First, open up your layer cake(s) and pet all the yummy new fabrics:) Next divide them into three piles, trying for a good diversity of prints and colors in each stack. Then, combine two of the stacks into one pile. You will have one stack with 14 (28) prints and the other with 28 (56) prints.
You will begin by rotary cutting the larger stack as follows:
- 1 strip 6.5 by 2.5 inches
- 4 strips 4.5 by 2.5
- 4 squares 2.5 by 2.5
Make yourself a little cutting map of this diagram for easy reference. The cross-hatch sections indicate portions unused in the pattern - set those aside.
With the smaller pile, cut the following pieces:
- 2 strips 6.5 by 2.5
- 3 strips 4.5 by 2.5
- 3 squares 2.5 by 2.5
Here is the cutting diagram for that pile.
Phew! All done?
Now you can separate all the pieces by size.
You will start building your blocks by pulling two squares of different colors and prints and sewing these right side together. Finger press your seams to the left.
Next, chose a 4.5 inch long strip matching the square on the left and sew it, right sides together, to the top of the squares. Finger press this seam towards the new strip.
Chose another contrasting 4.5 inch strip and sew it to the left of your new square, finger pressing again to the left.
And finally add the matching 6.5 inch strip to the top and finger press again toward the new strip. Now, press your finished quarter block and start making a pile.
After I've completed a dozen or two, I like to start placing them in a pleasing way on the design wall, arranging four mini - blocks to make one larger window-paned square, or bento box. Try and be as diverse as possible with your combinations.
When you get near the end of your strips and squares, you will have some left over. I added these in with my cutting scraps and made myself a new mug rug and patchworked the front of a new tote! You could also use them in piecing a backing, if you wish.
Now you'll want to sew you quadrants together, and press your seams open to minimize bulk in the center where all the seams meet.
Here is what your finished block will look like!
Now sew these beauties up in rows, 4 by 4 blocks for the baby size,
or 5 by 6 for the throw quilt!
Baste, quilt and bind! Enjoy your cozy new quilt!
This will yield one generous baby quilt, approximately 48 by 48.
I hope you all enjoyed my little tutorial - it's my first so go easy on me! But please let me know if there are any changes you find that need to be made:)