Squares and Stripes Quilt Pattern

I received a few requests for the pattern I developed for the Quilt Top for my daughter.

Squares and Stripe Quilt Top

Squares and Stripe Quilt Top

Although Squares and Stripes is the obvious name for this quilt, it might be considered a Goldilocks Quilt.

The first attempt was the wrong color. The second the wrong size.  The third the pattern didn’t work.  But the final version – is just right!

In writing the pattern, I have used a combination of graphs  and verbiage to provide details and instruction.

I do not recommend cutting all the pieces before starting.  This quilt follows more of a sew, measure, then cut-to-the measurement method.  It minimizes frustration and maximizes results!

Unit A

Unit A: 1 Graph Square = 1 inch

Notes: 

  1. All seams are sewn RIGHT side together. 
  2. Press seams open after sewing.

Fabrics for squares:

  • 28 2.5″ colored squares
  • 28 2.5″ white squares

Step 1:  Using 1/4″ seam allowances, sew 3 white squares and 2 colored squares into a strip, starting and ending with white squares to make Unit A.

Then make another Unit A.

Unit B

Unit B: 1 Graph Square = 1 Unit

Step 2:  Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew 12 colored and 11 white squares into a long strip, starting and ending with colored squares to make Unit B.  Then make another Unit B.

Piecing Diagram

Piecing Diagram:  1 square on graph = 1″

Step 3:  Measure the length of the A Units and the B Units. (Helpful Hint:  Write the measurements down).

If you are among the exclusive club of Perfect 1/4 Inchers – your Unit A will be 10.5″ long and Unit B will be 46.5″ long.  If you are among the rest of us, they will not.

My A Units were 10.25″ long and B Units were 45.5″ long.

Step 4:  Cut a white rectangle for the center the same width as the length of your Unit A’s (somewhere near 10 – 11″) with a length 4″ shorter than the length of your Unit B’s (somewhere near 42 – 43″).  My center rectangle was 10.25″ * 41.5″.

Step 5:  Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the Unit A’s to the narrow ends of the center rectangle.  Sew the Unit B’s to the long ends -matching seams of corner squares.

 

Squares and Stripe

Squares and Stripes

Squares are done! YAY!  Take a minute to enjoy your work! 

Step 6:  Add 4″ to the Unit A measurement found in Step 3.  It will be somewhere near 14″ (if you are a Perfect 1/4 Incher – it will be 14.5″).

Step 7:  Cut two white rectangles 7″ wide * that number (it should be about 14″).  These rectangles are marked “C” on the Piecing Diagram.  Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew these “C Unit” white rectangles to the shorter edges of the squares.

Detail of stripe strip

Detail of stripe strip

Step 8:  Measure the long side of the quilt top.  If you are a Perfect 1/4 Incher it will be 59.5″.  Mine was 58″.

Step 9:  Cut two white rectangles 7″ wide * your measurement.  These are marked “D” on the Piecing Diagram.  Using 1/4″ seam allowances, sew the long white “D Long” rectangles to the long sides of the quilt top.

Corner detail. Two whites and a giraffe!

Corner detail of stripe strips (no mitering!)

Now for the stripes:

Step 10:  Cut numerous pieces of colored fabrics into 2.5″ * 9″ strips.  Sew strips together at 45 degree angles. Four stripe strips will be needed.  Two approximately 65″ long and two approximately 15″ long.

Step 11:  Take stripe strips to rotary cutting board and trim to 2″ wide.  I was surprised by how crooked my ever-so-careful 45 degree angle seams made the strips!  But trimming them to 2″ straightened them very easily!

Step 12:  Using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew shorter strips to short ends of quilt top.  Press seams open.  Using 1/2″ seam allowances, sew longer strips to long edges of quilt top.  Press seam open.

Stripes are complete!  Hint:  Since all the strips are out anyway, it may be a good idea to sew all the remaining strips together to form the quilt binding.

Pattern for Squares and Stripes

Pattern for Squares and Stripes

Adding final sashing:

Step 13:  Measure shorter ends of quilt top (should be about 17″) and cut two white rectangles that width * 10 inches wide.  Sew those rectangles to short ends of quilt top using 1/2″ seam allowances.

View of wrong side

View of wrong side: seams pressed open

Step 14:  Measure longer edges of quilt top (should be about 82″).  Cut two white rectangles that measurement * 10″  Sew rectangles to long edges of quilt top using 1/2″ seam allowances.

The Quilt Top is complete!

 

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4 Responses to Squares and Stripes Quilt Pattern

  1. Sue says:

    Excellent. Can’t wait to see the pizza box project

  2. Sue says:

    Excellent! Can ‘t wait to see pizza box project.

  3. Laura (bridesmom) says:

    I just finished my quilt top based on your pattern. I have loved this since I first saw it and when I had a Kona Challenge quilt to make, this was perfect. I’ve made a few changes to incorporate the requilred fabric. I’ll take a pic and send it off to you once it’s done, and I figure out how to quilt it!

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