I received a few requests for the pattern I developed for the Quilt Top for my daughter.
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!
- All seams are sewn RIGHT side together.
- 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!