BUILDING BLOCKS FAT QUARTER QUILT PATTERN


Building blocks fat quarter quilt

Building blocks fat quarter quilt

Do you find yourself picking up fat quarters of fabric because you love the fabric?  Do you then find that you’re not sure how to use them?  Yep, that’s me.  I have loads of fat quarters that I’ve picked up over the years, but somehow they are never quite big enough for any projects that I do.  So, I decided that it was time to think up a fat quarter quilt so that I could showcase some of my fat quarters.

I made a lap quilt measuring 40″ square using the building blocks quilt block.  I used four fat quarters plus background fabric.  Each fat quarter was used to make one building blocks quilt block, one piece of sashing and the rest was used in 2.1/2″ squares in the border.

Cutting requirements

four fat quarters, 2.1/4 yards of background fabric, 42″ squares each of wadding and backing fabric’ four 2.1/2″ strips of border fabric.  Yes, I know – the backing fabric can be made from one piece of fabric with no piecing!  That was an unexpected bonus.  In fact, I used three fat quarters and then used another fabric for the fourth quarter so that I could make the binding from it as well.

Make the building blocks quilt block

Building blocks quilt block

Building blocks quilt block

The building blocks quilt block is lovely – striking to look at, but very easy to make.  To make each block you will need:

dark fabric:  eight strips 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″, sixteen 2.1/2″ squares

background fabric:  four strips 6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″, twenty 2.1/2″ squares, one 6.1/2″ square

 

 

Sew three strips of fabric together

Sew three strips of fabric together

 

The easiest way to make the building blocks quilt block is to cut 2.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric and sew them together as shown:  one strip of dark, light, dark fabric and one strip of light, dark, light fabric.  The strips of the fat quarters are not full length so I sewed two lengths of fat quarter fabric to one length of background fabric.

 

 

Make nine patch units

Make nine patch units

Make 6.1/2" squares

Make 6.1/2″ squares

Cut eight 2.1/2″ strips from the light, dark , light strips and four 2.1/2″ strips from the dark, light, dark strip.  Sew three strips together to make a nine patch unit.  Make four of these.

Cut four 6.1/2″ lengths of dark, light dark fabric to make 6.1/2″ squares.

 

Building blocks quilt block layout

Building blocks quilt block layout

 

Lay the patches out as shown to make the building blocks quilt block.  There’s a nine patch unit in each corner, the light 6.1/2″ square in the middle and the 6.1/2″ strip squares between all the nine patch units.

 

 

 

Building blocks quilt block

Building blocks quilt block

 

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together.  Repeat with the other three fat quarters to make four 18″ building blocks quilt blocks.

 

 

 

Adding sashing to the fat quarter quilt

Sew sashing between the quilt blocks

Sew sashing between the quilt blocks

 

Sew one 18.1/2″ length of 2.1/2″ fabric to the right of one of the quilt blocks and then sew a second quilt block to the right of the sashing.  Sew the other two quilt blocks together with sashing in the same way.

 

 

Sew sashing between the pairs of quilt blocks

Sew sashing between the pairs of quilt blocks

 

Sew an 18.1/2″ sashing strip to either side of a 2.1/2″ square of background fabric.  This will be the sashing joining the two pairs of quilt blocks together.  Sew this strip to the bottom of the first pair of quilt blocks taking care to match the central blockwith the sashing above and below it.  Sew the remaining pair of quilt blocks to the bottom of the sashing.

Fat quarter quilt border

Make pairs of squares from leftover fabric

Make pairs of squares from leftover fabric

Sew the leftover strips of the fat quarters and background fabric together in pairs.  Cut these strips at 2.1/2″ intervals to make pairs of squares.  Sew the squares together to make long lines of squares for the fat quarter quilt border.  Sew them together randomly rather than in a fixed order of colours.

Sew a strip of nineteen squares across the top and bottom of the quilt and a strip of twenty one squares down each side.  Press the fat quarter quilt top.

 

Layer the fat quarter quilt

Layer the fat quarter quilt

 

Place the backing right side down, lay the wadding on top and lay the quilt top on that with right side up.  Quilt and bind.

 

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Comments

  1. Kris Leitz says:

    “Do you find yourself picking up fat quarters of fabric because you love the fabric? Do you then find that you’re not sure how to use them? ”

    Yes, yes, yes! I’m a new quilter and I am already addicted to fabric. I like the idea of the fat quarters as it gives me a larger variety of fabrics.

    Thank you for sharing your tutorials with us! It is much appreciated!

    Kris

    • Hi Kris. The trouble starts when you decide that a fat quarter isn’t enough so you pick up a yard of fabric each time!

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