08 July 2013

The Scrappy Dice Quilt

Over the weekend, Olive had a tea party for her third birthday. We served fresh lemonade, chocolate-dipped strawberries, cucumber sandwiches, homemade shortbread, and homemade petit fours. (I could really use a nap or two right about now.)
The real star of the party, however, was the scrappy quilt I used for a tablecloth. I drew inspiration from Lu's beautiful scrappy quilt and Katie's beautiful photography of it. I came up with a scrappy block design and am sharing the tutorial today with you.
Fabrics are Happy-Go-Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda
and Yarn Dyed Flax in Linen by Robert Kaufman.
I used fat quarters and yardage, but scraps would be ideal. 
Within each block, you will notice a pixelated X formed with a singular print (the yarn dyed flax, in my case). The pixelated X reminds me of the number five on a die (that's where the name comes from).

The first thing you will need to decide is what print(s) to use for the pixelated Xs in your overall project. I used yarn dyed flax for all 36 squares, but it could vary from block to block and make an interesting design. Totally up to you. 
In any case, here's what you will need to get started:
  • One 4.5 x 4.5" square and eight 2.5 x 2.5" squares for pixelated X
  •  Four 4.5 x 4.5" squares in assorted prints 
  •  Eight 2.5 x 2.5" squares in assorted prints
The first step is to form the pixelated X.
Next, fill in the four assorted 4.5 x 4.5" squares on each side of the center block.
Finally, fill in the eight 2.5 x 2.5" squares in the leftover spaces.
Using 1/4" seam allowance, sew the 2.5 x 2.5" squares into their four-patch configurations. (I also recommend checking out Deonn Stott's explanation on nesting seams here.)
Next, put each four-patch back into place (oriented correctly to form the pixelated X). Next, sew the blocks into their rows. 
Press the seams. (If you alternate the direction of the seams in each row, they will lock into place more easily.)
Sew the rows together, lining up the seams and pinning in place beforehand.
Press the seams again and you're done with the first block! Each finished block is approximately 12.5 x 12.5". Knowing that, you can calculate how many more you need for your desired quilt size.
For my scrappy table quilt, I made 36 blocks total. I arranged them in seven rows of five, and the finished size was about 60.5 x 84.5". 
You could also arrange them into six rows of six--which would make a nice square quilt measuring approximately 72.5 x 72.5". No matter how you arrange them, I've gone ahead to calculate exactly what you'll need for 36 blocks:
  • 36 4.5 X 4.5" squares and  288 2.5 x 2.5"  squares for pixelated Xs 
  • 144 4.5 x 4.5" squares of assorted prints 
  •  288 2.5 x 2.5" squares of assorted prints
  • 2 yards fabric for pixelated X 
  • 18 fat quarters of assorted prints
  1. From the pixelated X fabric, cut five strips 4.5" x WOF. Sub-cut into 4.5 x 4.5" squares, eight per strip until you have 36.
  2. From the remaining pixelated X fabric, cut eighteen strips 2.5" x WOF. Sub-cut into 2.5 x 2.5" squares, 16 per strip until you have 288.
  3. From each fat quarter, you will need eight 4.5 x 4.5" squares and sixteen 2.5 x 2.5" squares. See cutting diagram below for help.
    • cotton batting (depends on your layout, you'll need to add 4"to width/length of the quilt-top dimensions)
    • approximately 5 yards back fabric (also depends on your layout)
    • 3/4 yard binding fabric (cut eight strips 2.5" x WOF, follow my binding tutorial)
If you have questions, please ask! I'm always happy to clarify and update my posts if I discover I've left things out. Happy quilting!