Guest tutorial from Kersten

My friend Kersten from Frozen Knickers is posting here today sharing this super cute baby quilt she made with her scraps. She’s a clever one that Kersten…. happy quilting! –Allison
Hello…I am so excited to be here sharing this quilt front tutorial!
One night,as I was lying in bed trying to decide what to do with all these delectable Bubblegum
Basics fabric scraps, I had this tasty little vision. Surprisingly, it looked something like this…

Oh yum! I wanted to share this simple tutorial for how to make this in a baby size (approx. 36″ x 42″). You will need: 42- 2 1/2″ printed squares, 13- 3/4″ x width of fabric (approx. 42”) white strips (approx. 10″), and 24- 3″ x width of fabric grey strips (2 yards), Basic sewing/quilting supplies: a 6 1/2″ square template (I chose the fancy route and used a piece of paper), and a walking foot (optional). To finish it: Back and Batting (approx. 40″ x 46″), and 4- 2 1/2″ x width of fabric strips for binding. *Note* Use a 1/4″ seam allowance All fabrics are sewn right-sides-together. How to make it: Use this piecing method (throughout the entire pattern for piecing)…

Stitch the white strips to both sides of the 42 printed squares. Cut and press to get this…

Square up your edges. Stitch the remaining white strips to the tops and bottoms of each square. Cut, press, and square edges. Stitch the 3″ grey strips to the sides of the squares. Cut and press to get this…

Square up your edges. Stitch the remaining grey strips to the tops and bottoms of each square. Press. Don’t worry about squaring up the edges. It should look like this…

Pull out your handy-dandy 6 1/2″ template and place it on top of your block like this…

Angle it to get the wonky look. Note that whichever direction your template is turned toward, your wonk will be in the opposite direction. Place your cutting ruler over the template…

and cut on all four sides…

to get this.

Okay, that took a while, but you are so close to being done!!! Lay out your blocks how you want. Six blocks in a row. Seven rows. Since the sides of your blocks are cut at an angle they will stretch and fray more easily. I would suggest not letting little people play with them just yet. :) They can love on it soon enough. Switch to the walking foot if you have one. Stitch the blocks, side-to-side, in each row.

Press seams. To reduce bulk I pressed the seams in rows 1,3,5, and 7 to the right. And seams in rows 2, 4, and 6 to the left. My preference. Do as you like. Stitch rows together. Be sure to pin seams! Press seams open. Ooo La La…you’re done with the top!!! Layer your back, batting, and top. Quilt it. Bind it. And you’re done!!! Now run, don’t walk, to your washing machine! It’s time to let the little one snuggle and enjoy it!

And the back…

I had such a great time putting this together! So much so, that I am in the middle of quilting its twin! As a thank you to Allison and all her fabulous readers I am offering 15% OFF your entire order in my shop through Monday, 30 Jan. Enter SEWMAMA15 at checkout. Head over to my blog for a chance to win a mini version of this quilt as part of my 100th post.

36 Responses to Guest tutorial from Kersten

  1. Stacey January 26, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Ooo, I love a good "use up the scraps" quilt. And your blog name is just hilarious.

  2. Sam January 26, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Oh my goodness! Swooning here. Love this quilt…thanks for the tutorial too.

  3. Melinda January 26, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    This is genius!
    And I love the gray background. So cute, I've got to make this happen.

  4. lila und gelb January 26, 2012 at 9:19 am #


    so easy, light und complete.
    love, birgit

  5. Anita January 26, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Love it! The grey is adorable too! Thanks for the easy tutorial!

  6. SarDee January 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    I agree with Stacey! This would be an excellant pattern to use up those "special" scraps that we have hidden away… mostly because it highlights them with the white and solids around them. Beautiful and definitely on my list now!! BTW, I don't usually post comments but I have been a follower for awhile so I wanted to say congratulations on the pregnancy! I am also pregnant but I am scheduled for a c-section in 2 weeks!! I think I might be able to whip this pattern together before then.. :o)

  7. Truffle queen January 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! Great tutorial! I'm thinking this would be a great way to "show off" a fabric line or make it up as an I Spy! Love, love, love it!!

  8. jlk January 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    What a cute quilt!

  9. chris January 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I love seeing how Kersten made her off kilter squares! Thanks for featuring her.

  10. Jamie January 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    So cute!! What does WOF mean?

  11. Di~ January 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I absolutely love it! Thank You to you both!

  12. Ric Rac and Polka Dots January 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    That is such a cute quilt. I'm so glad you had Kersten visit! Thanks for sharing, both of you!

  13. Elsa January 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Loving all those colors and thanks so much for the tutorial ~ I'm needing to make a baby quilt and this is really pretty!

  14. Carla January 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Really cute quilt. That could help be a stash buster by all means.

  15. Cheerful Homemaker January 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    It's beautiful! What a great way to use up scraps.

  16. Dree January 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Very cute, but what's WOF?

  17. Mrs.Pickles January 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    very nice!

  18. Richard Healey January 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    I have always wondered how you measure those out at weird angles. That is too cool. Thanks for the great ideas.

  19. Katy Cameron January 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    Cool, love the effect

  20. janae king designs January 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    what a fun quilt. the grey background is my favorite!..not to mention the wonky set squares..lot it all. thanks for sharing.

  21. Kathy January 27, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    I'm in love…….and picturing this in grey and yellow :)

  22. VickiT January 27, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    What a great looking quilt. Really love the background and all the bright colors.

    Thank you for the tutorial.

  23. Brenda January 27, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    Thx so much for the quick & easy plan of attacking this beauty. I LOVE the idea of using up some of the floor to ceiling stash I have and this is such a wonderful pattern.
    Much appreciated from Ontario, Canada

  24. Pam January 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    I love it. The tilted blocks are so whimsical and I like the gray against the bright blocks.

  25. Ina January 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Very clever! I love it! ;p

  26. Sherry January 29, 2012 at 1:29 am #

    I just love this! Thanks to you & Kersten for sharing.

  27. Fishtail Designs January 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    Thank you so much Kersten & Allison for sharing this fun tutorial. I just finished my 1st quilt (Allison's Sugar Dish pattern!) for our 1st baby on the way, and have been on the hunt for the next one. This will be a perfect fit for the Sugar Pop charm pack that I've been hoarding! Thanks again!

  28. Katy January 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Really cute quilt! I love the mini version, too. Thanks for introducing me to a new clever quilter to follow!

  29. Jenniffier Kramer January 30, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    Super cute. I so just pinned this into my quilts board. Great idea and thanks for the tutorial.

  30. Kim January 30, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    That is lovely, I really like the grey background. I wanted to make a quilt for my brother in law, now I think I may base it on grey. Blogs are such great inspiration!

  31. Yarny Days January 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    This is beautiful!

  32. Amie January 30, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Your blog has inspired me. After months of popping over here and looking at the gorgeous quilts, I am FINALLY going to throw my hat into the ring. I'm going to try and make one for each of my kids for their respective 2012 birthdays. Yikes!

  33. Elsa January 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    Oh, I've got so many scraps and this quilt is going to have to be a must for me!
    Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  34. vanos February 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    I really like the way you made your angles! Thanks great inspiration here.

  35. Kimbo West February 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    featured you on my shout out sundays!

  36. Susan Sugarman August 17, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    Had a great time adapting this quilt pattern to make a youth sized quilt for my granddaughter–made the colorful squares an inch bigger. The finished quilt has 54 squares (6×9) and 40 by 60 inches. I added some quilting around the wonky inner squares, which was a bit time consuming, but cute. Would be happy to send a photo. Thank you, Kersten, for sharing.

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