Summer Slice Tutorial

You’d never know it at first glance but this is SUCH an easy quilt to make…my favorite kind.  This is a beginner friendly quilt, but I would recommend having some experience with simple piecing and matching seams.
This quilt is 57 inches by 71 inches.
You’ll be working with some bias edges (fabric cut on the diagonal against the grain) so I highly recommend starching your fabric before you cut.
You’ll need to cut:  80 rectangles 6” x 8”, and 80 strips 2 1/2” x 8”.
I cut all of my strips from various prints and yardages, but I estimate you’d need about 20 FQ if you were buying fabric just for this.
Sew a strip onto the side of each rectangle with a 1/4” seam allowance.  Press seams open.
Count out 40 of the 8” squares from above.
Lay them on the cutting mat like so with the strip at the bottom, and make a diagonal cut from bottom right to top left.  You can stack and cut 3 or so at a time to speed this up.
Cut all 40 squares like this, keeping the top and bottom triangles in separate piles.
Cut the remaining 40 squares, but this time cut each from the bottom left to the top right.
Gather all of the triangles with the large strip portions.  Place 2 triangles together matching the seams of the strips. Pin and gently sew the triangles together.


Press seam to either side.  Repeat to make 40 of these blocks.
Repeat with the small strip triangles to make 40 of these blocks.
Your blocks should measure 7 5/8”.  Mine were all fairly square so I left them as is and trimmed off the corner bits.  If your blocks are a bit wonky, you can trim them up to 7 1/2”.
Layout 4 of the large strip blocks as shown.  Pin and sew the right and left blocks together to form two rows, and press seams in opposite directions.  Pin and sew the top and bottom together to create the block.  Press seam in either direction or open.
Repeat to make 10 blocks.  Unfinished they should measure 14 3/4”.


Repeat with the other blocks to make 10 small square blocks.


Lay your blocks out into 5 rows of 4 blocks each, alternating in between blocks.  Pin and sew your blocks together to make the rows, press, and sew the rows together to finish the quilt top.

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You can make this quilt in no time by chain piecing all of your strips and triangles together.  Everyone will think you’re a quilting master and nobody will suspect it was so super easy to make. ;)
If you have any questions leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them in the comments.
 Happy quilting!

97 Responses to Summer Slice Tutorial

  1. Bear Creek Quilting Company June 24, 2014 at 2:54 am #

    Beautiful! ~Shari

    • Diane January 24, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

      Looks great. Will try this summer

    • harriet May 22, 2021 at 9:19 am #

      i live quilting
      really love short-cuts
      here’s one for this quilt
      when your 2-stacks are complete…
      take one from each stack
      lay together right-sides facing
      small strips at lower side
      draw a line from one corner to opposite corner
      stitch 1/4 inch each side of line
      cut apart on the drawn line
      wow… 2 complete block pieces

    • Montel francis November 27, 2021 at 9:19 am #

      Thank you for sharing, I will try making it.
      I want to be a quiltter, but their is a little fear in me.

      • Cassie February 21, 2022 at 12:32 am #

        Don’t be scared! you can always join a quilting class or watch beginning quilting & quilting tips videos on YouTube.

      • Karen Bragg March 29, 2022 at 7:43 am #

        Join a quilt guild if there is one in your area. Quilters love to teach new quilters the joy of quilting.

  2. Christine S June 24, 2014 at 3:05 am #

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. genevievegraves June 24, 2014 at 3:28 am #

    What a fun pattern! With slightly larger blocks this would be a perfect way to use a couple of layer cakes…

  4. Jennifer June 24, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    How fun! Thank you so much. This is going to the top of the list.

  5. Lynda June 24, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    Brilliant Allison – thank you so much.

  6. Debbie Smith June 24, 2014 at 4:43 am #

    I love this pattern. You are so creative. I saw the picture and knew that I had to make it. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us!

    • Jane Blazer June 26, 2020 at 9:17 am #

      Can’t remember if I left you a comment or not. But I just found my notes I had taken to make this fun quilt. So guess what just got added to the next quilt projects list? Yep, it’s going to be so much fun! Thank you again for this gift!

  7. Florence June 24, 2014 at 4:45 am #

    how sweet for my ten year old gd,,,,,,cant wait to show her this one,,and she will love your using mary ellens,,,,,,,,,,,,we use it also,,,tks hon

  8. KathleenD June 24, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    Thank you for the very nice pictoral and measurements! The end result is very pretty and FUN!

  9. SoozeM June 24, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    This is fantastic, thank you!!

  10. Krysta June 24, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    This looks like such a fun quilt. I want to make one.

  11. Gina June 24, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    great tutorial thank you. HAve bookmarked for a later date xx

    • Ginny August 8, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

      Beautiful quilt, and sew easy! Thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely be trying this!!

  12. Betty June 24, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Thanks for sharing this with us; we all love great & easy!,

  13. Hen June 24, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Fabulous! Look forward to trying this. Thank you.

    • bobbye sanderson January 21, 2020 at 3:25 pm #

      I must have missed something. How did you get the little triangles in the center. I read all the comments thinking maybe someone else would ask, buy think I am the only one. Love the pattern.

      • Allison January 23, 2020 at 9:17 am #

        Hmmm, I’m not sure without looking at your blocks. The little triangles come from when the strip blocks are cut, they are the small strip that are cut at a diagonal.

      • Crystal December 6, 2021 at 10:00 am #

        the little triangle is created when you cut your blocks diagonally. One half will have the strip at the bottom and the other has the triangle :-)

  14. charlotte June 24, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Wonderful. I can't believe how easy this is. You are right, it looks so complex.

  15. Sandy Rowe June 24, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  16. Westfalenmaedel June 24, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    Thanks a lot for that great tutorial!
    I love your quilt :o)
    Greetings from far Germany,

  17. Doris Rice June 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    What a great tut and a fun quilt. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Mary Pat Callihan June 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    This looks so great! You're right, no one would guess how easy it is. I sure didn't! I think you'll have a lot of us making this quilt this summer. Thanks for the super tut as well.

  19. Dee June 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Love this! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial.

  20. Dee June 24, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    Love this! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial.

  21. Gene Black June 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I do like that -and it really looks easy.
    My only thought was that I could lay the two pieced squares right sides together and sew those diagonal seams to avoid sewing bias edges.
    What do you think?

  22. Paula @ Sewy Stuff June 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    I loved this when you showed a sneak peak a while back. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. This is going into my ever-growing "to do" list (but this one is going near the top of the list!)

  23. ga447 June 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    This is a winner.

  24. Janina Postma June 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!

  25. Buffy Skolnick June 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Great tutorial! Can't wait to make this…was looking for an easy throw pattern for a throw for this fall!

  26. Francis Paul June 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    thank you for sharing your tutorial!!!

  27. Susan Long June 24, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    It's adorable. Thank you for the tutorial. I am gearing up to make a baby boy quilt, and I think your ingenious pattern is perfect for him.

  28. Havplenty June 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Thanks. Perfect pattern for just what I needed to crank out an easy quilt for a gift.

  29. Paige June 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    I love this! What a great pattern!

  30. Linda June 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Love, love, love it…..Can't wait to have some time to call my own. Until then……it will remain at the top of my list in my file of plans!!!

  31. Carol Q June 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    ooh fabulous. perfect beginners quilt (for me!)

  32. Leslie Frost June 24, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Brilliant! Thanks!

  33. Kellie June 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    probably not a smart question but….. how hard would it be to make this a smaller "lap" size for charity quilts? maybe 9 squares with a solid border? thoughts?

  34. Jan June 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    Added to my must make list; thank you for so generously sharing!

  35. Janet @ Simply Pieced June 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    This tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing!

  36. terrieannie June 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    So simple and a great stash buster…. can't wait to make one (or two or three!!)

  37. A Quilter's Mission June 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing. This is such a fun pattern.

  38. allison June 24, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    Gene – You can put the squares together and sew on the diagonal like you would a HST to avoid bias edges, but then you don't have as much control over fabric placement in the final block layout. Either way works though!

    Kellie – Great idea! It would also make a great baby quilt that way without the borders…and it's pretty easy to configure different ways.

  39. Pam June 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!! I will be making one of these!!

  40. Holly June 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    I am a beginning quilter and get a little hung up on selecting patterns/colors to go together. Did you cut a certain number of red ones vs. blue ones etc, or did you just cut what you had an put together what looked good in the end?

  41. Center Hill Clayworks June 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Thank you so much for this gift! I love this quilt and look forward to making it my second ever quilt! I'm a new quilter and finished my first quilt this past year and I'm ready to start another and I just love this pattern. Many thanks! Anna

  42. Needled Mom June 25, 2014 at 12:05 am #

    That looks great…..and easy.

  43. Debbie Leschisin June 25, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial/pattern! Can't wait to try it!

  44. StubbsFamily June 25, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    Thanks so much, I love a good tutorial. Now if someone would put a scrappy bundle together, I would be set.

  45. Margaret June 25, 2014 at 1:09 am #


  46. Anita June 25, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    This is awesome! It does look much harder than it is. Thank you for this fantastic tutorial. :)

  47. DivaMomCarol June 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    You really have a gift for sharing….I am grateful!

  48. margaret June 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    as if I did not have enough to do and now you hare this with us, it is a must for me but will have to go on hold for a while.
    A wonderful quilt

  49. Claudia June 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    i fell in love qith this quilt the second I saw it!It's such a fabulous pattern. what a pity htat I have to finish three other quilts first before I can start on this one. thanks a million for sharing!

  50. Stacy Lindblom June 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Oh my gosh, I love love love this pattern! Thank you so much for sharing it!! It's so pretty and easy enough for me to create! LOL! Did I mention I love it?

  51. allison June 25, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Holly – I just used an even amount of reds/dark blues/lighter blues/ and added in some grays and yellows. I didn't keep track of how many I used…I just cut them out until they looked good! :)

  52. Scorpie June 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    So glad that I re-read this tutorial. The time through I thought no way I could do it. Now, it's printed and just waiting for a trip to the fabric store for supplies. Thanks so much for writing and sharing this tut.

  53. Roberta June 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    What would the measurements be for a smaller baby quilt around the size of 40x51ish? I love the quilt and want to try it for my grandson who is on the way! Thanks!

    • Chloe June 11, 2020 at 6:21 am #

      Did anyone get back to you about how to make this baby quilt sized?

  54. Melanie June 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    Love this! Thank you!

  55. Pat June 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    You are a very talented, clever woman. Thanks for sharing. How did you quilt "Summer Slice"? I tried to look closely to the picture, but it was not easy to see.

  56. Linda Cerrito June 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    I've had the itch to start quilting, have been looking at patterns but once I saw this one and read through your very clear instructions I knew for the first time I really could do it! I'm so excited… thank you so much.

  57. Rebecca Grace June 29, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    This is a really cute project, and it makes me happy to read comments like the one just above mine and to know that you are inspiring new quilters to take the plunge and start their very first quilts!

  58. Leigh Ann June 30, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    You are brilliant! and kind to share with us all. I need to make this – This may bump up to the top of my to-do list.

  59. allison June 30, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    Linda – I LOVE hearing that!!! Quilting is so much fun and you can definitely make this quilt!

  60. Rosa June 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    Fabulous.Thanks for sharing!!

  61. make.share.give July 1, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Thank you for this! It's going on my to-do list :)

  62. Anita July 2, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    I have already started making my version of the quilt; I am using 82 different fabrics so it will be really scrappy!
    I will keep updating on my blog.

  63. Diana Collins July 8, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing.

  64. Bev Arason-Gaudet July 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Love it, love it!!! Thank you so much!

  65. Nancy in IN July 18, 2014 at 4:02 am #

    I love this. I think it would be ideal for leaders and enders (Bonnie Hunt). I have plenty of scraps.
    Thanks for sharing.

  66. Katrine Rubenstein July 24, 2014 at 1:28 am #

    Would you recommend this as a beginner quilting experience?

  67. allison July 24, 2014 at 5:28 am #

    Yes Katrine! I'd make sure you've sewn a little before you start….make sure you've got a good 1/4" straight seam allowance down and pinning…and you should be fine!

  68. Jessica Kok February 13, 2015 at 5:09 am #

    I just finished piecing this. I ended up needing 18 fat quarters (using every little bit). Thanks for the great pattern. I love my new quilt top!

  69. Nanna Liz May 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

    This will look great as a Quilt of Valor for a Coast Guard "Coastie."
    Thanks so much!

  70. sgrancio October 3, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    Just saw this pattern on a blog showing a finished Halloween quilt. Love the idea of getting such a complex look from a bit of clever cutting and arranging, thanks so much for sharing.
    Will definitely add it to the “to make” list.
    Susan in Dublin

  71. Evelyn Houska January 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    I have been trying to register. Is it possible to get only the written instructions for the summer slice pattern for my personal use only? Thank you for your time and cosideration

  72. Linda July 11, 2016 at 7:02 am #

    Hello I just love this pattern. I was thinking of using a layer cake for this quilt. What do you think? Will it work ok. Thanks. Linda

  73. Marie Maxfield September 5, 2017 at 4:44 am #

    What is the size of the small 1/2 sq triangles.

  74. Ruth Smith-Stuhmcke October 6, 2017 at 8:57 pm #

    Wow, another fun quilt. Beautiful.

  75. Charles e. Queen November 2, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    Looks easy…but can’t understand how u got the small square together….

  76. Gail J January 21, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

    Marie and Charles, like you, I couldn’t figure out how to get the small triangles. But I think I figured it out. The “large” blocks have the 2 1/2″‘ border on the outside. For the smaller triangle, turn the half square triangles so the borders are in the inside of the block. There are always so many ways to turn HSTs, I am sure there are other variations to try.

  77. Elizabeth February 2, 2018 at 12:42 am #

    Love, love, love this! I am a beginner, but the clarity of your tutorial made me believe that I could tackle it. Thank you so much.

  78. Mollie E Donovan June 8, 2018 at 6:14 am #

    I am SO WOWED!!! I just LOVE this simple design!! I am going to attack my scraps ASAP!!!! Thank You for Sharing!!

  79. Claudia June 23, 2018 at 5:35 am #

    I cannot figure how to cut a fat quarter to get 5 rectangles and 5 strips. The most I can get is 4 of each. I think a better estimate of fat quarters needed is 20.

  80. Liyana July 25, 2018 at 6:56 am #

    Loved the tutorial. I’m a beginner and would love to try this. Have a stupid question. What kind of a material do u use for the scraps if we want it to be made a blanket. If regular scrap cloth is used this would be very thin. Thanks

  81. Vanessa Zoiberg September 11, 2018 at 7:46 am #

    Thank you for this brilliant article!

  82. Lillian Finley September 12, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

    I’m confused as to where the small strip triangles come from? Did I miss something? I LOVE this pattern and would like to try it. Thank you for any help you can give me. Lillian Finley at

  83. Lynn Duncan March 15, 2020 at 4:34 am #

    I didn’t cut mine on the diagonal, but laid 2 blocks right sides together with small strip on top of small strip from the other block. I then sewed a scant 1/4” on each side of the diagonal & cut on the diagonal. I ended up with a square with the large strips & a square with the small strips without having to sew bias edges!

    Love your pattern!

  84. Tammy S November 6, 2021 at 12:54 pm #

    What a fun quilt. For those who want coordinating fabric buy 20 quarters. Be precise on cutting so you can get right amount of strips and squares. Thanks for pattern

  85. Carol Jordan September 11, 2022 at 2:20 pm #

    I have made every pattern…started years ago. Thank you.

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