Scrappy Block Quilt – Tutorial – Part 1

Hey everyone, and thanks for stopping by this weekend! I promised you all a tutorial on a cute quilt this weekend and here it is!!

First let me start by saying one of my best friend’s from high school is having her second child. And it’s a boy!!! This is exciting as her first child was a girl and she was banking on having a boy this time around. So she’s very excited. As am I for her. Anyway, as a quilter — and being one of her very best friends, I found it my job to make her first daughter Chay (it’s a nickname) a quilt. And now that she’s pregnant again I can’t leave her hanging for the second baby. I’m so happy to make another baby quilt for my soon to be nephew.

Before I started this little blog, I used to just post all my recent quilts on my FB and that’s when she saw this quilt…

I took Swirly Girls “The Perfect 10″ pattern and put my own Seuss twist on it. I totally fell in love with Thing 1 and Thing 2 print by Robert Kaufman’s Cat in the Hat line and thought it would be cute to do it as the theme of the quilt. For that sample though, and those appliqués…it took a bit of time to make. It was totally worth it though — look at those fun faces! I love Cat in the Hat! But for me and the timeline I had to make this quilt for my friend’s baby on the way, recreating that quilt was a little unrealistic. So this quilt was the result of that. A fun scrappy quilt with a little touch of appliqué. I hope you guys enjoy!

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Scrappy Block Quilt – Tutorial
Part 1 – Cutting and Scrappy Block assembly

Size: 36″ x 36″

Fabric Requirements:

  • 11 Assorted Fat Eighths (For Scrappy Blocks)
  • 2 Fat Quarters (For Scrappy Blocks and centers of the Four Center Blocks)
    * I chose a red tone-on-tone swirl for the background of the Thing 1 and Thing 2 Patch Appliqués and the Thing 1 and Thing 2 print for these squares.
  • 2 Fat Eighths of solid Red and Blue (For borders of Four Center Blocks )
    * I chose the blue to surround the red tone-on-tone centers for the Thing 1 and Thing 2 Patch Appliqués and the red to surround the Thing 1 and Thing 2 print.
  • 2 Fat Eighths of White and Black (For Patch Appliqués)
  • 1/4 yard of Fusible Web (For Patch Appliqués)
    * Whichever fusible you’re most comfortable with is good. Brands I’m most familiar with and have used before are Heat and Bond, Wonder-Under, or SoftFuse.
  • 3/8 yd of Binding
  • 1 1/4 yd of Backing

Read all directions before you begin.
Measurements include ¼” seam allowance.
Sew with right sides together.
WOFE = Width of Fat Eighth
WOFQ = Width of Fat Quarter

Cutting Instructions:

From each of the 11 Assorted Fat Eighths for Scrappy Blocks:
Cut 2 strips 3½” x WOFE
Subcut into 4 – 3½” x 6½” strips and 1 – 3½” x 3½” squares

From each of the 2 additional Assorted Fat Quarters for Scrappy Blocks and Center Blocks:
Cut 1 strip 6½” x WOFQ
Subcut into 2 – 6½” x 6½” squares

Cut 2 strips 3½” x WOFQ
Subcut into 4 – 3½” x 6½” strips and 1 – 3½” x 3½” squares

Note: You will need a total of 48 strips and 12 squares. If using 13 fabrics, these cutting instructions will yield you an extra 4 strips and an extra 1 square. The four 6½” squares cut from the fat quarters will be used for the centers of the Center Blocks. The other strips and squares cut from the fat quarters will be used with the strips and squares cut from the fat eighths to make the Scrappy Blocks.

From each of the Solid Red and Solid Blue Fat Eighths for Center Block borders:
Cut 2 strips 2” x WOFE
Subcut into 4 – 2” x 6½” strips and 4 – 2” x 9½” strips

Sewing Instructions:

Scrappy Block:
Take all 48 of your 3½” x 6½” strips and 12 of your 3½” squares and get ready to assembles your scrappy blocks! Fabric block 1 shown in the image that follows represent your 3½” squares and fabric blocks 2 through 5 represent your 3½” x 6½” strips. Follow the directions in the following steps to assemble your scrappy blocks.

Step 1: To assemble the scrappy block, start by sewing fabric 1 to fabric 2. Press toward fabric 2.

Step 2: Next, sew fabric 3 to fabric 4. Press toward fabric 4.

Step 3: Then sew the unit created in Step 2 (of fabric 3 and 4) to fabric 5. Press toward fabric 5.

Step 4: Finally, take both units you created from Step 1 and Step 3 and sew to make the following block. Press toward bottom unit. Repeat, making 12 scrappy blocks total.

Your finished Scrappy Blocks should look like this:

Center Blocks:
Take the four 6½” x 6½” squares and solid red and solid blue strips and get ready to assemble your four center blocks!

Step 1: To assemble your four center blocks, start by sewing on 2” x 6½” strip to the top and bottom of your 6½” square. Press away from center block.

Step 2: Then take your two 2” x 9½” and sew to either side of unit made in Step 1. Press away from center block. Make four of these blocks – two from the red and two from the blue.

Your finished block should look like the image below. Remember you should have two that look like the one pictured below and two that have the Thing 1 and Thing 2 print as the centers with solid red as the border.

And that’s the end of the first part of this tutorial!

Check back on Tuesday to learn how to appliqué the cute Thing 1 and Thing 2 Patch Appliqués and assemble your quilt! Appliqué patterns for the patches will be available for print/download along with a printable version of the entire tutorial.

See you guys then!! Happy Quilting!

Check out Part 2 here!

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