Cuttin' Corners Quilt

Hi! I'm Jera from Seattle and I'm excited to be quilting for Moda! Come visit me in the rain at =) 

Cuttin’ Corners quilt has an abstract look to it – I took a really simple idea of sewing five rows of 10” squares together and then added a twist by cutting out shapes on the quilt top and rearranging them. This is a great quilt top you can finish over a weekend. Grab a layer cake pack and you’re good to go!

  • 1 layer cake pack, Bar Harbor
  • ½ yard white fabric, Moda solids (for inner border)
  • 3 yards backing fabric
  • 55”x65” batting
  • Coordinating thread

(Note for newbie’s: when I refer to “sewing,” always sew with right sides facing together, align the corners, pin the fabric so it stays in place, sew a ¼” seam, and then press open.)

Step 1 – From your layer cake stack, choose 20 squares. Arrange them in 5 rows of 4 squares each.

Step 2 – In each row sew all 4 blocks together (first picture below). After the blocks in each row have been sewn together, sew each row together as shown (2nd picture below).

Step 3 – Mark the following lines as designated in red, below. I used thin masking tape to mark these lines (also helps give you a straight line). Then, mark each section with a number 1 through 7 as designated below. I used scrap paper and pinned a number to each section.

Step 4 – Using fabric scissors, cut along the lines you marked with tape. After cutting along the lines, your quilt top should now be divided into 7 individual pieces (each marked with a number) as shown in the 2nd picture below.

Step 5 – Rearrange these 7 pieces as shown in the picture below.

Step 6 – Sew the 7 rearranged pieces together to create 3 units. Then, sew each unit together to create the main quilt top.

Step 7 – From your white fabric, cut the following for the inner border:

  • 2 – 2.25”x48” strips
  • 2 – 225”x42” strips
Step 8 – Create the outer border using leftover layer cakes. For the left and right side borders, sew 6 layer cakes together, and then cut in half lengthwise. For the top and bottom side borders, sew 5 layer cakes together, then cut in half lengthwise.

Step 9 – Sew the left and right inner borders onto the main quilt top, then sew the top and bottom inner border pieces on. Trim off excess fabric. Repeat, but using the outer borders you created from step 8. Use the excess border fabric to compensate for any short ends. Quilt and Bind.  

Finished quilt measures about 60”x50”.

That’s all there is to it!

Jera at


Frauke said...

wonderfull idea, just for all the litte pices in my Boxes
Thank you for showing,
excuse my english
I am from North Germany

Staci said...

Such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing it with us all!

Kelli said...

Thank you so much for such an awesome, yet simple quilt! This is great for those 'emergency' gifts you have to make! Will be checking your website now. Cheers, Kelli

Shawn said...

What a great idea, I love your quilt and it looks great in Bar Harbor!

Kerry said...

Looks really nice. What a fab way of using up some extra bits.

Kim said...

Great tutorial. I can't wait to try this!

Nancy said...

I love this. The finished quilt looks so complicated but is really easy. Yayyy!

krisgray said...

How cool! This would be such a fun project to do with friends or at a retreat, everyone grab a layer cake and see what happens. FUN!

Muddling Through said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, and for such a good tute.

Michelle said...

I need to put this pattern on my list! I really like it!!!

Midnight Mama said...

Very cool idea! I like how it turned out. Great job! Your webby is ubber cute. :)

The Hillbilly Wife said...

Just cuz I like to make things difficult, and because I have a charm pack handy, and NOT a layer cake...I think I'll make it 1/2 size with a charm pack. Think it will work?

foodmathquilts said...

To the previous commenter .. if you use a charm pack instead, just note where the lines are drawn (they're not random!)

You could make the same size using 8x10 charms, if you only used 4x5 the quilt would be quarter size.

I'd suggest drawing the charms and cut lines on graph paper to make sure it works before cutting (and by the way - I love your idea, and have two freebie charm packs ... might steal your idea to make a quick "quilt of valour" quilt.


Sherry said...

What a neat idea! Your quilt looks great. Thanks for sharing.

Quilting In The Rain said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments! This pattern was a lot of fun. Piecing together a quilt top can be so fussy at times, it was fun to deviate from that and do something a little whacky. I'd LOVE to see how this turns out using charm packs as The Hillbilly Wife (love that name! :-p) suggested. Great idea! If you don't mind sharing and if you get to it, i'd love to see it (quiltingintherain@gmail):)
-Thanks again!!

Cantinho da Aracy said...

I like very much!

daniela said...

O.K. for seps 1 to 5
Step 6: when I sew the 7 pieces together I otain a CRAZY QUILT and not the 20 perfectly rearranged squares as shown in your main quilt top.
Where is the mistake??
Daniela from Italy

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Laurel Lee Pedersen said...

Darling quilt! I'm going to use charms and make a mini quilt for my wall.

Iowa quilter said...

I have to say I had the same problems as Daniela. Never did get the squares to line up perfect. Made me crazy trying to get it to work, spent hours and just gave up. Ok pattern if your not into having your squares line up perfect. I for one thought it looked like a first time quilt projcet for someone that didn't know how to quilt really not happy with it. good luck

missavene said...

I'm still a newbie at this, and I must say this quilt looks like a work of genius to me.... I'm not intimidated to start this at all! Thank you so much for contributing to the bake shop!

Quilting In The Rain said...

To those having problem lining your corners up: On this quilt the 1/4" seam allowance is very important; i had to pay very close attention to that too. And being that this is an abstract design, I hope you can still enjoy it without some corners lining up perfectly :o)

foodmathquilts said...

Thanks again for the pattern!

I made a version out of a charm pack (for the centre) and a roll of 5-1/2" strips (for the border)

Then repeated it in flannels with a group of quilting friends. Here:

Both quilts are being donated to Quilts of valour. We're just waiting to see if they want donations of quilt tops or if they prefer finished quilts.

Quilting In The Rain said...

To: FoodMathQuilts
Absolutely GORGEOUS!! Wow, they turned out great with the charm squares. Love the colors you used. I'll have to share your quilts on my blog. Thank you so much for sharing!! :*) -Jera

Carolynn said...

I LOVED this idea and got right to work. I was ok for steps 1 to 5. But seem to be missing something. When I sew the 7 pieces together I do get a CRAZY QUILT and not the 20 perfectly rearranged squares as shown in your main quilt top. I was very careful to use 1/4" seams and made a point of ironing everything, but NONE of the corners are meeting and they're not just a bit off.
Where is my mistake??

Quilting In The Rain said...

Hi Carolynn - this is a tricky quilt because 1) it's an abstract quilt; it's not your traditional quilt with perfect corners, and 2)you have to make sure you cut everything exactly as it's shown in the 4th picture. Reading your comment, it's hard for me to visualize what might have gone wrong. Is there a possibility you can snap a photo of your quilt so I can take a look? You can email it to quiltingintherain at gmail dot com and i'll get back to you ASAP. I'd be more than happy to help you out, but I think we cna do this better via email. Thanks! -jera

Amanda said...

I love this quilt! Especially as the fabric was named for a great town in my home state!

It is beautiful. I've only just found your blog Jera, and I was missing out! I'm trying out your Strawberry Fields Forever design as my first ever quilt.