A Ritzy Cracker Quilt




Hi! I am Mary and I'm so happy to share this tutorial with you. The Cracker Block is a traditional quilt block that can looks great in everything from reproductions to beautiful designer fabrics like Fandango. It is a really versatile, fun block with a ton of layout options.




2 42 piece charm packs from the same line (Fandango by Kate Spain)
1 yard background fabric (Moda Bella Solid, Ivory)
1/2 yard binding Fabric (Fandango Raya Sierra)
3 yards backing fabric (Fandango Sarabande in Sand)
Batting for a 44" x 52" quilt
Thread




Take one charm pack and cut each square in half diagonally. Take the second charm pack and cut each square in half horizontally.



Take your background fabric and cut 42 2.5”x5” rectangles and 42 4.25” squares. Cut your 4.25” squares diagonally to produce 84 triangles in your background fabric.



Attach the horizontal charm pieces on either side of a 2.5” x 5” strip with a ¼” seam. Press seams as desired.

Now take your diagonally cut charm of the same print and center a triangle at each end of your strip section. Attach with a ¼” seam.

Press your seams open to reduce bulk later on. Trim dog ears.


Now center an ivory triangle over each side of the strip section. Attach with a ¼” seam.

Press these seams open and trim your block to 7 ¾” square.

Now you have a finished cracker block! Finish your other blocks and arrange as desired.


This is a really versatile block that can be arranged many ways. Some ways are:



Slanted



Zig Zag


Circles


Tic-Tac-Toe


X’s

Once you have the layout you like, sew your blocks together. I sewed them in 6 columns and 7 rows to use each block.

Create your binding strips and backing. Baste, bind, quilt.



Makes one 44" x 52" quilt.
Double your recipe for a really big quilt!



I hope you enjoy this tutorial.  If you make a quilt with it, let me know... it'd thrill my soul! Come visit me at The Tulip Patch to see this pattern in different fabrics and enter a giveaway I am hosting to celebrate my first Moda Bake Shop post!

Mary Lane Brown
{The Tulip Patch}


87 comments:

Shelley said...

I really like this old block and was tickled to see if made using 2 charm packs! Thanks!

Ellie Mae said...

Beautiful!!! Ilove the different designs by the different positions of the blocks.

Patty said...

I like what you hace done to this signature block. I might even be able to do this.

Tiffaney said...

This quilt is so adorable and looks very simple. I have to pick the right charm packs from my stash and get one made after the holidays.

Linda said...

Love it! I have two charm packs just waiting. Great tutorial.

MichelleZ said...

I love this!!! I have 2 Christmas print charm packs that just may end in this design!! I need to get started! Thanks Mary. :-)

Lynne said...

Wow, I'm off to your blog now, this is such a great quilt and I love the versatility of the blocks to make different shapes.

Shirley said...

I actually have two charm packs that I've been wondering what I to do with. I can't wait to try this great tutorial! Thanks!

Tanzie said...

I love, love, love this!!!! I want to get started on this today!!!!The tutorial makes it Sew easy to follow. I think I will be able to do this!!! Thank you, Mary!

alane_77 said...

What a beautiful quilt and wonderful tutorial. I absolutely love it!

Vickie E said...

pretty. :)

SoozeM said...

Oooh I love this quilt, can't wait to try it out!!

Willa said...

This is an interesting and clever use of the precuts. Great idea!

Amanda said...

It's beautiful! The colors are great. I really like this one.

Susan C. said...

Love this! And I love all of the variations of the block assembly - how fun!

RyanSarahN said...

This is great - simple but looks complex. I think this may become the Christmas quilt I make for my in-laws.

Lexi said...

Fantastic! I will be starting one straight away! Thanks for the inspiration.

Natalie said...

What a great quilt! And so many options! I can hardly wait to make one too!!!

Bonney said...

This quilt block is very pretty. I love how it will show special fabrics. And I love that name; Ritzy Cracker!!

Flor de Retalho by Claudia said...

Congratulations for your excellent work!

Marianne said...

Cute! I have always liked this block, simple yet with just enough going on to entertain the eye!

Cindy said...

This quilt is beautiful and I'm excited to try it! Thanks for sharing!:)
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Candy said...

Love this quilt and the fabric that you used.

Leila said...

It's great to see old blocks in new fabrics!

Lori said...

Love the Ritzy Cracker! Beautiful choice of colors. Can't wait to get my own started. Thanks so much for sharing. =]

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annette said...

I had forgotten how cute this Ritzy Cracker Quilt could be.
Thank you so much Mary for illustrating it on MBS.
This would be a great way to use up all my scraps.
Thanks,
Nettie

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razberiswrl said...

Oh wow! This is a lot simpler than it looks. I love all the different ways this block can be arranged. Love it!

Fabric Warrior said...

I love the versatility of this quilt. Your tutorial made it look so easy. Who doesn't have 2 charm packs laying around just waiting to be used for something special? Love it! : )

KarrieLyne said...

So pretty in Fandango and super cute quilt! Love the variety of layouts too!

JG said...

What an attractive quilt! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Carolyn said...

What a great quilt and so many options!

Debra said...

Very, very nice! I love the placement options also AND the charm pack feature. Going on my list of "to make"! Thanks!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Great pattern...I love it.

Muddling Through said...

What a great quilt! And very clear instructions. Thanks for sharing!

Malmbergs said...

So glad to you made this - I've been looking for a pattern like this. It looks great in all your fabrics.

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DD Lindsey said...

This one is DEFINITELY going on my "must-do" list!

Becky S. said...

Such a cute quilt! Thanks for the great recipe!!!

Modern Male Homemaker said...

Awesome! I thought this would be one of those super-involved quilts requiring a lot of work, but you made it look so easy! I'll definitely be putting this in my queue of quilts. Thank you!

Dora, the Quilter said...

I'm so glad to see this--and to discover your blog. I'm sharing this with friends too!

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I really enjoy using charm packs and this is such a versatile pattern. I love your choice of fabrics, Fandango here and those red, yellow and blue on your blog. It looks fast and perfect for a holiday gift. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Jan said...

Fabulous easy to follow recipe, thanks.

Carol in E TN said...

Great pattern and name for your pattern!

Carol said...

This is a really cute quilt. Congratulations on your first Moda Bakeshop post.

Karen said...

Fantastic recipe. Love the different layout options. Thank you.

Mitzi said...

Very pretty. Love all the different options for the layout. Thanks.

Duff said...

this is fabulous! I love the way you photographed the quilt myriad ways--thank you! Who doesn't have charm packs sitting around waiting for a great pattern?? I'm going to head over to your blog for more color options!

Marguerite said...

Georgeous quilt. Wonderful way to be able to make a quilt with the beautiful Moda frabic if you are on a budget. Tutorial was very easy to folly

rxm0m said...

Love this pattern...Oh, the possibilities!

~quiltedbydawn~ said...

I LOVE this quilt - just printed up a copy of the pattern when I really should be going to bed instead. Now I'm going to be scheming all night, trying to figure out which of my fabrics from my stash I should use on it. Thanks for sharing!

Aggiequilter said...

This Cracker block is a great vintage block! Love your quilt & tute !

Catswhiskers said...

I really like it.
Thanks for the lovely tutorial

sandandstarfish said...

I love this pattern! I'm thinking about doubling it to make a huge Christmas quilt :)

saralynn said...

i love this i think my fav layout is slanted very pritty

Sherry said...

What a great way to use charm packs. Love it. Thanks for sharing!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

What a great quilt, Mary! I'm glad to be a follower of your blog now, too!
xoxo
Donna

Linda B said...

LOVE this quilt! Would like to make it.

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

Oh thank you! This is perfect for some of the Charm Packs I've been hording.

Busy Little Quilter said...

This would make a great signature quilt. Thanks for sharing!

craftytammie said...

this is a great project! thanks for sharing it!

Frauke said...

so easy and so wonderfull
Fauke

MomtoNigel said...

I absolutely love this and the pictures are awesome!

Sabine said...

I like your quilt and these colours too (I'm imagining it in pink & brown already) ;-)

Betteem said...

This is the one I want to make next. I appreciate the photos of differently arranged blocks.
Thanks for the tutorial!
Betty M.

Paula said...

Love thhis quilt!!!

Alison said...

Congratulations Mary on this gorgeous quilt and your first tutorial. I love this block, and so look forward to following your craft. Regards, Alison

Quiltjane said...

Congratulations. I love the pattern.

Molly said...

I LOVE your quilt! Beautiful! I will make this for sure! :)

Judy said...

This is an awesome quilt and something I would like to try in the New Year. Too many projects before Christmas to start something new!

Sue Barreau said...

What a great looking quilt! I have never seen this block done before, and I think it looks fabulous & is so versatile! Well done. Thanks! from Sue of Oz

Chelley said...

Darling quilt pattern! Thanks!

Holly said...

Beautiful! I love the different ways it can be arranged! Thanks for sharing :)

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing a versatile traditional pattern pieced using two charm packs. I love this!! ~~Lisa

mamabug said...

This quilt is darling and would love to make it :)

Gena's Garden said...

Awesome job Mary Lane! I am so proud of you :) I love the quilt and I am still up for pattern testing :)

Kirsten N said...

Lovely quilt !!!

di said...

I really love this quilt and I can't wait to make it! I've been on a charm pack kick, so I already have some sitting around just waiting to be made into this quilt!

Christine said...

Love it! Thanks for making an old block new again!

Suzanne said...

Wow!!! I love this quilt. I have started making one in Christmas fabric (12 days of Christmas by Kate Spain). It's really pretty. Thanks for such a great pattern.

Laura T said...

Great Block and I'm a new follower on your blog!
Laura T

Angela D. said...

Awesome quilt. I'll have to try it.

Linda said...

I had a jelly roll and 1 charm pack so I made the 42 blocks I need to buy another charm pack as I have plenty of the jelly roll to make this quilt top bigger. The blocks go together very quickly, can't wait to get this together love the variety of layout for this block Thanks

The Tulip Patch said...

Thanks everybody! If you make this quilt I would LOVE to see it!

Deb said...

I LOVE it...I'm going to share this pattern with my church quilting group, we make baby quilts for needy families from donated fabrics. This will be perfect for our "scrappy" collection of fabrics!

nsquilter1 said...

Loved this quilt enough that I chose it for a special little girl that's coming in June. I used fabric from the Daisy Cottage collection,Riley Blake Designs. I added another row so mine finished 51"x51".

Lisa C said...

What point of origin to do you use to square up your blocks? I know to use the seam on a HST but this one has been confused! Thanks. All my blocks are made, I'm just waiting to sew them together.

Cassie said...

Just made this quilt! Added a couple of boarders to make it larger for a nice size lap/couch quilt fun pattern! Thanks!!
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