Topsy Turvy Quilt





One layer cake - Lily and Will by Bunny Hill Designs
2 7/8 yards background fabric - Bella Solid in Snow
2/3 yard for binding - Posh Green Plaid
3 2/3 yards for backing - Cottontail Green
All seam allowances are 1/4" throughout.

First, cut the background fabric into 40 strips that measure 2 1/2" x width of fabric.

Next, choose 30 fabrics from the layer cake. Make sure that they contrast well with the background color.

Then, take one 10" square and trim small slivers off each side of the block. (I used a dark fabric for the sample block for contrast purposes.) Don't trim more than 1/2"-3/4" off each side, or the block will become too small. Just a bit taken off each side is sufficient.

Cut two strips of background fabric approximately the height of the square.

Sew on to the block and press.

Trim off the excess ends of the strip so the ends are even with the rest of the block.

Cut two more strips of background fabric that are slightly wider than the block.

Sew and press.
Using a 12.5" square, trim around all 4 sides of the block.

The block is finished.


Repeat above steps until all 30 blocks are made.

Layout the blocks in a pleasing arrangement. The layout is 5 blocks across and 6 rows down.


Sew blocks together in rows and then sew the rows together.

Baste, quilt and bind as desired.

Since I used a plaid binding, I cut the strips (2 1/4") on the bias. A little fiddly, but well worth the final results.

One lap quilt that measures 60" x 72".

Amanda Jean
{crazymomquilts}


26 comments:

julie said...

I love it! I have been looking for a fun quilt design for some dr. seuss fabric. I think this is it! Thank you!

foodmathquilts said...

very pretty!
I often shy away from wonky blocks because of the waste, but I think I could handle this.

Sarah Craig said...

Wonderful, Amanda Jean! Such a cute way to showcase big prints, too! And I love Julie's idea of using it for Dr. Seuss prints!!

Adrian said...

Not only is it pretty, it's a great idea for using big block and all the 2 1/2 inch strips I have from jelly rolls and other projects. Thanks for the info and the inspiration!

Shawn said...

Oh Amanda,I love it, thanks so much once again!!

Tara said...

It's adorable! And such an easy one to put together!

Sherry said...

Hi AmandaJean. Thanks for the quick & fun recipe. This would be great with some fun novelty prints or with some of the larger scale layer cake fabrics. Love it!

Pokey said...

Such a simple idea, and yet it is so clever! Thank you for sharing this project.

Jennifer said...

Really like this way to show off all the fabrics in a layer cake.

Wendy said...

This is a very nice, simply beautiful quilt! Fun way to show off a layer cake I was so fortunate enough to be gifted with :) Thank you!!

traceyjay said...

way cute. :) I like the subtle wonkiness.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very cute Amanda!

Karenkayw said...

Great quilt! Thanks for showing it.

shannon said...

Does anyone know where to find a Lily & Will layer cake with all of these colors? I can only find packs of all blue, all green, or all pink. I suppose I could just combine the packs, but that would be a bit expensive! :)

Chris of Frecklemama.com said...

First of all, I love the little fingers holding the quilt up in the picture ;-)

Secondly, the binding is gorgeous! Thanks for explaining what size and type of binding. Sometimes this gets overlooked in other patterns and I'm always curious about it. What size do quilters prefer and do they use straight or bias or both.

Lovely quilt!

Rosa said...

Gorgeous! Such a simple design but so effective.

shuttle5 said...

I really love this...Very clever indeed. Thank you!

deann said...

I made this quilt but changed it somewhat. I didn't trim down my squares and used fat quarters I'd been collecting for years - all wine and vineyard inspired. It turned out pretty nifty. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ricki said...

What a cute quilt! That binding is amazing!

ModernDayMama said...

I have always wondered how they make these wonky blocks -- it's way easier than I expected! I have this one bookmarked for a future project!

Sleepy Cat Hollow said...

I love the plaid binding...

Anonymous said...

Hey, I love this quilt but did you use the pink or blue set of Lilly and will?

amandajean said...

Anonymous,

I used a layer cake of Lily and Will, which had the blue AND the pink fabrics in it.

Amanda Jean

Darla said...

I used this pattern for a memory quilt with various different clothing. I added a 1.5" border between the squares that I sewed a little off making the blocks look like they weren't quite square which turned out adorable! I also added a couple outside borders. I am always looking for cute patterns that I can use for memory quilts and I was very happy with this one. Thank you for the tutorial.

Rachel said...

I made a baby-sized version of this quilt, using the blue and red Goodnight Monkey prints. I cut the blocks 8" square and cut my sashing 2 1/4" wide (I first cut the sashing 2" wide, but then decided to cut them closer to 2 1/4" wide, which gave me more "breating room" to cut diagonal trimming on the blocks.) Each finished quilt block measured 10" (I cut the blocks at 10.5" square). The quilt was 4 blocks wide by 5 blocks high, so the dimensions were 40" x 50".

I don't know how to add a photo to my message, but I'm hoping you can use the following link to view a photo of the finished quilt:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_PBqQS2ryO3g/TU2cfglsbFI/AAAAAAAAEvM/xccFcNeFrL0/s512/Monkey%20Quilt%20for%20Baby%20Harrison%202-5-11%20%283%29.JPG

If anyone wants to see more photos, or if they just want more info on how I made it, feel free to add a comment.

~Rachel

craftyjules said...

Made two crib size quilts for my twins. You can see pictures of them here:

http://craftyjules.weebly.com/1/post/2011/11/dr-seuss-quilts-for-my-thing-one-and-thing-two.html

Thanks so much for a great design! I love the quilts!