Sunkissed Squares

Guess who, Moda Bake Shoppers? It's me again, KarrieLyne from Freckled Whimsy, bringing you another tutorial! Actually, two tutorials! Woo Hoo!!

I'm really excited about this quilt because the idea came from a pillow I made for a pillow swap and I turned it into a quilt! It looks complicated but it's really quite simple to put together and I also show you how to make the pillow! :)

Leah from Burgundy Buttons is also kitting this for you so hop on over HERE and grab it up quick!! Kits always sell out fast and I'd hate for you to miss out! :) As an added bonus, Sweetwater has designed a label for this quilt and it will be included in the kit! How awesome is that??!!

Presenting.... Sunkissed Squares...

1 Fat Eighth bundle of Sunkissed
4 yards total of background fabric (includes enough for pillow)
4 1/2 yards for backing
1 yard for binding (8 strips @ 2.5" x wof)
thread to piece and quilt your project with

**all seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted
**FE = Fat Eighth
**WOF = width of fabric
**BG= background

I am going to show you how to make one section of this quilt, step by step. You will need to make a total of FOUR sections to complete the quilt, or stop at one and make a really cute baby quilt. :)

1.  Choose 5 dark prints from your FE bundle. I chose one from each colorway (yellow, orange, pink, gray, and green)

2.  Iron each piece really well.

3.  From 4 of the FE pieces, we need to cut the following:
* 1 @ 2.5" x 14.5"
* 4 @ 2.5" x 6.5"
* 1 @ 2.5" x 4.5"
* 1 @ 2.5" x 2.5"
I cut 3 strips along the 22" edge at 2.5" wide, then sub cut them into the above pieces.  These will be the 4 outer squares of the block.

I also stacked 4 FE pieces and cut all of the above at once. :)

4.  From the 5th FE piece, we need to cut the following:
* 2 @ 2.5" x 14.5"
* 2 @ 2.5" x 10.5"

I cut 3 strips along the 22" edge at 2.5" wide then sub cut them into the above pieces.  These will be the inner square of the block. 

5.  From the white background fabric, cut:

(This is ALL the white that needs to be cut for the blocks. If you only do one for a baby quilt, you just divide it by 4.)

--for the blocks
* cut  3 strips 10.5" wide. Sub cut into 16 @ 6.5 x 10.5
* cut 2 strips 6.5" wide. Sub cut into 16 @ 4.5 x 6.5
* cut 1 strip 2.5" wide. Sub cut into 16 @ 2.5 x 2.5
* cut 1 strip 2.5" wide. Sub cut into 8 @ 2.5 x 4.5
* cut 1 strip at 2.5" wide. Sub cut into 4 @ 2.5 x 10.5
* cut 4 strips a 2.5" wide. Sub cut into 16 @ 2.5 x 8.5

--for the "sashing"
* 2 @ 2.5" x WOF (block dividers for large quilt)
* 2 @ 2.5" x WOF  - piece these together for the top and bottom half dividers for large quilt

Making the block:

NOTE:: As you go through these steps, keep your colors in the same quadrants for each step . Example: I am using gray in the upper left quadrant, green in the upper right quadrant, orange in the lower left quadrant, and yellow in the lower right quadrant. Keep these positions throughout.

1.  First we make the inside of the inside square.  My inside square will be pink in this tutorial.

2.  With each of the colors for the outside block, we need to essentially make 4 patches.

3.  Lay out the 2.5" x 2.5" white pieces with the 2.5" x 2.5" print piece. Then add the 2.5" x 4.5" piece as shown in the photo below. 

4.  Sew the 2.5" x 2.5" pieces together. Press. Then sew the 2.5" x 4.5" to those. Make sure you pay attention to how they are sewn together. Otherwise you may end up with upside down pieces. 

5.  Sew a white BG piece measuring 2.5" x 4.5" between each set of 4 patches. Press to print. 

6.  Sew a white BG piece measuring 2.5" x 10.5" in between these two sets you just made. Press to print. 

Note: I say press to print because of the white fabric. I don't want my seams showing through after I quilt it. You could also press them open or do what you are comfortable with. :)

7.  Using the FE pieces you cut for your center square, add these as a border. Add the pieces measuring 2.5" x 10.5" to each top and bottom. Press. Then add the pieces measuring 2.5" x 14.5" to the left and right. 

8. This piece should measure 14.5" square.

9.  Set that piece aside.

10.  Now we need to make two more sections per color for the outside squares.

11.  Take a 10.5" x 6.5" white BG piece and add a 2.5" x 6.5" print piece on either side. Sew the print pieces to either side and press to the print. Repeat for each color. 

12.  Place the print piece measuring 14.5" x 2.5", matching the colors as shown in the photo below.  Press to print.  (sorry, I forgot to take a picture after I pressed, but you get the idea) :)

13.  Sew a white BG piece measuring 2.5. x 8.5 in between the two sets. Remember to keep your colors in the respective corners. Press to print. Set aside. 

 14.  Using your 4.5" x 6.5" white BG pieces, sew a 2.5" x 6.5" print piece to two sides, as shown below. Press to print.

15.  Sew a white BG piece measuring 2.5" x 8.5" in between top and bottom pieces as shown below.  Press to print. 

16.  Now the magic happens. :)

17.  Lay out your pieces as such...

18.  Sew the side pieces to the center, being careful to match your seams. If you have a consistent 1/4" seam, you should not have an issue here.  Then sew on the top and bottom pieces. Press well. 

19.  Voila.  You have your first quarter block. :)

20.  Repeat steps 1-20 three more times. 


1.  Sew one sashing strip to the right side of the upper left quadrant.  Trim excess fabric from ends. Press. 

2.  Sew the upper right quadrant to the sashing strip. Take care to line up your "squares" as you sew. You will have to lift up your fabric to match.

3.  Repeat for the two bottom quadrants. 

4.   Sew two sashing pieces together lengthwise to form one long sashing strip. Sew this to the bottom of the top section. Trim excess fabric from ends. Press. 

5.  Sew the bottom section to the top section, again carefully matching seams of the squares. Press.


1.  Cut 8 strips that measure 4.5" x WOF from the leftover background fabric. Sew into 4 pairs.

2.  Add border to left and right sides. Press. Trim excess border fabric from ends. Add the border pieces to the top and bottom. Press. Trim excess border fabric from ends.

Now all that is left is to sandwich your quilt with your favorite batting, quilt it, bind it, and throw it in the wash so it gets all squishy! :)

Before washing, your quilt should measure approximately 70" square.

You're probably wondering about that pillow too?

If you'd like to make this pillow to match, there is a bonus tutorial included in the Printer Friendly Version...

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you make this quilt, please oh please share it with me? You can email a photo of it to me HERE or you can add it to my Flickr Group HERE.  I would love to feature them on my blog! :)

Much Love and Happy Quilting!!



Carla Smith said...

love the quilt.going into my to do list

Sarina said...

So incredibly cute! I absolutely LOVE it! Simple and yet amazing. Love the design and I love the fabric line. Good job!

schmidt1016 said...

Boy, this couldn't get any cuter! And it's a perfect choice for the Sunkissed line. Love it!

Leslie S. in MN
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jan said...

Wow! That is a great design! Thanks for breaking it down for us. I am putting it in queue!

susiloci said...

Que maravilla de tutorial.
Gracias por compartirlo, espero hacerlo dentro de poco.

Kristina said...

A lot of patient work, but it looks fantastics.

Huisvlyt said...

This looks like fun to make. Will have to make one myself!

Quilt Azubi said...

wow.. another beautiful quilt. :)

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Karrie Lynn there is no getting away from the fact that you are a serious quilt designing talent and it is time for your first book to come out - I am deadly serious about this, I think you are without a doubt one of the most talented quilt designers out there right now. Brilliant.

CJ said...

What fun!! I love this and the quilting on the pillow is WONDERFUL!

Shawn said...

Wonderful,I love your quilt. Thanks!!

Little Miss Shabby said...

This one is fantastic! I love it so much!

Caro said...

Love the quilt and especially the simplicity of the quilting on the pillow. You did a great job. BTW, the printer friendly version link doesn't seem to be working...

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

So cute KarrieLyne!!! Way to go, I have always loved this pillow on your blog. Super fun to see it in a quilt :)

CraftyDeb said...

This is awesome!
What a fabulous quilt and tutorial :)

Nancy said...

LOVE the pillow...but can't get the "printer friendly version" to work!! YIKES!! Will check again after quilt guild...

Jeanne said...

I love the quilting on the pillow. Nice job.

kerrynjane said...

looks like it could be easily done with ajelly roll as well....which I happen to have!!

Bayside Gal said...

This is one sweet quilt. I love your design and hope tp make it soon. Thanks for sharing.

Sandy said...

Absolutely love the quilt! Thanks for the pattern!

Sherry said...

I love your quilt & pillow. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

thismamasews said...

Thank you for sharing! I saw the pillow on your blog and wanted to make my own.

Cindy said...

I HEART this quilt and pillow set.

I HEART it ALOT !!!!!

Susie said...

I love the quilt, and you've made what looked complicated very do-able now. Thanks so much!

KarrieLyne said... guys are so sweet! Thank you so much! I'm tickled that you all like it so much!!

I tried the printable version and it worked for me, so maybe try again for those of you having trouble?

Thanks again, so much!!


**nicke... said...

this is beautiful! i love it and such a clever design!

~Laurie~ said...

LOVE it KarrieLyne! ANOTHER bookmarked page :)

Barbara McD said...

Girl, you've done it again - ANOTHER super project!!! LOVE IT!!

foodmathquilts said...

This is beautiful! Another winner. And it just so happens that I have a fat quarter bundle of similar shades, that now has a purpose.

I love simple blocks that make cool patterns!

I am Just One Mom said...

darling and your tut is fab.

traceyjay said...

so fresh and clean... beautiful Karrie! :)

webmailaddress2 said...

That is a really cool design!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Love it! Am cutting my fabric TODAY.

Núria said...

I love it, I love modern quilts!

Karenkay said...

Love this quilt!

Sarah said...

@kerrynjane a jellyroll strip is too short for the outer squares by a couple of inches-did the math :/ Sad because I thought the same thing!

Brita said...

I just love this pattern, and Sunkissed is my current favorite line. KarrieLyne is just adorable and so talented!

kshackabq said...

That is a wonderful quilt! Can't wait to make it. Thank you!

Beth said...

Love it!!

Seams Sew Together said...

So So Love this pattern but I have tried on 2 computers to print but its not working!!

Coisas da Laura said...

I fell in love with this!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenny Garland said...

Hi SeamsSewTogether! Please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader. You can download it from here: That should solve your problem. Thanks!

a little bit biased said...

I LOVE that quilt!!! So cute! GReat job and thanks for sharing the pattern with us!

Wendy said...

Okay....WOW...holy bucketloads ... I'm so all over this and am printing right this minute!! Love it!! Awesome job -- A-Gain!! :)

KarrieLyne said...

A few of you have asked about using a jelly roll instead of a FE bundle...

To make the squares all in the same print you need 47.5", which is longer than a jelly roll strip provides.

So, you could either use two jelly rolls..


you could make it scrappy! Personally, I think that would be just as cute. :)


Aimee said...

LOVE!!! Going straight to the top of my To Do list! Thanks!

eamylove said...

Love this project! The next baby I make a quilt for is getting one like this!

Kathy B in TN said...

Any possibility of giving fabric needs to make it baby size?

Seams Sew Together said...

Thank you Jenny :)

KarrieLyne said...

Kathy B in TN: to make this only a baby quilt you will need 5 fat eight prints and about 1 of a yard of background fabric (this includes a 4" border), plus what ever you want to do for backing. The size of your backing will depend on if you add additional borders or not. Before borders on the original quilt, the quarter piece is 30.5" square so if you added on a 4" border you are looking at a quilt measuring 38.5" square.

I hope that helps. :)

Patchelle said...

Your quilt is fabulous

thefirstlady said...

Very nice design. I am definitely going to make this quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Maria said...

Fantastic! I just love this quilt!

Rosewitch said...

Hello from Japan!
Really nice pattern and lovely color.
Thank you! I want to try it.


Tutorial muito bem explicado e com fotos esclarecedoras. Parabéns e muito sucesso! \o/ *Ü*
Estou aprendendo muito com vocês!
Muito obrigada!
Deus abençoe, proteja e ilumine todos vocês!
Abraços e sejam sempre muito felizes!

Kari @ Fresh Cut Quilts said...

This is lovely Karrie Lynn! YOu did a great job on the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

In love of this pattern. Just can't get over how simple your instructions are...I might have to try it. Thanks

windshield repair said...

Beautifully done! Love your style.

Megan said...

To the comment regarding baby size... what else would you change to make it smaller??

Norred Michal said...

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Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

i am hoping to use a jelly roll for this. looks like it should work???