Crossroads Quilt

Hi, Tacha here! I'm part of the Fat Quarterly Team and am Hanies on Flickr. But more important than that, I am the Mum of two little girls and now that Spring has sprung we are out and about a lot more. I decided that I needed a new quilt to throw on the floor wherever we are so we can have impromptu picnics or snuggle up if the sun goes behind the clouds! We live in Germany so it isn't that warm yet!

I fell in love with the Just Wing It line and its great colours. I wanted a design that would show off all the prints and make good use of every tiny piece of a layer cake. I hope you like what I came up with.

1 layer cake of Just Wing It by MoMo
2 1/2 yards of white solid
10” square of dark grey solid
8 strips 2 1/2" x width of fabric for binding
4 yards of backing fabric
64” x 78” of batting

59" x 74"

Step 1 - Cut and Organise your fabric

The quilt is made up of 20 blocks.

Divide your layer cake into 2 groups of 20 squares 10”.

One group (A) will be the corners of the blocks and the other group (B) will be the centre bars and small squares of the blocks.

From EACH of the squares to be used for the corners, group A, cut:
4 strips 2 1/2” x 5 1/2”
4 strips 2 1/2” x 3 1/2”

From EACH of the squares to be used for the centre bars and small squares, group B, cut:
2 strips 2 1/2“ x 8 1/2“
7 squares 2 1/2”

From the white solid, cut:
240 strips 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”
40 strips 1 1/2” x 10 1/2”
71 strips 1 1/2” x 14 1/2”

From the dark grey solid, cut:
12 squares 1 1/2"

For each block you will need:

4 strips 2 1/2” x 5 1/2” and 4 strips 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” from 1 of the group A prints
2 strips 2 1/2” x 8 1/2” from 1 of the group B prints
3 squares 2 1/2” from a different group B print
2 squares 2 1/2” from a different group B print
2 squares 2 1/2” from a different group B print
12 strips 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” of white solid
2 strips 1 1/2” x 8 1/2” of white solid
2 strips 1 1/2” x 14 1/2” of white solid

Play around with the groupings of group A and group B fabrics until you are happy.

Step 2 - Make the Blocks

Now you are ready to make the blocks!

Sew the block together in rows.

Start with the centre row. Take 4 white strips 1 1/2" x 2 1/2", 3 squares 2 1/2" of a group B print, and 2 squares 2 1/2" of a different group B print. Sew together as shown.

Sew a white 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" strip to the top and the bottom of this row.

Sew a white 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" strip to both ends of the 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips. Sew the 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips to the top.

Sew the 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" strips to the side of these strips. Make 2 of these rows.

Sew a white 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" strip to either side of each of the remaining 2 1/2" group B squares.

Sew the 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" strips to either side. Make 2 rows like this.

Sew the rows together as shown.

Step 3 - Sash the Blocks

Arrange the 20 blocks in a 4 x 5 layout. Rotate alternate blocks by 90°.

Sew the white 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips between each block in each row.

Sew the remaining white 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips and dark grey 1 1/2" squares into 4 strips of 4 white 1 1/2" x 14 1/2" strips and 3 squares 1 1/2".

Sew the rows of blocks together and sashing strips together as shown.

Step 4 - Finish the Quilt

Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Baste.

Quilt as desired. I quilted a simple all-over meandering stitch but I think this would look fabulous with straight lines to complement the squares and rectangles of the design.

Sew the binding strips together and bind your quilt.

There are some great tutorials if you need help with basting, quilting or binding your quilt. We have compiled a list on our tutorial page on Fat Quarterly.

Head over to Fat Quarterly if you would like to download this quilt pattern as a pdf file. You may also download the Printer Friendly version included at the end of this post.

Issue 5 of Fat Quarterly is all about precuts and is packed with fabulous patterns to make the most of your charm packs, layer cakes and fat quarter bundles.

Tacha Bruecher
{Fat Quarterly}


Lexi said...

That's fantastic! It's going straight to the top of my to do list!

Leila said...

Beautiful quilt!

Cristina said...

Lovely and so well explained!
I have some NYC theme fabrics and wanted to make a quilt and haven't decided the pattern, I think this is the one!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Super cute pattern Tacha. I don't know if you have boys (I think you have two girls but not sure) but my boys could have spent hours driving their cars round these roads when they were little - this would be a great boy quilt!

Rhanda said...


Quiltjane said...

Stunning design. It would look fantastic with any fabric (I mean Moda fabric). Thanks for a great tutorial.

Quiet Quilter said...


Shawn said...

I love your quilt and instruction,thank you so much!!

susiloci said...

Que bonita colcha. Es maravillosa.

Cindy said...

Gorgeous! One of my favorite lines also!

Vickie E said...

beautiful quilt.

Jenny said...

Wow - gorgeous!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This pattern is a winner! Thank you!

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

Holy smokes! This quilt is gorgeous! I love it.

Sarah said...

Lovely! Something to put on my bucket list :)

One question - maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see in the instructions what to do with the dark grey 10" square, how to divide it up? How many squares should it make and what are the dimensions?

Autumn Hathaway said...

I agree with Lynne, I thought of a boys quilt. Love the scrappy feel. Great design.

Sherry said...

Wonderful quilt. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Sequana said...

Great use of this pre cut. *S*

I really really like this pattern. Thx for sharing it with us.

Laurel said...

i might try this one using a jelly roll instead of a layer cake...

Bobbie said...

I ALSO would like to know what to do with the 10" dark grey square.

And, WHAT fabric is needed for the 8 strips 2 1/2" x width of fabric?


Rebecca Maples said...

LOVE this!!! Defenatly on my to make list:)
I think the 8-2 1/2" x width of the fabric strips are for the binding, and I think you cut up the dark grey square to use for the setting squares. Am I right?

Tacha said...

Thanks everyone!

The 8 strips 2 1/2" x WOF are for the binding.

Cut the 10" grey square into 12 squares measuring 1 1/2". You will need less than 10" square.

terrieannie said...

Loved this the second I set eyes on it. When I saw the author, I knew why immediately! This would be stunning in solids also!

carla said...

I will definitely be making this quilt. Great job.

ButtonMad said...

very pretty very creative thanks for sharing ;-)

Lisa said...

Beautifully awesome quilt, I love it!

Becky said...

I adore this and have to put it on my "to do" list.

Jo said...

Your design is one of my favorites on BakeShop!

Debbie said...

Absolutely darling! I really like your quilt!

Valerie said...

Me, too, on attempting this with a jellyroll! I think it's doable and I love the overall pattern of this quilt. Wonderful!

WandaFish said...

What a fabulous quilt - I love it!

tusen said...

great pattern, and so much space for different variations, depending on the fabrics you choose.
And I'm sure it is as great for girls as for boys - just imagine putting some little houses in the centres of the blocks and changing the quilt into a town ;)

KarrieLyne said...

*jaw drops*
LOVE!! This is amazing, my dear!! Going on my "to do" list! :)

Bobbie said...

THANKS for answering my questions in such a timely fashion - I certainly appreciate that. :)

Now that I have all my concerns addressed, I'll be giving THIS quilt a try, and soon, too. I think it's GREAT!

Carla said...

Hi Tacha! You are so creative! This is a great quilt idea....congrats on a wonderful tute!

Pam said...

What a fabulous design. This is going to the top of my list! Thanks!

Jennifer Blosser said...

Very awesome job! I love the colors and the tutorial!

A must sew!

Hugs & stitches,

Q said...

I love this quilt! It is definitely going on my to do list! Thank you so much :)

Sylvie BG said...

Oh ! I really love this quilt ! So cute !

Aimee said...

Love, love, love this quilt!! Well done!

Jennifer said...

looks great! i might want to give this one a try. do you think that you could add a picture of the layer cake, all cut up, and then pulled apart? that is always so much easier to visualize than that list of numbers!

traceyjay said...

love it! Beautiful quilt (and girlie!). :)

VickiB said...

What a great quilt! I'm thinking some solids to go with a layer cake - yum.

Tacha said...

thanks again everyone.

Lynne you've really got me thinking about a little boys one now....

tusen - houses!!!!! Love!

Jennifer I added some diagrams of how to cut your layer cake pieces.

Lucy said...

Fabulous pattern..Very nice of you to share this as I think it would have made you a good chunk of money if you had sold it.

Angela {fussycut} said...

I absolutely love this!! Gorgeous quilt Tacha!

I am Just One Mom said...

love the pattern & its color possibilites. also love this collection. thank you for sharing!

Lynne said...

I love it; it looks so complicated but really it's quite straight forward, isn't it?

Thanks for sharing.

Rachel said...

Hi there. I'm making this right now but the blocks aren't going together correctly. What is the seam allowance? I did 1/4" and the dashing strips aren't long enough. Grrr. Thanks.

Tacha said...

Hi Rachel Sorry to hear your sashing strips are not long enough. The blocks measure 14 1/2" square including seam allowance. I used 1/4" seam allowance throughout.

I would suggest you measure your blocks to see how large they are and then cut your sashing strips to suit your blocks.

Rachel said...

Thanks for the reply. I went back and remeasured my seam allowances and realized I was just under 1/4 in. Because of the mulitude of seams in each strip this threw off the whole thing. I've got it fixed now and I'm being more careful to keep to the 1/4" exactly. ;)

Julie James said...

I am wondering if this pattern would also work for a Jellyroll since the pieces are all cut 2.5 inches.

Julie James said...

I am wondering if this pattern would also work for a Jellyroll since the pieces are all cut 2.5 inches. Just a thought. I love it and am currently making it using the Moda "Ruby" Layer Cake.

Amanda Bianchi said...

I just finished this quilt using Serenade by Kate Spain and green instead of white for the sashing.
I love love love this quilt so made matching cushions as well!! Thanks so much!!