Squaredy Cat Quilt

Hi this is Wendy from Sewing in the Wendy City.  I'm thrilled to bring you my second Moda Bake Shop recipe! This time I got to work with Momo's Just Wing It! collection, which is fabulously beautiful. 

I call this quilt my "Squaredy Cat" quilt because it uses giant squares to make a large quilt and goes together very easily and quickly.  If' you've always been a "Scaredy Cat" about a bed-sized quilt, then "Squaredy Cat" is a good pattern for you!

1 layer cake in Just Wing It by MoMo
2 Jelly Rolls in Just Wing It by MoMo
1 yard of a coordinating print for binding
5 1/2 yards of a coordinating print for backing

From the layer cake, pull out the following:
18 squares that will be the centers of our blocks
4 squares that will be the corner posts on the piano key border (trim to 8" square)
9 squares that will be subcut into 2.5" x 10" strips (yielding 36 10" strips)
3 squares that will be subcut into 2.5" x 8" strips (yielding 12 8" strips)
The rest of the layer cake can be pieced into the backing

From the 2 jelly rolls, you will need the following:
8 solidish strips to be the inner border.  I used the blue toned ones.
36 strips, each cut into:  one 18-inch strip, a 14-inch strip, and an 8-inch strip
Another 36 strips, each cut into:  one 14-inch strip, and three 8-inch strips

When you finish cutting you will have:
36  10-inch strips
72  14-inch strips
36 18-inch strips
156 8-inch strips

It may be helpful to find a ziploc or a basket for each size of strips.  

Now, time to sew!  It is very, very helpful to chain piece these.  If you do this, it will go pretty quickly.

To each of your 18 center squares, add the following:

10-inch strips to each side,

14-inch strips to the top and bottom, 

another set of 14-inch strips to the left and right

And finally, 18-inch strips to the top and bottom.

At this point, your blocks will be approximately 18 inches square.  Press them well, and take them to your cutting mat.

Cut vertically and horizontally to make four 9-inch blocks.

You will have 72 of these 9-inch blocks.

Layout the blocks in pairs like so... and pin them.  Make sure you have the squares lined up... in the top right on the left and the bottom right corner on the right.  I suggest pinning them all and then chain piecing all 36 pairs.

Aren't they pretty all lined up like that?

Next, sew the pairs of blocks into rows of 4 blocks, alternating the square placement each time.

Then put 2 groups of 4 together so that you have 8 blocks. You will have 9 identical rows of 8 blocks each.

Find the 8 jelly roll strips you reserved for the inner border and sew them together end-to-end.

Add the inner border onto your quilt center.

Find the giant pile of 8-inch strips you cut earlier, and sew them together to make a piano key border.

So that I didn't have to deal with a very long border at one time, I split my strips into approximately 4 strips and pieced them together as I needed to to add to the quilt.

I used corner posts on mine.

First, add the piano key border to the short sides of your top.  Then we do some careful measuring. Put an 8-inch square onto one end of a piano key strip.  Then carefully lay it out, marking where you get to the other end where the other corner post will be.  

Trim the piano key border 1/4" past the inner border, then sew on the other corner post.  Pin carefully so that your points line up.

I love a pieced quilt back!

Here's the backing fabric.  Isn't it beautiful!  I used 5 yards of the backing fabric, but it was close!  So I'm suggesting 5 1/2 in the pattern. 

I had several leftover layer cake squares and I pieced them into the back with my leftover jelly roll pieces.

I took my leftovers and arranged them to be as large as the quilt top.  There are many ways to do this, but here's mine:

I used the dark blue as my binding fabric, and it worked well. I think one of the solids would also be lovely.

To make your binding, cut 9 strips that are 2.5" by the width of the fabric.

Quilt and bind as desired.  

A beautiful oversized-full sized quilt, measuring approximately 87" x 96".

I'm so pleased with the way it turned out. 

And pieced backs are so much fun!

Here's a full shot....

And I made this cute butterfly pillow with my leftover scraps. 

For the pattern and more information on making the pillow, please visit my blog, Sewing in the Wendy City, for the full tutorial.

Thanks so much for reading.
Blessings to you--

Wendy Poling


Quiltjane said...

Thank you for sharing that beautiful quilt. I love the Momo fabrics.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

This is just gorgeous! Wow.

Laura VanVleet said...

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for a great tutorial!

gill said...


BassetMom said...

Love this quilt! It's so bright and cheery. A definite on my to do list. Thanks for sharing!

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Great tutorial! Love the quilt and I also love the last photo with your shadow in it. So many times I go take a picture and end up with my shadow in it, now I have an idea on how to still use those photos :)

Carla said...

How clever and pretty....kind of a Disappearing Log Cabin!

Sherry said...

Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

Liz said...

Love it! And I love how big it is!

Robin Quilts, etc. said...

You quilt turned out lovely.

Kristy said...

Beautiful! Thanks for such a great tutorial!

Monica said...

Love the piano keys border. Thanks for a great tutorial!

Jen B. said...

What a fun quilt!

Cille said...

Lovely quilt - looks like lots of fun. THanks for sharing this great tutorial :)

Anonymous said...

What is a corner post?

Kelly O. said...

seriously awesome tutorial!
I think I love the back even more than the front :)

SarahB said...

Very clever method to create the blocks! Very cute quilt!

jo said...

Interesting. I love cutting BIG blocks apart to make things unusual. You did a great job.

Elizabeth said...

That turned into a beautiful quilt. I also like piecing the backing because using up all the scraps is definitely "green!"

Wendy said...

The corner posts are the solidish pieces on the 4 corners that are sewn into the piano key border.

Thanks so much to everyone for reading and for your lovely comments!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

What a fun pattern! This would look great made from just about any fabric line.


teresamnj said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to try it. :)

Maria said...

Beautiful quilt! Thank you so very much for sharing! =)

Muddling Through said...

What a great quilt! Thank you so much for sharing.

pcflamingo said...

I really like that pattern! And I love how you use up the leftovers in the border and backing.

Giggles and Girlfriends Retreats said...

Love it, gonna make one next retreat weekend!

robpoling said...

It is really pretty, and you do SO GOOD at explaining every step. Keep it up!

Lynne said...

Thank you - seems simple enough even for this novice.

susiloci said...

Es fantástico!!! Una maravilla de colcha!!!

boydfamily said...

Cute -- love it!

VickiT said...

Beautiful job on this quilt. I love it. It's just gorgeous. Thank you.

wendi said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!! Simple and adorable but it looks like it was super difficult :)

Leila said...

I love the scrappy look. This is great!

amy dame said...

this is beautiful! thank you so much for sharing!

shima said...

hi, the stopping by via "sewing in the wendy city"

nice blog n good tutorial.. thks

sariah said...

Beautiful! I love the scrappy butterfly pillow. What a great idea! The quilting looks very nice.

Christina said...

Helt underbart, vilka färger man blir så glad av att titta på din quilt.

Evelene S said...

That came out so pretty and thanks for the tutorial.

SarahZ said...

REALLY like this pattern, and the method of constructing the blocks! Beautiful!

Terri Ann said...

I did it! ...well for the most part!

I used fabric central jelly rolls and fat quarters and had to kind-of "wing it" on the cutting and size but I did my best and I love the result. This tutorial was the biggest influence on the end product and it game the the confidence that even if my seams didn't match up no one would know the difference :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/terriann/6667809163/in/photostream