Modern Squares Quilt

Modern Squares
Finished size is 52 x 36

Hello again everyone! My name is Amy and I am from Alliekatmom and I drew up this fun design to showcase the lovely new line Half Moon Modern!!

I will show you how to make each block and how I did the words on the back. You can get as creative as you would like with this quilt and should have plenty of extra fabric to make extra blocks if you want something a little larger.

Anyways, hope you enjoy this design and I would love to see how many ways you can use this design differently. Its so fun!

Half Moon Modern

One FQ bundle (*Plenty if you want to fussy cut like I did)

Sashing: 1 1/2 yard 32355 17 Orange/egg white background

Binding: 1/2 yard 32355 32 Gray background/white egg

Backing: 1 yard 32359 22 Blue butterfly, 1 yard 9900 24 yellow solid, 1 1/2 yard 32346 19 Green zig zag

Lightweight fusible web for the letters on the back.

If you plan to make more blocks you will have to make adjustments to the yardage accordingly.

This quilt consists of only 4 blocks. Here I will show you how to make each block.


Block One:

You will need to cut:
1 – 6.5″ square for the center
2 – 1.5″ by 6.5″ strips for the top and bottom
2 – 1.5″ by 8.5″ strips for the sides


Just sew the top and bottom pieces onto the center, press. Then sew the two side pieces on, press. Trim the block to 8.5″ square.

Make 4 more of these blocks.
Block Two:

You will need to cut:
1 – 2.5″ square for the center
2 – 1.5″ by 2.5″ strips for the top and bottom, inner border
2 – 1.5″ by 4.5″ strips for the sides, inner border
2 – 2.5″ by 4.5″ strips for the top and bottom, outer border
2 – 2.5″ by 8.5″ strips for the sides, outer border

Sew the top and bottom pieces onto the center, press. Then sew the two side pieces on, press. Sew the top and bottom pieces for the outer border, press. Then sew the side pieces to the outer border, press. Trim the block to 8.5″ square.

Make 4 more of these blocks.

Block 3:

You will need to cut:
1 – 4.25″ square for the center *see my directions for fussy cutting
2 – 2.75″ by 4.25″ strips for the top and bottom
2 – 2.75″ by 8.5″ strips for the sides

Fussy cutting the center…

When I did my fussy cutting, I took my ruler and put it on top of the butterfly, then made sure that I had equal space around the butterfly on each side and measured to 4.25″ square before cutting. This really makes the butterfly stand out in the quilt because it is not cut off and you can see the entire design.

My fussy cut butterfly center square.

Sew the top and bottom pieces onto the center, press. Then sew the two side pieces on, press. Trim the block to 8.5″ square.

Make 4 more of these blocks.

Block 4:

You will need to cut:

1 – 2.25″ square for the center *again, follow my directions for fussy cutting the center
2 – 2.5″ by 2.25″ strips for the top and bottom, inner border
2 – 2.5″ by 6.25″ strips for the sides, inner border
2 – 1.5″ by 6.25″ strips for the top and bottom, outer border
2 – 1.5″ by 8.5″ strips for the sides, outer border

Fussy cutting the center.


When fussy cutting the scissors for this pieces its a bit harder because you have a smaller block. You do it the same way, just lay your ruler on top and make sure you have about a quarter inch around the scissors on each side before you cut.


Your finished fussy cut square.

Sew the top and bottom pieces onto the center, press. Then sew the two side pieces on, press. Sew the top and bottom pieces for the outer border, press. Then sew the side pieces to the outer border, press. Trim the block to 8.5″ square.

Make 4 more of these blocks.

When you are done you should have 5 of each block totaling 20 blocks. Lay them out to see how you like them. You have a few options here. You could maybe make a few more blocks and exclude the sashing, or add a sashing to the blocks like I did.

This part is up to you and where I want you to get creative!! :)

Sashing: (if desired)

My sashing was 2.5 inch wide strips.

Be sure to cut from the 1.5 yard side. So fold accordingly. This way your side strips will not have any seams on the sides. I think it took me about 10 strips for what I needed.

Cut:
15 – 2.5″ by 8.5″
5 – 2.5″ by 38.5″ strips for the rows
2 – 2.5″ by 52.5″ strips for the sides

Sew the small strips between each block on your rows. Then sew the next strips between the rows. Finally sew the long strips on each side.

Back:
I cut a 12″ wide strip by WOF (width of fabric) for the yellow. I used the entire amount of the other colors. Sewed them together with the yellow in the middle. Just be sure to cut off your selvage before sewing and line it up better than I did. LOL

Leave lots of extra backing on because that will help with the quilting. You can trim the backing down to size later.

For the letters you can use any kind of computer word document program. Just pick a name, or word you like, then make your letters as big as the paper and pick a font that you like best. Print them out and then cut them out. You will also need lightweight fusible web for this part. Use any brand that helps you. 

I then traced the letters on my fusible web BACKWARDS!! make sure they are backwards or you will be fixing it later :)

Then I just roughly cut out the letters I traced on the fusible web and ironed it onto the BACK of the fabric. If you have never worked with this before it has two pieces of paper on each side of the web. Strip the side that is going to adhere to the back of your fabric first then iron your letter onto the BACK of your fabric. Make sure your letter is lined up the way you want it first. Once it is ironed it is not coming off.
After you do this for each letter, you will then cut them out again and lay them on your fabric. You can then strip off the other piece of paper and iron them to the back of your quilt, however you like it. I used my ruler to make sure there was equal space on top and bottom of the letters and that they were straight.

After you have then ironed on you can then take it to your machine and sew around the outside of each letter. I just did a straight stitch because I like the looks of it better than a zig zag. You use your own preference here.

When you are done, you baste, quilt and bind your quilt as desired. I did very minimal quilting because I wanted it to be all about the quilt, so I just stitched in the ditch around each block and added some hand quilting to each block and I was done!

One very happy child.

I mean one very happy quilt!!!

Amy Rivera
{Alliekatmom}

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