Positively Perfect Nap Quilt

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Hello all! I’m April Rosenthal from Prairie Grass Patterns, here with my second recipe for the Moda Bake Shop. I’m so excited to show this to you!

I’ve wanted to make a quilt just for me for quite a while. When I saw Hometown, I knew it was time. This quilt goes together quick and easy, and is pretty darn cute to boot! This Positively Perfect Nap Quilt finishes up at 54″ x 66″, which is just perfect for a lap quilt or quick snooze. Trust me ;)

1 Jelly Roll of Hometown
1 5/8 yard Hometown cream (546812) for background
5/8 yards Hometown red (546811) for inner border (not shown)
1 yard grey floral (546725) for outer border
3 1/2 yards (546012) for backing
1/2 yard (546124) for binding
62″ x 74″ batting

Choose 16 strips from your jelly roll. I chose to use the strips that didn’t have a white background, for the most contrast.

Leaving each strip folded, trim off the selvedge edge.

From each folded strip, cut (3) 2½” squares (total 6) and (1) 6½” x 2½” (total 2) rectangles. This should make a total of (96) squares, and (32) rectangles. Set aside remainder of strips. You can add these to your scrap bin, or piece them into your backing like I did.

From the cream background fabric, cut (22) 2½” width of fabric strips.

Subcut strips into (192) 2½” x 2½” squares and (64) 6½” x 2½” rectangles.

Note: When you’re using the Hometown cream, be sure you’re using the “right side” of the fabric. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which side is which, but there is a difference. The “wrong side” of the fabric is paler.

Using the pieces you’ve cut, make (32) Dot blocks and (31) Plus blocks.

To make one “dot” block, sew one cream background square to each side of a colored square:

Press seams toward the middle.

Sew one cream background rectangle to the top and bottom. Press seams away from the center.

To make one “plus” block, make two matching “dot” units (colored square in the middle, cream squares on the sides) as described above. Sew them to the top and bottom of a matching rectangle. Press toward the middle rectangle.

Arrange blocks in an alternating pattern, starting with a “dot” block in the top left corner. Place 7 blocks across and 9 blocks down.

Sew together blocks into rows, nesting seams and pressing toward “dot” blocks.

Pin and stitch rows together, nesting seams. I pressed seams toward the “plus” blocks, popping the stitch at each intersection. You can also simply press to one side along the entire row.

Press the entire top.

Cut (6) 2½” x WOF strips of Hometown red for the inner border. Piece the strips as needed, and attach using your preferred border method. My top and bottom inner borders measured 42″, and my left and right borders measured 57″. Press toward border.

Cut (7) 4½” x Width of Fabric strips of grey floral for the outer border. Piece the strips as needed, and attach.  Press toward outer border.

Press, baste, and quilt as desired.

I used my leftover strip pieces in my backing as shown.

I chose to quilt straight lines across and down the quilt in varying distances.

Bind with yellow floral print.

One Positively Perfect Nap Quilt. Enjoy your next nap!
A limited number of kits are available in my shop. Be sure to hop over and grab one before they’re gone!

P.S. Visit my blog for a fun, free (darling!) Positively Perfect Pillow pattern using leftovers from this quilt. See you soon!

Mwah!

April Rosenthal
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April Rosenthal

Moda Fabrics Designer and Pattern Designer at Prairie Grass Patterns
April started sewing as a young girl, and hasn’t stopped since. From Barbie clothes, to patchwork pants, and pencil pouches to quilts, her sewing hobby has taken her many places. She spends myriad hours in her quiet studio creating original quilts and patterns for her company, Prairie Grass Patterns, and is delighted to be a designer for Moda Fabrics. Her designs are published regularly in magazines, and have also been included in several collaborative books. She is currently working on her first book, to be published Fall 2014 with Lucky Spool.

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