Positively Perfect Nap Quilt

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!


April Rosenthal


The Pink Chick said...

I LOVE this quilt and Hometown fabrics! Thanks for the easy tutorial! Putting this one on my neverending to-do-list!

Gabriella said...


I love this Quilt and positivity.
I'll try to do it
Thank you so much and of course I love Hometown ... so I must to do

Lotos said...

Wonderful! I like it

krislovesfabric said...

Love your quilt, will put on my to do list! Thanks for the pattern!

Suzanne said...

thanks for a clear tutorial for a fun quilt.

Becky said...

Nice! I really love that you chose straight lines of quilting. Boring to do? Maybe. But very striking.

Natalia Bonner said...

It's darling April!

Megan said...

I LOVE any pattern that uses jelly rolls and this one is no exception. Thanks for a great tutorial--another one for my ever growing to-do list.

Richard Healey said...

Wonderful walk though.


LyndiLou said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for showing so clearly how to make one. This one isn't as intimidating as some of the others I've seen out there... but it's still just lovely!

traceyjay said...

it's beautiful! A great design. :)

amy smart said...

I LOVE this quilt, April!! ;)

Lettyb said...
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Lettyb said...

I'm positive (get it?) I'm going to make one! Love it.

harleywife57 said...

I love this ! I love crosses and hometown !!!! ( and I positively will try it ! ) thanks !

DebraEmanon said...

This looks like so much fun to make and what a cute pattern. Thank you for sharing

April said...

Thanks you sweet people! I'd love to see your versions.

bethanndodd said...

Super cute, April! I am pinning it now. Thanks for sharing your talents! Smiels~Beth

Just Jenn said...

I love this quilt and it's coming out sooo cute right now! I've pieced and sewn together all the blocks and am about to attach the red border but am getting 54" for the long side of the quilt not 57"... just fyi.

April said...

@Just Jenn: I'm so excited you're making it! I just double checked and mine measures 57", so we must just piece a little differently! I'd love to see pictures of yours when it's done.
April Rosenthal

Just Jenn said...

I was worried I'd done something wrong but the borders went on fine and dandy! Funny how the measurements can differ a little according to each quilter. =)

RachelC said...

Looks lovely April!
Just one question - what do you mean by "popping the stitch at each intersection"?

amandajean said...

i really like this!!! such a sweet and simple design, but still completely stunning!

Just Jenn said...

Thanks for the great quilt kit! I just finished this one up. I even liked how you used the extra pieces on the back to both use them up and make it interesting; hope you don't mind I copied you there too. I did quilt the border with a free motion pattern. I think it came out really nice. Cheers~

My version: https://www.threadbias.com/projects/positively-perfect-nap-quilt

April said...

Just saw your comment. By "popping the stitch at each intersection" I mean undoing one stitch in order to make the intersection lay flat. There are pictures and a visual explanation in this tutorial on my blog, just scroll down to where I show how I'm pressing the finished 4 patch block. Hope this helps!

April said...

@JustJenn: I LOVE your version! I'm so glad you enjoyed making it, and that the kit worked out perfectly for you :) I'm sure it will do very well at the auction. Congratulations on a beautiful quilt.

Erin said...

I just finished my quilt top using this pattern. I decided to use Cape Ann fabrics and some others from my stash to finish it, I'm pretty happy with it :)


Thanks for the great pattern!

Dawn said...

Gorgeous quilt, thanks so much for sharing and your excellent tutorial - I can't wait to give it a go.

Thanks so much x