Happy Weekender Quilt

The Happy Weekender Quilt is a super easy quilt that can be completed in a weekend {or two}. It is a great beginner quilt and is the "oh my goodness I need a gift super fast" quilt.

This Happy Weekender is inspired by a mini I made for my grandmother last year using Dream On. When I saw Vintage Modern, I knew it was the perfect fabric for a larger sized quilt!

{this is a photo of the mini using Dream On}

I hope you enjoy making and using the Happy Weekender :o)

3 charm packs of Moda Vintage Modern
Moda Bella Solid White 1.5 yds
Moda Bella Solid Aqua {binding}
Coordinating thread {I used Aurifil 50wt 100% cotton}

Cut 1.5 yds solid in to 5" strips {all length measurements are approximate}
{2} 5" x 41" strips
{2} 5" x 41.5" strips
{2} 5" x 25" strips
{2} 5" x15.5" strips

Use the excess from the other pieces to piece together the longer strips
{2} 5" x 58.25" strips
{2} 5" x59" strips

Take your charms and place them randomly to create seven rows across and nine rows down. You can either do this on a design wall or a floor in your house.

When you are happy with your placement, take your first two charms and sew the right sides facing using a 1/4 in seam.

Continue to connect the charms until you have your first row of seven.

Repeat the process until you have your nine rows.

Press all of your seams open.

When all the seams are pressed open, line up one row at a time, again, right sides facing, matching up the seams and pinning.

Using a 1/4in seam sew each of the rows together and then press the seams open.

Continue to add the rows until you have all nine sewn.

The quilt top center block is completed!!!!

Measure the sides center patchwork section and using the 5" x41" {approx} in solid strips, attach to the right and left sides of the center patchwork block, press open and trim any excess.  Then take your 5" x 41.5"strips attach to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press seams open and trim any excess.

When you have attached the strips your quilt will look like this:

Using two sets of seven charms with 20in"( approx measurement) solid strips we will be making the next step. Sew the charms in a row, press and attach to a strip of the solid fabric

Pin to the quilt in the left and right sides, right sides facing, trying to line up the seams of the blocks in the center to the outer row.

Sew the strip on, press and trim up the edges.

This is how the quilt will look at this point {it looks wonky but it was being super bunchy for some odd reason}.

You will repeat the previous step using five charms instead of seven. For the five charms will have a 25" solid strip attached. These will be placed at the top and bottom.

This goes together so quickly!

For the final step, take your 5" x 58.25"{sides} and your 5" x 59" {top and bottom} in sashing strips and attach them to each side of the quilt, the sides then the top and bottom.

The quilt top is now completed!

For the quilt back, I chose to take some of the remaining charms and made a half square triangle zig zag pattern. The quilting is a simple rectangle box.

One fast fun and functional quilt to love :o) The final quilt size is 66.5" x 58.5". It is the perfect picnic or lap blanket. This one will be going to my grandmother for her birthday :o)

Kim Niedzwiecki


grandmarockton said...


Heidi Staples said...

Such a sweet, sweet quilt. Beautiful!

Amy said...

Super cute! I love the vintage modern fabric.

lurel said...

I love this one! It's going on the "to do list". I think I even have the perfect amounts of fabric (except some white) left over to do it!

Quiltjane said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and quick quilt to make. Vintage Modern is certainly a beautiful collection.

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

This is a really great use of a charm pack ... love those borders! good job clever lady :)

Kelly said...

This is such a gorgeous quilt Kim. Love it xxx

Shelley said...

What a wonderful quilt Kim! Very inspiring :)

Suzanne said...

This is a great design. Thanks!

Logan said...

I was getting ready to search the bake shop for a charm pack quilt! This one is perfect:)


2MuchFun said...

What a colorful quilt!


mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Just love this and your fabulous fabric! thank you, xoRobin❤

Becky said...

I love the simple quilting used.

Molly said...

Soooo pretty! Love your quilt. :)

Crystal Hendrix said...

Very Pretty! I like how you used the charm design but added a different and original border!

Suzanne said...

I love this!

By the way, you can use a Layer Cake rather than three charm packs - one layer cake square cut into quarters = 4 charm squares! So if I've done my math right (which is always a question), this quilt needs 87 charms for the top - so cut 22 layer cake squares into quarters and you'll have 88 charm squares, and some layer cake squares left over for the back - or to cut more if I miscounted!

Cherie said...

Love this quilt!!
So bookmarking for later =D

Kim said...

Thank you so much everyone! The fabric was so amazing to work with...very HAPPY colors :o)

Sew Sane Jane said...

cute pattern! Love how it really shows off the fantastic fabric line!

Pauline said...

I love this quilt! Could you share what the size of the finished mini is, and what the size of the squares is? Thanks so much!

Kim said...

Thank you so much! The tutorial is for the larger sized quilt that is 66.5x58.5. The mini is 8.5x7.75 and the squares are .5in in the completed mini. I hope this helps :o)

Маша said...

It is so accurate!

Aunt Spicy said...

Kim, you are a rockstar! And...I actually love, super love the back!

notes of sincerity said...

This is such a great tutorial. Your quilt is adorable!! :o)

Pauline said...

Thank you, Kim, for the info on the mini sized quilt. Love it, too!

Beth said...

I love the pattern,fabric . Just have 2 questions what size is the mini?- I need a baby present and your ironing board cover is too cute what fabric is that? Did you figure out I have an attention problem. Thanks for the pattern.lol

Quilt Kit Market said...

I absolutely love the white with the vintage modern fabrics. The borders give a simple quilt a beautiful and unexpected twist!

Kim said...

Beth, Thank you :o) The mini is 8.5x7.75 and the ironing board cover is Alexander Henry "paloma (birds)". It is out of print but an amazing fabric!

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Gemini Jen NZ said...

Awesome! Is just the pattern I need for a quick gift - am ordering 3 charms packs right now! Thanks for the inspiration!

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Karen said...

I am new to quilting and want to try this quilt and was wondering if you know approximately how much material is needed for the binding? Thanks. It's beautiful!

Sue L said...

Love it! Bought Moda's Birchbark Lodge charm packs, solid brown for the borders, and two of the Birchbark Lodge fabrics for the backing and binding. Can't wait to get going on this one! It will be for my younger son, who will graduate from college in December.

Unknown said...

How much fabric is needed for the binding and backing of this quilt? New to quilting and not sure of the yardage to purchase...thanks!

Nancy M said...

Hi Kim, love this pattern and tutorial. I made this over the weekend with California Girl fabric. Goes together so quickly. Not sure if there is a typo in your pattern or if I did something wrong, but when I got to adding the strip of 7 charms, I found that the 15.5" strips of background fabric weren't enough. I really needed 18.5" due to the seam allowances in the strip of 7 charms. The 25" strips weren't long enough either, I ended up needing 29" for those.

Jenn said...

I had the same issue with the strips and the charms. The solid strips were about 4 inches too short. Love the pattern, though. I have taken notes so I can make several more of these!

thepiececorps said...

I love that the "ingredients" will be so easy to remember when shopping! Can't wait to make this! Thanks.

Laurie S said...

So inspiring! I'm in the midst of making 5 (yes, 5!) of them before Christmas. Wish me luck! (But it really does come together quickly...)

Emily said...

I just finished the top using Dogwood Trails. I had a one-yard piece of one of the fabrics, so I cut the 3 extra squares I needed so that I could use just 2 charm packs. I bought 1 3/4 yds of white fabric for the sashing and don't think I would have had enough with 1 1/2 yards.

I love it! Thanks for the pattern!

leanne said...

I just made this quilt this weekend - such a sweet quilt - but I had issues with the solid to be joined to the outside squares - I notice in the tutorial it has been changed from 15.5 to approx 20 inches but the cutting instructions at the top still say cut 15.5 inches and the pdf instructions are the old measurements as well - apart from that and now being short for my border fabrics - I loved the pattern and can't wait to finish the quilt when I get some more solid :)

Karen Swan Peterson said...

super cute and easy. i adapted this one to make it fit a full mattress instead of a twin by adding extra borders and squares around the outside of the original pattern. thanks!