Marmalade Squares Quilt

Happy January! It is LeAnne Ballard from Everyday Celebrations and I am excited to be here today sharing a bright and cheery quilt. I've been wanting to make a postage stamp quilt for awhile and decided put a little twist on this classic to make one darling little quilt.

This quilt features four different postage stamp'esque' blocks. Also, this quilt uses strip piecing so don't fret over all those little squares. (The squares are 1.5" finished.) If you like, you may add an initial for personalization. This quilt was made for my daughter's 1st birthday so personalization was a must. I also will share this cute little coordinating dolly quilt.

1 Layer Cake, Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille
1 1/8 yard neutral, Bella Solid in Bleached White 97
1 3/4 yard backing, Dot in Strawberry
1/2 yard binding, Sugar in Raspberry
1 fat quarter - for appliqued initial, Bella Solid in Tea Rose 9900 89
60" x 50" piece of batting
6" square of iron on adhesive, such as Heat n' Bond Lite

2 fat quarters, for dolly quilt
crochet lace, for dolly quilt

  • Seam allowances are 1/4".
  • RST = right sides together
  • WOF = width of fabric
  • blocks will measure 9.5" square unfinished
  • If you wish to personalize your quilt, you will need to print off an initial. To do this, just type your desired letter in a blank document in Microsoft Word or other program. You want your letter to measure no more than 5" tall. (There are rulers on the side of the document in Microsoft Word.) When you print, make sure you select the 'mirror' or 'flipped' option so the letter is BACKWARDS. If you don't know how to do this, print normally and tape to a sunny window, with the back of the paper facing you. Then trace the letter onto iron-on adhesive.
This quilt is made up of four different blocks.

#1 - you will make {6}

#2 - you will make {3}

#3 - you will make {2}

#4 - you will make {1}


1. From the Layer Cake, reserve {4} squares. These will be used in blocks #2,  #3, and #4.

2. From remaining Layer Cake squares cut {80} 2" x 10" strips. Reserve two strips for block #3.

3. Sashing from neutral cut:
{2} 3" x WOF strips then subcut into {8} 9.5" strips.
{3} 3" x WOF strips

4. Borders from neutral cut:
{4} 5.5" x WOF strips

Making Patchwork Strips

5. Sew {6} 2" x 10" strips together to make {1} 9.5" x 10" block. Make {13}  total blocks. Press seams as desired.

6. Cut {5} 2" x 9.5" strips from each block for a total of {65} strips.  These will be called "patchwork strips".


7. Sew {6} patchwork strips together to make {1} 9.5" square block.  Repeat for {6} blocks total.

Block #2

8. Cut one reserved Layer Cake square to 9.5" x 10".  Then cut {1} 2.5" x 9.5" strip and {1} 6" x 9.5" strip.

9. Sew {1} patchwork strip to the 2.5" x 9.5" strip. Press as desired. Then sew the 6"x 9.5" strip to the other side of the patchwork strip. Press as desired. Repeat for {3} blocks total. (Sorry for the change in fabrics in the photos.)

Block #3

10. Sew {1}  patchwork strip to one of the reserved 2" x 10" strips. Press as desired. Then sew {4} patchwork strips together and sew to the other side of the 2" x 10" strip. Press as desired. Repeat for {2} blocks total. 

Block #4

11. From the remaining reserved Layer Cake square cut {1} 6.5" square.

12. From {2} patchwork strips and remove {2} squares using a seam ripper. (These strips will now have 4 squares.) Press shortened strips. Sew to the top and bottom of the 6.5" square. Press as desired.

13. Sew {2} patchwork strips to the sides of the block to complete. Press as desired.

14. To make the initial, trace the letter on to the iron on adhesive following the package directions. Adhere to center of the block. Applique as desired, I used a machine blanket stitch.

Quilt Assembly:

15. Layout the blocks in desired fashion or use quilt diagram. Sew blocks together in 4 rows of 3, with one 3" x 9.5" neutral strip between each block.

16. Measure the length of one row and cut {1} 3" x WOF strip the same length. Sew rows together with one 3" strip between the rows. Repeat for remaining rows. Press.

 17. Measure top and bottom of quilt and cut {2} 5.5" strips the same length. (Save leftover for the sides.) Sew leftover 5.5" strips to the two remaining 5.5" x WOF strips. Measure sides and cut strips to same length. Pin and sew. Press quilt top.

 18. Baste, quilt and bind. Cut {4} 2.5" x WOF strips for binding.

Dolly Quilt:
I've learned that whenever I make a quilt I had better just make a little dolly quilt. Otherwise, my quilts end up as dolly quilts by my sweet girls. Which is fine, but just a little challenging for little hands. :)  So using the remaining patchwork strips we will make one cute dolly quilt.

1. Sew {11} patchwork strips together.

2. Measure the length of the patchwork unit and cut {2} 4.5" x (that length)" strips from one fat quarter.

3. If you desire, sew crochet lace to the sides of the patchwork unit. Cut two lengths of lace just a touch longer than the length of the patchwork unit. Pin lace about 1/8" in from the edge of the unit. (My lace was narrower so I did this so the lace didn't disappear in the seam allowance, if your lace is wider you could just line it up with the edge.) Baste lace in place close to the edge of the lace.

4. Sew 4.5" strip to the side of the patch work unit using a scant 1/4" seam allowance. (Again so I didn't loose the lace in the seam allowance.) Press. Repeat for the other side.

5. Baste, quilt, and bind if desired. (Use the remaining fat quarter for backing.)

6. However, I was on a time crunch for this project so I decided to forgo the binding. Instead I just sewed white ric rac all along the edge of the dolly quilt. To do this baste the ric rac along the edge of the quilt top. I didn't bother pinning, just line it up as you sew.

7. Then I cut my backing (from the remaining fat quarter) to the exact size as my dolly quilt top. I placed RST and pinned in place. Then sew together, leaving an opening along one of the fat quarter sides.  (It is tricky when you leave the opening along the patchwork edge.) Turn and press. Top stitch close to the edge sewing the opening close as you topstitch. I also topstiched about 1/8" in from the lace.

{1} 53" x 42" snugly quilt + {1} 15.5" x 16.5" dolly quilt

LeAnne Ballard


Maria Erbaggio said...

beautiful project ;)

Malini said...

This is such a great project. I love the little doll quilt addition. Cute!

Wendie Waldman said...

Just precious and beautiful. This is on my "Want to do list"!

KaHolly said...

This one is definitely a keeper!

I am Just One Mom said...

darling and do-able!

Terry Kessinger said...

I've been looking for a pattern for my second quilt, which is for my second grandson. I think this pattern would be perfect! Trading out the feminine fabrics for a young boyish fabric, I think I can certainly get this pieced and quilted before his first birthday in June. Thanks!

Pam said...

This is beautiful! Great tutorial! Thank you for the recipe!

Amy DeCesare said...

Beautiful quilt...I love the combination of randomness and order, and the elements of surprise!

Vicki lOU said...

What a bright, cheerful quilt. I love the fabrics and the simple design!

Creando con graciela said...


This is one of the most beautiful and wonderful quilts I've ever seen. I will make this one. Thank you ever so much.

Valérie GUEGUIN said...

Magnifique!!! The colors thinks me the spring!

trish said...

Both projects are so adorable!!
Fabulous tutorial. :0)

Imagine. said...

Te invito a ver mi página de arte sobre tela.Hago unos bloques en seda que estoy promocionando ya que los vendo a gente que hace patchwork, para que incluirlos en los sus trabajos. Espero que te gusten.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous projects! Of course anything in Marmalade is gorgeous. My cousin is having a baby girl in May, so this goes on the to do list. I'm going to check out your blog now!

Carolyn said...

Just love this! It looks similar to one I just finished with Cuzco by Kate Spain fabric. Bright and happy!

Karen Ackva said...

Oh I really like your design. I don't know which one I like better - the doll quilt is so cute!

Karen Ackva said...

Oh I really like your design. I don't know which one I like better - the doll quilt is so cute!

Rozzie Sews said...

Looking forward to trying this out for my niece and her dolls.

Jedi Craft Girl said...

I love everything about this quilt!! I can't wait to make my own! Thanks for sharing!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Super cute!!

dlmurray said...

I love this design. I've decided this will be my 2nd quilt

Brendalee Haunschild said...

I love the quilts and the dolls are adorable. Did you make these too?
If so what pattern?

Julie James said...

I made this with a Moda "Ruby" Layer Cake and it turned out beautiful. I gave it to a friend moving away for her job. Her birthday is in July and her birthstone is "Ruby", which made it even more special.

Julie James said...

I made this using a Moda "Ruby" Layer Cake and gave it to a friend who was moving away for her job. Her birthday is in July and her birthstone is Ruby, which made it even more special. She loved it.

Ella and Nesta said...

I'm definitely going to try this! I love it. Found out about it from
Thank you for the tutorial.

Katie said...

I've never made a quilt before but your tutorial makes me want to try. Is this for a quilt for someone who has never "quilted" before?

LeAnne said...

@Katie -

I say give it a try! This quilt really isn't hard, but does involve lots of matching seams. If you are nervous, just practice sewing a consistent 1/4" seam. That really is key for this quilt.

Good luck! If you have any other questions feel free to email me:
everydaycelebrate (at) gmail (dot) com

Kyler and Sylvia said...

Will it take the entire layer cake or are there squares left over? I would like to expand the quilt to 7x3 or 7x 4 or 8x4 from the current 5x3, and wondering if my layer cake is sufficient.

LeAnne said...

@Kyler and Sylvia

You use about half of each layer cake square for the strips. Then of course you use a few of the full squares for the rest of the blocks. One layer cake would probably be sufficient but you could always grab a couple of fat quarters just to be safe.

Hope that helps! Sorry that I can't be more sufficient but I've only made it in the shown size.