Simply Style Stacked Squares Quilt


My name is Erica and I blog over at Kitchen Table Quilting. I am so excited to share this quilt with you. Working with the gorgeous colors of this collection was so much fun and I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

2 Simply Style Jelly Rolls
1 Simply Style Layer Cake
1 yard Moda Bella White
4.25 yards solid for backing
2/3 yard print or solid for binding
batting that is at least 74"x82"


Cut your white solid into 12 strips that are 2.5"xWOF.

Pair up the strips from each jelly roll so that there the matching strips are together.

You will be using 23 of the 10" squares from the layer cake and all of the jelly roll strips.  Take the 23 squares and match them with 2 pair of jelly roll strips (and the white solid strips) just like in the photo below.
One pair of strips will be used for the inner square (the purple fabric here) and one for the outer (the gray fabric.  

Cut the inner square fabric into 2 strips that are 2.5"x10" and 2 strips that are 2.5"x14".  Cut the outer square fabric into 2 strips that are 2.5"x14" and 2 strips that are 2.5"x18".  There are 8 total strips in the photo below, the strips that are the same size and color are stacked.  
Sew the 2.5"x10" strips onto opposite sides of the layer cake and press the seams open.
Sew the 2.5"x14" strips onto the remaining sides and press.
Repeat this process with the fabric for the outer squares.  
Use your ruler to cut the square in half. 
And then in half again so that you have 4 identical 9" squares.
Use your design wall (or living room floor) to lay out the blocks so that there are 8 columns and 9 rows.  Leave some blocks intact so that all 4 are placed together, and then arrange the other blocks around them to give the illusion that they are stacked. 
Be careful that the way you arranging your blocks makes sense.  I made a mistake in my quilt top that I didn't notice until I had finished binding the quilt.  Here is how my layout should have looked.
There will be some orphan blocks leftover. Arrange them into two random rows and piece them into the backing fabric.
Baste, bind, and quilt as desired. 


This finishes up as a good sized lap quilt.  Finished size: 68"x76".


Erica Jackman
{kitchentablequilting.blogspot.com}

32 comments:

Sarah@SisterGiggles said...

Cutting the squares into fourths then re-arranging them is brilliant! It looks like such a complicated layout, but you made it simple.

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

Love this! Great quilt!

Quiltjane said...

Fantastic design! Love everything about this quilt.

Лида Бондарева said...

How cool! Can I use the idea?

Angela Smith said...

This looks so difficult, thank you for making it easy. I think I have a brother who needs this pattern.

Tanzie Brown said...

absolutely love this!!

Gina said...

Fabulous design . I love your work, Erica !

Happier Than A Bird Quilts said...

This design is awesome!! Adding to my "want to make" list.

Andrea said...

Love this...wonderful, bold - simple! Great quilt!

Cindy said...

Love your design!

trish said...

Oh my gosh!! This quilt is fabulous!!

Margaret Looby said...

thanks for the inspiration, i know my son would love this pattern and fabric....modern and more masculine block design.....

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here:
This is a really cute idea and it would look so great with all different kinds of themes.
I am going to make this for sure!
Thank you so much for sharing your creativity

Bev Weis said...

Please share with us what mistake you made in laying out your blocks that didn't make sense. I'd like to learn from your experience, please. I love the look of the quilt and that it's made of mostly precuts by Moda.
Thank you!

Karin said...

great design! Thanks for sharing!

Lurline said...

Smitten! Have to do!
Hugs - Lurline.

Helen L said...

Great quilt!!it looks so fun: thanks for sharing a great idea!!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Love this quilt Erica! Fantastic design.
Amanda

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S said...

@Bev Weiss: If you look at the third-from-last photo and at the very last one and then compare the bottom left area in each, you’ll see on the earlier picture where Erica did a quick paint over of the mis-positioned square which will then be fairly obvious in the last picture...though I’m sure that without it’s being pointed out like this most people would have to look long and hard to find it on their own, and to be honest, it doesn’t even look like a mistake to me!

What a great design and ingenious methodology; when I saw it on the front page I thought the “moderate” rating couldn’t possibly be accurate – so glad to discover otherwise!

Janice @ Better off Thread said...

this is so fun and gorgeous! Pinning it for later!

Barb Gordy said...

Thanks so much for posting this pattern. I can't wait to make it. I love it!

mystudioq.net said...

Absolutely love the creative design and clever technique!

Diane

dungeonquilter said...

Love the pattern. The Printer friendly option does not seem to be working.

RobotMomSews said...

The quilt ends up looking SO complicated...when I opened up the recipe I was surprised to see how easy it is! I will be marking this on my to-do!!

ninawithfreckles said...

Lovely pattern and fabulous quilt! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us.

Rose said...

What am I missing here.....what is the white material strips for? We're do those come in? I'm so gonna do this!

QuilterBee said...

Great quilt! Thank you for sharing the pattern, I've saved it. Amie :0)

Carol said...
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Carol said...

QUESTION~~ With the few squares that are left intact…wouldn’t they need to be cut and reassembled so that they measure the same as the other squares?

NebraskaNative said...

I was so excited to get started on this quilt and now I'm having a terrible time with the blocks being the correct size. Precuts with pinked edges are making this difficult and I've now discovered the layer cake p[recuts are not exactly square. Did you worry about your blocks being square and exactly 18 " before you cut them? Feeling like I wasted $150 on fabric and I don't know how to salvage the project or the fun I hoped to have with it. Any advice would be most helpful! Thx!

Z Any Mouse said...

I absolutely love your idea, and I can't wait to make one. I think this would look really great with Christmas fabrics!